Distressed Oil & Gas: The Houston Perspective

Past Event | April.20.2016 | 4pm - 6pm (Eastern Standard Time)

New York

Long considered the "Energy Capital of the World," Houston is at the epicenter of current developments in oil & gas. We're pleased to have our new Houston partners join us in New York to share their perspective on:

  • The current state of private equity investing in the oil & gas industry,
  • How to minimize counterparty risk and structure deals in the current environment,
  • Midstream oil & gas – structuring challenges and other concerns facing this side of the business,
  • Recent developments in oil & gas bankruptcies and restructurings.

The discussion will be led by Jonathan Ayre, Joe Roger and David Ronn, partners in Orrick's Houston office, Doug Mintz partner in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office, and Laura Metzger, partner in Orrick's New York office.

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Structured Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Restructuring
  • Corporate

Jonathan Ayre Partner Energy, Oil & Gas

Houston

Jonathan Ayre represents clients across the energy spectrum including oil and gas, renewable power, and chemical industry companies and their investors in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development, financing and restructuring transactions. 

Jonathan has significant experience representing companies driving the energy transition, including representing project developers in connection with solar module purchase agreements, transformer purchase agreements, engineering, procurement and construction agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.  Jonathan's recent experience in oil and gas matters includes first-of-a-kind, innovative transactions representing note purchasers on securitizations of operated and non-operated oil and gas wellbore working interests.

Jonathan was recognized in 2020 by Law 360 as an Energy Rising Star. 

Jonathan serves as Orrick's Recruiting Liaison to The University of Texas School of Law and in that role leads Orrick's Energy and Infrastructure Law 1L Fellowship Program. He is actively involved as an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Energy Law, co-chairing the Transactional Module of the 2021 Institute for Energy Law's 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference and the 2019 and 2020 Institute for Energy Law Young Energy Professional's Conferences. He also is an officer on the organization's Transactions and Compliance Committee.

Jonathan is an active supporter of the Houston Symphony, serving on the Houston Symphony Society's Board of Trustees and serving with his wife Ann Ayre as the chairs of the 2021 Houston Symphony's Wine Dinner and Collector's Auction.

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Joe Roger Partner Oil & Gas, Mergers & Acquisitions

Houston

Joe focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure transactions, advising a broad range of clients in transactional matters across key areas of the value chain, including upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, LNG, oilfield services, district energy systems, environmental services, and industrial services.

He has a particular focus on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, private equity investments and project development. He regularly represents multinational energy companies, large private equity funds, project developers, pipeline companies, oilfield service and equipment companies, environmental services companies and industrial services companies, among others.

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Practice:

  • Finance Sector
  • Restructuring

Laura Metzger Partner Restructuring

New York

Laura Metzger is a partner in the Restructuring Group, Office Leader of Orrick’s New York office and a member of Orrick's Management Committee.

She regularly represents financial institutions, funds and investors involved in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings, foreclosures, distressed sales and acquisitions, loan and claims trading, bankruptcy litigation and refinancing involving syndicated loan facilities, debtor-in-possession financing and exit financing. 

Recognized as “outstanding” by Legal 500, Laura was also named an "up and coming" lawyer by Chambers USA, which praised her “very commercial and solution oriented” approach. She is “a very capable lawyer who gives great advice,” according to clients.

She serves as counsel to lenders, creditors, investors, purchasers and sponsors. Her clients include Royal Bank of Canada, Citigroup Financial Products Inc., ECN Capital Corporation, Equinor, Portigon AG, Macquarie, PwC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Transurban, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Commerzbank, Hackman Capital, Erste Abwicklungsanstalt, and KBC Bank, among others.

Laura has been involved in many prominent bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring cases, including Legacy Reserves, White Eagle, Cobalt, Chesapeake Energy, Shopko, The Weinstein Company, Stearns Lending, Lily Robotics, Seadrill, Chaparral, CHC Helicopters, Erickson, GT Advanced Technologies, Hostess, Pocahontas Parkway, Indiana Toll Road, Eagle Bulk, Fresh & Easy, American Airlines, Chemtura Corporation, Lazare Kaplan, Hawker Beechcraft, Metro Fuel, Claim Jumper Restaurants, Abitibibowater, Nortel, Fabrikant, Scotia Pacific, VICORP, Sea Containers, Lyondell, Foxwoods, Delta, US Air, Northwest, Star Diamond, and Ritchie Risk-Linked Strategies Trading (Ireland) Limited. She handles cross-border restructuring matters in major international jurisdictions such as Canada, Europe, and Hong Kong.