HOUSTON – Global law firm Reed Smith this month hosted its 5th annual Energy & Commodities Conference to discuss the latest events, issues and trends impacting the energy industry.
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As part of the conference, representatives from a cross-section of the industry took part in lively and informative panel discussions on a diverse array of key issues affecting the broader industry.

Panels addressed a number of topics including: key regulatory developments, litigation trends, inventory monetization for commodities, handling industrial accidents and losses, development and finance for renewable energy, practical Blockchain applications in energy transactions, ethics, and more.

Several common themes emerged from the panel discussions. These included: geopolitical volatility and its impact on the energy and commodities markets; the emergence of new technology that is both improving and disrupting the industry; the world’s transition towards a decarbonized future; the rise of alternative finance models for energy transactions; the reputational impact of industrial accidents, and an expanding U.S. national regulatory framework for energy and commodities markets.