Transitioning to a post-carbon economy. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Regulatory and litigation risk, especially in light of Russia’s war on Ukraine. These key topics are being addressed at Reed Smith’s Energy and Commodities Conference.

This flagship energy industry event convenes in Houston on March 31. It will bring industry executives and in-house counsel together with partners from Reed Smith’s global Energy & Natural Resources Group to explore the legal risks and opportunities now facing domestic and international markets.

Raad Alkadiri, managing director of energy, climate and resources at Eurasia Group, will deliver the morning keynote address on current events in Ukraine and Russia. He will examine the global response to the new sanctions regime and the conflict’s immediate and long-term effects on global oil prices and natural gas supplies. Alkadiri will also discuss how producers have responded to sanctions; gasoline prices and their impact on regional economies; and the likely long-term energy trajectories for China, the European Union and United States.

Five subsequent panels are scheduled for the one-day event on the following topics:

  • ESG issues for corporate EHS departments. Laura Schut, senior legal counsel of Hess Corp., joins Reed Smith partners Benjamin H. Patton and Jennifer A. Smokelin to discuss recent developments and important considerations for environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance professionals when responding to emerging ESG issues.
  • FERC and CFTC regulatory developments. Former FERC commissioner Colette D. Honorable, who now leads Reed Smith’s commodities and derivatives regulatory team, joins partner Jonathan Marcus and Dave Hammel, the director of U.S. commercial and regulatory law for TransCanada, to analyze the impact of FERC and CFTC developments on the energy and commodities sector. Panelists will examine the latest FERC and CFTC leadership changes, enforcement updates and policy pronouncements, including the controversial interstate natural gas policy and GHG emissions analysis. The panel will also discuss agency action on climate change and potential legislation to address regulatory gaps in the crypto markets.
  • Energy transition from a private equity perspective. Cross-border corporate energy partners Efren A. Acosta, Kirsten S. Polyansky, and Ron J. Scharnberg of Reed Smith join James Wang, managing director of Ara Partners, and EIV Capital partner Greg Davis in exploring the investment outlook for energy and commodities. Focusing on energy transition from the private equity perspective, panelists will look at the full spectrum of fundraising, from traditional energy and upstream investments to energy transition into renewables.