Roundtable Discussions

The Roundtable Discussions covered a variety of hot industry topics and featured experts with knowledge specific to the subject matter being analyzed. Live Q&As and chat features will be available for attendees to join the virtual discussion, have valuable conversations and form useful connections.

Discussions are available for on-demand viewing for the duration of the event.

2020 Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable 1

Roundtable 1

How to Maintain Your Oil and Gas Lease When Shutting-In or Curtailing Production

Randy Nichols, CPL, Cinco Energy Management Group

Tom Agnew, Lease Analytics LLC
Michael Byrd, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
J. Keith Couvillion, Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
Paul Trimble, Trimble Law Group, PLLC
Jared Hembree, Hinkle Shanor LLP


  • Designated experts will describe their experience with maintaining oil and gas leases when wells are shut-in.
  • Experts will describe their experience using the following lease clauses to maintain the lease in absence of production:
    • Force Majeure
    • Shut-in Royalty Clause
    • Cessation of Production
    • Habendum Clause
  • How governmental orders provide relief to operators, including:
    • Oklahoma: Emergency Order 710884
    • Federal Onshore Leases
    • Federal Offshore Leases
  • For Non-Operators: How can non-operators confirm that their non-operated leases are being properly maintained when shut-in?
  • Preparing for Challenges by Lessors
    • How do you address curtailment of production with Lessors?
    • In lieu of Lease Savings Options do you seek an amendment from Lessor?
    • Other common issues to expect.
  • Longer-term considerations: How will companies adapt if low prices or lack of market condition persist?
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Roundtable 2

Roundtable 2

Bankruptcy – Purchasing Assets Out of Bankruptcy (363 Sales)

Randy Browne, CPL, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Sarah Schultz, Esq., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Arthur Standish, J.D., Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Melissa Munson J.D., Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
David Morris, Opportune LLP & Dacarba LLC


  • Bidding procedures
  • Stalking horse bidders
  • Timing issues
  • Other issues buyers should know
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Roundtable 3

Roundtable 3

Transactions and Considerations in Today’s Environment: Challenges and Opportunities

Steve Wentworth, CPL, EOG

William Morris, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Gabe Procaccini, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Jesse Lotay, Jackson Walker


  • Mergers and acquisition considerations in the current price environment
  • Demand destruction and contractual response mechanisms
  • Hedging strategies and requirements; and, transactions involving bankruptcies
  • Considerations involving perpetuating the oil and gas lease in this price environment
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