31st Annual Power and Gas M&A Symposium

Produced by the Knowledge Center, an executive conference from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Celebrating its 31st year, the Power and Gas M&A Symposium continues to be the pre-eminent executive conference in the industry. Bringing utilities, power generators, renewables, and Wall Street together, this event consistently sets the tone for strategic decisions for the year.

2017 has ushered in new leadership at the DOE, EPA, FERC, and the Supreme Court. What does this mean for M&A as a sound growth strategy for companies? Regulatory scrutiny, valuations, and market prices continue to shape the industry, and drive decision making.

This year’s conference will address those issues and more, bringing together industry experts and leaders. Backed by data and analytics you won’t find at other events, you will receive essential intelligence necessary to make informed decisions.

Whether you are anticipating M&A as a buyer or seller, make plans to attend this important executive event.

Whether you are anticipating M&A as a buyer or seller, make plans to attend this important executive event.

Make your plans to attend today!

Tom Thornton                                                                    Nick Kapur
Program Manager-Energy                                                Senior Director-Energy
S&P Global Market Intelligence                                       S&P Global Market Intelligence

2017 Overview Video


Rob Threlkeld
General Motors
Senior Global Manager Renewable Energy
Brian Boufarah
Declan Flanagan
Lincoln Clean Energy
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas J. Flaherty, III
Strategy& PwC
Robert Flexon
President and Chief Executive Officer
John Flynn
National Grid
Senior Vice President
Gabriel Alonso Imaz
EDP Renewables North America
Chief Executive Officer
Nick Kapur
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Senior Director
John G. Klauberg
Bracewell LLP
Hans Kobler
Energy Impact Partners
Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Kuhn
Edison Electric Institute
William S. Lamb
Baker Botts LLP
Michael J. Miller
Quantum Utility Generation
Chief Executive Officer
Shawn Ryan
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Senior Director
Paul Segal
LS Power Group
Chief Executive Officer
Scott Segal
Gordon Van Welie
ISO New England
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Voccola
Ares Management
Francesco Venturini
ENEL Green Power
Chief Executive Officer
Raymond Wood
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Managing Director-Head of Global Power and Renewables

31st Annual Power and Gas M&A Symposium Agenda

TUESDAY, January 30th
Agenda is tentative. Please check back for updates.

The Deals Legacy for Power and Utility Companies: Rewinding the past for a glimpse into the future

In this workshop we will explore how the utility industry has restructured by examining the types of deals that have been done, why they were done, and what lessons have been learned. We will rewind over the last two decades of industry mergers and acquisitions activity to glean critical insights into how deals activities have shaped and supported the utility sector’s growth path and discuss important lessons learned that can point the way into the future.

We will also debate current challenges facing the sector and how these factors will influence transactions going forward. Dealmakers face an uncertain landscape in 2017, but they remain alert and ready to transact when conditions are favorable. The US market remains attractive but economic and regulatory changes may influence how deals are contemplated.

12:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop Registration
1:00 pm
Workshop Session Begins
2:45 pm
Networking Refreshment Break
3:00 pm
Workshop Session
5:00 pm
Workshop Concludes
WEDNESDAY, January 31st
8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 am
Welcome and Introductions

Nick Kapur, Senior Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence

9:00 am
Keynote Speaker

Rob Threlkeld, Senior Global Manager Renewable Energy, General Motors

9:45 am
CEO Roundtable
In this executive panel, hear from the decision-makers as they examine the industry, highlighting the strategic planning involved in all aspects of operation, including financial, regulatory, and market demands.
11:00 am
Networking Break
11:15 am
Generation Sector Panel

Examine the current state of generation; coal and nuclear continue to fight for their lives, what is the temperature on each? How are generation owners working with ISO’s to maintain supply?

12:30 pm

Green Evaluation: A Special Presentation by S&P Global Ratings

Michael Ferguson, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure

1:30 pm
Investment Banking Perspective

Hear from the industry’s top dealmakers as they discuss the state of the power sector. Executives will discuss the changing profile of company ownership, shareholder activism and engagement, and the impact of asset diversification on earnings and dividends.

2:45 pm
Networking Break
3:00 pm
Special Breakout Sessions

Sponsored by:
ScottMadden Charles River Associates

4:15 pm
Renewable Energy: New Horizon for Growth

Hear from decision makers across the renewable space, including developers, utilities, and investors as we examine key market trends and opportunities. Examine how tax policy, portfolio standards and tax credits are driving the industry, and how investors are structuring deals.

5:30 pm
Day one concludes with cocktail reception
THURSDAY, February 1st
8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Day One Recap and Market Update

Nick Kapur, Senior Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence

9:00 am
Regulatory Perspective
9:30 am
Capitol Hill Perspective
10:30 am
Networking Break
10:45 am
Investing in Innovation: Technology as an M&A Strategy

In a shift away from traditional M&A, utilities are increasingly investing in technology and startups. Hear from utilities and investors as they discuss this new strategy, expected ROI, and what the long-term outlook is for such investments.

11:45 am
Midstream Panel

With the new administration, the midstream sector is experiencing growth. Valuations continue to be high for natural gas assets, examine the outlook for continued valuations, and what investors expect for ROI.

12:45 pm
Closing Remarks

Shawn Ryan, Senior Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence

1:00 pm
Buffet lunch

Ticket Info

Utilities Rate: $1,695
Regular Rate: $1,995
Pre-Conference Workshop: $375

Event location

The Grand Hyatt
Park Avenue at Grand Central
New York, NY, US
+1 (212) 883-1234

Pricing Info:

  • The Regular Rate applies to attendees who are not employees of a utility or power producer, such as investment bankers, attorneys, accounting firms, and any service and advisory providers.
  • • State and Federal government agencies should also register at the Regular Rate.
  • • If you are an industry participant, but not employed by a utility or producer, you may want to consider becoming a sponsor, maximizing your networking and exposure.

If you are not sure which rate applies to you, contact us at 888-991-7786.

Your registration includes all conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch both days, and the evening cocktail reception at the end of Day One. Registration for just the pre-conference workshop covers that day’s activities only.


Download our Sponsorship Guide

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

Scottmadden  Charles River Associates

Program Partners

Baker Botts LLP        Bracewell        Pwc Strategy&

Downloads & FAQs

Who attends?

- Senior-level executives at utilities and merchant generators
- Investment banking professionals
- Industry regulators
- Asset managers and analysts
- Private equity and sovereign fund investors
- Legal and management advisors to the industry

What is the dress code?

Formal business attire.

What are the terms of registration?

Cancellations for this program are eligible for a full refund, less a $150.00 administrative fee, if received at least 15 business days prior to the start of the program. Cancellations received after that date but at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program receive a credit in the amount of the registration fee, less a $150.00 administrative fee, to attend another Knowledge Center program within 13 months. Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the start of the program are not eligible for a refund or credit.

Attendee substitutions from the same company may be made at any time.

In the event of a cancellation from a group discount, refunds or credits are issued beginning with the most heavily discounted price, minus a $150.00 administration fee.

"No shows" - or those who cancel within 15 days of the program - and have registered under the Invoice option, remain liable for the full program fee.

The Knowledge Center reserves the right to cancel/change programs, content, speakers or venue at any time. The Knowledge Center reserves the right to make portions of the program registration information available to program sponsors. the Knowledge Center will not be held liable for any costs incurred by registrant due to individual registration cancellation. In the event that a seminar is cancelled due to inclement weather, faculty cancellation or force majeure, the Knowledge Center will refund the registrant's tuition in full, however the Knowledge Center will not be liable for incidental or consequential out of pocket expenses incurred by the registrant. If you have questions regarding the Knowledge Center's refund, complaint or program cancellation policy, please call us at (434) 951-7786.

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