The Trump Administration and Republican Congress portend major shifts in the US federal energy and climate policy, affecting oil and gas, renewable commodities, infrastructure development, investment and finance. There are promises of tax reform legislation and reversals of Obama's climate-based rules, and potentially sharp regulatory shifts at the EPA, FERC, CFTC, SEC, OCC and the Federal Reserve Bank. Please join the Energy Forum in this session to explore the potential policy and regulatory changes and how they may impact energy supplies, pipeline infrastructure, commodity trading and energy finance.

Our speakers are thought leaders and leading lawyers from the energy practice at Eversheds Sutherland (effective February 1), a global law firm with more than 2,300 attorneys spanning 61 offices in 29 countries.


Jake Dweck, Partner, Washington DC and Houston

Jacob (Jake) is a leading U.S. energy lawyer and thought leader. For over 40 years in the private bar, Jake has counseled the who’s who in the industry at the intersection of business and regulation. Jake’s recent successes include obtaining the first and groundbreaking approval from the U.S. Government for the export of lightly processed crude oil. He founded Sutherland’s LNG practice and the widely-read LNG Law Blog,, and formed or led his robust energy practices in creditors’ rights (starting with the Enron Bankruptcy), international trade and customs, and oil spill risk management and incident response. He has directed government enforcement and corporate investigations before various federal agencies, including recently the implementation of Dodd-Frank requirements. Jake is the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including in 2016 as an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal for his achievements over the past 20 years in different areas of energy law. 

David McCullough, Partner, New York City

David McCullough is a leading energy lawyer and has a deep understanding of the petroleum markets. He counsels producers, refiners, commodity traders and distributors on the trade and movement of commodities—particularly energy commodities such as crude oil, petroleum products and renewable fuels. David’s practice covers most regulations governing physical commodity trading, but he has a particular focus in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), renewable identification number (RIN) trading, state low carbon fuel standards (LCFS), the Jones Act and shipment by rail and truck. 

Alexander Holtan, Counsel, Washington DC

Alex Holtan advises clients on derivatives regulatory issues and leads the firm’s legislative advocacy practice. He counsels energy clients regarding investment and trading in commodity derivatives, compliance with securities laws such as the Commodity Exchange Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, commodities-related enforcement matters and internal investigations, and matters related to corporate governance. He also advises energy firms, commercial end users, investment banks and pooled investment vehicles on an array of derivatives and other transactions.


Ed Morse

Ed Morse is Chair of the Energy Forum Advisory Board and Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Research at Citigroup. Formerly Head of Commodity Research for Credit Suisse,  Chief Economist, LCM Commodities and Managing Director and Chief Energy Economist for Lehman Brothers, his career in the energy sector spans more than three decades and includes senior positions in business, government, academia and publishing. Dr. Morse earned his doctorate in politics at Princeton University and his master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration
6:00 - 7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Reception


$40.00 for General Admission
$10.00 for Academic/Military
$0.00 for Energy Forum Sponsors
$0.00 for Energy Forum Subscribers


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