Platinum Sponsors


Leyendecker & Associates

Leyendecker & Associates (“Leyendecker”) is a boutique executive search firm serving the investor, financial services and corporate finance markets. Our clients include Wall Street and regional investment banks, money center and foreign banks, investment managers, private equity, hedge funds, mezzanine funds and institutional investors.  Leyendecker has been a sponsor of YPF Houston since its founding in 2009.

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Established in 2005, Ansarada has helped the world's leading investment banks, private equity houses, legal and accounting advisors and corporates close over 20,000 deals. The data and experience from serving clients in these deals has been used to design sophisticated AI and machine learning tools that remove unnecessary risk, stress and time for companies, investors and advisors when they are preparing for and executing material events. The Ansarada Material Information Platform is the one place for companies to improve how they currently operate and simultaneously get ready for success in any material event. Ansarada helps advisors and investors identify prospects, raise their potential and nurture them through preparation and execution of deals like debt and equity capital raising, refinancing and M&A. 

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Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis is a 1,900-attorney law firm representing global clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has offices in Houston, Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.


Simmons Energy  
A Division of Piper Jaffray

Simmons & Company International  |  Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray is one of the largest and most experienced energy investment banking teams in the industry, offering M&A advisory, capital markets execution and investment research. Over the last four decades it has established itself as a premier partner in virtually every energy sector, serving an international client base ranging from institutional investors, public and private companies and private equity firms.

Gold Sponsors

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Intralinks is a leading financial technology provider for the global banking, deal making and capital markets communities. As pioneers of the virtual data room, our technology enables and secures the flow of information, empowering our customers to work more productively and with complete confidence. Intralinks facilitates strategic initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and investor reporting. Our solutions enhance these activities by streamlining operations, reducing risk, improving client experiences and increasing visibility.


Vinson & Elkins LLP

Collaborating seamlessly across 13 offices worldwide, Vinson & Elkins LLP provides outstanding client service. Their lawyers are committed to excellence, offering clients experience in handling their transactions, investments, projects and disputes across the globe. Established in 1917, the firm’s time-tested role as trusted advisor has made V&E a go-to law firm for many of the world’s leading businesses.


Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., founded in 1984, is a leading alternative investment management firm focused on niche investing in upstream oil and gas companies, energy infrastructure, specialized real estate, middle market credit and growth private equity. Kayne’s investment philosophy is to pursue niches, with an emphasis on cash flow, where its knowledge and sourcing advantages enable it to deliver above average, risk-adjusted investment returns.  Kayne manages over $26 billion in assets for institutional investors, family offices, high net worth and retail clients and employs 300 professionals in nine offices across the U.S.


Locke Lord L.L.P.

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, fund formation, health care, insurance and reinsurance, private equity and venture capital, public finance, real estate, and technology, media and telecommunications, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.

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Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world’s top financial institutions and Fortune Global 500 companies. We have 18 offices across Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

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Avalon Advisors, LLC

Avalon Advisors is a Texas-based independent registered investment adviser offering investment management and financial advice for individuals, families and institutions. Our headquarters are in Houston and we have an office in San Antonio. Founded in 2001, we offer a full suite of internally managed strategies, including domestic and international equities and fixed income, as well as access to selected alternative strategies.


Bloomberg Philanthropies

Unique among todayʼs leading philanthropists, Mike Bloomberg has run both a multi-billion-dollar company — Bloomberg LP, a technology company he founded in 1981 — and one of the worldʼs largest cities. His entrepreneurial spirit, public-policy experience, and belief in the power of cities to drive solutions to pressing global problems define Bloomberg Philanthropiesʼ approach to making the world a better place.

Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts & culture. These five areas encompass the issues Mike Bloomberg and his team are most passionate about, and where they believe the greatest good can be achieved. While Bloomberg Philanthropies works on a wide range of issues within each focus area, we apply a distinctive approach to all of our undertakings.


Silver Sponsors

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Porter Hedges LLP

Porter Hedges is recognized as one of the premier business law firms based in Houston. With an additional office in Oklahoma City, we focus on core areas including corporate, litigation, energy transactions, finance and bankruptcy, with additional experience in tax, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, and construction among other areas. With particular preeminence in the energy sector, Porter Hedges is consistently ranked among the leading law firms across the full spectrum of the industry. We are committed to excellence across our firm and favor an efficient, value-minded approach to serving our clients. We develop practical and integrated solutions to complex challenges that we approach with a business-oriented mindset.


Amegy Bank of Texas

Amegy Bank of Texas (“Amegy”) is one of the fastest growing banks in Texas.  With assets of more than $11 billion, local decision making and a history of relationship banking, Amegy has the resources to serve leading Texas companies as a source of capital as well as provide efficient and effective treasury management, international and investment services. With more than 80 locations in the state, Amegy specializes in small business banking as well as private financial management and trust services for families and individuals, and retail and mortgage banking services.


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Bracewell is a leading law and government relations firm primarily serving the energy, finance and technology industries throughout the world.

Our industry focus results in comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of the commercial, legal and governmental challenges faced by our clients and enables us to provide innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

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First Tennessee Bank

First Tennessee Bank, part of the First Horizon National Corporation, is a financial services company based in Memphis, Tennessee. First Tennessee provides financial services through more than 180 locations in and around Tennessee. The company was founded during the Civil War in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country.

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Donnelley Financial Solutions

Donnelley Financial Solutions’ Venue virtual data room is the data room of choice for managing critical information. Whether conducting due diligence for a merger, raising capital, or developing a document repository, Donnelley Financial Solutions’ Venue virtual data room is the ideal workspace for deals done simple.

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Raymond James

Founded in 1962 and a public company since 1983, Raymond James Financial, Inc. is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to capital markets and asset management. The firm's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (RJF). Through its three broker/dealer subsidiaries, Raymond James Financial has approximately 7,800 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada and overseas.

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Essentia Advisors

Essentia Advisors is a consulting firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. Our firm provides management advisory and technology implementation services to clients in North American Energy and other commodities markets.  Essentia provides assistance to clients for enablement of processes and technology that are essential to support of commercial activities such as marketing, trading and risk management. We provide solutions to manage risk, optimize performance and navigate through constantly evolving markets.  Essentia’s clients range from high-growth emerging companies to the large Fortune 500.  Our services are driven by our client’s business activities related to acquisitions, new business lines or needs for process and technology improvements.


Bronze Sponsors


OFS Energy Fund

OFS Energy Fund is a private equity fund focused exclusively on acquiring and growing lower middle market energy service companies.  The OFS team has been managing energy service private equity since October 2008 . The OFS principals and advisors possess extensive operational and financial experience acquiring and growing companies and a proven history of developing and implementing successful exit strategies.


Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is the world’s second largest bank by market capitalization and the third largest bank in the U.S. by assets


Deal Midas

Deal Midas is the attractively priced, cloud-based private equity Contact and Origination Management System. Private equity firms throughout the U.S. use Deal Midas to manage their contact data, their marketing and fundraising outreach, and their deal pipeline. With strong analytical tools and reporting, an intuitive web interface, Outlook integration, as well as native iOS and Android apps, Deal Midas helps deal pros stay ahead of the game.

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Stellus Capital Management

Stellus Capital Management, LLC (“Stellus”) is a middle market investment firm with approximately $1.3 billion of assets under management (as of December 31, 2018) across its two investment platforms — private credit and energy private equity. The private credit platform focuses on originating direct loans to middle market companies. The energy private equity platform focuses on providing flexible equity capital to small and middle market energy companies. Each platform is led by a dedicated investment team investing out of strategy-specific private institutional funds. Additionally, the private credit platform manages the investments of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation (NYSE: SCM), a publicly-traded business development corporation. Collectively, the Stellus team has invested over $5 billion in the middle market over the last 10+ years.


Pelican Energy Partners

Pelican Energy Partners is a Houston-based private equity fund specializing in strategic investments in small to middle-market, high-growth potential energy service and equipment companies with sustained earnings outlooks. The firm has raised $563 million of committed capital and is investing out of its third fund.


Platform Partners LLC

Platform Partners is a perpetual investment company with a permanent capital base focused on attractive, long-term investments. Platform seeks to invest $10-75 million of equity capital and partner with proven, successful managers across a variety of industries.

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Hastings Equity Partners

Hastings is a Houston-based private equity firm focused on investing in the lower middle market energy services sector. The firm is a proven performer in helping transform and grow businesses in this niche space—offering a collaborative mindset, powerful insights, extensive connections and comprehensive operating experience.

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TRC Solutions

Groundbreaker. Game changer. Pioneer. Since the 1960s TRC has set the bar for clients who require more than just engineering, combining science with the latest technology to devise innovative solutions that stand the test of time. Today we are a global consulting firm providing environmentally advanced and technology-powered solutions for the power, oil and gas, transportation, real estate, water and government industries. TRC’s 5,000 professionals work with a broad range of commercial, industrial and government clients and the communities they serve. We deliver breakthrough solutions that address local needs – so our clients can better succeed in an ever-changing world.



Trustmark is one of the South’s most respected banks, with $13 billion in assets and locations in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. We provide banking, wealth management and insurance solutions through our subsidiaries, including Trustmark National Bank, Trustmark Investment Advisors, Inc. and Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Inc. For more than 129 years, Trustmark has been serving families, businesses and communities with a sound and conservative banking philosophy. We are solid, profitable, well-capitalized and ready to assist in meeting your financial needs.


Edge Engineering

Edge Engineering & Science, LLC (EDGE) is a privately owned professional services firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. EDGE was established with the primary goal of providing high quality environmental engineering and scientific consulting services to the oil and gas, energy, chemical and manufacturing industry sectors. Our uniquely qualified staff of engineers and scientists has assisted clients on projects all across North America. Consequently, we have the knowledge and technical expertise to provide a variety of environmental services including the siting and permitting of transportation and energy infrastructure projects, conducting environmental engineering and scientific evaluations, performing federal and state regulatory requirements reviews, strengthening operating compliance programs, conducting compliance auditing, providing due diligence support, and developing and executing computer based impacts evaluations.


Gray Reed

Gray Reed is a full-service Texas law firm in Dallas and Houston. Since 1985, our firm philosophy has been to provide high-quality legal services in a streamlined manner, to provide sophisticated and complex legal advice that is reasonably priced, and to provide big-firm results with small-firm efficiency. We are dedicated to achieving success for our clients, as they define success -- whether that is winning a critical lawsuit, closing a key deal, consulting to save taxes, or just giving good business advice. Everything we do is designed to achieve success for our clients quickly and efficiently. We seek to define success at the outset of the engagement. We get to know our clients, our clients' business and the nature of the engagement so we can identify the optimal result(s) for our clients. But achieving an end result without regard to how long it takes or how much it costs would be irresponsible, and we believe these considerations are also paramount when we define what success will be on the front end with our clients.

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JP Morgan

J.P. Morgan is a leader in financial services, offering solutions to clients in more than 100 countries with one of the most comprehensive global product platforms available. We have been helping our clients to do business and manage their wealth for more than 200 years. Our business has been built upon our core principle of putting our clients' interests first.