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.


S&P Global Market Intelligence

S&P Global Market Intelligence is a multinational financial information provider headquartered in New York City and a division of McGraw Hill Financial.  S&P uses high-quality data and industry-leading solutions to integrate news, comprehensive market and sector-specific data and analytics into a variety of tools to help clients track performance, generate alpha, identify investment ideas, understand competitive and industry dynamics, perform valuations, and assess credit risk.

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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.


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.


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


Pelican Energy Partners

Pelican Energy Partners is a Houston-based private equity firm making investments in oilfield service and equipment companies. The firm partners with strong management teams to support service companies as they grow. To do this, the team at Pelican leverages the deep industry knowledge gained through over 120 years of combined experience in executive positions within such companies as Cameron, Complete Production Services, FMC, Halliburton, Oceaneering, Pool Energy Services, and Weatherford. Pelican is currently investing out of its second fund, $210 million raised in July 2016, and has assets under management of $330 million.


Lockton Partners

Lockton is the world’s largest and fastest growing independent, privately-held risk management & risk finance consulting, corporate insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm with over $25+ billion in premiums placed, $1+ billion in revenues, 6,000+ associates and 76 offices globally. Lockton works with over 100 private equity sponsors, hedge funds and venture capital groups providing transactional due diligence as well as insurance-based M&A solutions ranging from financial assurance to escrow related issues around reps and warranties (tax, legal, environmental, etc.). Lockton also works with the portfolio investments of these firms to drive additional value into the companies by providing consulting around insurance and risk cost control, contract management and operational efficiency. 


McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.

As one of the most progressive insurance brokerage firms in the United States, McGriff, Seibels & Williams leads the way with innovative programs to protect our client’s financial interest.


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.


Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is a globally respected law firm with 725 lawyers and 14 international offices. We are driven by the highest ethical and professional standards. This professionalism, combined with industry knowledge and insights and our understanding of the law, helps us to deliver effective, innovative solutions for our clients.


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.



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.



Global Energy Capital

Global Energy Capital, headquartered in Houston, is a private equity fund focused on investing growth capital in energy services companies. GEC often invests equity in a company providing oil and gas drilling and production services, equipment manufacturing, transportation, logistics and related services and technologies.

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Racca Solutions Group

Our goal is for our clients to achieve their peak performance. Racca Solutions Group provides a multi-disciplined pragmatic approach that adds value to your business. We partner with our clients throughout a process that focuses on us listening to your ideas and goals and then developing practical solutions that lead you to your targets. Working together, we develop solutions to achieve your goals. Our approach is simple, and battle tested.


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.



BDO is a relationship-driven accounting & advisory organization.  With more than 60 offices nationwide, BDO provides assurance, tax, and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. As the U.S. Member Firm of BDO International Limited, we leverage the international resources and relationships from 1,500 offices in 162 countries to serve our clients wherever they may do business.

Silver Sponsors

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BVA Group

Founded in 1974, BVA Group is a nationally recognized litigation, valuation, and financial advisory firm. BVA professionals have experience in Big Four accounting, investment banking, and strategy consulting.  BVA has valued business interests ranging from small family-owned businesses to multinational corporations valued in the billions, and evaluated damages in litigation matters ranging from small commercial disputes to conflicts with over $25 billion at stake. BVA professionals have testifying experience in a wide variety of jurisdictions including federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, state courts, and domestic and international arbitration.



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.




FactSet creates flexible, open data and software solutions for tens of thousands of investment professionals around the world, providing instant access to financial data and analytics that investors use to make crucial investment decisions. We bring together the world of big data, your own in-house data, and our own unique alternative data to help investment professionals see and seize opportunity sooner. FactSet helps the world’s leading financial professionals stay ahead of global market trends, access extensive company and industry intelligence, and monitor performance with our leading desktop analytics, mobile applications, and comprehensive data feeds.

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Rice University (Master of Accounting)

Rice University’s one-year Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program is specifically designed for people whose undergraduate major was not accounting. Students learn from faculty who teach in the highly-ranked Jones Graduate School of Business and gain not only the technical knowledge needed to pass the CPA exam, but also an interdisciplinary understanding of how business and accounting interact.

The Rice MAcc Class of 2017 had a 100% job placement rate. Only three prerequisite accounting courses are needed, and two of them are offered during the summer at the Rice Jones Graduate School of Business. Scholarships are available. Learn more at

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C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston

The C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston is located in the heart of Houston and fuels the city’s workforce. Our graduate students have the benefits of an on-campus education, a world-renowned faculty that provides personalized attention in classrooms of diverse professionals and a strong network of Bauer alumni that dominates the Houston workforce.

Bauer’s Master of Science programs are geared toward individuals who want to develop specialized skills in specific fields to fast track their careers. The Bauer MBA allows each student to customize their learning experience with a variety of program choices, flexible class schedule and offers of more than 100 MBA electives.  Visit our webpage to learn more about the Bauer Graduate Programs


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


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.


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.



SmartRoom, a powerful cloud-based deal management solution, for due diligence, fundraising, M&A deals, post-merger integration, secure collaboration, restructuring, legal settlements, and medical records analysis. This secure virtual data room (VDR) is easy to set up and use as it does not require any training, hardware, or software. Your teams can confidently share documents, access files, and securely complete due diligence simply via web browser.


Great American Title Company

Great American Title Company (Great American) headquartered in Spring, Texas is a leading provider of title insurance services. Great American currently operates multiple locations in the Houston Metropolitan area and is licensed to operate in 25 counties in Texas.


Seamless Solutions

Seamless Solutions is a leader in office equipment industry from the single MFP placement to managing a fleet of thousands of devices. Seamless has pioneered processes and technology to decrease down time and increase customer satisfaction, including automated dispatch, remote diagnostic, integrated meter collection, auto customer notification and surveys, and many other steps.


Frost Bank

Frost Bank is a Texas-chartered bank founded in 1868 and based in San Antonio, with 126 branches across the state. Frost is one of the largest Texas-based banks. The company offers a full range of commercial and consumer banking products, investment and brokerage services and insurance products to customers throughout Texas.



Founded in 2005, Opportune is a leading international energy consulting firm specializing in assisting clients across the energy industry, including upstream, midstream, downstream, power and gas, commodities trading and oilfield services.


First Water Advisors

First Water is a Houston-based finance and investment advisory firm partnering with small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to improve financial management, attract institutional capital, and execute on strategic and transaction objectives. With backgrounds spanning private equity, investment banking, commercial finance, and FP&A advisory, we bring diverse financial perspectives and skill sets not typically staffed in-house to empower SMB leaders and owners with advocates on their side of the table. First Water also provides consulting services to private equity-backed companies through a partnership with Accordion Partners, a New York-based consulting firm driving value creation initiatives for portfolio companies in the areas of strategic finance, performance improvement, and accounting advisory services.


Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Since 1902, Andrews Kurth Kenyon has built its practice on the belief that “straight talk is good business.” Real answers, clear vision and mutual respect define the firm’s relationships with clients, colleagues, communities and employees. With nearly 430 attorneys and 11 locations worldwide, Andrews Kurth Kenyon represents a wide array of clients in multiple industries. For more information about Andrews Kurth Kenyon, please visit


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.



Scotiabank is one of the leading foreign banks serving large national and multinational corporations in the U.S. through its Global Banking and Markets, Global Transaction Banking and Wealth Management business lines.

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Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

Gray Reed & McGraw is a Texas-based, full-service law firm with over 120 lawyers in Houston and Dallas. 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. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves 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 to avoid disputes.


Rock Hill Capital

Rock Hill Capital is a private equity firm that invests in small-to-lower middle market companies located in the South and Southeast U.S. with enterprise values up to $60 million. Rock Hill focuses on industrial products and service companies.