Energy Restructuring: Looking Forward and Backward
Technology has brought about radical changes in the energy industry, including the creation of new E&P companies, new cost structures and “just-in-time” revenue opportunities, and challenges to all companies in the production-to-consumer stream, including servicing and mid-stream. These changes, and the uncertainty regarding pricing and the evolution of new, unconventional competition, have led to a number of restructurings during the last cycle, as well as uncertainty on the appropriate capital structure and status for the industry going forward. As we transition from the last energy restructuring cycle of 2015-17, what is our takeaway from the key valuation and other issues that were faced? Does the industry require different thinking regarding the relative amounts of debt versus equity? What is the state of energy dealmaking and capital markets? Can we expect further industry restructuring and consolidation? What is the future of unconventional energy sources and traditional offshore sources? Our energy experts examine these and other issues from a variety of different perspectives, including deal-making, judicial, legal, operations and financial.