Master Limited Partnerships: A Market Perspective on the Commission's Revised Policy Statement

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
DC Location: McGuireWoods (see calendar for Houston Location)
2001 K Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC , DC 20006

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Join an in-house panel of pipeline, shipper, and investment professionals as they discuss the Commission’s revised policy statement on the treatment of income taxes, including the Commission’s core finding that a tax allowance coupled with a return on equity pursuant to the DCF methodology results in a double recovery for MLPs, the reverberations in the market, and possible future ramifications.  The panel will be co-hosted in Washington, DC and Houston, linked by video conference with a happy hour in both locations to follow. 

This program is presented by the EBA's Oil and Liquids and Natural Gas Committees.


John P. Perkins, III, McGuireWoods

John Perkins is a trial lawyer and former acting branch chief in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Administrative Litigation. He represents utilities and other energy clients in FERC rate proceedings, and supports the firm’s transactional lawyers on federal regulatory matters related to mergers and acquisitions. John has experience advising companies seeking market-based rates, stated rates, and formula rates; filings to maintain market-based rates; and filing complaints and comments with respect to Regional Transmission Owners (RTOs).

While at FERC, John supervised a team of lawyers and support staff and served as lead trial attorney in rate proceedings for electric transmission projects, natural gas pipelines and oil pipelines, leading settlement negotiations and litigating administrative hearings.

John was in private practice for eight years before he joined FERC in 2013.


Shawn Carsten, Director, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Shawn Carsten was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of the General Partner effective March 2017. Mr. Carsten recently served as the Downstream Controller - Americas of Equilon Enterprises LLC d/b/a Shell Oil Products US (“SOPUS”). He is a 30-year Shell executive with deep financial and operational management experience, as well as significant experience in Shell’s Upstream, Downstream and Retail businesses. Prior to this role, Mr. Carsten was responsible for the financial results and control  framework for SOPUS, as well as finance operations personnel in the United States and in Asia. Mr. Carsten spent 2013 serving as the Finance Shareholding Representative for Motiva, a multi-billion dollar joint venture, where he was  responsible for assessing value proposals and investment opportunities. From 2011 through 2012 Mr. Carsten served as the Finance Manager for Supply and Distribution, supporting North and South America with operational management and functional leadership for capital project development, having served in various related capacities since 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Carsten served as the JV Finance Manager for Shell Chemicals in London from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Carsten held various assignments of increasing responsibility in Procurement, IT and Finance leading up to that time. Mr. Carsten holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Colorado and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Tom Abrams, Midstream Analyst, Morgan Stanley

Tom currently covers the Midstream Equities for Morgan Stanley.  His 30-year career as an analyst includes both sell- and buy-side experience covering both large- and mid-cap energy and basic material companies.  Most recently Tom was with Columbia Management with prior affiliations at Dreyfus, Credit Suisse First Boston, Oppenheimer, Kidder Peabody, and Lord Abbett.  He holds a CFA, an MBA from Cornell University, and a BA from Hamilton College.

Brian Watson, Senior Portfolio Manager, Director of Research, OFI SteelPath, Inc. 

Brian Watson, CFA serves as Director of Research and is a senior portfolio manager on the SteelPath Team. Prior to joining the Firm in 2009, Mr. Watson was a portfolio manager and led the MLP research effort at Swank Capital LLC, in Dallas, Texas. He also covered the MLP and diversified energy sectors for RBC Capital Markets in the firm’s Equity Research Division. Prior to this, Mr. Watson worked for Prudential Capital Group.


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DC Location: McGuireWoods, 2001 K Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (EST)

Houston Location: Vinson Elkins, 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77002
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm (CST)


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