THE DE LAVAL YEAGER GROUP Litigation Services: Expert Listing
Michael De Laval
Michael De Laval has more than 20 years of trading and risk management experience for major companies, including investment banks, trading companies, non-regulated utility trading arms, and petroleum majors. He has experience as a physical and financial trader in the energy markets, as a derivatives trader in the agricultural, bond and currency markets, and he has been a local floor trader on both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. He has deep expertise in option portfolio management and transaction structuring. He has served as Head Trader on both a global and domestic basis across portfolios comprised of physical and financial petroleum, middle distillate & jet fuel, natural gas and natural gas liquids and petro-chemicals. He has been advisory counsel in the development of physical and financial energy trading businesses, as well as counsel on transaction specific engagements. He has been responsible for front, middle and back office oversight for a large integrated physical and financial energy trading company. He has expertise in the design and implementation of customized trading solutions in integrated energy portfolios, as well as transactional structuring for physical assets with and without embedded derivatives. He is a leader in the asset optimization arena for hard energy assets and has an in-depth, practical knowledge of complex derivative structures across multi-layered portfolios in the energy sector, including equity and debt structures. He has been the major driver for a number of midstream asset development projects in which his responsibility has spanned from the valuation and structuring from an equity and debt perspective to integrating the proper engineering to adapt to the requisite market opportunities and requirements. He has aided in the design and implementation of NGL & LPG marketing and trading organizations, with responsibilities for negotiations of counterparty contracts, assessments of a variety of related assets (LNG liquefaction, shipping & regasification; Liquids shipping, pipelines & storage; Natural Gas gathering, pipelines & storage; and Crude gathering, shipping, pipelines & storage) and negotiations of contracts related to the purchase, sale or use of these assets. He has been certified an expert in Hedge Funds, Funds of Funds and Natural Gas markets and has broad based experience providing testimony in both government actions and private litigation. Mr. De Laval is a Founding Partner at The De Laval Yeager Group (formerly ETA), served as a Principal in Bunker Hill Funds Management, a Houston, Texas based Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).
Dr. Jack Yeager
Dr. Jack Yeager has over 20 years of experience advising companies with commodity portfolios on ways to improve the management and performance of those portfolios, and nearly 15 years of experience doing the same for companies with energy portfolios. He has worked with energy producers, consumers, and marketers, as well as with operators and developers of energy infrastructure assets. He has also worked with non-energy commodity managers in the financial, agricultural, and construction sectors. Dr. Yeager has worked with energy traders, marketers, purchasers and project developers to model, analyze and improve their marketing & trading transactions and transactions strategies. He has also assisted in the structuring and negotiation of numerous transactions ranging from relatively straightforward bilateral derivative agreements to complex bilateral and multi-party transactions related to multi-billion dollar energy investments. He has assisted national oil companies in strategic assessment of marketing and trading opportunities in global natural gas and liquids markets, the development of specific marketing, trading & logistical strategies to be executed in these markets, the implementation of infrastructure required to execute those strategies, and the negotiation of transactions included in these strategies. Dr. Yeager has assisted senior executives in defining and implementing policies, processes and technologies that improve the discipline and capital effectiveness of their company’s energy portfolio marketing / hedging / risk management businesses. Dr. Yeager has also provided expert analysis and testimony in a number of disputes related to trading and marketing. He holds a doctorate in Finance and is a Founding Partner with The De Laval Yeager Group (Formerly ETA).
Walt Bratic has over 30 years business and consulting experience across a broad range of industries. He has been involved in a variety of litigation matters, involving patent, trademark, copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, tax disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, and antitrust matters. In particular, with respect to intellectual property, he has performed valuations, conducted licensing negotiations and strategic management studies for corporate clients including multinational and international joint ventures, start-up and development stage companies. He has also performed research and analysis regarding industry dynamics and IP management practices, portfolio optimization, evaluation of corporate IP strategies, and effects of technology investment, innovation, adoption and transfer on competition. Mr. Bratic has testified in federal and state court, ICC, ITC and AAA proceedings related to intellectual property issues, including: economic, financial, accounting and business matters as they relate to damages, technology trends and industry licensing practices. Mr. Bratic has testified to antitrust and competition, standard setting and patent misuse issues in various cases. He has also served as a court appointed expert. Mr. Bratic holds a MBA from the Wharton Graduate School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held senior level positions at consulting firms Charles River Associates, InteCap, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Whinney (predecessor to Ernst & Youg). Currently, Mr. Bratic is Managing Director of OverMont Consulting and Senior Consultant to Energy Trading Advisory.
Carmen Eggleston has over 30 years experience in valuation, corporate restructuring, litigation, and strategic consulting. Her experience includes working with both small firms and Fortune 500 / 100 companies in a variety of industries including energy, manufacturing, retail, and service. Ms. Eggleston has provided expert testimony regarding accounting, financial, and economic issues in Federal District Court, United States Tax Court, United States Bankruptcy Court, State District Court, and arbitration settings. She has been involved in a variety of litigation matters, including solvency, valuation, patent infringement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, tax disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, and others. Ms. Eggleston holds a Masters of Accounting and BA in Economics and Management Studies from Rice University. She has held senior roles at Charles River Associates and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Ms. Eggleston is currently Managing Director at OverMont Consulting and a Senior Consultant to Energy Trading Advisory.
Vignesh Gulasingam is a Senior Consultant for The De Laval Yeager Group . He has extensive energy sector experience in North American power markets including energy and asset management functions, portfolio optimization and strategic planning, acquisitions and divestiture, business/project development, forecasting and valuation, plant operations, commercial contract negotiations and regulatory affairs. He possesses proven ability to formulate business strategies, sell the value proposition to the investment community to raise capital, oversee project development and management of all commercial activities. Mr. Gulasingam brings a unique perspective to engagements, having worked in leadership roles at regulated and unregulated electric utilities, leading energy consulting firms and a start-up independent power producer. He is a goal oriented, customer focused professional with an entrepreneurial mindset. Mr. Gulasingam holds a Masters and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.
Mark Fuqua is a Senior Consultant with The De Laval Yeager Group. He has over twenty years experience in the oil and gas industry, focused primarily on the acquisition, development, optimization and operation of midstream oil and gas assets. He has been involved in every aspect of the operation and growth of a successful natural gas pipeline company. Mr. Fuqua has also been involved in development of bio-diesel and LNG re-gasification projects. He has served as expert, executive and officer for a number of energy companies. He holds a board position as President of the Treasure Island Municipal Utility Board (TIMUD). Mr. Fuqua is a voting member of the Brazoria County Shoreline Restoration Task Force and member of the Brazoria County Dune Committee. Mr. Fuqua received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A& I University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Bob Anderson became Executive Director of the CCRO in January 2004. In this role, he is the Committee’s principal spokesperson, lead strategist and chief administrator. He represents the Committee before the FERC, CFTC, Congress, and major industry conferences. Mr. Anderson is also President and founder of the new Energy Data Hub company which promises to lead the energy industry to much needed gains in market transparency and robustness in price formation.
Before agreeing to lead the CCRO, Mr. Anderson was a Corporate Vice President and the Chief Risk Officer for El Paso Corporation in Houston. From 1999 through early 2003, Mr. Anderson’s group introduced a new risk-capital based framework to controls, capital allocation, and performance measurement. He was a major contributor to the CCRO white paper on assessing capital adequacy.
Prior to El Paso, Mr. Anderson was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, at their Houston office. There he focused on helping energy industry clients to address their organizational, risk management, and asset valuation issues. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Anderson founded his own software development firm, providing data management tools for diesel price analytics. Just after graduate school at Duke, Mr. Anderson joined BP Oil Company where his experience included strategic planning, trading, and serving as head of energy derivatives marketing.
Mr. Anderson has received much public acknowledgement for his involvement in advancing energy risk management, including the “Famous Fifty” hall of fame award from Energy Risk Magazine, for contribution to energy markets over the last ten years.
Mr. Anderson’s educational background includes an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
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