International Energy Finance Panel Lead by Brian Rosenblatt, Eric Wittleder, James Cisco, and Nanda Kamat
What regions are seeing the most energy project development activity and where do the global opportunities lie? What are specific policies and macro-economic factors that have encouraged growth in these regions? What does the risk reward profile look like for investors and how does that compare across regions? What are investors perspectives are on investing in developing countries with regards to institutional and geopolitical risk? How has the volatility in oil prices affected the power development market and demand for renewable energy globally?
Brian Rosenblatt is the Senior Associate at Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, Vinson & Elkins.
Brian focuses his practice on counseling private equity funds and their portfolio companies, hedge funds, master limited partnerships, and other public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, joint ventures, capital markets transactions, and general corporate matters. His capital markets experience includes the representation of master limited partnerships and other issuers in initial public offerings, as well as public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.
Brian Rosenblatt is also a corporate attorney at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. where he advises private equity firms, their portfolio companies, hedge funds, wealthy family offices, project sponsors and developers, and other public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions, equity and credit investments, financings, project developments, joint ventures, and other complex business transactions across the natural resources, energy, and infrastructure industries. Mr. Rosenblatt is also an adjunct professor at Tulane University Law School where he instructs students in an intensive M&A skills “boot camp” program. Mr. Rosenblatt received his BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California, earned his JD from Tulane University Law School, and earned his MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
Brian has extensive international energy experience and has worked with Riverstone Holdings on its equity commitment to Sierra Oil & Gas, Mexico’s first independent exploration and production company. Additionally, Brian worked with Riverstone Holdings on its line of equity co-investment in White Rose Energy Ventures Holdings, a West African-focused exploration and production company.
Brian graduated cum laude and holds both a J.D. as well as an M.B.A. from Tulane University. Brian also graduated cum laude and holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California. Brian is an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School.
Vice President of the Specialized Finance Division at Americas Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Eric is a Vice President in the Specialized Finance Division at SMBC. In this capacity, Eric is responsible for executing complex structured finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors throughout the Americas.
In his most recent assignment, Eric advised senior management on the formation and buildup of a project finance team at Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), a regional development bank in Colombia, where he was seconded for 18 months and in which SMBC has an 8.8% equity stake. Prior to joining SMBC in 2012, Eric worked at Espirito Santo Investment Bank and WestLB AG, where his primary focus was project finance in Latin America.
Eric holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service. Eric speaks English and Spanish, and is proficient in Portuguese.
James “Jim” Sisco is the Founder, President at ENODO Global, Inc.
James R. Sisco (U.S. Navy, retired) is the founder and President of ENODO Global, Inc. Jim draws upon a distinguished 23-year military career in Marine Corps Special Forces and Naval Intelligence to lead ENODO Global. He brings to ENODO a wealth of knowledge and experience in leadership, management, risk and intelligence analysis, international security and development, national level strategy and policy development, and counter-insurgency proficiencies.
Jim developed a comprehensive understanding of population-centric engagement through diverse assignments worldwide. He immersed himself in foreign cultures to develop in-depth knowledge through practical experience. His career spans from leading Marine Reconnaissance missions in OPERATION DESERT STORM to serving as the military liaison to Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (’95) and a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (’05). He is an internationally recognized author and speaker on various defense and private sector issues. Jim also co-authored “Left of Bang” with Lieutenant General Flynn, U.S. Army, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and is recognized within the U.S. Intelligence Community as a leader in population-centric activities.
Nanda Kamat is the Director of the Project Finance Group at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFG (MUFG)
Nanda Kamat is a Director on the project finance team of MUFG, the leading project finance lender in the Americas. Nanda has broad experience across the infrastructure, energy and power sectors, having most recently led financings and/or advisory assignments for the $2 billion Purple Line Light Rail Transit project and Cheniere Energy Partners’ $2.8 billion refinancing of its midstream assets.
Prior to joining MUFG, Nanda was previously an Associate in Goldman Sachs’ Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking Group, where she worked on several buy-side advisory assignments and bond offerings. Nanda began her career in the Project Finance Group of Société Générale. Nanda holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Finance from New York University.