Energy Finance Panel Educates Students on Possible Careers

Lance Dardis, Jordan Marye, and Patrick McWilliams

Lance Dardis, Jordan Marye, and Patrick McWilliams

March 27, 2015

BATON ROUGE – Students interested in a finance career in the energy industry are invited to attend a speakers panel featuring E. J. Ourso College of Business alumni Lance Dardis, Jordan Marye and Patrick McWilliams.

The event is Tuesday, March 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 1920 of the Business Education Complex.


Dardis is a senior managing director in Evercore’s Oil and Gas Acquisition and Divestiture advisory business and a leading advisor to exploration and production companies with a specific focus on oil and gas acquisition and divestiture transactions. He has more than 10 years of investment banking experience, most recently serving as a director at Scotia Waterous, where he was responsible for managing client relationships and leading deal teams involving acquisitions and divestitures for exploration and production clients. Since joining Evercore, Dardis has advised companies such as Linn Energy, Midstates Petroleum, EP Energy, Panther Energy, Cabot Oil and Gas and Carrizo Oil and Gas – among others – on transactions involving more than $10 billion of oil and gas assets. Dardis received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University in 1997 and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.


Marye is a partner at Denham Capital Management LP. He co-leads the firm’s Oil & Gas investment effort and is responsible for management, origination, analysis, structuring and execution of investments for the O&G Deal Team. He is also a member of the Fund Investment and Valuation Committees and brings more than 11 years of energy experience to the firm. Prior to joining Denham, Marye was an analyst in the Global Energy Group of UBS Investment Bank and a consultant in the Energy Practice of Huron Consulting Group. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from LSU in 2003.


McWilliams has served with JPMorgan Chase since 2012 and currently leads the commercial banking coverage of the top regional, energy-focused, private equity sponsors. His background includes 15 years focused on energy finance for upstream oil, gas, and power companies. In his previous role, McWilliams launched the MM Oil & Gas Finance practice at JPMorgan Chase with the goal of providing debt capital and other financial services to privately owned E&P companies. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from LSU in 2000.


This event is part of the college’s Energize Business Initiative, which will provide unique and expanded programs designed to support the energy and petrochemical sectors, as well as make our business graduates more competitive for employment in energy-related careers. These programs include the formation of a proposed undergraduate energy minor, a specialization within the Flores MBA Program and joint course offerings with other LSU colleges.


The Department of Finance is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program Partner and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board-Registered Program that offers high quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab boasts the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit our home page or call 225-578-6291.


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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business