Dore Law - September 2019

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Doré Rothberg McKay has officially launched a new tool we trust will be useful to your company — the Bankruptcy Tracker 2019. We’ve published information about the tracker in our newsletter since July (and we’ll continue to run it through the end of the year), but we wanted to take some extra time this month to fill you in on the tool’s full scope. At a glance (see the summary table inside our newsletter), our tracker lets you see the number of oilfield industry bankruptcies that have been filed in 2019, each of which are events that could affect your day-to-day credit and collection decisions. There has been a rise in oilfield bankruptcies since the year began, due to various contributing factors, including: • Low and fluctuating oil prices, which have caused many loans secured by reserves to become under-secured, triggering penalty or default loan terms • Depressed commodity prices in general, which have led E&P companies to reduce their exploration and development budgets • Competition for work that, with reduced drilling, has squeezed margins for most oilfield services companies • The reduction in reserve value that lenders are using as collateral, which often times drives the oilfield borrower into default pursuant to the loan documents

• Reluctance on the part of companies to “upgrade” their budgets, increase capacity, or borrow/invest more funds until the industry and product prices have stabilized This volume of oilfield industry bankruptcy filings doesn’t quite amount to the anarchy that took place in late 2014, but the increasing number of bankruptcies filed in 2019 suggests a shakeout of weaker or over- leveraged companies is still taking place. Just like lenders, credit departments will be more careful in making credit decisions and more vigorous in enforcing collections considering the trend.

Developing and sharing tools like the Bankruptcy Tracker 2019 are our way of giving back to our clients to help them stay sharp. A snapshot of select cases is provided within this month’s Doré Report , but for a complete and updated version of the Bankruptcy Tracker 2019 , contact Doré Rothberg McKay today. Clients like you have already put the Bankruptcy Tracker 2019 to work by comparing their customer lists with the list of bankruptcies, giving feedback to management on the number of collection problems avoided, and using it to support their credit and collection policies. We also offer a tool that will give you both IMMEDIATE notice of industry bankruptcies and information on most of the creditors involved within a day of a new filing: the Bankruptcy Alert . Each alert comes in the form of a detailed email that breaks down information we’ve extracted from the many filings that begin most company bankruptcies. If you are not already receiving this valuable email, contact us today at 281.829.1555 to be added to the list!

“We consider it our duty to keep an eye on industry trends and inform our clients of what we see.”

As the largest law firm in the Houston Energy Corridor, we at Doré Rothberg McKay feel we’re a part of the industry. We represent the most oilfield services companies of any law firm in Texas and file more mineral liens than any firm in the U.S., and we consider it our duty to keep an eye on industry trends and inform our clients of what we see. Our firm has represented service companies in nearly all of the complex oil and gas bankruptcies in the last several years and become the preeminent law firm in preferential transfer defense efforts.

-Zachary McKay

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RECOGNITION, FLEXIBILITY, AND PURPOSE 3 Tips for Attracting Millennial Employees

You might have heard people call millennials lazy, entitled, and afraid of long-term commitments, but that trend is starting to shift. Today, businesses can’t afford to write off millennials because they actually make up a major percentage of the workforce. According to the Pew Research Center, there were 56 million millennials either working or looking for work in 2017, making up 35% of the labor force. When so much of the country’s available labor is part of one demographic, you must ask yourself this question: How do I get millennials to work for me? CATER TO THE INDIVIDUAL Millennials don’t want to be just another cog in the machine. They want to work somewhere that values their unique skills and lets them use those skills effectively. When seeking millennial talent for your company, highly specific job listings will attract exceptional employees. Once they’re on board, be sure to nurture their skill set. Give them a chance to grow with your company, and they’ll be sure to stick around. DITCH THE 9-TO-5 Standard Offering more flexible work hours is a start, but if you really want to attract millennials, then your entire work environment should embrace modernity. Have

the latest tech and tools for day- to-day operations, offer frequent opportunities for promotions and raises, avoid micromanagement, and give your young employees room to learn and grow. CREATE A SENSE OF PURPOSE More than anything, millennials are looking for some level

of personal fulfillment — not just a paycheck. Create a brand story and work culture that expresses a greater purpose for prospective employees to get behind. Set high standards for the culture you want to create and maintain those standards. If you do this right, the talent you’re looking for will come to you. Just because millennials want more flexible work schedules and individual recognition doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to work hard. In fact, the opposite is true. By adapting your company culture to suit their lifestyle preferences, you can make sure your younger employees take an interest in your business and stick around.


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Arsenal Energy Holdings

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Texas-Southern Texas-Southern

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Integrity Directional Services


Fram Americas


Boulder Energy Solutions


Triangle Petroleum Cordero Oil and Gas

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EdgeMarc/EM Energy

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Elk Petroleum/Resolute

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PWR Oil & Gas General Partners


White Star Petroleum White Star Petroleum International Energy



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A full list of 2019 oil & gas bankruptcies, including expanded information, is available upon request to the Doré Law Group P.C. The full list has 173 business entities as of Aug. 6, 2019.

TOO MANY ‘TO-DOS’ The Art of Managing Your To-Do List To use the matrix, first use your best judgment to divide your tasks into the four quadrants. Then, take action on each quadrant as follows:

Do you have too many tasks on your to-do list? If you do, how do you decide what to do first and what to put off until later? For most of us, tasks that seem urgent move to the front of the line. If something demands to be done now, we get it done right away. However, deciding what’s urgent and what’s simply important can be a tricky task in itself. Fortunately, experts have already tackled that problem and given us some useful suggestions. In his bestseller “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey explains a method called the Eisenhower Decision Principle, which can help people make distinctions between what’s important and what’s urgent.

• Quadrant 1 (Important and Urgent) = Do first!

• Quadrant 2 (Important but Not Urgent) = Plan and do later

The principal is based on a

• Quadrant 3 (Not Important but Urgent) = Delegate the task


quote by former U.S. WWII Allied Commander and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who said, “What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.” Here’s what the matrix looks like:

• Quadrant 4 (Not Important and Not Urgent) = Eliminate the task

You will improve your performance the most by resolving to do the “Important and Urgent” tasks first, and you’ll save the most time by delegating the tasks that are “Urgent but Not Important” to someone else who will likely see the task as very important. It’s a win-win. Of course, life and work are never quite so simple. New tasks are constantly added, and the priority of old tasks may change. Nevertheless, this model could be a useful tool to help you organize the many tasks on your to-do list.

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Quadrant 2 Important Not Urgent

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Quadrant 3 Not Important Urgent

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Filling: • 5 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped • 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour

Topping: • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour • 1/3 cup brown sugar • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon • 1/4 tsp salt • 6 tbsp chilled butter, cut into pieces • 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

• 2 tbsp maple syrup • 1 tbsp lemon juice


1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. In a mixing bowl, mix all filling ingredients together. Transfer to individual serving ramekins. 3. In a different mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the topping. Mix in butter until it forms lumps roughly the size of a pea, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle topping over filling. 4. Bake for 35–40 minutes, let stand for 10 minutes, and serve.





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A Reading List for Real Success


What does every successful person have in common? They read. Avid reading is a key characteristic of the ultra successful because, through great ideas, you can learn how to achieve your full potential. If you want to be more successful in business and in life, you should definitely add these great books to your reading list. ‘BUSINESS ADVENTURES: TWELVE CLASSIC TALES FROM THE WORLD OF WALL STREET’ BY JOHN BROOKS Who read it? Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Famously loaned to Bill Gates by Warren Buffett himself, “Business Adventures” was written and originally published shortly after the stock market crash of 1962. In this book, John Brooks recorded the successes and failures of 12 major companies of the era, including Ford, Xerox, and General Electric.

experience the world we live in. Each letter is a valuable reminder that we should never underestimate our own artistic spirit.

‘IT’S NOT ABOUT THE COFFEE: LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM A LIFE AT STARBUCKS’ BY HOWARD BEHAR Who read it? Katrina Lake, founder and CEO of Stitch Fix Starbucks is known for its quick coffee and seasonally controversial cups, but that’s not what turned the company into a world- conquering success. In “It’s Not About the Coffee,” Howard Behar highlights the importance of company culture and the role business leaders play in helping their team members reach their full potential. ‘CREATIVITY, INC.: OVERCOMING THE UNSEEN FORCES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF TRUE INSPIRATION’ BY ED CATMULL WITH AMY WALLACE Who read it? Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, is responsible for some of the most successful animated movies in the history of cinema. “Creativity, Inc.” explores the creative process behind such films and how this process can be replicated in any industry. Forbes has suggested that Catmull’s book “just might be the best business book ever written.”

‘LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET’ BY RAINER MARIA RILKE Who read it? Jen Rubio, co-founder and president of Away

From 1903–1908, renowned German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote letters to a young, aspiring poet. These candid thoughts from one of the greatest artistic minds offer insights on life, love, and how to fully


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