Senior Vice President, Macquarie Energy
Co-Chairman – Houston
Rachael is a Senior Vice President in the Energy Markets Division at Macquarie Energy focused on energy structuring and origination. Rachael works with power and gas clients to develop structured financing solutions with a focus on energy supply and has previous experience managing structured transactions and supply deals throughout their lifecycles. Rachael joined Macquarie in Houston in 2008 after previous experience supporting the derivatives trading desk at UBS in London and Sydney, Australia. Rachael began her career in equity operations at JP Morgan in Sydney, Australia. Rachael holds a Masters in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Studies with majors in Finance and Economics from Massey University, New Zealand.
Co-Chairman – Houston
Attorney, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Katy Shurin is a member of the Energy, Power and Natural Resources Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Katy advises clients in the energy and commodities sectors on a wide array of complex transactional matters, including matters relating to commodities trading, commercial lending, project finance, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with a particular focus on the power, renewables, and upstream and midstream oil and gas industries.
Katy’s experience includes counseling investment banks, commodities trading firms, energy companies, private equity funds and other energy and commodities investors in structuring, analyzing and negotiating structured financings, credit facilities, physical and financial commodity hedging arrangements, power purchase agreements and other physical off-take agreements, joint ventures, and asset and stock purchase and sale agreements.
Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Katy worked in New York as a capital markets and securities associate, where she represented publicly traded and privately held companies in connection with initial public offerings, secondary and follow-on offerings, shelf registrations, exchange offers, PIPEs, rights offerings, private placements and offerings pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S, and advised clients on SEC reporting and corporate governance matters.
Financial Advisor, Manske Wealth Management
Houston Philanthropy Committee
Elisa Fierro is a Financial Advisor at Manske Wealth Management, where she offers individual portfolio design for institutions and individuals. She helps her clients meet their financial goals by diligently working to minimize taxes, increase net worth over time, and provide a secure retirement. She leads the firm’s efforts in Asset Valuation by working closely with Divorce Attorneys and providing the proper valuation and actual division of assets in sophisticated divorces. She’s glad to help the attorney’s office with this key component of the divorce transaction. She is also one of the few investment advisors in Houston that focuses on the specialized compliance requirements for the upper echelons of professional consulting. Elisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological and Physical Sciences from the University of Houston-Downtown and is very active with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she serves on the Wine Sales Committee.
Founder, POV Consulting
Houston Philanthropy Committee
Emily is the Founder of POV Consulting, providing capital raising, deal origination, and consulting for lower to middle market focused equity and debt funds, independent sponsors, as well as service providers. Prior, Ms. Halpern was responsible for Originations for the Southeast Region for Brightwood Capital Advisors, a New York based firm managing over $2B in assets providing direct lending and equity solutions focused on the lower and middle market segment. Prior to joining Brightwood, Ms Halpern was a Director in McGladrey’s Client Services Group overseeing the Southeast Private Equity Practice in a business development role, covering private equity sponsors and debt providers. Her role served in a variety of businesses where she was responsible for planning, strategy, consulting and overall client relationship management. Prior to McGladrey, Ms Halpern was a Vice President at JPMorgan Asset Mangement based in New York where she advised mid-size US institutional investors on solutions across a spectrum of long only and alternatives asset classes. Prior to her role at JPM, she served in various roles with PNC Advisors, First Union Capital Mangement Group, and NationsBank Syndications Group.
Ms Halpern earned her B.S. from Elon College, and is involved with Associate for Corporate Growth (ACG), a variety of women’s initiatives and mentoring, as well as the First Tee Program.
Become a member to gain access to our numerous discounts for goods and services, including 5-star hotels.
The benefits of membership in TXWSW are myriad and include the ability to connect to some of the top women in finance through both networking and philanthropic events.
TXWSW not only builds up the financial community from within but looks to the communities in which we are located to serve them at the same time. It is in this spirit that we ask you to join us now by signing up for one of our membership levels.