Trends To Watch In 2019

What is not uncertain is capital—there is plenty of it but a lot is sitting on the sidelines.

“Private equity investors are trying to think beyond the standard playbook,” Cliff Vrielink, co-managing partner of Sidley Austin LP’s Houston office and co-leader of the law firm’s global energy practice, told Hart Energy. “We continue to have a lot of money that wants to be put to work and the ‘easy deals’ aren’t out there so we’re still trying to figure out where the opportunities lie and how to capture those.”

That corresponds to a new level of introspection within the industry.