Curt Launer


Curt is a Founder of Bakken Energy (formerly Bakken Midstream Natural Gas). He brings over 30 years of midstream energy experience to the leadership team of Bakken Energy. He is an accountant by background and began his career at Arthur Young & Company where he became an oil and gas specialist with clients including Mobil Oil and Hess. Following a stint with Mobil he joined a privately held exploration and production company that was drilling in Texas, Oklahoma and North Dakota.

His accounting and energy background led to Wall Street in Equities Research focused on Natural Gas pipelines, exploration and production and midstream infrastructure. From 1987 until 2001, Curt was with Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette and stayed with Credit Suisse until 2005 after DLJ was acquired by that firm.

He was ranked #1 in the Institutional Investor Poll of Analysts in the Natural Gas Industry from 1989 through 2001 (except 1996). In recognition of his 12 years of #1 ranking with investors world wide, Curt was inducted into the
“Institutional Investor Hall of Fame” in 2011 and was called “one of the best analysts of all time” for his work in Natural Gas and Energy Related Master Limited Partnerships (MLPS).

During his career as an analyst and investment banker, Curt has originated and participated in over $30 billion in merger and acquisition transactions and over $50 billion in equity and debt capital raising.

He contributed to numerous critical events in the industry by testifying in Congressional and Regulatory proceedings including the regulatory and tax approval of midstream assets in MLPs, natural gas related issues that came before US and foreign governments and proceedings involving the demise of Enron, where he assisted the investigation and prosecution of former executives.

In 2005, Curt became an investment banker dedicated to the same industry sectors, first with the boutique M&A firm Sagent Advisors and later with Deutsche Bank where he successfully completed transactions and capital raises in infrastructure, MLP qualifying assets, exploration and production and Liquefied Natural Gas. In 2013, Curt joined the start up of American Energy Partners (AELP), formed by Aubrey McClendon. AELP raised over $15 billion and achieved numerous successes in E&P, Midstream and Minerals entities.

Immediately prior to joining Bakken Midstream, Curt was with S2K Financial, a firm that AELP invested in as a broker dealer developing and distributing securities and performing advisory investment banking focused on real estate, energy and credit. Curt led the energy activities of the firm.