Executive Vice President
& Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Arata joined Caiman Energy as CFO in October 2010. In early 2011, Mr. Arata led the effort to establish a $200 million twelve-bank syndicated revolving credit facility. Later that year, he negotiated and closed a $300 million preferred equity funding. In early 2012, Mr. Arata was a key part of the team that sold Caiman Eastern to Williams Partners (NYSE: WP2) for $2.5 billion.
Previously he served as CFO for Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) for more than five years. Mr. Arata joined Regency when it was a privately held company in 2005 and led the process of Regency becoming a publicly traded Master Limited Partnership in early 2006. During Mr. Arata’s tenure as CFO, Regency grew from an enterprise value of $400 million to nearly $5 billion.
Mr. Arata has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience. Regency completed eleven mergers, acquisitions and divestitures worth more than $3.6 billion during Mr. Arata’s five years at Regency. Mr. Arata’s financing experience includes more than $2 billion of debt financing in both the bank and bond markets, as well as more than $2 billion of equity capital markets transactions in both the private and public markets.
While at Regency, Mr. Arata was responsible for a wide range of activities, including mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, investor relations and communications, accounting, treasury, SOX compliance, internal audit, tax, information technology and human resources.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Arata worked for UBS Investment Bank for nine years in both Dallas, Texas, and in London, England, covering the power and pipeline sectors. At UBS, Mr. Arata advised on more than $40 billion of completed mergers and acquisitions as well as on numerous financings.
Prior to UBS, Mr. Arata spent four years as a consultant at Deloitte Consulting, performing strategic consulting assignments for energy clients.
Mr. Arata received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Business Administration in general business from Southern Methodist University. He also holds a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.