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Josh Sherman Partner

Principle Areas of Practice

  • Technical Research
  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • SEC Reporting
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Contract, Financial Instrument & Derivative Reviews

Professional Experience

Josh is the Partner in charge of the Complex Financial Reporting group of Opportune LLP, including oversight of the firm’s Denver and Tulsa offices. Josh has 20 years of experience in providing clients across the energy spectrum with technical research, capital markets and SEC reporting assistance. Josh and his team of over 30 professionals have led all financial statement and disclosure aspects of the Capital Markets process for dozens of IPOs, reverse mergers (de-SPAC transactions), and debt and equity private placements within the upstream, midstream, oilfield services and power sectors. In addition, he assists over 100 clients across many industries annually with researching, concluding, and reporting for the most complex transactions affecting their businesses. Prior to joining Opportune, Josh worked in the audit and global energy markets department with Deloitte & Touche, where he managed the audits of regulated gas and electric utilities, independent power producers, and energy trading entities.

Josh currently serves as an Independent Director of U.S. Energy Development Corporation, a private direct investment upstream operating company located in Arlington, Texas. Josh previously served on the board of directors as Audit Committee Chairman of JP Energy (MLP), Trans Energy, and Voyager Oil & Gas. Specifically, as the Lead Independent Director of Trans Energy, Josh initiated and led the company’s successful restructuring and ultimate sale to EQT – a transaction recognized by the M&A Advisor as a winner for the 2017 M&A Deal of the Year ($100MM-$200MM).

Outside of Opportune, Josh has been involved in several community and school activities. Josh currently serves on his alma mater’s Executive Committee of the McCombs Energy Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, the Executive Leadership Team (former Co-Chair) of the American Heart Association’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Award honoring college football’s Coach of the Year, and the Advisory Committee of the AICPA/PDI Oil & Gas Conference. Josh is also a past Board Member and Audit Chair of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County.

Representative Projects

  • Leads all aspects of clients’ Capital Markets processes, including identifying and resolving SEC reporting issues; drafting the Registration or Proxy Statement; managing the audit timeline; and drafting SEC pre-clearance letters, pro forma financial statements, and responses to SEC comment letters.
  • Leads technical consultations on the most complex transactions for Opportune’s clients, in which the firm serves as a liaison and advocate for its clients when working with their Board, external auditor or the SEC.
  • Leads in-depth analyses of client’s operating expenses and overhead cost infrastructure to assist management teams, Boards, equity sponsors and/or bondholders in achieving additional liquidity by generating operating free cash flow. Josh and his team coordinate with the Partners of the firm’s service lines to provide solutions addressing technology, engineering, field operations and logistics, accounting, treasury, and internal/external financial reporting.
  • Advisor and advocate to clients in all industries to identify, measure, address, and report on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters affecting, or related to, their operations. Opportune is unique in its advocacy for traditional oil and gas companies in their efforts to improve ESG performance as this sector continues to serve as a vital partner with both non-energy and renewable companies to collectively achieve a net-zero carbon future.
  • Leads quality of earnings, working capital and other financial due diligence efforts in support of both buy-side and sell-side acquisitions across multiple industries.
  • Advisor to clients in all industries on the design of personnel organization structure, including the number, function, and cash/incentive compensation structure of employees. These engagements utilize Opportune’s understanding of the client’s business, financial results, target projections and peer group to provide an analysis and recommendations that prove deeper than industry or general market survey results.
  • Technical advisor to Opportune’s oil and gas back-office outsourcing clients (client base exceeding 200 entities) on best practices related to the recordkeeping, valuation, and disclosure of their activities, which include operated and non-operated working interests, royalty and profit interests, and private equity/joint venture investments.
  • Previously served as interim Chief Accounting Officer for Memorial Production Partners LP (now Amplify) and Southern Union (now a subsidiary of Energy Transfer).