Bracewell’s Laura Martone has been featured in TXF News’ “Stages for Change” series, which takes a look at the exceptionally talented women who are making an impact in the commodities industry.
Martone’s Q&A takes a look at the energy transition, high-profile fraud and default cases that scathed the commodities industry and the importance of having a strong network of mentors.
“Right now, we are watching the energy transition unfold. It’s something the industry has been talking about for years, but it has hit us that it is here now and happening right in front of our eyes. It’s a fascinating thing to be a part of, especially considering that I have done a lot of work in the oil and gas space over the years,” said Martone.
“I also think in the commodity landscape, all eyes are on the various high-profile fraud cases that have taken place over the past few years. Several banks have either left the sector or pulled back, and I’m intrigued as to how they will mitigate risk going forward, who will fill the funding gap, and if the smaller players in the commodity finance space will have sufficient access to capital going forward. Of course, trading cannot be brought to a halt. There are a lot of interesting things going on right now, and it's exciting to be a part of it.”
As for having a strong network of mentors, Martone adds, “I honestly feel as though I owe 90 percent of my career to the mentors I’ve had along the way. A lot of the women that supported me throughout the early stages of my career are not practicing anymore, and I feel truly fortunate that I had that opportunity to make the most of their guidance.”