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Keith Martin

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Keith Martin is a transactional lawyer whose principal areas of practice are tax and project finance. He acted for 142 companies last year and worked on transactions in the United States and five foreign countries. He also lobbies Congress and the Treasury Department on policy issues.



Wesleyan University, B.A., 1974 George Washington University, J.D., 1977 The London School of Economics, M.Sc., 1978

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP was highly active for both sponsors and lenders in the renewable energy space; recent mandates include New York-based Robert Eberhardt acting for Allianz Risk Transfer and REsurety on a ten-year proxy revenue swap and associated price hedging arrangements for the Bloom wind farm in Kansas, and Benjamin Koenigsberg advising the lenders on the construction and equity bridge loan financing of the Deerfield wind project in Michigan. The practice is best known on the lender side, where remits extended to a number of multibillion-dollar conventional power deals; the team assisted a consortium of lenders on the $2.3bn financing for the Southland repowering project in Southern California, and Todd Alexander and Eberhardt advised GE, BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole on the $1.6bn financing of the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center in New York. Practice co-head Keith Martin and cross-border specialist Noam Ayali (both based in Washington DC) are also key figures. All named partners are based in New York save where stated otherwise. Rohit Chaudhry joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2018.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy regulatory: conventional power

Within: Energy regulatory: conventional power

Highly strategic and knowledgeableNorton Rose Fulbright US LLP focuses on compliance as well as enforcement matters and enhanced its bench strength with the Chadbourne & Parke merger in June 2017. The team’s recent caseload includes advising Brookfield Energy Marketing on FERC proceedings related to asset acquisition and representing Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative in a revenue recovery settlement proceeding before the commission. Another highlight was counselling Dominion Virginia Power on a petition for review of FERC transmission cost allocation orders. The group is jointly led by Joseph Williams, Michael Yuffee, Keith Martin and Rohit Chaudhry. Brian Greene and Michael Masri were elevated to the partnership.

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Energy transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy transactions: conventional power

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP provides ‘excellent tax advice on cutting edge issues’, with co-chair Keith Martin singled out as ‘an industry leader’. Of equal repute is co-chair Rohit Chaudhry, whose financing mandates included advising a consortium of lenders on the $2.3bn financing of the Southland repowering project in Southern California. Aside from Washington DC, where both named partners are based, the practice is also present in New York; Todd Alexander and Robert Eberhardt acted for the senior lenders on the $1.6bn financing of the Cricket Valley Energy Center in New York.

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Energy: renewable/alternative

Within: Leading lawyers

Keith Martin - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘solution-oriented and efficient team’ includes a considerable number of highly regarded practitioners, including DC-based joint heads of practice Keith Martin and Rohit Chaudhry, and New York-based Todd Alexander; Martin is particularly recommended for tax equity work, while Alexander is highly rated on the debt side. Another key figure is New York-based Robert Eberhardt who handled the development, financing and commodity hedging arrangements for a number of wind farm projects in Texas and Kansas. The broad practice takes in M&A mandates and in one example Alexander acted for Ullico Infrastructure Master Fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of assets owned by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments.

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