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Jessica Adkins

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Jessica Adkins's practice focuses on energy related commercial transactions, with an emphasis on the power and gas sectors. These transactions have included structured and commercial finance and secured credit arrangements, purchase and sale of commodities, physical and financial commodity hedging instruments and facilities, project development and acquisition and divestiture transactions. Her clients include energy companies, financial institutions, and private investors.


Prior to practicing law, Ms. Adkins was a process engineer for a multinational engineering and construction company in London and she conducted scientific research in Spain in conjunction with a U.S. Fulbright grant.


J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2001; B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 1997

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Bracewell LLP is focused on energy and infrastructure project finance transactions in the US, acting for both lenders and sponsors. New York-based Ron Erlichman, who jointly heads the team with Thomas Tomlinson in Houston, led advice for AP Energy Holdings and South Field Energy, affiliates of Advanced Power, on the financing and equity arrangements for the construction of the $1.3bn South Field Energy project, a 1182MW combined-cycle natural gas and electric generating facility located near Wellsville, Ohio. Erlichman and Houston-based Jessica Adkins, who is co-chair of the power projects practice group, acted for Coöperatieve Rabobank, National Australian Bank, and Siemens Financial Services as lenders in relation to the construction loan and credit facility for the Canadian Breaks project, a greenfield wind farm in the Texas panhandle situated approximately 30 miles west of Amarillo. In addition, Tomlinson and recently promoted partner Jeris Brunette, who is based in New York, advised YCI Methanol One on the renegotiation of its construction project finance agreements to accommodate its definitive investment agreement with Koch Methanol Investments (Koch Methanol), where Koch Methanol acquired an indirect minority equity interest in YCI Methanol One. Robin Miles, Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Rodriguez Marin in New York are also recommended, as are Houston-based Alan Rafte and Hans Dyke in Washington DC. Associates Paul McBride in New York and Jason Keating in Houston are also names to note.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

Bracewell LLP is particularly well known in the renewables space for advising project sponsors and developers including Pattern Energy, Recurrent Energy and First Solar. Jointly headed by New York-based John Klauberg and Houston-based Jessica Adkins, the team regularly advises on project development and finance, asset acquisitions and disposals, environmental permitting and tax equity investment transactions. The team is also active on the lender side, where Adkins and New York-based Ron Erlichman acted for a consortium of lenders including HSBC, National Australian Bank, Rabobank and Siemens Financial Services in the provision of a construction facility for a greenfield wind farm in the Texas, which involved a tax equity structure and a secured energy hedge.

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Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

The team at Bracewell LLP is 'excellent' and regularly acts for fuel, transmission, and regulated utilities, in addition to retail and wholesale power companies in commodities and hedging transactions. The 'solutions-oriented' power practice is jointly headed by Houston-based Jessica Adkins and New York-based John Klauberg, who is 'extremely knowledgeable' and provides 'consistently high-quality service'. Klauberg and New York-based Elena Rubinov acted for Great Plains Energy in its stock-for-stock merger with Westar Energy. Other key clients include Hydro One, Entergy Corporation and Southern Power. Also in the New York office, Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Marin joined from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, and Frederick Lark left for Mayer Brown.

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