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Jonathan Rod

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Jonathan Rod is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where he is a member of the Finance Department and Chair of the Project Development & Finance Practice. He formerly served as global Co-chair of the Energy - Power Industry Group.


United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Jonathan Rod - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Project finance

Latham & Watkins LLP draws on its impressive investment banking and international banking following to advise on a high volume of lender mandates relating to energy projects. ‘Very versatile’ practice head Jonathan Rod and counsel Amy Maloney acted for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the $551m refinancing of the Trans Bay Cable in California, and Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Greenberg, who is ‘terrific on conventional power projects’, advised BNP Paribas, Bank of America, and Credit Agricole on the construction financing of the Hickory Run power project in Pennsylvania. On the sponsor side, the practice regularly acts for developers and private equity funds, and in one example of the former Matthew Henegar and Eli Katz assisted Alterra Power with the construction loan and tax equity financing of the Flat Top Wind Farm in Texas. Arclight Capital and The Blackstone Group are key private equity clients; Maloney and Washington DC-based David Penna are advising the latter on the private placement of senior-secured notes concerning the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Louisiana. The practice was further enhanced by the promotion of San Diego-based Kelly Thomason Self to counsel, and the arrival of Eugene Elrod and Patrick Nevins, who are based in Washington DC, from Sidley Austin LLP and Hogan Lovells US LLP respectively. All named partners are based in New York except where stated otherwise.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy transactions: conventional power

Latham & Watkins LLPoffers a very high level of service across multi-disciplines’, with Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Greenberg singled out as ‘a top option for project finance deals’; Greenberg and New York-based Christopher Cross advised AES on a private placement, construction loan and liquidity facilities relating to the AES Southland Energy Project in Arizona and California. On the M&A side, recent big-ticket mandates include New York-based co-chair David Kurzweil acting for Energy Capital on the $17bn acquisition of Calpine. Other recommended practitioners in New York are Jonathan Rod, who has ‘unparalleled capital markets execution experience’, and Paul Kukish. Washington DC-based David Schwartz co-chairs the practice. Eli Hunt joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in March 2018.

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Energy: renewable/alternative

Within: Leading lawyers

Jonathan Rod - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team excels at project finance. New York based Matthew Henegar and the ‘very versatileJonathan Rod acted for Allianz Global Investors on the project financing for the Grande Prairie Wind Farm in Nebraska, and Henegar and LA-based Jeffrey Greenberg acted for Morgan Stanley on a private placement by Texoma Wind for the financing of four wind facilities. Other key figures include DC-based David Penna and New York-based Eli Katz, who were both busy in the tax equity space. The team also handles M&A for the likes of ArcLight Capital Partners. New York-based David Kurzweil and DC-based David Schwartz jointly head the practice.

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