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Paul Hastings LLP

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Peter Weiner

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Paul Hastings LLP

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Environmental and Energy Group


Specialties: Renewable Energy permitting and regulatory work; Brownfields redevelopment and contaminated property cleanup; OSHA. Also active in Greenhouse Gas and Cap and Trade Regulation; air quality; water quality; Endangered Species Act; National Environmental Policy Act; California Environmental Quality Act


Partner at Paul Hastings LLP since 1997. Previously at other National Law Firms. Special Assistant to Governor (Brown) of California for Toxic Substances Control (1979-82); Chief Deputy Director of Department of Industrial Relations (1981-82).


CA and US Supreme Court Bars


B.A. Harvard, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa (1966) LLB. Yale, Member of Yale Law Journal (1970) M.Sc.Econ. London School of Economics (1967)


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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Paul Hastings LLP¬†is instructed by sponsors and lenders in relation to energy and infrastructure projects, and it is particularly noted for its expertise in advising on projects in Latin America. New York-based¬†Robert Kartheiser, who heads the team, advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Corporaci√≥n Financiera de Desarrollo on the $142m project financing for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic systems by the borrower Ergon Per√ļ to supply electricity to rural areas not connected to the power grid in Peru. Kartheiser and Cathleen McLaughlin, who is also based in New York, advised Glenfarne Group on a $400m syndicated senior secured loan to subsidiary company Prime Energ√≠a. Recently promoted partner Elicia Ling¬†in New York, William DeGrandis¬†in Washington DC, Peter Weiner¬†in San Francisco and Roberta Bassegio, who is based across the firm‚Äôs New York and S√£o Paulo offices, are also key figures.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

Advising on regulatory issues related to the running of natural gas-fired generation projects, wind and solar projects and emergent storage developments are some key areas of focus at Paul Hastings LLP. The environment and energy practice group is led by DC-based corporate partner William DeGrandis. Recent highlights include Peter Weiner (San Francisco) and others assisting First Solar with obtaining permits for its Cal Flats project. The team also represents the client in negotiations concerning solar regulatory policy with the DOE and Bureau of Land Management. The firm's client list also includes the likes of Georgia Transmission Corporation and Olympus Power Company. Michael Spafford (DC) is another name to note.

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Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

The team at Paul Hastings LLP advises on corporate deals including M&A, asset disposals, and a variety of capital markets and financing transactions. Washington DC-based practice head William DeGrandis is 'fantastic, very proactive, and an excellent early warning radar for issues in a transaction'. Another key lawyer is San Francisco-based Peter Weiner, who has 'excellent industry knowledge' and is 'adept at handling tense situations'.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Paul Hastings LLP has particular strengths in brownfield project and contaminated site matters related to real estate and energy developments. A standout highlight included acting for several affiliates of Lennar Corporation and Five Point Holdings in the $8bn mixed-use development of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Candlestick Point in San Francisco, namely dealing with allegations of fraudulent performance of radiological remediation by a Navy contractor; San Francisco-based Gordon Hart is leading that case. Department head Peter Weiner, who works between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, is retained by Boeing in a variety of matters, including the development and negotiation of a conservation easement for a 2400-acre contaminated site undergoing a RCRA cleanup. Another name to note is Deborah Schmall in San Francisco; she, along with Hart, is instructed by Related Companies in relation to regulatory matters concerning its $6bn 200-acre mixed-use development over a municipal landfill in Santa Clara.

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Environment: transactional

Within: Environment: transactional

Paul Hastings LLP¬†carried out environmental due diligence for RBC as lead initial purchaser of $650m senior notes offered by international hydraulic fracturing company Calfrac, and also assisted Korean company CJ Logistics with the acquisition of a majority stake in DSC Logistics, namely with regard to environmental issues identified at the target‚Äôs 32-acre Des Plaines facility. Washington DC-based Tom Mounteer¬†(‚Äėvery commercial, reasonable, thorough and hardworking‚Äô) led both deals. Peter Weiner¬†leads the team from California, and San Francisco-based Deborah Schmall¬†is another name to note.

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