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Winston & Strawn

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Energy, Project Development, and Project Finance Practice


United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Energy litigators at Winston & Strawn LLP regularly handle administrative litigation before FERC, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Recent highlights include a group led by Chicago-based partner Tim Carey representing BP in a putative class action lawsuit; the plaintiffs allege that BP manipulated Brent North Sea Crude futures and derivatives traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange and the InterContinental Exchange from 2002 to 2013. Other noteworthy clients include Pacific Drilling, Weatherford International and NGL Energy Partners. The team welcomed Hugh Tanner and Denise Scofield from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in February 2018; Tanner was chair of the oil and gas group at his previous firm and occupies the same position at his new firm. In the same month, Michael Loesch and Michael Yuffee joined the DC office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Joseph Karp (San Francisco) is another key contact.

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Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

Winston & Strawn LLP regularly represents major players in the electricity, natural gas, hydroelectric and nuclear power industries before federal bodies such as FERC, NERC and NRC and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). San Francisco-based Joseph Karp is head of the energy, project development and project finance team. Significant highlights included Karp acting for Calpine in CPUC proceedings pertaining to the client's natural gas-fired power plants in North California, including those that set rates. Also noteworthy, a group led by Lisa Cottle (San Francisco) assisted NextEra Energy Transmission in its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a new transmission project, Suncrest Dynamic Reactive Power Project. This will be the first competitively awarded transmission project built by an independent provider in the state of California. William Horin (DC) is noted for his expensive experience in nuclear power matters. A significant number of attorneys joined the group from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in February 2018; Patrick Groomes and Michael Yuffee are now based in Winston & Strawn LLP's DC office.

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Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

The 'deeply knowledgeable' team at Winston & Strawn LLP handles project finance and development, commercial arrangements including power purchase and tolling agreements, and asset sales and acquisitions. The department is headed by San Francisco-based Joseph Karp, and includes senior counsel Jerry Bloom and Laurae Rossi, who are both in the Los Angeles office and specialize in wind, ethanol, solar and geothermal power projects. Also recommended is San Francisco-based Thomas Solomon, whom clients have described as 'not only exceptionally bright, talented, and experienced, but very efficient, diplomatic, and enjoyable to work with'. In the project finance, space, the team acted for Renew Financial Group in connection with its warehouse financing and securitization of more than $700m of PACE bonds and unbonded assessments, issued to provide financing to homeowners to install energy efficiency and water conservation improvements to their homes. Other key clients include Apex Clean Energy Holdings, Santander Bank and NRG. Also of note, the team has seen a number of new arrivals including Washington DC-based Neely Agin, and New York-based Patrick Groomes, Michael Loesch, Michael Pikiel and David Gillespie, all of whom joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; Houston-based Douglas Atnipp, who joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Washington DC-based Thomas Trimble from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; and Richard Shutran, who joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP and is in the New York office.

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Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

Winston & Strawn LLP advises on project development and finance, in addition to a wide range of commercial agreements and corporate transactions involving energy assets and companies. The team is headed by San Francisco-based Joseph Karp and includes Washington DC-based Patrick Groomes, who focuses on corporate transactions and commercial matters in the electric power industry. Also recommended is New York-based Jonathan Birenbaum, who has experience of M&A and financing transactions. The team saw a considerable number of new arrivals including Washington DC-based Neely Agin, Patrick Groomes, Michael Loesch, and Michael Yuffee, and New York-based David Gillespie, all of whom joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Additionally, Douglas Atnipp joined the Houston office from Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Thomas Trimble joined in Washington DC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Further, New York-based Richard Shutran, who joined the team from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, advised Steel River Infrastructure Fund North America on its sale of Peoples to Aqua America in an all-cash transaction of $4.3bn. Tyson Smith left the San Francisco office for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Fielding ‚Äėa diverse group of lawyers, who are practical in their approach and have wide-ranging skill sets‚Äô,¬†Winston & Strawn¬†handles a range of corporate and financing transactions such as asset securitization, acquisitions and disposals, joint venture structuring, equity and debt financing, and other investment transactions. San Francisco-based Joseph Karp¬†heads the energy practice group, and Houston-based¬†Douglas Atnipp¬†focuses specifically on transactions in the oil and gas industry. In the Los Angeles office,¬†Justin Rawlins¬†advised US Well Services on its merger with Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation, wherein the client will combine with Matlin & Partners to become a publicly listed company with an anticipated initial total enterprise value of approximately $588m. Washington DC-based Tyson Smith left for PG&E and Houston-based¬†Craig Vogelsang¬†joined¬†Baker Botts L.L.P.; however, 2018 also saw a litany of new joiners from¬†Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP, O'Melveny & Myers LLP¬†and Locke Lord LLP.

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