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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Joseph Tato

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Corporate; Finance; Energy and Natural Resources

Position

Partner; US Co-Chair, Projects and Infrastructure; DLA Piper Africa Committee

Career

Joseph Tato serves as Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy and Natural Resources Practice and oversees a sector that includes more than 100 partners globally in the power, oil and gas, renewables and mining areas.

Joe also is US Co-chair of the Projects and Infrastructure practice. He is a member of the DLA Piper Africa Committee. Joe regularly represents project sponsors, equity investors, financial institutions and governments in the development and financing of power, oil and gas, LNG, water and other infrastructure projects in the US, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

Joe also represents sponsors and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and workouts.

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law; B.A., Columbia College


United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Leading individuals: Project finance

Joseph Tato - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Within: Project finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) 'takes a pragmatic approach' to domestic and cross-border project financing transactions, acting for a mix of lender and sponsor clients. US co-chair of projects and infrastructure and US Chair of renewable energy and energy M&A, the 'exceptional' Timothy Moran, advised Exelon Corporation on a $850m senior secured Holdco Term Loan B credit facility to leverage the sponsor's interest in a portfolio of 33 solar, wind and biomass utility-scale and distributed electric generation projects across 11 states in the US. Gregory Smith, who is US co-chair of projects and infrastructure and US chair of agency finance, led advice for OPIC and CDC on the financing of a 50MW gas-fired power project in Conakry, Guinea, which is sponsored by Endeavor Energy; he also advised NEXI, SMBC and OPIC on the financing of a 48.7MW solar project in Jordan, which is sponsored by AES Corporation and Mitsui. New York-based Charles Carroll advised Abengoa on the sale of a combined-cycle power plant in Mexico, known as Norte III, to a consortium consisting of Macquarie Capital and construction conglomerate Techint. Also recommended in the New York office are 'invaluable resource' Philip Corsello and Joseph Tato, who acts as US co-chair of projects and infrastructure. Vanessa Richelle Wilson and Amala Nath, the latter of whom joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in 2018, are also names to note. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises clients on energy asset transactions, in addition to the development, permitting and financing of power generation facilities spanning onshore and offshore wind, solar, biofuels and biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal projects. Jointly led by New York-based Joseph Tato, and Washington DC-based Gregory Smith and Timothy Moran, the team has 'a pragmatic approach' and is known for 'developing structures that help clients achieve a successful outcome'. Moran in particular has 'a good blend of legal expertise and commercial acumen', and New York-based Philip Corsello and Washington DC-based Vanessa Richlle Wilson also have 'serious expertise in the field'. Recent highlights have included the team acting for Exelon Corporation, as sponsor and borrower, in connection with an $850m senior secured credit facility to leverage its interest in a portfolio of 33 solar, wind and biomass utility-scale and distributed electric generation projects across 11 states in the US.

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Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises clients on transactions involving power and infrastructure assets, and also handles the development and financing of power generation facilities across multiple sectors. Based across the firm's New York and Washington DC offices, the team 'fully understands the transaction specifics and all associated risks' and takes 'a pragmatic approach' while still 'thinking outside the box'. New York-based Joseph Tato and Washington DC-based Gregory Smith and Timothy Moran jointly lead the practice group. Another New York-based contact is Philip Corsello, who is rated for his ability to 'recognize the bigger picture and simply get deals closed'. Recent highlights have included the team advising Overseas Private Investment Corporation and CDC on the $120m financing of a 50MW gas-fired power project in Conakry, Guinea, which will be the first project-financed IPP in Guinea. Other key clients include Credit Agricole, Exelon Generation and EDF Trading North America.

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