Baker Botts L.L.P. is regularly engaged in matters involving headline power, utilities and renewables transactions taking place across the US. One recent highlight saw the team act for The AES Corporation, a mandate led by Michael Didriksen (based in New York) who represented the AES Corporation in connection with a strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy. Elaine Walsh is situated in Washington, DC and counsels clients regarding energy company mergers, energy asset acquisitions, divestitures and investments. Jonathan Bobinger (Houston) is a transactional lawyer with over a decade of experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and securities matters. Bobinger also has renewable energy experience, having lead transactions involving the wind and solar sectors. Carlos Marquez is a name to watch for his representation of domestic and foreign companies and private equity firms in a variety of transactions including project financing, project development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, often involving power generation and renewable energy.
Energy transactions: electric power in United States
Elaine Walsh; Michael Didriksen
Other key lawyers:
William Lamb; Jonathan Bobinger; Timothy Taylor; Carlos Marquez;
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Cleco Power LLC
Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company, Inc.
Sunnova Energy Corporation
Transmission Developers, Inc.
- Represented CenterPoint Energy, as one of the two largest unitholders of Enable Midstream Partners, in a $7.2 billion merger between Energy Transfer LP and Enable Midstream Partners, LP.
- Acting for Transmission Developers, a portfolio company of Blackstone, the largest alternative investment firm in the world in the developing a US$5 billion-plus, cross-border, 1,250MW underground/underwater high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from the US-Canada border into New York City, named the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project.
- Representing The AES Corporation in connection with a 10-year strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy by leveraging Google Cloud technology to pioneer innovation in the sector. This alliance builds on the recent agreement between Google and AES to provide long-term renewable power to Google’s data center in Chile.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong energy presence in Texas, New York, California, Washington DC and San Francisco, handling matters related to acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure assets, alongside private transactions and acquisitions of minority assets. The firm has also been involved in a number of matters involving unique technology in the renewable and alternative power space, such as a recent matter for Gates Frontier, which was led by Kristin Mendoza and involved advising the company in connection with its additional investment in TerraPower, yielding more finance to further its work in advanced nuclear energy technologies and medicine. Andrew Calder focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate and securities law, while Rhett Van Syoc has an experienced practice in domestic and international M&A in energy mining and infrastructure, with an emphasis on private equity and complex joint ventures. Rohit Chaudhry specializes in energy and project finance transactions, sales and acquisitions, alongside project restructurings across the energy sector, likewise Allan Kirk stands out for his work in broad matters including power generation, energy services, midstream and refining. Robert Eberhardt and William Nicholson both joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, while Kate Rainey Willson joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Kristin Mendoza; Rohit Chaudhry; Rhett A. Van Syoc; Allan Kirk; Ahmed Sidik; Robert Goodin
Apollo Global Management
ArcLight Capital Partners
Ares Management and Ares Infrastructure and Power
The Blackstone Group
Bluescape Energy Partners
Brookfield Asset Management
The Carlyle Group
Cypress Creek Renewables
Just Energy Group
Macquarie Asset Management
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board
Spring Valley Acquisition Corp.
Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners
TPG Rise and TPG Rise Climate
Trilantic Capital Partners
True Green Capital Management
United Utility Services
- Advised Blackstone and Transmission Developers Inc. in connection with the development and construction financing of the $6 billion Champlain Hudson Power Express, an approximately 339-mile fully-buried transmission line that will deliver approximately 1,250 MW of clean and renewable hydropower from Québec to New York City.
- Offered counsel to Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: SV), a special purpose acquisition company, in its $1.9 billion business combination with NuScale Power, a provider of proprietary and innovative advanced nuclear small modular reactor (SMR) technology.
- Advised TPG Rise Climate, as lead investor, in the $750 million growth investment in Intersect Power, an independent developer of solar, energy storage, hydrogen, wind and other renewable power generation projects.
Latham & Watkins LLP ‘s energy & infrastructure industry group is a globally integrated and multidisciplined team, serving industry participants across the full spectrum of the power sector; examples include conventional power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, renewable energy, nuclear power generation, energy storage and other evolving electric power technologies. The firm advises on areas including complex transactions, M&A, secured lending, corporate finance and project development. David Owen is a partner in New York and is skilled in complex shareholder negotiations and has a focus on renewable energy projects, particularly wind and solar. Owen was the lead partner on a recent matter for Innergex Renewable Energy, where the team advised the client in three separate transactions, including the sale of its interest in the Shannon wind facility to Starwood Energy. Lauren Anderson (based in Houston) is an experienced lawyer for both private equity firms and strategics, bringing her knowledge into private equity transactions, M&A and general corporate matters. In Houston, Trina Chandler is a recognized M&A and private equity practitioner, having advised clients on strategic transactions across the power and renewables space, while New York-based Christopher Cross represents companies, government institutions, sovereign and private equity funds and lenders in international joint venture. At the Washington, DC office, David Schwartz serves as global chair of the energy regulatory & markets practice, with Jeff Greenberg acting as global project development & finance practice chair from Los Angeles.
Eli Katz; Justin T. Stolte
Other key lawyers:
Lauren Anderson; Trina Chandler; Christopher Cross; David Owen; David Kurzweil; Caroline Blitzer Phillips; David Schwartz; Jeff Greenberg
Bracewell LLP‘s electricity transactional group is led by Ryan Holcomb in Houston, with the team representing clients in transactions including generation involving all fuel types, transmission, acquisitions and divestitures of power assets, joint ventures, equity investments, project finance and project development. Danielle M. Varnell (based in Washington, DC) has experience in energy M&A, including both development stage and operating projects, while Alan Rafte, who is situated in Houston, serves clients in transactions that involve offshore and wind generation facilities. Laura D. Sheldon, in Washington DC, stands out for her work in sale and purchase of conventional power and renewable energy assets, corporate governance and project development.
Ryan S. Holcomb
Other key lawyers:
Danielle M. Varnell; G. Alan Rafte; Danielle Garbien; Frank Lee; Patrick K. Johnson; Laura D. Sheldon
‘Truly an integrated part of our deals. Know our business and cultural very well.’
‘Responsive, practical and a pleasure to work with. Very smart, outstanding lawyers.’
- Represented Invenergy LLC and its partner, energyRe, as project sponsors in forming a consortium of investors in connection with Invenergy’s winning bid of $645 million for an offshore wind lease totaling nearly 84,000 acres in the New York Bight offshore wind lease auction held by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in February 2022.
- Represented Arroyo Energy Investment Partners, LLC in its sale of a 1,080-MW portfolio of dual fuel-fired electric generating facilities, including the Broad River Energy Facility, an 850-MW dual fuel-fired electric generating facility located on Gaffney, South Carolina.
- Represented NRG Energy, Inc. in the $760 million sale of a portfolio of eight thermal power generating plants in its East and West regions (New York, Connecticut and California), totaling 4,850 MW to Generation Bridge, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners. One NY and two CA plants are natural gas-fired, totaling 1,704 MW, and the rest are oil assets, including four in Connecticut, totaling 3,145 MW.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton benefits from the firm's integrated global practice, through which it is able to advise international clients such as the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned utilities company. In terms of services, lawyers such as Aaron Meyers and Adam Brenneman work on transactions in the US and across the globe in all aspects of the electric power industry, including power generation, transmission and distribution. Chantal Kordula has international experience for his work in project finance and PPP transactions, while Jeffrey Lewis has a multidisciplinary practice in international business and financing transactions in Latin America, with a focus on infrastructure M&A and project finance. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.
Rich Cooper; Jeff Lewis
Other key lawyers:
Chantal Kordula; Adam Brenneman; Aaron Meyers
‘Great lawyers who with a high level of experience and expertise.’
The Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A) – Transmission & Distribution (Stage 1)
The Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A) – Generation & Operation (Stage 2)
Warburg Pincus and portfolio companies
Brookfield Global Transition Fund
Representatives of underwriters to Southern California Edison Co. (SCE)
Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)
Designated Underwriters’ counsel to Edison International
The underwriters to Equatorial Energia S.A.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a focus on complex and high stakes M&A transactions (public and private), project acquisition and investments, project development, joint ventures, capital market transactions and project financings. In terms of M&A, the transactions team have represented the acquirer or target in a number of large utility M&A transactions. In renewables, the firm has represented the acquirer, principal investor and issuer in numerous transactions involving utility scale solar and wind power projects. Peter J. Hanlon ‘s practice, based in New York, encompasses M&A, project investments, financings, public and private securities offerings and joint ventures. Nicholas H. Politan Jr. , is focused on domestic and cross-border energy related transactions including mergers and acquisitions, financings and project development. Gerald Farano, situated in Denver, is a member of the corporate transactions practice group and has experience in the sale and purchase of renewable and nuclear generation assets and in advising clients on significant electric transmission and infrastructure projects.
Peter Hanlon; Nicholas Politan
Other key lawyers:
Gerald Farano; George Stamas; Mark Director; Alexander Fine; Emad H. Kahlil; Marwan Azzi
Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company and its major utility subsidiaries, including NV Energy Company, Nevada Power Company, Sierra Pacific Power Company, MidAmerican Energy Company and PacifiCorp – each of which is a major power utility that was listed on the NYSE before being acquired by BHE. BHE also recently acquired Eastern Gas Transmission and Storage, a gas pipeline company whose largest customers are predominantly utility companies and electric power generators.
BHE Renewables LLC, including BHE Wind LLC and BHE Solar LLC
South Jersey Industries
Carlyle Investment Management / Carlyle Power Partners
Saguaro Power Company
Algonquin Power & Utilities
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
Pine Gate Renewables
Investment Banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo
McGuireWoods LLP has served as lead counsel to a number of complex M&A transactions, such as its recent representation of Dominion Energy in the sale of Hope Gas Inc., its West Virginia-based natural gas utility, to an infrastructure fund launched by Ullico Inc. The firm has increased its work for clients in the renewable energy utilities sector and is home to Joanne Katsantonis , based in Richmond, who acts as the deputy managing partner for development and focuses her practice on M&A, energy transactions and financings. Brian Kelly , in Baltimore, works on a broad range of transactions including energy project and infrastructure development, M&A, project finance, structured commodity and hedging transactions. Heather Welch Arbogast is a strategic corporate advisor to utilities, energy companies, developers and other clients on a broad range of transactions in the power, retail energy, solar, wind and battery storage sectors.
Joanne Katsantonis; Brian Kelly
Other key lawyers:
Edmund Daniels; Heather Welch Arbogast; Emillie McNally
Dominion Energy Services, Inc.
Starwood Energy Group
- Represented EDF Trading Holdings LLC in the sale of EDF Energy Services (EDFES), a leading supplier of power, natural gas and related services to commercial and industrial customers across the United States, to BP.
- Dominion Energy needed to find a new buyer for its Questar Pipelines business after a required regulatory approval process thwarted an earlier $1.3 billion sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.
- Representing Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S., in the $690 million sale of Hope Gas, Inc., its West Virginia-based natural gas utility, to an infrastructure fund launched by Ullico Inc., an insurance and financial services holding company.
Milbank is a leading firm in cross-border project finance and development, successfully representing debt and equity investors, private sponsors and government lenders in domestic and international projects. The firm is focused on power and energy projects, including conventional and renewable energy, oil and gas and natural resources. Daniel Bartfeld is a partner in the New York office and is the practice group leader, focusing primarily on the representation of financial institutions, investment firms, multinational companies and developers. William Bice is experienced in development, financing, disposition and restructuring of power generation and transmission projects, as well as infrastructure projects. Richard Hillman is noted for his expertise in advising lenders, sponsors and other project participants on a range of US and international project and structured finance transactions. Roland Estevez represents financial institutions, multinationals and developers across a broad range of sectors including renewable energy and infrastructure across Latin America.
Other key lawyers:
William Bice; Alexander Borisoff; Roland Estevez; Richard Hillman; Michael Klaus; Jeffrey Leider; Allan Marks; Daniel Michalchuk; Jaime Ramirez; Henry Scott; Carolina Walther-Meade; Tim Wendling
MUFG Bank, Ltd
Royal Bank of Canada
Investec Bank plc
ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VII, L.P.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
BNP Paribas Securities Corp.
- Advised Saavi Energía in connection with the acquisition of the Tierra Mojada combined cycle power plant in Jalisco, Mexico from Fisterra and Blackstone.
- Advised MUFG Bank Ltd. and Siemens Financial Services, Inc. as the lenders in connection with the financing of the development, design, licensing, engineering, procurement, construction, insurance, completion, testing, operation and maintenance of a500 kV power transmission line between La Virginia, Colombia and Nueva Esperanza, Colombia.
- Advised Investec in connection with its US$58 million financing of the construction and operation of the 380 MW natural gas fired simple-cycle electric generation facility in Lee County, Illinois.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is noted for its 'incredible depth and range of experience in renewable energy’, alongside its work in advising on innovative and market-shaping matters, such as project financing of a 527 MW natural gas-fired Carlsbad Energy Center in California. Team members understand the legal aspects of power transactions, providing expertise to clients such as developers, private equity sponsors, strategic investors, utilities, government, multilateral agencies and lenders. The firm has broad expertise in M&A and equity investments, development and finance, Blake Winburne is a partner in the Houston office, and is recognized as a leading energy and natural resources lawyer for work in first-of-its-kind and innovative transactions across multiple jurisdictions. Dahl Thompson is the head of the energy and infrastructure group and is a seasoned practitioner in development, sale and acquisition of renewable power assets, portfolios and platforms. Louise Gibbons, based in San Francisco, is noted for her work in project finance and M&A work on transformative, first-in-kind renewable energy projects.
Blake H. Winburne; Dahl Thompson
Other key lawyers:
Les Sherman; Rohit Sachdev; John Donaleski; Matt Archer; Louise Gibbons; Kristin Seeger; Lisa Magged; Dao Huynh
‘Incredible depth and range of experience in renewable energy, partners are for the most part highly accessible and communicate frequently regarding billing.’
‘Kristin Seeger is our go-to for renewable energy M&A and the entire business has appreciated her organization, responsiveness, efficiency and know-how. She is a terrific advocate and always a consumate professional.’
Apex Clean Energy
Enlight Renewable Energy
Consolidated Edison Development
Distributed Solar Development
State Street Bank & Trust
ENGIE North America
Orsted (formerly Lincoln Clean Energy)
BP Wind Energy North America
Broad Reach Power
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has decades of experience advising clients in the electric power industry, including a range of legal services from innovative and complex M&A to financing transactions for companies engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power, as well as all fuel sources and generation types. The firm has advised clients in numerous transactions across the renewable energy front, involving solar power, wind energy and other alternative energy, David Lieberman is the head of the energy and infrastructure practice in Houston and has experience representing parties on power and renewable energy transactions, having advised a broad client base ranging from Blackstone to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Brian Chisling is a partner based in New York and specializes in transactions involving energy and infrastructure companies and has advised independent power producers and electric utilities on M&A, divestitures and securities issuances. Matthew Einbinder is a leading figure with a practice centered on renewable and alternative energy in complex banking and credit transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Brian Chisling; Matthew Einbinder
‘Strong bench strength to put towards complex issues. Number of lawyers with experience in power and utilities.’
‘Confidence in advice. Generally quick responses. Strong bench strength for larger and complex transactions.’
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
American Electric Power, Inc.
Energy Capital Partners
EQT Infrastructure V fund
Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”)
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Riverstone Credit Partners
Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners L.P.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Summit Partners Credit Advisors
Wells Fargo Securities
- KKR in its $3.37 billion acquisition of a non-controlling, 20% interest in Sempra Energy’s new business platform, Sempra Infrastructure Partners.
- Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. with the acquisition by Liberty Utilities Co., an indirect subsidiary of AQN, of Kentucky Power Company and AEP Kentucky Transmission Company, Inc. from American Electric Power Co. for a total purchase price of approximately $2.846 billion.
- CBRE Acquisition Holdings, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by CBRE Group, Inc., in connection with entering into a definitive business combination agreement with Altus Power, Inc. for approximately $1.58 billion.
Eversheds Sutherland has electric transactional expertise in areas including renewable energy, nuclear energy and other types of electric generation. The firm is co-led by Thomas H. Warren, Dorothy Black Franzoni, Herbert J. Short and Cindy Upchurch, with its lawyers leveraging a broad range of experience in advising clients on electrical energy matters such as M&A, commodity transactions, project development and operation of electric generation projects. Will Pickens is an experienced advisor to the energy sector, advising on a variety of transactional matters, including representing borrowers entering into credit facilities, while Alyssa Walker stands out for her work in advising electric utilities, power marketers and retail electric providers on their energy-related projects, financings and corporate transactions. All lawyers mentioned are based in Atlanta.
Herbert J. Short, Jr.; Thomas H. Warren; Dorothy Black Franzoni; Cindy A. Upchurch
Other key lawyers:
Will Pickens; Darryl Smith; Alyssa Walker
Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Georgia Transmission Corporation
Minnkota Power Cooperative
- Represented longstanding client Oglethorpe Power Corporation in the registration of the 2020A bonds with the SEC; and in increasing the market size of its commercial paper program to US$1.2 billion.
- Represented Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), a national leader in electricity transmission excellence, in the public remarketing of $94.5 million of tax-exempt pollution control bonds issued by the Development Authority of Burke County on behalf of GTC.
- Represented Consolidated Edison Clean Energy Businesses on acquisitions and dispositions of renewable energy projects in varying stages of development; construction and procurement contracting for Con Edison’s renewable energy facilities; and on regulatory and litigation matters related to FERC proceedings and Winter Storm Uri.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP offers experience advising on development financing, and acquisition of energy projects and portfolios, with expertise across the US, Europe and Asia. The team is experienced in financing, tax environmental and land use, project development and real estate. Jeffrey Schroeder is the head of the firm’s energy and infrastructure practice and focuses on domestic and international project finance, including development and asset, stock and portfolio acquisitions. Gregory Lang is specialized in project and structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, with clients including developers, independent power producers and private equity funds, with Eric Nedell regularly representing borrowers and lenders in debt originations, restructurings and refinancing.
Jeffrey P. Schroeder
Other key lawyers:
Gregory F. Lang; Eric J. Nedell; Geoffrey C. Lorenz; Jean Liang; John L. Shepherd Jr.
Wärtsilä North America, Inc.
A consortium comprised of Sacyr Infrastructure USA LLC, NextEra Energy, and Star America Infrastructure Partners, LLC
A consortium led by Sacyr Infrastructure USA LLC and Plenary Americas US Holdings Inc.
- Advised DTE Energy in connection with drafting and negotiating project documents for the $1 billion development of the Blue Water Energy Center, a 1,100 MW natural gas, combined-cycle generation plant.
- Advising EmberClear as lead developer’s counsel in connection with the development of the Harrison Power Plant, a 1,050 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generating facility in Harrison County, Ohio.
- Advised Wärtsilä in connection with contracts to supply Mexico’s state-owned electricity utility, Comisión Federal de Electricidad, with two large multi-fuel power plants having a combined output of 600 MW.
K&L Gates has expertise in the emerging corporate energy sourcing, with unmatched experience on the buy-side of power purchase agreements both in the domestic and international market. The firm is experienced in developments in energy storage transactions, renewable power purchase, utility scale, response and net metering. Based in Seattle, Eric Freedman represents clients in both private and public sectors in the preparation and negotiation of agreements relating to power project, M&A, joint ventures and power purchases. Over in Kansas City, Kaitlyn DeYoung is an associate who is a name to watch for her focused practice on the development of renewable energy and power projects, including support on the acquisition and disposition of power projects at varying stages of development.
Other key lawyers:
Eric Freedman; Elisabeth Yandell McNeil; Kaitlyn DeYoung
Municipality of Anchorage
CleanCapital Holdings LLC
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP‘s electric power practice offers a ‘cradle to grave‘ service, spanning project development, tax, transactions and environmental law. The firm has a strong nuclear practice, where its lawyers offer legal advice in all aspects of the nuclear cycle including operational issues, waste management, disposal and decommissioning. Keith Martin, in Washington, DC, is co-head of the projects team, alongside Benjamin Koenigsberg in New York. Todd Alexander represents developers, investors and lenders of infrastructure and other energy-related projects, including solar, wind and hydro. In Austin, Becky Diffen focuses on financings, joint ventures, project development and tax equity of renewable energy, energy storage, power generation and transmission projects.
Keith Martin; Benjamin Koenisgsberg
Other key lawyers:
Todd Alexander; Becky Diffen; Hilary Lefko; Robert Shapiro; Raquel Bierzwinsky; Douglas Fried
Belltown Power USA Development
Jupiter Power LLC
Bangchak Corporation Public Company Ltd
Broad Reach Power LLC
- Represented Belltown Power USA Development in relation to a platform sale of more than 6 GW of utility-scale solar and energy storage projects to Engie North America.
- Advised Thai energy company, Bangchak Corporation Public Company Ltd, on its Series A investment in ION Storage Systems, a battery company with applications for a variety of uses including electric vehicles and grid storage.
- Represented Ullico in relation to its $35 million investment in Estuary Power LLC, a renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates utility-scale renewable generation, energy storage, and related infrastructure projects.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP‘s practice is led by Pankaj Sinha in Washington DC, who handles a large team of over one hundred attorneys in M&A, renewable energy development, infrastructure and water assets. Sinha is also experienced in cross-border transactions within conventional power.
Troutman Pepper has closed numerous MW energy transactions of late, ranging from large utility-scale equity financings, syndicated lending facilities and electric power strategic joint ventures to renewable portfolio acquisitions. The firm also engages in energy M&A, representing sellers, purchasers, target companies, special committees and financial advisors in all types of domestic and cross-border transactions. Alongside this, the team leverages substantial experience in advising issuers of Green Bonds, having advised in the first ever issuance of green bonds by a US wholesale generation company. Based in Atlanta, Eric Koontz has advised on tax-exempt bond offerings relating to pollution control and solid waste disposal projects, including long-term fixed rate bonds. At the Portland office, Scott Rickard regularly advises clients on renewable energy generation transactions.
John Leonti; Brian Harms
Other key lawyers:
Eric Koontz; Scott Rickard
WEC Energy Group
Integrys Holding, Inc.
Public Service Company of New Mexico
Southern Company Gas
Northern Illinois Gas Company
Akin covers a broad range of financial services including development, financing, acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure projects. The firm has a focus on renewable energy projects, representing sponsors and developers, and other financial institutions. Matthew Kapinos is a partner in the Houston office and is responsible for helping energy clients through the drafting and negotiating agreements for the purchase, sale, development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Over in New York, Ikenna Emehelu advises on renewables projects, and has represented lenders in the acquisition financing of a portfolio of solar projects. Elsewhere, a key name at the Washington DC office is Shariff Barakat who focuses on domestic infrastructure and renewable projects, with clients including developers and tax-equity investors.
Zachary Wittenberg; Matt Kapinos; Ike Emehelu
Other key lawyers:
Shariff Barakat; Dan Lynch
Excelsior Renewable Energy Management Co.
Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group
GreenFront Energy Partners
Tiger Infrastructure Partners
Amberjack Capital Partners, L.P.,
Schlumberger New Energy
CIM Group, LLC
CIT, a division of First Citizens Bank
Unico Solar Investors LLC
New Fortress Energy, Inc.
MUFG Bank, Ltd
- Represented CIM Group, LLC in the development of the Westlands Solar Park. One of the first large utility scale solar facilities to be financed in the United States on a merchant basis.
- Counseled Excelsior Energy Capital in the purchase of 100% of the Sellers’ membership interests in an approximately 100 MW solar facility in Tennessee.
- Representing New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE), a global energy infrastructure company, in a joint venture transaction with Plug Power to build, finance, develop and operate a green hydrogen manufacturing facility in Texas. Green hydrogen is hydrogen generated by renewable energy or from low-carbon power.
ArentFox Schiff LLP
ArentFox Schiff formed from a merger between Schiff Hardin and Arent Fox in March 2022, and combines the specializations of lawyers such as Joshua More and Amy Antoniolli in areas including environmental, M&A, finance, real estate and litigation. The firm is often called upon to provide transactional support and due diligence reviews of transactions, often involving obtaining local siting and permitting approvals and status of obtaining necessary Illinois environmental permits and approvals. Sarah Fitts is based in New York and has been involved in various deals and major projects in a variety of sectors including M&A and construction. Ryan Granholm, who is based in Chicago alongside More and Antoniolli, has significant experience litigating public utility commission proceedings involving electric, gas, water and telephone companies.
Sarah A. W. Fitts; Daniel Deeb; Joshua More
Other key lawyers:
Amy Antoniolli; Ryan Granholm
‘AFS has more than supported us on our journey. They have helped with pro bono resources unlike any firm I have ever experienced. They have brought the proper firm resources to the table, far above and beyond just offering up the expertise of one or a couple of lawyers, doing “charity work” –which is far to often the deployment of pro bono services. Without their support we would not have advanced as far as we have.’
‘They know the issues we need their support on inside and out. When they do not have the expertise they have never failed in recommending top quality alternatives. They are exceptionally professional.’
‘This firm has Ms. Sarah A. W. Fitts, who has strong expertise in the energy sector.’
EDP Renewables North America
Black Owners of Solar Services
Hokuriku Electric Power Company
Dentons advises a wide range of clients operating in the electric and natural gas sectors on a range of practice areas involving regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and transactions related to operations, rates and project development. Clinton Vince is the chair of The Alliance to Save Energy in Washington DC, which was set up as a nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders and play a role in energy efficiency policy. Vince was also named general counsel of the GridWise Alliance Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (GIAC) board of directors, which aims to modernize the nation’s electric power transmission and distribution services. Emma Hand has extensive experience with energy efficiency and demand-side management programs, while Peter Thieman advises utility companies in complex FERC regulatory and litigation issues, alongside providing advice on complex M&A deals. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington, DC.
Other key lawyers:
Emma Hand; Peter Thieman; Carl Steen; Luis Torres
- Drafting the first and only electric cooperative securitization legislation in Texas (and possibly across the US) that will assist Rayburn and other electric cooperatives finance the extraordinary storm-related costs and (ii) represented Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative, in negotiating and closing its $908 million securitization for it and its four member coops.
- Advised on a wide range of issues including federal energy regulatory, litigation and strategic counsel for Tri-State regarding all aspects of its game changing transition to becoming a regulated public utility subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
- Advising CPS Energy (the municipally owned utility of San Antonio, Texas) with respect to Smart Cities initiatives, including significant cyber-security and privacy issues related with increasing roll-out of new digital “smart” grid technologies.
Mayer Brown‘s energy lawyers work closely with their global projects, power and utilities and renewable lawyers with exposure to a wide range of transactions and investments within electric power, such as acquisitions and transactions involving controlling interests. Mark Williams is a partner in the Washington, DC office and has led several FERC-regulated M&A proceedings; he is based alongside John Tormey who is focused on renewable matters, particularly leading a number of solar deals as well as a carbon sequestration tax equity financing, and Heather Feingold whose transactional workload encompasses portfolio matters and regulated mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Elena Rubinov, based in New York, has been involved in M&A transactions, such as representing Argo Infrastructure Partners LP in the acquisition by merger of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation MIC.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Williams; John Tormey; Elena Rubinov; Heather Feingold
‘Mark Williams is one of the best energy regulatory attorneys in the country.’
‘Mark Williams and Heather Feingold are amazing attorneys. They make a great team together, and are very well respected in the industry.’
Ares Management Corporation and Panda Stonewall
Global Atlantic Financial – KKR & Co., Inc.
Blackstone / ClearGen
Osaka Gas USA Corporation
Diamond Generating Corporation
Argo Infrastructure Partners LP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP finds its strength within the development and financing of renewable energy and infrastructure projects, with a practice in solar and wind energy. The firm handles areas such as biomass and geothermal transactions, alongside having an energy tax practice. Christopher Gladbach is based in Washington DC works on complex equity and debt investments and advises both sellers and buyers in the power sector within M&A. Over in Los Angeles, Lloyd MacNeil is a partner who represents a wide range of clients on renewable energy and emerging energy technologies, advising on energy portfolio services and energy efficiency solutions. Debra Harrison practices in Washington, DC and has extensive experience advising on renewable energy transactions, with a focus on development and financing of solar photovoltaic projects in the United States and Europe.
Irradiant Partners, LP
Mohegan Renewable Energy (a subsidiary of The Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut)
- Counseled Doral Renewables through the project development and tax equity and USD685 million debt financing for the largest solar facility in the United States.
- Representing Invenergy, a leading global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, in respect to the USD429 million construction loan financing of the 259.8MW Sapphire Sky Wind Project.
- Advised Irradiant Partners, LP, an investment manager focused on liquid credit and renewable private equity and credit, in connection with its USD100 million investments in Bioenergy Development Group Holdco, LLC, an innovator in the renewable energy space.
Moore & Van Allen, PLLC has national reach and scope within deals relating to the electric power sector. Joe Fernandez co-heads the corporate practice and covers a wide range of transactional matters, including representing traditional and renewable energy facilities in acquisitions and divestitures alongside energy commodity and hedging transactions. Fernandez also complements his practice with project finance, representing parties on both sides including developers, lenders and other providers of credit support. A further integral practitioner is Josh DeBottis who has broad experience in renewable energy project finance, representing financial institutions. Both lawyers are situated in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Other key lawyers:
‘A very good and under-rated practice. We work as counsel with MVA frequently.’
‘Joe Fernandez is a star and merits recognition. He is exceptionally efficient, and unusually nimble at digesting and managing technical information that frequently is the deal-driver or deal-blocker.’
‘Legal work for energy finance tends to be dominated by NY law firms. Moore & Van Allen has provided service every bit as good as the NY firms, but at a much more reasonable price.’
‘The individuals we work with are very approachable and commercially reasonable. Joe Fernandez stands out.’
Ares Management LLC
Heelstone Renewable Energy, LLC
CS Energy, LLC
GreenGo Energy US, Inc.
Ranger Power LLC
National Grid USA
Cogentrix Energy Power Management
Tyr Energy, Inc.
Brookfield Power US Asset Management, LLC
Fifth Third Bank, National Association
First Horizon Bank
Energy Transition Capital Management LLC
- Represented Ares Management LLC in connection with the disposition of a 417 MW natural gas-fired generating facility located in California. The facility’s output is 100% contracted to a public utility.
- Counseled investment funds managed by Ares Management LLC in negotiating and documenting multiple secured first lien energy hedges underpinning the acquisition and refinancing ($500 million) of Potomac Energy Center, LLC.
- Represented Heelstone Renewable Energy, LLC in all aspects of the sale of the assets of the Sun Dagger Solar Project, a project under development in New Mexico to Clenera, LLC. The assets at issue including real estate with required military approvals and unexploded ordinance issues.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has a focus on low-carbon energy sources and renewable energy, specializing in hydrogen and offshore wind. The team benefits from the help provided by the firm's capital markets practice, which brings extensive experience in various energy transactions. The firm’s energy transition team focus on advising clients in power generation projects and developing decarbonization strategies that account for carbon sequestration, utilization and storage. Jeffrey Delaney is experienced in public and private debt and equity offerings, alongside hybrid financings. Mona Dajani is dual qualified in the US and UK and focuses her practice on project finance and M&A relating to transactions in a variety of areas including wind, solar, hydrogen and hydroelectric. David Baxter leads the firm’s financial industry group and is co-leader of the firm’s capital markets group, having advised on a wide range of transactional services including mergers, stock and asset transactions and joint ventures. Lawyers mentioned are based in New York.
Jeffrey Delaney; Sheila Harvey; Mona Dajani; Jorge Medina; Robert James
Association of American Railroads
BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC
Citigroup Capital Markets, Inc.
Clean Air Task Force
CleanChoice Energy Holdings
Constellation Energy Generation
Deutsche Bank Securities
Goldman, Sachs & Co
Kansan City Power & Light Company
Mitsubishi UFJ Securities
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
NextEra Energy Resources
RBC Capital Markets
Renewable Energy Group (REG)
Renewable Fuels Association
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
UBS Investment Bank
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Winston & Strawn LLP has a focus on M&A with experience in fields ranging from electric generation, transmission, distribution and fuel supply. Rich Shutran is a partner in New York and is experienced in M&A transactions alongside finance and development work for clients including major developers and owners; he is based alongside Mike Pikiel handles transactions for clients in a range of projects, including project financings and acquisition financings, and Jonathan Birenbaum who has represented both strategic and financial participants in complex transactions involving structures and assets. Amanda Sewell, based in Washington DC, is a name to watch for her focus on renewable energy and Latin America on M&A, finance, securities law compliance and capital markets.
Rich Shutran; Mike Pikiel; Mike Blankenship
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Birenbaum; Jason Lewis; Tom Millar; Amanda Sewell
AxInfra US LP
Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP
Capital Power Corporation
Hecate Energy, LLC
Homer City Holdings, LLC
John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)
Manulife Infrastructure II Holdings A, L.P.
WattBridge Energy (ProEnergy)