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The ‘fast’, ‘top-notch’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP, which clients describe as ‘a go-to firm for larger transactions’, has ‘a very deep bench’. The practice is particularly strong in project finance and development, although it also handles M&A. The key partners are ‘superstarDavid Penna in Washington DC, the ‘very thoroughMatthew Henegar, and Eli Katz, who joined from Chadbourne & Parke LLP in September 2016. The ‘proactiveAmy Maloneyfinds viable solutions in deadlock situations’ and has ‘in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy financing market’. Jonathan Rod is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York except where indicated otherwise.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is commended for its ‘very strong bench’. New York-based Daniel Bartfeld heads the practice, which is particularly strong in project finance; Jonathan Green, Allan Marks and tax expert Michael Duff are widely recommended. Marks and Duff, who are based in Los Angeles, acted for a syndicate of tax equity investors, including JPM Capital, on its investment in the Broadview Wind project based across Texas and New Mexico. Other clients include Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Mexico Power Group.

Known for its energy expertise in general, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is now a major player in the renewables space specifically, having incorporated the first-rate team from legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP following the merger in June 2017. The department is headed by Rohit Chaudhry and Keith Martin, who are both based in Washington DC. Project finance is the practice’s key strength; lender clients include Citibank and Rabobank, and Falvez Energy is a client on the sponsor side. Although John Marciano and Eli Katz left to join Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP respectively, the team readjusted by promoting to partner Brian Greene and New York-based tax expert Michael Masri, two project finance practitioners active in renewable energy.

The ‘responsive’, ‘terrific team’ at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has ‘a lot of renewables industry experience’ and offers ‘great client service’. Mark Weitzel in San Francisco and Blake Winburne in Houston head the practice, which is most active in project development, project financing and power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the wind and solar sectors. Mark Caterini joined the New York office from O’Melveny & Myers LLP in September 2016. New York’s Christopher Moore is ‘particularly strong in asset-backed finance and production tax credit-driven equity investments’; in Houston, ‘excellent negotiator’ Dahl Thompson ‘explains complex issues in a coherent, comprehensible way’; and ‘strong young partner’ Eric Stephens in San Francisco is recommended for solar projects. San Francisco-based senior associate Wolfram Pohl is a recommended tax expert.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s department is headed by the Los Angeles-based Edward Zaelke. Project finance, project development and M&A are the practice’s key pillars; clients include PFMG Solar, Northleaf Capital and AES Wind. The departure of tax expert David Burton to Mayer Brown was offset by the arrival of John Marciano in the Washington DC office from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice largely handles corporate and finance work; clients include EDP Renewables North America and Tradewind Energy, as well as several large financial institutions. Corporate partner Brian Chappell and projects expert Thomas Woolsey, who are based in Baltimore and Miami respectively, are recommended. Washington DC-based partners Amy Roma and Daniel Stenger are active on the nuclear regulatory side.

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP merged with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, forming Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Project finance, particularly on behalf of tax equity investors, is a key strength of the legacy Hunton & Williams LLP practice, which also handles M&A and PPAs. Ryan Ketchum and John Beardsworth in Richmond and Washington DC-based Ellis Butler advised Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading on a $1.76bn PPA with 14 contractors of solar projects with a total capacity of 1,125MW. Washington DC-based tax expert David Lowman heads the department. Jeffrey Schroeder and Eric Pogue are also recommended. Timothy Unger in Houston leads the legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP group, which is notably strong in project development, state regulatory work and PPAs; clients include Duke Energy, First Solar, Apex Clean Energy and the City of Houston. Although five partners departed for competitors DLA Piper LLP (US), Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in 2016, project finance and M&A expert George Pavlenishvili joined the New York office from Reed Smith LLP.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s team is strong in sponsor-side M&A, although it is increasingly capable in project finance. Susan Mac Cormac in San Francisco and Jonathan Melmed in New York head the practice, which also handles regulatory work and litigation; clients include Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners and Apple Energy. In May 2016, of counsel Adam Griffin joined the New York office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and in February 2016, regulatory expert Todd Edmister joined as of counsel from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘dedicated’ team is particularly adept at the corporate, finance and project development aspects of renewable energy work; it is commended for its ‘specialized renewable energy industry knowledge’. Clients include Citigroup Energy and EDP Renewables North America. The ‘very knowledgeable, responsive, thoroughSergio Pozzerle and the ‘very business-orientedGlenn Pinkerton are based in Houston, while the ‘exceptional’ Nicholas Grambas is based in New York; all three are recommended for their project finance expertise.

The chief strengths of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s department are project finance, M&A and capital markets. The New York-based David Lieberman heads the team; he acted for the lead arrangers in NextEra Energy’s $242m financing of Tsuga Pine Wind’s 520MW wind power portfolio. M&A expert Brian Chisling advised Talen Energy on the $860m sale of its hydroelectric generating facilities to a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. WindMW is a client in the capital markets space.

Washington DC-based Lance Brasher heads the practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which is particularly active in M&A, corporate structuring, project finance and project development. The team advised JP Morgan Asset Management on its $243m purchase of a 48% stake in Sonnedix Power Holdings, and Brasher assisted First Solar with obtaining financing for its 40MW Kingbird project in Kern County, California.

The ‘fast, top-notch’ team at Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘good value for money’. While the New York office is strong in M&A and project finance, the Chicago office is noted for its tax equity capabilities, and the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices are especially strong in development and regulatory matters. Clients include Invenergy, Apex Clean Energy Holdings and EDF Renewable Energy. ‘Super-sharp, diplomatic’ practice head Joseph Karp in San Francisco has ‘decades of experience and a great sense of humour’. Los Angeles-based Laurae Rossi is also recommended.

The New York-based Clyde Rankin heads Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice; he assisted Philips Electronics North America with arranging a PPA for the Los Mirasoles Wind Farm in Texas. Evelyn Kim, who joined in San Francisco from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in March 2016, advised an affiliate of SunEdison on the $20m sale of a 120MW portfolio of Idaho solar projects. The team also regularly handles EPC contracts.

Ballard Spahr LLP’s ‘highly responsive, client-focused’ department is headed by Philadelphia’s Patrick Gillard and the ‘practical, technically strong’ Thomas Hoffmann in Washington DC, with support from Dirk Michels in Los Angeles and Darin Lowder; Lowder made partner in the Washington DC office in July 2016. The team, which is strongest in project finance, development and M&A, is commended for its solar industry knowledge.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice is led by New York’s Joseph Tato and Timothy Moran; Moran joined from Sidley Austin LLP with fellow project finance experts Philip Corsello (New York) and Vanessa Wilson. The department also handles M&A and PPAs, and has regulatory capabilities: Andrea Chambers joined from Ballard Spahr LLP in August 2016. Gregory Smith is recommended for project finance in emerging markets. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

In Atlanta, Dorothy Franzoni, Thomas Warren and Ram Sunkara are the key partners at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, which frequently handles project acquisitions and PPAs. Sunkara and Warren acted for Energy Power Partners in its acquisition of Talen Energy’s 25-project renewable energy unit, and Franzoni advised Consolidated Edison Development on various equity investments - worth hundreds of millions of dollars in total - in renewable projects and project companies.

Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan, who are strong in M&A, project finance and project development, lead Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice from New York; they are supported by Dallas-based Robert Little, who handles M&A and securities. Hanlon, Politan and Emad Khalil assisted BHE Renewables with acquiring or financing US wind projects with an aggregate capacity of over 500MW.

Project finance is the mainstay of Foley & Lardner LLP’s practice, which also handles M&A and is especially strong in the solar space. Jason Allen, Jeffery Atkin and John Eliason are the key partners, and are based in Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Washington DC respectively. Clients include GCL Solar Energy and Canadian Solar.

Miami-based Philip Tingle heads the team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which is particularly active in project finance and development, although it also handles PPAs. Tax equity structuring is a strength, and Tingle and Washington DC’s Debra Harrison advised Morgan Stanley on the restructuring of a tax equity structure comprising $2bn worth of assets. The team also acted for Credit Suisse in several structured finance and renewable project matters.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘high-quality’ practice has a ‘deep bench’; it focuses on M&A and project finance. New York-based M&A expert James Tynion has ‘remarkable knowledge of the offshore wind industry’, and advised DE Renewable Investments and Akuo Energy on unrelated acquisitions of wind projects. ‘Experienced, responsive, business-minded, strategic’ of counsel Neeraj Arora joined in Los Angeles from Latham & Watkins LLP in February 2016.

Particularly strong on equity investments in wind and solar projects, O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice is headed by New York-based Junaid Chida; he is supported by Richard Shutran, Arthur Hazlitt, and, in the Los Angeles office, Jeff Hoffner. Key clients include Forum Equity Partners, Goldman Sachs and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Washington DC-based senior counsel Hugh Hilliard is a key regulatory expert.

Project finance, corporate transactions and PPAs are key strengths of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s renewable energy practice, which is headed by Houston- and San Francisco-based Robert James and New York-based Michael Reese. In San Francisco, finance expert Michael Hindus acted for Clark Realty Capital in a PPA with SolarCity. Other clients include Brookfield Renewable Energy and NextEra Energy Resources. Since publication, Nicolai Sarad has joined Bracewell LLP.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s broad practice, which is led by Christopher Forrester, Robert Freedman and Patricia Hammes in Menlo Park, New York and Washington DC respectively, handles M&A and capital markets as well as project finance. New York’s Antonia Stolper advised Banca Nacional de Costa Rica on a $500m bond issuance and sale that constituted the first ‘green bond’ offering in Central America.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s department is led by John Connally and James Cuclis in Houston. Project finance is the team’s key strength. Katy Gottsponer (Washington DC) and Brett Santoli (New York) advised Brookfield Renewable Energy on a $500m bond offering to refinance its 610MW Bear Swamp hydroelectric facility in Massachusetts. Investor clients include Goldman Sachs. In February 2017, Mark Spivak joinedBaker Botts L.L.P..

M&A and project finance are the mainstays of White & Case LLP’s practice, which is headed by the New York-based Arthur Scavone and frequently handles cross-border work. Carlos Viana (Miami) and Jeannine Acevedo (New York) acted for Invenergy Wind in acquiring from Abengoa the $142m 70MW Campo Palomas Wind Farm in Uruguay; Troy Alexander (New York) assisted SunPower with financing its 100MW El Pelicano solar plant in Chile.

Allen & Overy LLP’s chief strengths in the renewables space are project finance and M&A. Kent Rowey and David Slade head the practice from New York and Washington DC respectively. Senior counsel Simon Clark joined the New York office in May 2016 from in-house at ContourGlobal. Clients include the US Department of Energy, and the team often handles cross-border work.

Michael Didriksen and Elaine Walsh lead Baker Botts L.L.P.’s largely New York-based team, which handles project finance, capital markets, M&A and PPAs. Didriksen advised Hunt Energy Horizons on the development, construction and financing of the 21MW Mogote wind farm in Costa Rica. The Houston-based Joshua Davidson acted for 8point3 Energy Partners, a joint venture between First Solar and SunPower, on various dropdown asset transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In February 2017, Mark Spivak joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Bracewell LLP’s department is adept at handling complex commodity transactions, including hedge financing transactions. Houston-based Jessica Adkins advised First Reserve on the tax equity funding of a 20-year hedge arrangement with Morgan Stanley to finance the acquisition and development of the 298MW Kingfisher wind farm in Oklahoma. The team also handles M&A, PPAs and more conventional project finance. New York’s Michael Espinoza made partner in February 2016. Since publication, Nicolai Sarad has joined from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Active in wind, solar and biofuels, and regularly handling transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution work, Covington & Burling LLP’s practice is headed by Washington DC-based corporate and securities specialist Andrew Jack. Steven Rosenbaum represented Sequoia Pacific and Alta Wind I Owner-Lessor C as plaintiffs in the Court of Federal Claims regarding cash grants owed to them by the US Treasury Department.

Washington DC-based Clinton Vince heads the practice at Dentons, which is particularly active in PPAs and project M&A, although it also handles project finance. The team acted for Mesquite Creek Wind on its development and financing of a 200MW wind farm to be located near Lamesa, Texas. Clients on the PPA side include Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association and Colorado Springs Utilities.

The ‘incredibly responsive’ team at Jones Day is particularly active in M&A, project development and litigation; clients include E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, Xcel Energy and NRG Energy. Gerald Farano is ‘an encyclopedia of renewable energy market practices, people and solutions’; Danielle Varnell is a ‘wonderful, knowledgeable negotiator’. James Beh is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

M&A, PPAs, tax credit financing and EPC work are the key pillars of K&L Gates’ practice, which is led by Elizabeth Thomas and Eric Freedman from Seattle. Chicago-based transactional specialist Joseph Condo arrived from an in-house position at Invenergy in October 2016; in January 2017, regulatory expert Buck Endemann joined in San Francisco from Paul Hastings LLP. The team’s clients include Duke Energy and SunPower.

Vijaya Palaniswamy heads Linklaters LLP’s department from New York, which is strong in project finance, project development and M&A; he acted for Macquarie México Infrastructure Fund in its $41m purchase of Parque Solar Coahuila, a Mexican company that owned the development rights to a 20MW solar project in Coahuila, Mexico. Matthew Poulter is also recommended.

Mayer Brown’s practice is led by Robert Goldberg in Houston and Jeffrey Davis in Washington DC. It chiefly handles project finance and renewable asset M&A, and is notably strong on the tax side, but it also litigates for clients such as Acciona. Houston-based tax expert David Burton joined in May 2016 from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; ‘attentive draftsman and negotiator’ Nadav Klugman made partner in Chicago in January 2017.

Commended for its ‘responsiveness, industry knowledge, strength in depth and value for money’, McGuireWoods LLP’s department is experienced in project finance and transactions, although it also handles PPAs and project development. Clients include Coronal Development Services and Dominion Resources Services. Joanne Katsantonis and Michael Woodard head the practice from Richmond; Mark Johnson joined the Chicago office from Eimer Stahl LLP, and the ‘commercially balancedTimothy Callahan, who ‘distils issues quickly’, also arrived in Chicago from Paul Hastings LLP.

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘responsive, practical, efficient and experienced’ team has ‘exceptional industry knowledge’; it assists clients with project development, project finance, PPAs and regulatory litigation. In Washington DC, William DeGrandis and Stephen Kinnaird defended Midland Power Cooperative before the FERC regarding the client’s obligations under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act. San Francisco’s Peter Weiner heads the practice.

Reed Smith LLP’s ‘extremely responsive’, ‘efficient and practical’ team has ‘very good industry knowledge’; it is led by Nicolle Snyder Bagnell and Craig Enochs in Pittsburgh and Houston respectively, and is especially adept at corporate work and EPC and PPA contracts. The ‘proactive, solution-focused’ Edward Rogan ‘always meets deadlines’ and the ‘creative, easy-to-work-with’ Brendan McNallen is ‘a true asset for transactions’; both are based in San Francisco.

Project development and financing are the mainstays of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s ‘strategic, results-focused, cost-effective’ practice, which has a particularly strong line in land use entitlement. Senior associate Michael Distefano in Los Angeles and department head Tony Toranto, who splits his time between San Francisco and San Diego, advised Western Alliance Bank on its financing of a portfolio of 3,500 residential solar leases provided by SunPower. Construction expert Meredith Jones-McKeown in San Francisco is ‘tenacious, talented, smart and efficient’.

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