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Daniel P. Sinaiko

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Partner; Global Projects & Finance


Dan Sinaiko represents developers, sponsors, lenders, and investors in capital and infrastructure projects. Focusing on the renewable energy sector, he handles transactions including development, debt finance, equity finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Dan has been practicing in the renewable energy space since its emergence as a viable large-scale power source. He has been involved in some of the world’s largest and most complex projects throughout the United States and around the world.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP regularly handles energy and infrastructure project finance mandates. In a recent highlight, Matthew Nesburn advised Sammons Renewable Energy on the acquisition of Midway Wind, a 163MW wind farm project in Texas, and also advised on the subsequent tax equity, hedge and construction financing for the project. John Marciano in Washington DC, who jointly heads the team with Daniel Sinaiko, advised Royal Bank of Canada on the debt and tax equity financing of the Buckthorn Wind Project, which is being developed and constructed in Texas by a subsidiary of NRG Energy. The team also advised 38 Degrees North on the acquisition of a portfolio of solar projects in Massachusetts, which included advising on the financing, cash equity and tax equity transactions. Thomas Dupuis, Andrea Lucan, Latin American projects practice head Dino Barajas, and Greg Lavigne in Washington DC are also recommended. Named individuals are based in Los Angeles unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is instructed by a number of prominent energy companies including SunPower Corporation, NRG Energy and Falck Renewables. The global project finance group is jointly led by Los Angeles-based Daniel Sinaiko and Washington DC-based John Marciano, the latter of whom advised South Jersey Industries on its $350m sale of 76 distributed solar energy projects located at 143 sites across New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont. In the project finance space, the team acted for Royal Bank of Canada in the debt and tax equity financing of the Buckthorn Wind Project. Also recommended is Dino Barajas, who has expertise in international and domestic project development and has a particular focus on the Latin American market.

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