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Neil Levy

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Neil Levy serves as co-chair of the firm’s Global Energy Practice and is a partner in the Global Transactions Practice Group. He represents independent power producers, electric power and natural gas marketers, merchant transmission developers, interstate pipelines, LNG developers and local distribution companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public utility commissions, and the courts of appeal with respect to all regulatory, administrative litigation, and transactional issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Mr. Levy also represents private equity clients in M&A transactions in the energy sector.


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Trial Attorney, Office of General Counsel, June 1994 - February 1995 Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel, September 1990 - June 1994.


J.D., Ohio Northern University B.A., George Washington University.

United States: Industry focus

Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Leading lawyers

Neil Levy - King & Spalding LLP

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

King & Spalding LLP brings a 'thorough knowledge of both the commercial and regulatory aspects of the electricity sector' to its conventional power work, which is handled by the firm's government matters department. The DC-based team is led by 'ISO and RTO tariff expert' Neil Levy. Calpine and Independent Power Producers of New York are some noteworthy clients. A group guided by Levy advised a power generation and transmission entity on the regulatory aspects of two major transactions; one was an $825m acquisition of interest in a coal bed methane-fired facility and a hydroelectric plant, and the other the $180m sale of Columbia Energy Center to South Carolina Electric and Gas Company. Additionally, David Tewksbury leads a group representing multiple suppliers - among them NRG and Eastern Generation - before FERC with regard to proposed market rules changes addressing the impact of state-approved subsidies for current generation on the market. Tewksbury 'knows the subject matter, writes exceptionally well and works efficiently'. Bruce Richardson and senior associate Stephanie Lim are also recommended.

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Energy regulation: oil and gas

Within: Energy regulation: oil and gas

The Washington DC-based government matters department at King & Spalding LLP handles the firm's oil and gas regulatory work. James Bowe, Charles Engel and Neil Levy are the joint heads of the team. Bowe and others are advising Mexico Pacific Limited on all aspects of its development and implementation of a new LNG export facility to be located in Mexico worth over $1bn. Regulatory work thus far has included preparing and submitting a an export application to the DOE and counseling the client on Mexican LNG regulation. Another key highlight is Engel's assistance to a multinational energy company with its decommissioning of offshore oil and gas production platforms and related assets. This involves representation before numerous authorities, including the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Counsel William Rice is also of note; Engel is 'a top-notch attorney who understands business needs and provides clear and cogent advice'.

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