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David L. Schwartz

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David Schwartz is a partner in the Finance Department of Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office. He serves as global Chair of the Energy Regulatory and Markets Practice, is a member of the Project Finance Group, and is Co-chair of the firm’s Global Energy - Power Industry Group. He has extensive experience representing entities involved in electric generation, transmission and distribution, electric and gas marketing and trading, and gas transportation and distribution


Finance Partner


United States: Industry focus

Energy regulatory: conventional power

Within: Energy regulatory: conventional power

Latham & Watkins LLP’s power industry group is particularly strong in transactional matters and harnesses the firm’s expertise in finance, M&A and energy regulation to provide advice for clients such as Alterra Power, FirstEnergy, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and Quantum Utility Generation. A recent mandate saw the team assisting Energy Capital Partners III with the acquisition of Calpine; Natasha Gianvecchio led the regulatory work which included FERC, New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) approvals. The department, led by David Schwartz, welcomed Tommy Beaudreau, former Chief of Staff for the United States Department of the Interior.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas

Within: Energy regulatory: oil and gas

Very responsive and reliableLatham & Watkins LLP leverages its corporate and M&A strengths to assist clients with transactional regulatory matters as well as litigious proceedings before the FERC, DOE and CFTC. The ‘hard-working’ Patrick Nevins is advising Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a joint venture formed by four regionally based energy companies, including Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, on FERC regulatory approvals regarding the construction of a new greenfield pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Another highlight for Nevins was the assistance given to Delfin LNG with all regulatory issues related to the development of a deepwater port LNG export and floating liquefaction project. The team is led by David Schwartz and also includes ‘extremely trustworthy and excellent negotiatorEugene Elrod.

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Energy transactions: conventional power

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David Schwartz - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Energy transactions: conventional power

Latham & Watkins LLPoffers a very high level of service across multi-disciplines’, with Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Greenberg singled out as ‘a top option for project finance deals’; Greenberg and New York-based Christopher Cross advised AES on a private placement, construction loan and liquidity facilities relating to the AES Southland Energy Project in Arizona and California. On the M&A side, recent big-ticket mandates include New York-based co-chair David Kurzweil acting for Energy Capital on the $17bn acquisition of Calpine. Other recommended practitioners in New York are Jonathan Rod, who has ‘unparalleled capital markets execution experience’, and Paul Kukish. Washington DC-based David Schwartz co-chairs the practice. Eli Hunt joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in March 2018.

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Energy: renewable/alternative

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team excels at project finance. New York based Matthew Henegar and the ‘very versatileJonathan Rod acted for Allianz Global Investors on the project financing for the Grande Prairie Wind Farm in Nebraska, and Henegar and LA-based Jeffrey Greenberg acted for Morgan Stanley on a private placement by Texoma Wind for the financing of four wind facilities. Other key figures include DC-based David Penna and New York-based Eli Katz, who were both busy in the tax equity space. The team also handles M&A for the likes of ArcLight Capital Partners. New York-based David Kurzweil and DC-based David Schwartz jointly head the practice.

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