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Mayer Brown

1999 K STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1101, USA
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Work +1 202 263 3000
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Fax +1 202 263 3300
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www.mayerbrown.com

Jeffrey Davis

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Work +1 202 263 3390
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Mayer Brown

Work Department

Tax Transactions & Consulting

Position

Jeffrey G. Davis is a partner in the Tax Transactions & Consulting group in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and is a co-head of the firm’s Renewable Energy group. Jeff represents major corporations, financial institutions and private equity funds on a wide range of US federal income tax matters. His practice focuses on partnership tax, tax credits and other incentives, and project finance and development. In particular, Jeff advises equity investors, lenders, developers, equipment suppliers and utilities in electric energy projects involving all major renewable resources, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and refined coal. He regularly advises clients on a variety of tax-related issues regarding the development, structuring, financing, and acquisition and/or disposition of renewable energy projects. He has significant experience with the qualification for and monetization of tax credits (including those provided under IRC sections 45 and 48) and other tax benefits associated with renewable energy projects, as well as section 1603 Treasury grants in lieu of tax credits. Jeff has represented investors and sponsors in dozens of “tax equity” financings using the “partnership flip” structure (also known as PAPS), including levered and unlevered transactions, as well as those involving pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) payments and Industrial Revenue Bonds. Jeff also has significant experience with the new markets tax credit (NMTC) under IRC section 45D, the nonconventional source fuel credit under IRC section 45K, the energy efficient appliance credit under IRC section 45M, and the energy efficient commercial building deduction under IRC section 179D.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, 1999; LLM in Taxation, with distinction Pepperdine University School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, 1994; Articles Editor, Pepperdine Law Review, 1992-1994 Lipscomb University, BA, summa cum laude, 1991


United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

The ‘creative, responsive and diligent’ team at Mayer Brown is ‘able to break down complex issues and explain them in a user-friendly manner’. The team is also praised for its ability to ‘take the time to understand the needs of the client’. Particularly experienced in PPP matters, Joseph Seliga advised Purdue University, a public institution of the State of Indiana, on the development of new student housing facilities through a long-term PPP structure. Renewable energy transactions are also a key area of focus for the team; Paul Astolfi, who co-heads the global projects group, acted for Allianz Global Investors in a $760m debt financing transaction to finance a portfolio of ten solar projects in the US. Robert Goldberg in Houston and Jeffrey Davis in Washington DC advised GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan as equity investors on the commitment to invest approximately $192m, plus additional contributions, to finance the 200MW Persimmon Creek wind project, which is developed by Elawan Wind and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. The team is also noted for its experience in Latin America-facing mandates, where Washington DC-based Christopher Erckert recently advised the note purchasers in the placement of $103m senior secured notes and $11.5m subordinated, secured notes in relation to the refinancing of the Naranjal and Del Litoral Solar power plants in Uruguay. Barry Machlin, Mitch Holzrichter, Douglas Doetsch, Nadav Klugman and David Bakst, who is based in New York, are also key figures. Named individuals are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise. Tax equity specialist David Burton moved to Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in April 2019.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

Mayer Brown provides comprehensive advice on solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuels and biomass projects. Jointly headed by Houston-based Robert Goldberg and Washington DC-based Jeffrey Davis, the large multidisciplinary practice group has experience of project finance, asset acquisitions and disposals, commercial power and energy agreements, tax structuring, engineering and construction contracts, environmental regulations, international trade, M&A and dispute resolution.

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