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McDermott Will & Emery LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20001-1531
United States

Work Department

Project Finance Law


Partner Christopher Gladbach counsels clients in energy M&A, project development, tax equity and project finance transactions.

Chris works with energy clients in structuring complex equity and debt investments, advises both buyers and sellers in the power sector in mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures, and on the development of large-scale energy projects. He assists his clients in mitigating and allocating risk associated with these transactions in conjunction with achieving their primary business and financial objectives.

Chris has extensive experience advising clients pursuing opportunities involving the development and financing of United States Department of Defense (DoD) energy projects. He counsels developers, purchasers, lenders and tax equity investors in government contracts and structuring project development and financing arrangements to account for unique risks.

In addition, Chris represents market-leading private equity funds and institutional investors in power asset transactions, and understands the unique challenges and opportunities that these clients face.

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American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE): Leadership counsel member; Lead author of ACORE’s comments to the US Army EITF’s model PPA

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

Leveraging the firm’s overarching project finance and regulatory strengths, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is increasingly active in the market and now has the critical mass and breadth of expertise to be able to resource a significant range and volume of work for investors, developers, public utilities and lenders on the development and financing of wind, solar and battery storage projects. The group was recently bolstered by a spate of notable hires, including that of Washington DC-based partner Christopher Gladbach from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in March 2020. Los Angeles-based partner Edward Zaelke was himself somewhat of a catalyst to the firm’s increased market visibility, and since his arrival in March 2019 from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has spearheaded many of the most significant debt and tax equity renewable financing transactions on both the creditor and debtor side, including a considerable volume of private equity-related M&A and financing work. Washington DC-based partner Carl Fleming  is also recommended and as well as as providing ‘highly commercial and pragmatic’ advice to stakeholders on M&A and financing transactions, is also well placed to advise on shifting market trends and government policy decisions in the sector by virtue of his previous role as a White House advisor. Miami-based partner Philip Tingle co-heads the firm’s energy and project finance practice alongside Zaelke and is noted for his solar and wind-related tax structuring expertise.

United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power

Leveraging the firm’s project finance, tax and regulatory capabilities and also strengthened by the arrival of number of core energy transactional lawyers in recent years, including that of Christopher Gladbach  from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in March 2020, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is increasingly well-placed to advise funds, developers and utilities across a full scope of their power-related mandates. While M&A and financing work, throughout the project life cycle, is a driver for a good deal of the firm’s renewable and conventional power work, it is also well-versed at advising on power production agreements and power trading matters, an area in which Washington DC-based partner Robert Lamkin has a particular strength. Edward Zaelke and Philip Tingle co-head the firm’s global energy project finance team from Los Angeles and Miami, respectively.