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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-5998
United States

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United States > Finance > Project finance

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP regularly handles project finance mandates for international and domestic energy projects; P3 infrastructure projects are also a key area of expertise. New York-based Michael Reese acted for CSOLAR IV West and other Tenaska affiliates in connection with the permanent refinancing of the construction debt to build a 150MW solar farm in southern California; Catherine Hood in New York advised the underwriters on DTE Electric Company’s $525m green bond offering to support the development and construction of low-carbon, clean energy projects; and Thomas Gump in San Francisco advised Duke Energy Corporation on the issuance of $234m in senior secured notes and a $45m letter of credit facility provided for a 16MW portfolio of eight solar facilities located in California, Colorado and New Mexico. New York and Miami-based Peter Baumgaertner and recently promoted partner Alicia McKnight, who operates across the San Francisco and New York offices, are also recommended. Robert James, who is based across the San Francisco and Houston offices, co-heads the project finance team with Reese, while Gump heads the P3 projects team with Jeffrey Gans in Washington DC.

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has expertise in nuclear energy and energy storage, and also has experience of a variety of other renewable power projects. Jointly headed by San Francisco-based Robert James and New York-based Michael Reese, the energy, infrastructure and projects team is instructed by energy companies such as NextEra Energy Resources and Duke Energy Corporation, and multinational lenders including Deutsche Bank. Another contact in the New York office is Catherine Hood, who advised an underwriting syndicate, including Barclays Capital and BNP Paribas Securities, on a $525m green bond offering by DTE Electric Company, which was among the first wave of offerings in the US by an investor-owned utility to specifically support green investments. Robert Spjut, Michael Hindus and George Haley retired, and New York-based Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Marin left for Bracewell LLP.

United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s construction practice is chaired by arbitration specialist Clark Thiel. He has been involved in litigation for major high-profile projects including the Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Supported by John Heisse and Washington DC-based duo Michael Jaffe and Melissa Lesmes, Thiel represented a joint venture comprised of Clark Construction and Hathaway Dinwiddie in construction and insurance disputes, and defended claims alleged by the owners and developers against the client. Heisse, alongside Robert James, also provided legal counsel to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District on public procurement and the contractual aspects of major expansion proposals, in addition to a multibillion-dollar railcar procurement. James also worked alongside Thiel in representing Stanford University and Hospitals on projects totaling over $5bn. These include the New Stanford Hospital and the expansion of the children’s hospital. The firm has a strong track record acting for educational facilities, and Washington DC-based Jeffrey Gans represented New York University in a $1.4bn litigation filed against Turner Construction for alleged breach of contract and negligence. Michael McNamara in Washington DC, Robert Thum in Los Angeles and William Hale are other names to note. Named individuals are based in San Francisco unless stated otherwise.