Brian Kelly > McGuireWoods LLP > Baltimore, United States > Lawyer Profile

McGuireWoods LLP
SUITE 1000
BALTIMORE, MD 21202-3169
United States


Brian, chair of McGuireWoods’ energy industry team, advises independent power producers, wholesale and retail participants, as well as utility, private equity and financial clients on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, energy project and infrastructure development, project finance, and structured commodity and hedging transactions. Brian has worked on solar, wind, biomass, natural gas, LNG, geothermal and battery projects, as well as non-energy infrastructure and commodity financings in the United States and internationally. He has significant experience structuring and negotiating project development and offtake agreements and advises U.S. and foreign clients on international trade, business and related export control issues.

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United States > Energy > Energy transactions: electric power

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Brian Kelly – McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP is regularly sought out for its expertise handling heavyweight transactions concerning energy companies and assets, providing trusted counsel to some of the largest retail electricity providers in the country. Beyond transactional expertise that encompasses both conventional energy portfolios and a growing volume of renewable and clean energy developments, the firm demonstrates notable energy regulation expertise and regularly drafts, negotiates and advises on supply and partnership agreements. Team head and Richmond-based Joanne Katsantonis continues to be a key contact for a range of clients that include public utilities, financial sponsors, and independent power producers, most recently overseeing transactions involving nuclear, LNG and renewable assets. Operating out of Baltimore, Brian Kelly chairs the firm’s energy industry team and often receives multiple instructions from clients looking to capitalize on his M&A, project development, and commercial expertise, while Houston-based Edmund Daniels is particularly revered for his strong track record on joint venture mandates. Baltimore’s Heather Welch Arbogast is regularly engaged by retail energy providers for complex, multi-faceted transactions. Emilie McNally has been predominantly active on LNG and battery storage mandates, advising clients from Richmond.

United States > Finance > Project finance

McGuireWoods LLP delivers astute project finance expertise amongst the wider M&A, development, and tax work that an array of infrastructure funds, energy operators, and utilities seek assistance with. Renewables continue to be the main focus of the group, with both onshore and offshore wind, solar, and associated battery storage facilities regularly at the fore. The practice is led by tax specialist Durham McCormick; Brian Kelly, whose practice balances M&A, project development, and project finance instructions; and Brennen Keene, who has been predominantly active on wind and solar projects over the past twelve months. Timothy Callahan has overseen a variety of financing structures in recent work highlights, including portfolio financings, collateralized construction-term financings, back-leveraged financings, and refinancings, for the most part in the renewables space. Doug Lamb has a far-reaching practice that sees him handle infrastructure and PPP mandates, commercial agreement negotiations and reviews, and project financing, including tax credit work. Keene and Lamb operate out of Richmond, whereas McCormick and Kelly sit in the Houston and Baltimore offices, respectively. Callahan is based in Chicago.