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McGuireWoods LLP
United States


Mike Woodard is the chair of McGuireWoods’ Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy Transactional department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, energy transactions and finance, and general corporate counseling.

Mike serves as lead transactional counsel to utilities, developers, and investors (including tax equity) as they navigate the development, purchase, and sale of energy projects as well as the structuring, negotiation, and implementation of corporate transactions and financings. He has led successful regulated and unregulated transactions involving wind, solar, battery storage, fuel cells, landfill gas, and other alternative energy sources in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and along the East Coast.

Mike represents purchasers and sellers, both private and public companies, in stock and asset purchases, merger and acquisitions, joint ventures, and leveraged and management-sponsored buy-out transactions. He has experience advising public companies in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings. In addition, he advises clients regularly on compliance with 1934 Act reporting requirements and annual meeting and proxy statement matters.

In addition to his M&A and securities work, Mike partners with his clients on general corporate matters, including corporate governance issues, fiduciary duties and other standards of conduct. He also works with clients in each stage of venture capital growth, providing advice on an array of corporate issues facing an emerging and growing company.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

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Michael WoodardMcGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP handles strategically significant deals for both publicly-traded and private companies present in all core economic sectors, demonstrating particular strength in the energy and technology spaces. Though increasingly engaged in billion-dollar and transformative deals, the middle-market remains a sweet spot for the firm, where it handles M&A, joint ventures, asset and stock purchases, as well as corporate governance matters. Michael Woodard in Richmond leads the M&A and energy transactions group, while Thomas Zahn in Pittsburgh chairs the corporate and private equity department. Sitting in the Richmond office, Joanne Katsantonis is counsel of choice for energy companies of all sizes, Patrick De Ridder is particularly skilled in cross-border transactions, and Brian Hager is a trusted advisor to public and private companies in Virginia.

United States > Energy > Renewable/alternative power

Utilities and infrastructure funds in particular flock to McGuireWoods LLP multidisciplinary team for assistance on major transactions in the renewables space, including joint ventures, acquisitions, and the purchase, development, and sale of assets including solar and wind generation facilities. The firm is especially active in the Southeast, with M&A and energy transactional chair Michael Woodard and renewable energy sector co-chair Breenen Keene, both based in Richmond and noted for their expertise in the range of transactional work, as well as real estate and land-use guidance, respectively. The team, with Woodward as lead counsel, recently represented Dominion Energy on contracts with a value of approximately $7bn to construct the Coastal Virgina Offshore Wind project. Renewable energy sector co-chair Durham McCormick in Houston has a strong focus on tax structuring, while Timothy Callahan in Chicago is a key contact for energy-sector M&A.