Vanessa Richelle Wilson > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Finance; Projects, Energy and Infrastructure; Mergers and Acquisitions; Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance; Financial Services; Energy and Natural Resources


Partner; US Co-Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Sector


Vanessa Richelle Wilson has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector. Vanessa represents corporate and industrial buyers in the purchase of renewable energy and Renewable Energy Credits in physical and virtual transactions. She also advises infrastructure funds, project sponsors, commercial banks and institutional investors in the development, financing, sale and purchase of renewable generation projects (utility-scale, distributed and residential solar, onshore and offshore wind and biomass), energy storage facilities, hydrogen production facilities, transmission assets and systems, natural gas assets and other energy-based transactions.

Vanessa represents both sellers and purchasers in M&A transactions and has also spent significant time structuring joint ventures for the development of energy assets. She regularly manages the diligence review of proposed targets and portfolios in connection with such transactions. She has extensive experience negotiating power purchase agreements, offtake agreements and construction and supply contracts for generation, storage and other energy projects. Vanessa also works with clients to structure and procure financing for energy infrastructure projects, including traditional project financings, tax equity investments, 144A offerings, and holdco and term loan B facilities.


J.D., Tulane Law School; B.A., University of New Orleans

Lawyer Rankings

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

Noted for its extensive global reach and strong domestic presence, DLA Piper LLP (US) fields the ability to advise on the development, financing, sale, construction and operation of renewable generation projects, including solar, onshore and offshore wind and biomass facilities. Sponsors, lenders, equity investors and public entities regularly seek the team’s assistance in the financing and development of energy storage projects. Green hydrogen is another strong point for the department, which also handles tax equity investments and sale-leaseback matters. Practice head Vanessa Richelle Wilson has a wealth of experience in project finance, M&A transactions and infrastructure development in the renewable energy space. She is based in Washington DC.