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DLA Piper LLP (US)

500 EIGHTH STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20004, USA
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Work +1 202 799 4000
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Fax +1 202 799 5000
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www.dlapiper.com

Vanessa Richelle Wilson

Tel:
Work +1 202 799 4570
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Web:
www.dlapiper.com/en/us/people/w/vanessa-wilson-richelle/
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Finance; Projects, Energy and Infrastructure; Mergers and Acquisitions; Financial Services; Energy and Natural Resources

Position

Partner

Career

Vanessa Wilson focuses on advising project sponsors and developers, private equity investors, commercial banks and institutional lenders and investors in the development, financing, sale or purchase of independent energy projects, including utility-scale solar projects, wind farms, energy storage facilities, biomass projects and gas-fired and coal-fired power generation facilities, natural gas pipelines, methane-capture projects and other energy-based transactions. She has played a significant role in projects located in California, New York, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Vanessa has more than 15 years of experience representing sponsors and developers in connection with project financings, including traditional construction and term loans, 144A offerings and tax equity investments. She also has extensive experience negotiating agreements for the sale or purchase of energy assets and companies. She regularly manages the diligence review of proposed targets and portfolios in connection with such transactions. Vanessa has also spent significant time structuring joint ventures for the development of energy assets.

Education

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


United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) 'takes a pragmatic approach' to domestic and cross-border project financing transactions, acting for a mix of lender and sponsor clients. US co-chair of projects and infrastructure and US Chair of renewable energy and energy M&A, the 'exceptional' Timothy Moran, advised Exelon Corporation on a $850m senior secured Holdco Term Loan B credit facility to leverage the sponsor's interest in a portfolio of 33 solar, wind and biomass utility-scale and distributed electric generation projects across 11 states in the US. Gregory Smith, who is US co-chair of projects and infrastructure and US chair of agency finance, led advice for OPIC and CDC on the financing of a 50MW gas-fired power project in Conakry, Guinea, which is sponsored by Endeavor Energy; he also advised NEXI, SMBC and OPIC on the financing of a 48.7MW solar project in Jordan, which is sponsored by AES Corporation and Mitsui. New York-based Charles Carroll advised Abengoa on the sale of a combined-cycle power plant in Mexico, known as Norte III, to a consortium consisting of Macquarie Capital and construction conglomerate Techint. Also recommended in the New York office are 'invaluable resource' Philip Corsello and Joseph Tato, who acts as US co-chair of projects and infrastructure. Vanessa Richelle Wilson and Amala Nath, the latter of whom joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in 2018, are also names to note. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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