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Joseph Tato

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate and Finance


Partner Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's US Energy Sector, US Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy-Power Sector, and US Chair of DLA Piper's Projects and Infrastructure


Joseph Tato serves as Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Energy Practice and oversees a dynamic sector that includes more than 100 partners globally in the power, oil and gas, renewables and nuclear areas. Joe regularly represents project sponsors, equity investors, financial institutions and governments in the development and financing of power, oil and gas, LNG, water and wastewater, waste management and other infrastructure projects in the US, Africa, Latin America and Europe.Joe also represents sponsors and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and workouts.


JD, New York University School of Law; BA, Columbia College

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

At DLA Piper LLP (US), Washington DC-based Timothy Moran and Gregory Smith handle an even balance of lender and sponsor work across the Americas. Moran continued to be highly active for key client Exelon Generation, which he advised on a $650m financing for a portfolio of 31 operating solar and wind generation projects; he also acted for Hanwha General Chemical on a $110m construction loan financing of a solar project in Texas. Smith, who focuses on overseas energy projects, assisted the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) with numerous matters, including the financing of a 50MW gas-fired power project in Guinea. In another piece of work, he acted for Export-Import Bank of the United States and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration on their financing of the Cerro de Hula wind project in Honduras. The practice is led from New York by global co-chair Joseph Tato.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy transactions: conventional power

At DLA Piper LLP (US), New York-based global energy head Joseph Tato and Washington DC-based Gregory Smith focus on international work; Smith is advising OPIC and CDC Investment Works on the financing for a 50MW gas-fired power project in Guinea. In the domestic market, Washington DC-based Timothy Moran assisted Exelon Generation with the restructuring of its power projects in Texas.

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Energy: renewable/alternative

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative

DLA Piper LLP (US) specializes in lender-side project finance with Washington DC-based Gregory Smith highly active on cross-border mandates, and Timothy Moran (also in Washington DC) focusing on the domestic market. In one example of work Smith acted for key client the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on the financing of a 500MW wind farm in central Ukraine. New York-based Joseph Tato heads the practice.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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