USA

Nationwide

Projects


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Projects - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Los Angeles-based renewable energy practice, advising clients on wind and solar projects. Primarily noted for its developer representations, and also advises private equity companies, lenders and utilities on the acquisition, disposition and financing of projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very knowledgeable and experienced in this area, they know the market and they know what is financeable and what is not financeable."

"They took on full ownership of all the details and they worked around the clock, lots of personal sacrifice, and they did it happily and with good cheer."

Work highlights Represented SunPower in the development, construction and sale of the 580 MW Antelope Valley solar projects.

Advised OneRoof Energy on its $100 million financing of a portfolio of distributed solar projects.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Umanoff "is the real deal" when it comes to renewable energy projects. His experience includes acting for project sponsors, dealing with financing and advising on tax issues. He acted for EverPower Wind Holdings on the $275 million financing of its Mustang Hills wind project. Sources say: "If you didn't have his thinking on an issue you could be stuck and not get a deal done."

Edward Zaelke has an enviable track record in the renewables sector and is particularly noted for his experience with the wind industry. He advised the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company on its purchase of a 50% interest in a 205.5 MW wind farm in Minnesota. Sources admire his perspicacity and describe him as "someone who is always thinking about how the market is shifting."

Significant clients Element Power, Exelon, EverPower, EverStream Capital/New Energy Capital, NRG.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Highly thought of US infrastructure and PPP team, allied to a strong projects group which focuses on representing export credit agencies (ECA) and multilateral development banks (MDB). Well-regarded PPP team acts for bidders, lenders and increasingly the public sector, on deals in areas such as transport and social infrastructure. Respected wider projects group advises sponsors, commercial lenders and ECAs in power, oil and gas and mining projects. Active domestically and internationally and particularly strong in Latin America.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They show a willingness to dig into the issues, to think creatively about solutions and actually deliver solutions."  

"They have a good knack of not getting overexcited. We have had heated discussions with other parties and they do a good job of keeping everything on an even keel."

"Very constructive lawyers, very practical lawyers, very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Acted for the senior credit group, which included IFC, Export Development Canada and the Brazilian development bank, on the $4.5 billion financing of the Etileno XXI petrochemical project in Mexico.

Advised the sponsors and the borrowers on the financing and development of the Rosemont molybdenum, copper, silver and gold project in Arizona.

Advised the Ohio Department of Transport on its $500 million Portsmouth Bypass PPP project.

Acted for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on its financing of a 200–250 MW power project in Al Manokher, Jordan.

Represented the sponsor company in the financing and development of a phosphate mine in Peru.

Notable practitioners  

Kent Rowey is a leading infrastructure lawyer who advises bidders, lenders and the public sector in PPP and privatization deals. Additionally, he is active in the wider projects sector, advising sponsors and lenders on domestic and international energy financings. He advised KKR and United Water on their successful bid for the water and wastewater PPP concession for the City of Bayonne, New Jersey. Sources say: "He is a very good negotiator and wickedly smart."

Andrew Fraiser is a PPP lawyer with experience advising on infrastructure projects on both sides of the Atlantic. Sources particularly recognize him for his work advising project grantors. He advised the Virginia Department of Transportation on the procurement of the US Route 460 toll road project. Sources say: "He is good at handling negotiations, getting to agreements and dealing with difficult issues."

Dolly Mirchandani is a well-regarded infrastructure lawyer with experience representing lenders, bidders and public sector clients in PPP projects. She counseled HDR on its role advising the DC Department of Transportation on its DC Streetcar project. One interviewee attests: "She is always working multiple plans to try and solve the same issue; she has a backup plan, a third plan, a fourth plan."

Robert Kartheiser advises lenders and sponsors on deals in the USA and throughout Latin America. Sources note his "mind-boggling language flexibility" and his "balance of commercial and detail orientation." "The fact he represents sponsors and lenders gives him a good perspective and he has the ability and experience to try and come up with solutions rather than just seeing through one lens," says one market observer. 

David Slade heads the group's DC-based ECA and MDB financing team. He advised US Ex-Im Bank and a group of commercial lenders on the financing and development of a satellite by NewSat. Observers confirm that he is "very smart, very commercial, easy to work with and very good at representing his clients."

Gregory Smith has an international project finance practice which encompasses the representation of lenders and sponsors. He is especially recognized for his work with ECAs and multilateral financing institutions. He acted for the lenders, including the Export-Import Bank of Korea, IFC and HSBC, on the Recaudo Bogotá Rapid Transit project. Sources describe him as "very practical, very smart and very hard-working."

Significant clients Central American Bank for Economic Integration, EQT Infrastructure Partners, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Fund, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Magnum Mining & Exploration. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Expertise in the renewables sector and in oil and gas projects. Especially singled out for its pedigree in the wind sector, focusing on representing developers in the financing, construction, acquisition and disposal of projects. Impressive reputation in the oil and gas space, assisting with financing and development on projects such as pipeline infrastructure, LNG terminals and petrochemicals facilities.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have really been very impressed with all of them and they have done a good job of getting the right person to do the job."

"They know the ins and outs of the space and were able to guide us accordingly." 

Work highlights Advised BlackRock Alternative Energy Investments and Eurus Energy Group on their acquisition of cash equity in the Spearville 3 wind project in Kansas.

Acted for Duke Energy on the development and financing of the 400 MW Los Vientos wind project in Texas.  

Notable practitioners  

Dahl Thompson is well known in the market for his expertise in handling wind and solar energy project development mandates. Recent highlights include acting for Ridgeline Energy on the development of a 120 MW wind farm in Idaho. Sources describe him as a "very pragmatic" attorney who is "good on the execution" of deals. 

Mark Thurber has a broad energy practice which includes working on projects in the renewables sector, as well as on LNG and midstream infrastructure developments. He is particularly noted for his skillful handling of project documents and operation and maintenance agreements. "He has a good understanding of the industry and he is a skillful negotiator," relates one observer.

Timothy Unger has a broad transactional practice which includes a strong element of project financing and development work. Recent activity includes involvement in LNG export terminal projects such as Sabine Pass and the Prelude offshore LNG project in Australia. Sources say: "He is a very practical guy and is not prone to posturing or histrionics. He understands what his clients need to get a deal done."

Significant clients OPIC, Pattern Energy, DKRW, AEI, Macquarie Cook Power. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Home to a wealth of oil and gas expertise, acting for sponsors and developers on a wide variety of energy projects. Expertise includes upstream development work, pipeline projects and assisting with the financing and development of petrochemical and LNG projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very focused on getting the deal done and really helping us understand the risks and the pitfalls."

Work highlights Acted for Kraton Performance Polymers on its joint venture with Formosa Petrochemical to develop a hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer plant in Taiwan.

Acted as project counsel on the development of the $3.8 billion PERU LNG export facility in Canete, Peru.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Miles is an experienced project finance lawyer who heads the firm's LNG group. He led the team that advised the sponsor on the Jordan Cove energy project, an LNG liquefaction and export facility under development in Oregon. Sources attest to his "very deep knowledge of the LNG markets."

Hugh Tucker is a well-regarded oil and gas lawyer, who sources single out for the quality of his project document work. He advises clients on project development and financing in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors. Sources describe him as "experienced, practical and knowledgeable."

Significant clients Sasol North America, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Neftegaz, KKR, Marine Well Containment.     

Basic facts about the department
Key office include New York, Houston and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Recommended for work on oil and gas, power and PPP projects. Handles matters such as project financing, development work, EPC contracts and construction contracts in relation to a range of power generation and oil and gas assets. Advises clients on PPP transport projects with a focus on representing developers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are incredibly thorough and their experience and knowledge is so broad that it provides us with the assurance that if there is some hidden contingency or liability, they’ve already thought about it." 

"They gain us a lot of confidence when we work with banks because the banks like them and their thoroughness."

Work highlights Acted for Tenaska on a development and purchase agreement with Brownsville Public Utilities Board for the construction of an 800 MW gas-fired electricity generation project.

Advised the sponsor, Isolux Corsan, on the pre-concession agreement for the extension of the Denver Beltway.

Advised Shell on its $1.9 billion acquisition of Chesapeake's assets in the southern Delaware Basin.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Moore is an experienced project finance lawyer with a strong track record in the PPP field. He advised Cintra Infraestructuras and Meridiam Infrastructure on the project documents, private activity bond and TIFIA financing of the second stage of the North Tarrant Express project. Sources describe him as "comprehensive in his analysis."

Alan Rafte is an energy lawyer with a broad transactional and projects practice. He is active in the oil and gas and power sectors. Sources appreciate his wide network of contacts and note that "he knows how to approach a deal."

Significant clients Kinder Morgan, Chesapeake Energy, NRG Energy, Rockland Capital, Noble Americas Energy Solutions.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Notable renewables group, active on a range of power and infrastructure matters. Well respected in the renewables market and especially recognized for its development practice and its knowledge of tax equity financing. Respected advice on development and finance in the power space in connection with transmission projects, merchant power plants and nuclear energy. Also impressive in the PPP sector, advising sponsors and bidders on a wide range of infrastructure projects, including toll roads, bridges, parking lots and light rail developments.    

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Because they have been involved in lots of these transactions they are very knowledgeable about all the key issues and they dedicate the right level of resources to get to an answer as efficiently as possible."

"They do excellent work. They are very knowledgeable and responsive and also understand the organizations they represent, which is very helpful."

"Right up there at the top in terms of knowledge of the market. They have access to a large amount of transactions so they have a good feel for if there have been developers or other tax equity investors taking different positions."

Work highlights Represented OPIC, IFC and Inter-American Development Bank as the lead lenders in the construction of the $1.9 billion, 531 MW Alto Maipo hydropower project in Chile.

Advised the US Department of Energy (DOE) on its loan guarantees for the Vogtle nuclear project in Burke County, Georgia. 

Notable practitioners  

Keith Martin is regarded by sources as "the most well-known renewables lawyer in the country." He is recognized for his thought leadership in the renewables tax incentives area and his "great expertise across the spectrum of project development."   

Noam Ayali has a wide-ranging project finance and development practice, and of late has been particularly active in the LNG sector. He advised the lenders' group on the financing of phase 2 of the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG export terminal development. Sources say: "He is looking to try and get the deal done for his clients rather than just point out problems."

Todd Alexander acts for lenders and developers on a wide range of renewable energy projects. He advised the North American Development Bank in its role as lender on the development and construction financing of the Los Vientos I and Los Vientos II wind projects in Texas. Sources say that he is "solution oriented and is moving the ball forward at all times."

Douglas Fried is "very thoughtful about how he approaches things, and incredibly tireless," say sources. Fried is a well-respected sponsor-side lawyer in the PPP sector. He acts on transport infrastructure projects such as road, bridge and airport deals.

Chaim Wachsberger is an experienced attorney with a broad project finance practice which includes acting for sponsors, lenders and equity investors. He has recently been involved in a number of financings in the power sector. Sources describe him as "very experienced, even-keeled and calm; perfect to work with."

Kenneth Hansen acts for lenders and sponsors on renewable and traditional energy financings. He is well-regarded for his knowledge of ECAs and institutions such as the DOE. He advised Banco Itaú, Cofide, Banco Colombia and Banco Internacional del Perú on the refinancing of the Maple Ethanol sugarcane-to-ethanol project in Peru. Sources appreciate his long experience and his focus on the key issues in deals.   

Paul Weber is a project finance attorney whose broad experience has included work on deals in the power, oil and gas, infrastructure and renewables sectors. Sources appreciate his practical approach, one saying: "He is very methodical and proactive in making sure transactions are moving ahead."

Lynne Gedanken has an international power project finance practice which includes the representation of lenders, sponsors and state institutions. She advised Absa Bank and Nedbank as lenders to the Dorper wind project in South Africa.

John Baecher has a fine reputation for his work on project financing mandates in the power sector. He acts for sponsors and lenders on projects such as transmission development and renewable and conventional electricity generation facilities. Sources say: "He is an excellent project finance lawyer who is able to quickly analyze issues, draft documents and face challenges."

Peter Fitzgerald is "good at coming up with practical solutions that get people to reach agreement," reveal interviewees. He is an experienced attorney who is particularly singled out for his work with multilateral agencies in financing deals. He led the team that represented the US DOE in its loan guarantees for the Vogtle nuclear power developments in Burke County, Georgia. 

Rohit Chaudhry is a "dynamic" attorney with a broad project finance practice which encompasses renewable energy deals, the power sector, LNG and infrastructure PPP deals. Sources appreciate his commercial approach and his knowledge of wider market trends. One source comments: "He is an exceptionally bright project finance lawyer who knows the legal points and the financing points equally well."

Benjamin Koenigsberg is a project finance lawyer whose practice focuses on the energy sector. Recently he has been heavily involved in LNG projects, one example being his representations of lenders in the second phase of the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG export facility development. Sources praise his "terrific presence" at the negotiating table. 

Significant clients Duke Energy, Macquarie Capital, Ormat, GeoPark Holdings, Tenaska Power Fund.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Active PPP practice representing bidders in infrastructure projects in North and Latin America. Experience on projects such as ports, airports and roads.

Work highlights Represented a joint venture of DP World and Caucedo Development in the refinancing of the project financing of its port facility on the Caucedo Peninsula of the Dominican Republic.  

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lincer is a corporate and finance attorney with a great deal of experience of infrastructure projects in the USA and Latin America. He advised ASUR and Highstar Capital on their 40-year lease to run Puerto Rico's San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport under a PPP structure.     

Jeffrey Lewis is a "very knowledgeable and creative" transactional and project finance attorney. He acted for Vale as counsel on its Simandou iron ore project in Guinea.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Highstar Capital, ASUR.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Represents clients in power project financings in the USA and Latin America. Noted for its representation of ECAs and multilateral organizations as lenders to international projects.   

Notable practitioners  

Christopher McIsaac is co-head of the firm's America's energy and projects group. Sources describe him as a "great agency guy," in recognition of his close relationship with a number of ECAs and multilateral organizations.

Lori Ann Bean is a project finance lawyer who acts for both lenders and sponsors in the USA and Latin America. Sources describe her as "very hard-hitting but very fair," and say she is a "good deal facilitator in terms of getting the parties across the finish line."

Catherine McCarthy acts for lenders and sponsors on project financing matters and is well regarded for her knowledge of multilateral credit agencies. Sources praise her technical expertise and her "very commercial approach."

David Evans is a member of the DC project finance group. He has experience in areas such as power and the nuclear sector.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts for sponsors, bidders and lenders on PPP infrastructure projects. Areas of focus include airports, toll roads and sports stadiums.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Great firm, great people. They are very smart and they get things get done right, no cutting corners or hiding the ball." 

What's new? Doug Buchanan QC, a highly regarded Canadian PPP lawyer, has joined the firm's New York office.   

Work highlights Advised the project company on the lease and financing structure of the development of JFK Airport Terminal 4.  

Notable practitioners  

Ivan Mattei is a PPP lawyer with a great deal of experience acting for bidders and lenders. Sources note his technical mastery and describe him as a "very talented lawyer."

Significant clients Mitsui, Sithe Global.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Respected PPP team that joined the firm from White & Case in 2012. Acts for bidders and projects companies in airport, road and bridge deals in the USA and Latin America.

Work highlights Advised Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico, a private toll road concessionaire, on the refinancing of $750 million of senior debt.

Acted for Red de Carreteras de Occidente, a Mexican private toll road concessionaire, on a MXN7.5 billion debt offering.  

Notable practitioners  

Tomer Pinkusiewicz is a highly respected PPP and projects lawyer who acts for clients in infrastructure and energy projects in the USA and Latin America. He advised US 460 Mobility Partners, a joint venture between Ferrovial Agromán and American Infrastructure, in its successful bid to build a new toll road in Virginia. Sources appreciate his versatility, noting that "he is rare in that he is truly an expert in debt and project agreements."  

Significant clients Société Générale Americas Securities, Kiewit Development, Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Estate Assets, Meridiam Infrastructure, Cintra Infraestructuras.    

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Miami.

What the team is known for Acts for state bodies, sponsors and lenders on US infrastructure deals. Experience dealing with road, rail, parking and social infrastructure projects. 

Work highlights Represented Palm Beach Aggregates in a $1 billion PPP project to develop waste management and water supply facilities in south Florida.

Notable practitioners  

Yosbel Ibarra is a key contact.

Significant clients State of Georgia, Citigroup Global Markets, Skanska Infrastructure Development, Global Via, Atlanta BeltLine.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Baltimore, Miami and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Particularly noted for its work in the renewables space, representing developers, lenders, borrowers and state bodies in the USA and around the world. Experience working on a variety of renewable and traditional electricity generation project financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They contributed a lot to make the whole project happen. They provided systematic and comprehensive information." 

Work highlights Represented NextEra Energy Resources on the financing, development and construction of the 250 MW McCoy solar project in California.

Acted as borrower's counsel for Exelon on a $42 million financing by Mizuho Corporate Bank for a 14 MW solar generating facility.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Chappell is a project development and finance attorney who is particularly recognized for his work in the renewable energy sector. He acted as borrower's counsel for Exelon on a $42 million financing, by Mizuho Corporate Bank, of a solar generating facility. Sources say: "He is hard-working, responsive and he doesn't over-lawyer the deal."

Keith Larson is a project finance lawyer with a particular focus on the oil and gas sector and transactions involving Chinese outbound investment. He advised Sinosure on the sale by a project sponsor of its equity interest in a 600 MW coal-fired power project in the Philippines. Sources admire his "systematic, comprehensive approach."  

Significant clients NextEra Energy Resources, Edison Mission Energy, Exelon, Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica, The Abell Foundation.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Denver. 

What the team is known for Advises clients on renewable energy projects. Expertise in solar and wind projects. Particularly adept at advising on development and on issues such as power purchase agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have had an excellent experience with them. They are very well rounded and have good experience in the various departments within the firm. I have a very high opinion of them and find them very congenial to work with and very diligent."

"You ask a question and they always get back; you need a document and it's there the next day." 

Work highlights Acted for Sempra Energy on its sale, to Consolidated Edison, of interests in the Copper Mountain Solar 2 Project and the Mesquite Solar 1 Project.

Advised the Southern California Public Power Authority in connection with the negotiation of a 25-year power purchase agreement for the output of a solar project, the K Road Moapa, in Nevada.  

Notable practitioners 

Mark Safty is an experienced project finance attorney who is particularly recognized for his representation of developers in renewables projects. He acted for NorthLight Power, a joint venture of Summit Power Group and Renewable Energy Corporation ASA, on the sale of a 60 MW solar project in Fresno County, California. One interviewee relates that "he is excellent – he is very experienced and has a very broad and deep understanding of the market."

Significant clients Duke Energy Renewables, Rentech, juwi Wind, Gamesa Technology, Cook Inlet Region.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Richmond and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Advises on projects in the power, renewables and PPP sectors. The renewables team is well regarded and is especially recognized for its tax equity financing advice. Conventional power generation projects are also within the firm's ambit; it regularly advises on the financing and acquisition of power projects throughout the USA. In the PPP sector, the firm advises bidders, state bodies and national governments on infrastructure projects.    

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"With Hunton you really are hiring a firm and you feel a great deal of comfort from that. They have the ability to handle everything at a very consistent level and they don't fall down in any area that you would encounter." 

"Very diligent, very customer-facing and commercial, very responsive, very capable of running complex deals with thousands of documents flying around."  

Work highlights Acted as finance counsel on the I-95 HOT Lanes road project in Virginia.

Represented Bank of America in credit facilities relating to the IPO of Hannon Armstrong, a REIT with a focus on energy investments.

Notable practitioners  

Laura Ellen Jones advises developers and investors on tax equity financings in renewable energy projects. Sources appreciate her "true, deep subject matter expertise," and note that "she absolutely has her finger on the market in the renewable space and knows exactly what is going on."

Jeff Schroeder advises sponsors and investors on power and energy projects. Market sources describe him as "user-friendly, collaborative and very quick." Sources note that "he can use his years of deal experience to give us color on how a deal lines up with market terms."

Eric Pogue advises clients on the corporate and transactional aspects of renewable energy tax equity financings. He is a younger partner who, sources say, is "a really excellent, detail-oriented lawyer." Commentators also attest that "he has great commercial instincts in terms of risks and negotiating against a counterparty."  

Significant clients Rabobank, SolarCity, Seminole Financial Services, Xzerta Energy Group, Uriel Renewables.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Houston.

What the team is known for Acts for sponsors and investors on domestic and international oil and gas projects. Experience across projects such as LNG import and export terminals, petrochemical facilities, oil export terminals and midstream infrastructure projects.

Work highlights Represented Sadara Chemical in the development of a $20 billion chemical complex in Saudi Arabia.

Acted for Freeport LNG in connection with the construction and development of its LNG export terminal in Freeport, Texas.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Weems is a notable energy attorney who is particularly experienced in handling LNG projects. He has a great deal of international experience, having been based in Dubai and Singapore, prior to a move to Houston in 2012. He represented Anadarko in relation to its $50 billion Mozambique LNG Export Facility. "He has worked on so many LNG deals he has seen virtually everything," comments one impressed market observer.   

Kenneth Culotta is an experienced energy attorney noted for his knowledge of EPC contracts and commercial agreements in the oil and gas sector. He advised Pacific Infrastructure on the development of a crude oil storage and export facility in Cartagena Bay, Colombia. "He is a capable lawyer and he certainly knows how to structure a project," say sources.

Significant clients Endicott Biofuels II, Chevron, Noble Energy, Sonde Resources, Haddington Energy Partners.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Project finance powerhouse, active across multiple industries and especially recognized for its lender counsel roles. Particular presence in the power sector, acting as borrowers' counsel, lenders' counsel and development counsel on electricity generation projects, representing banks, multilateral organizations, private equity firms, developers and utilities. High-quality oil and gas offering, acting on LNG projects, petrochemicals plants and a wide variety of midstream financings. Regularly acts as lenders' or underwriters' counsel on PPP infrastructure financings.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a lot of industry knowledge and experience and they are very user-friendly and responsive." 

"The partners who take on the deal are very involved, both on the documents and on the negotiations. They are front and center in every call; you are not getting delegated down the chain."

"They have a deep bench, they understand us and they are just very good at what they do."

"Very good problem solvers. They flag the issue but always have two or three solutions that are good to work around and they do a good job of coming up with something practical on the timeframe we have to get the deal done."

Work highlights Acted for a lender group of eight ECAs and 24 commercial banks on the $20 billion financing of the Ichthys LNG Project in Australia.

Acted as sponsors and borrowers counsel on the development of an 829 MW gas-fired power station by Panda Liberty.  

Advised AES Solar Power on its development of a 200 MW solar facility in Imperial County, California.

Represented CPV in the construction and term and financing of a 725 MW gas-fired power facility in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Advised Deutsche Bank, as joint lead arranger, on the financing of a portfolio of distributed solar power projects in Massachusetts.

Notable practitioners  

Kelley Gale is a project finance attorney who is known for his knowledge of geothermal, wind and solar projects. Sources say: "He is very pragmatic, good at problem solving and solution-oriented."

Warren Lilien is a project finance attorney who is active representing lenders in the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. Sources describe him as "quick to respond, very practical and very business-oriented."

Jonathan Rod is a capital markets lawyer with an internationally focused project finance practice. One client says: "He has a great knowledge base, he has a broad spectrum of experience across financing types as well as broadly in the energy power sector." Another source affirms that he is "a pleasure to work with – he is a very practical lawyer and a very skillful negotiator."

Jeffrey Greenberg is a highly regarded energy project finance attorney. He represents sponsors, lenders and investors in financings, with a particular focus on the power sector. He acted for LS Power and Riverside Generating, the sponsor and borrower respectively, on the financing of the Riverside Power project in Kentucky.

John Sachs acts for sponsors and lenders on a wide variety of energy and infrastructure project financings. He recently acted for the lender group on the refinancing of six wind power projects in Idaho.  

Project finance attorney Matthew Henegar is well regarded for his knowledge of the power industry and his ability to structure deals. Sources say: "He is good at being on top of the work streams, understanding the issues and solving them and he is very meticulous on the detail."  

Paul Hunt is a project finance attorney whose practice includes the representation of sponsors and lenders in power, renewable energy and infrastructure projects. He was engaged by the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to act as sponsor's counsel on the development of a coal-fired oxy-combustion plant which will utilize carbon capture and sequestration technology.  

David Gordon is a respected project finance lawyer and one of the vice-chairs of Latham & Watkins. Sources describe him as "one of the best-known project finance lawyers in the US."    

Significant clients Summit Power, Energy Capital Partners, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, Plains Exploration & Production, Barclays.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Nationally recognized infrastructure practice. Well regarded for its work for the public sector and, increasingly, its work for bidders and lenders. Experience handling airport, highway and light rail projects.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They seem to have all the bases covered, technically, politically and professionally, and our team is really happy to work with them."

"They are thought leaders - one of the first firms to get into the space and get involved on high-profile deals."

Work highlights Represented the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority in its deal to lease the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Aerostar Airport Holdings for 40 years.

Acted for the Texas Department of Transportation in a series of nine PPP deals across the state.

Notable practitioners  

John Schmidt is a respected figure in the US PPP world and is recognized for his sell-side work on a number of major projects. He acted for Chicago Transit Authority on the proposed use of a PPP structure for the reconstruction and extension of a mass transit line. "He is a very well-known name in the space and he has been at the center of many of these deals," according to one market observer.

David Narefsky is an experienced finance lawyer with a good track record in the infrastructure space. He was part of the team advising WVB East End Partners, the winning bidder for the design-build-finance-operate-maintain contract for the East End Crossing, a toll road and bridge crossing the Ohio River.

Joseph Seliga acts for public and private sector clients in PPP deals. He advised Illinois Department of Transportation on its procurement of the Illiana Corridor highway under a PPP structure. "He is extremely hard-working, he's very good at understanding the documents and the framework and he offers practical advice," relates one interviewee.  

Barry Machlin is a highly respected project finance attorney who, sources say, "has an incredible depth of experience across all sectors." He works closely with ECAs and multilaterals in financing matters; he recently represented US Ex-Im Bank, the Export-Import Bank of Korea and K-sure in the financing of a $4.8 billion petrochemical plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. Sources say: "He is very smooth in that he manages to bring the issues out on the table in a nonthreatening way and move the discussion along in a way that is efficient."

Significant clients Bilfinger Project Investments International, Meridiam Infrastructure, City of Chicago, VINCI Concessions, Macquarie Capital.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and Chicago.

What the team is known for Project finance team recognized for its presence in the power and renewable energy sectors. Noted for its representation of developers and sponsors, handling a wide variety of issues including EPC contracts, power purchase agreements, tax equity advice, turbine supply agreements and operation and maintenance contracts.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are tough but they are also commercial. They make sure we get what we need and don't go too far on issues that will slow down and derail a deal."  

Work highlights Advised Chevron Energy Services and Macquarie Infrastructure on a $140 million financing of solar projects in Arizona and Texas.

Notable practitioners  

Blake Winburne acts for clients in project financings and transactions in oil and gas, power and renewable energy matters. He recently advised a consortium of Chevron and Macquarie Infrastructure on a $140 million financing of solar facilities in Texas and Arizona. Sources say: "He is very strong in the industry and has a really good client following."

Matt Archer has a wide energy financing and development practice, but is especially singled out by sources for his work in the renewable energy sector. Sources say: "He has a really practical approach and clients really enjoy working with him."

Significant clients Chevron, Macquarie Infrastructure.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for First-rate project finance group, active across the mining, oil and gas, power, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. Primarily recognized for its lender-side representation, and regularly advises ECAs and commercial banks on domestic and international financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have always been available to answer our questions and prepare summaries of the issues. All these extra little things they have done to help us, daily e-mails of all the pending issues, what the risks are, how to mitigate the risks, that presence makes a very big difference in the deal."

"They take a pragmatic approach to representing their clients but realize everyone is there to make a deal."

"A great brand on the lenders' side. We see them a lot on deals."  

Work highlights Advised a group of multilateral lenders on the $390 million financing of the expansion of El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia.

Acted for the underwriters on the MXN7.5 billion offering of senior secured notes by Red de Carreteras de Occidente, a Mexican toll road concessionaire.

Represented Citibank, MetLife and Bankers Commercial in the sale and leaseback of EDF Renewable Energy's 140 MW Pacific Wind Project.

Acted for the lenders, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, DZ Bank, CoBank and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, on the $150 million financing of the Mariposa gas-fired power plant in California.

Notable practitioners  

Allan Marks is a well-respected project finance attorney with a practice that focuses on PPP financings and Latin America-focused deals. Sources describe him as a "wonderful problem solver," while commentators in the infrastructure sector say "he is in the top of his class in that space."

Jonathan Green is a project finance lawyer who is noted for his lender-side work. Sources describe him as a "real force," and "definitely one of the better practitioners out there." He advised the senior lenders on the concession and lease of Ohio State University's parking system. Sources say: "His breadth of experience across different projects is very beneficial and he always seems to be working to find a common ground to get things done."

William Bice is a well-regarded lawyer who is active on financings in the power and renewable energy sectors. He acted for the lenders on the $420 million refinancing of the Channelview gas-fired cogeneration plant in Texas. Sources say: "He is well liked and trusted on the investor side, which is helpful for us."

Carolina Walther-Meade has a project finance practice which encompasses sectors such as oil and gas, mining and power. Much of her practice is focused on Latin America, representing lenders and sponsors throughout the region. She acted for a lender group on the financing of 15 drill rigs for deepwater exploration.

Daniel Bartfeld represents lenders and sponsors in financings in the USA and throughout Latin America. He acted for Mizuho Corporate Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on the refinancing of the Hardee Power Plant project in Bowling Green, Florida. Sources say: "He is always trying to find a path or solution," and clients note that he "explains our position well."

Eric Silverman is a "long-time, very experienced project finance lawyer," who co-heads the firm's project finance practice. He is active in sectors such as power and renewable energy.

Karen Wong represents sponsors and lenders in a wide array of project financings. She represented a group of commercial banks in the lease financing of EDF Renewable Energy’s 143 MW Catalina solar project. Sources say: "She is someone who is constantly available for calls and takes very strong positions."

Daniel Michalchuk acts for lenders and sponsors on power, oil and gas and renewable energy financings. He acted for Barclays, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs as lead arrangers in the refinancing of EquiPower's portfolio. Sources describe him as "thoughtful and reasonable to deal with."

Significant clients Google, Export-Import Bank of Korea, Crédit Agricole, Royal Bank of Canada, Goldman Sachs.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and Houston.  

What the team is known for Active renewable energy practice that advises clients on wind, solar and waste-to-energy financings. Expertise handling issues such as the acquisition of projects, tax equity investments, project financing, project development and power purchase agreements.

Work highlights Acted for Goldwind on a $71 million nonrecourse loan financing for a wind energy project in Panama.

Represented Pardee Resources in its acquisition of distributed solar projects in Arizona and California.

Notable practitioners  

Wayne Song is a "really excellent renewable energy lawyer" in the firm's Los Angeles office. He acted for First Wind on the $28 million financing of a 40 MW wind project in Vermont.

David Asmus is a renowned oil and gas lawyer whose practice includes upstream, midstream and downstream development work and financing. Sources say that he is "very knowledgeable of the industry," and describe him as "very smart and thoughtful."  

Brian Bradshaw is a project finance lawyer with a practice that encompasses infrastructure, oil and gas and power deals. He acted for Sempra Energy on the development and construction of an LNG export terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana. Sources say: "He is extremely knowledgeable and does a fantastic amount of work."

Richard Shortz is an energy and infrastructure lawyer with an extensive project finance practice. Sources attest: "He always makes you feel as if he is responding to your requirements and needs, and is able to get things done."

James Tynion is a well-regarded project finance lawyer who focuses on the renewable energy sector. He joined the firm in January 2014 from Foley & Lardner. Sources describe him as a "prominent renewables lawyer," who was "one of the early movers in the wind market." 

Marc Reardon is a recent addition to the firm and is a well-regarded attorney with a broad energy and project finance practice. He is recommended for his "tremendous experience" of IPP projects and has experience in a wide variety of other areas including wind, solar and biomass. Sources comment that "he is a very calm, unflappable guy and he gives the impression he has experienced everything – it's difficult to throw something new at him."

Significant clients First Wind, Everpower, Edison Mission Energy, SouthGen Renewables, Lightbeam Energy.   

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Renewable energy and clean technology project finance group. Acts for clients such as investors and developers on the development, construction, financing and acquisition of projects.

What's new? Jeffrey Chester joined the firm from Kaye Scholer in October 2013.

Work highlights Acted for EDF Renewable Energy on the acquisition of the equity interest in the first phase of the Hereford wind project in Texas.

Advised Mitsui on its investment in a portfolio of Canadian renewable energy projects.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Chester is a well-regarded renewable energy project finance attorney. He is particularly recognized for his work representing wind power project developers. Sources affirm: "He is very accessible and very easy to work with. He has a broad depth of experience and he is well connected in the industry."

Significant clients Brightpath Capital Partners, Recurrent Energy, First Solar, IFC.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and Washington, DC.  

What the team is known for Well-regarded energy firm, noted for projects work in the power and oil and gas sectors. Respected oil and gas team involved in development and financing of infrastructure in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Strong transactional capacity in the power space, acquiring and investing in projects on behalf of its clients. Additionally, acts as project counsel and lenders' counsel on the development of new power generating facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the experience and the depth of knowledge in the energy space, but more than that, the attorneys I have worked with also have a very good understanding of the commercial aspects of the industry and they understand the issues that matter."

"They are reliable, cost-effective and they take care of knowing their clients well and making sure that our needs are being met so it is a very positive experience."

Work highlights Acted for Anadarko on the development of oil discoveries off the coast of Ghana.

Advised a lender group consisting of commercial banks and multilateral financial institutions in the financing of the Thika Power Plant in Kenya.

Notable practitioners  

Gregg Harris has a broad financing practice which encompasses power, infrastructure and mining. He is noted by market sources for his work with multilateral financial institutions. Sources describe him as a "very good technical expert in power and infrastructure," and add that he is "good to have on a deal as he brings people together and he cares about getting on and doing good work."

The "well-respected" Michael Irvin is a transactional energy attorney whose practice includes the representation of clients in development and financing matters. One market commentator remarks: "He has good substantive knowledge; he is easygoing and easy to work with."

Jeffrey Goodman has an internationally focused project finance practice and acts for sponsors and multilateral financial institutions on a wide variety of sectors. Sources say: "He is good at providing examples of solutions from his deal experience," and note that he "makes things happen as opposed to just highlighting problems and obstacles."

Michael Pikiel is head of the firm's PPP practice. He acted for Macquarie Capital in its bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a section of the I-69 highway in Indiana. Sources note that "he is very hard-working, always available and very capable." 

Significant clients Cabot Oil & Gas, Enbridge Energy, Black Stone Minerals, Direct Energy, US Ex-Im Bank. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Dedicated PPP practice which focuses on representing the public sector in infrastructure projects. Experience in a wide variety of transportation projects including roads, bridges and rail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very knowledgeable and they advise us as to the right times to stand our ground and also when we need to reach a consensus."

"They bring a lot of knowledge of both the PPP aspects and the municipal finance aspects of these projects."

"They have done a really good job of knowing and understanding the concerns of the private sector.  understanding what makes the private sector come to the table with their equity."

Work highlights Represented the Indiana Finance Authority in its procurement of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project.

Advising the California High-Speed Rail Authority in relation to the proposed $68 billion dollar high-speed train project in California.  

Notable practitioners  

Geoffrey Yarema is a well-respected infrastructure lawyer, noted for his knowledge of policy issues. "We look for him to bring us solutions and ideas and he hasn't let us down; he is a very smart guy," notes one market observer.  

Patrick Harder heads the firm's PPP team. He advised the Florida Department of Transportation on the procurement of the I-4 Ultimate highway, under a design-build-finance-operate-maintain contract. Sources attest: "His commitment to a project and his technical knowledge, both on the legal side and the construction side, really makes for a very smooth process."

Corey Boock is an experienced PPP lawyer who has been involved on the sell-side of a number of notable transport projects. In one recent highlight, he advised the Riverside County Transportation Commission on the procurement, under a PPP structure, of its SR 91 Express Lanes project in Riverside County, California. "He is thoughtful, diligent, provides good solutions, is highly organized and has got lots of experience advising the public sector," affirms one commentator.

Significant clients Texas Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Transportation, Port of Long Beach, Florida Department of Transportation, Nevada Department of Transportation.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and New York.  

What the team is known for Active PPP, renewable energy and power project finance practice. Strong power and renewable energy practice which was strengthened by the addition of a team from Bingham McCutchen in January 2013. Advises on issues such as the acquisition of projects, tax equity investment in renewables projects and project development work. Well-respected infrastructure team acting for clients on the public and private side, as well as representing underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is cohesive, responsive, efficient and provides excellent legal advice replete with the commercial understanding that makes using a legal team a lot easier."

"They are incredibly well versed in their field, and I know that they have my back and what they tell me is going to protect me and my company."

"They are all extremely capable and customer-centric. Not only does the team bring a wealth and breadth of experience, the individuals understand the commercial and institutional drivers of my business and enable successful understandings with counterparties."

"What I like is the high level of partner involvement; they are partner-heavy, one or two associates for every partner, and the quality of their knowledge and the understanding of our business model is high." 

Work highlights Advised the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in connection with the privatization of the Central Terminal of LaGuardia Airport.

Represented Atlantic Power and Canadian Hills Wind in the acquisition of 99% of a 238 MW wind power facility in Oklahoma.

Acted for Edgemoore Infrastructure and Kiewit Construction in their bid to design, build and finance 55 miles of toll way on US Route 460 in Virginia.

Advised Pattern Energy Group in connection with a $1 billion financing for its Ocotillo Express wind farm.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Mathews is a highly regarded project finance attorney who is recognized for his significant experience in the infrastructure sector. He represented a consortium, consisting of Infrared Capital Partners, Fluor Enterprises and Kiewit Infrastructure, in its bid for the contract to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the I-4 Ultimate Project, a highway PPP in Florida. Sources note that he is "thoroughly knowledgeable, has a terrific temperament and he has business acumen."  

Mark Weitzel is a renewable energy project finance lawyer who came to the sector from a background in tax law. Sources say: "He looks for ways to solve problems, not just to throw rocks at people. With him there is no wasted motion, he just gets down to business and figures out how to close the deal. A standout."

Christopher Moore is an experienced renewable energy lawyer who sources describe as a "very solid, good guy." He is especially singled out for his knowledge of the wind sector, and is regularly involved in transactions such as the acquisition and disposal of wind projects and tax equity financings and investments. He acted for Gamesa Energy on its sale of a portfolio of wind projects to Algonquin Power, a $900 million deal.

Leslie Sherman is a renewable energy project finance attorney who has represented developers, lenders and tax equity investors. He is well regarded by market sources, who praise his knowledge of the California market and his skill when it comes to negotiating power purchase agreements. Observers attest: "He knows everybody and he knows what has been happening in the market. That helps him puts buyers and sellers together."

David Spielberg has an energy project finance practice which includes a strong element of renewable energy project development and finance work. Interviewees describe him as "very knowledgeable and well regarded."

Young Lee is a well-regarded project finance attorney who advises private and public sector clients on PPP projects. She was a member of the team that advised a consortium consisting of HOCHTIEF, Skanska and ACS on its bid for the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the East End Crossing in Indiana. Sources note that she is "able to organize and maintain calm in the midst of closing a complex transaction."  

Tara Higgins is a transactional energy lawyer, with a great deal of experience assisting clients with project finance matters in the power, renewable energy and oil and gas sectors. She acted for Ares Capital, in its role as joint lead arranger and lead term-loan B lender, on the $340 million construction financing of the Panda Temple power facility in Texas. Higgins is "an incredibly dynamic person, a pragmatic problem solver and hyper-attentive to her client’s requests," say sources.

Thomas Glascock is an experienced project finance lawyer who is particularly singled out by sources for his work in the power, infrastructure and renewable energy fields. His practice includes the representation of developers, lenders and equity investors.

Significant clients Tennessee Valley Authority, Recurrent Energy, GE Energy Financial Services, Balfour Beatty Investments, Transurban.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Oil and gas development and finance group active on projects across the world. Strong suits in LNG projects, oil and gas upstream development work and midstream infrastructure matters.

Notable practitioners  

John Mauel is an experienced oil and gas lawyer noted for his knowledge of LNG development, financing and commercial agreements. Sources call him "an excellent lawyer" who "enjoys a high degree of satisfaction from his clients."

Jane Wallison Stein has a project finance practice which involves the representation of lenders and sponsors in energy and infrastructure projects. She acted for Tenaska on the development and financing of CSolar South and CSolar West, two solar projects in California. Observers describe her as "solution oriented and very thorough."

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Represents lenders and sponsors on projects in the power, PPP and mining sectors. Lender clients include ECAs, multilateral financial institutions and commercial banks. Particular strengths include an impressive knowledge of the Latin American market.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We use Shearman because of the quality, speed and fairness of price of their work. They are able to meet their time commitments and provide not just good legal advice, but very good commercial advice."

"Their performance has been incredible. They are very commercial and they know how we think from a project finance standpoint. They know what to look for in terms of risk."

"Outstanding. They have been really, really good. The team are very committed to me and my firm. They give me a service that is very timely and they give good legal advice."

Work highlights Represented Abengoa Solar in its joint venture with BrightSource Energy to develop a 500 MW solar energy facility in California.

Acted for Essar Global, the sponsor, and Essar Steel Minnesota, the project company, on the $1.63 billion financing of an iron ore mine and pellet processing facility in Minnesota.  

Panel member of the Federal Highway Administration’s TIFIA Joint Program Office. Assisted in a number of financings under this program.  

Notable practitioners  

Cynthia Urda Kassis is a highly respected project finance lawyer with a strong domestic and Latin American practice. Clients and peers admire her approach to negotiations, describing her as a "facilitator" with a "calm hand on the tiller." She acted for a large lender group on the Rosemont Copper project in Arizona. A client source comments: "She managed to raise the most important positions and negotiate for us in a very efficient way." 

Gregory Tan acts for lenders and sponsors on deals in the power and infrastructure sectors. He represented the Royal Bank of Canada in the issue of $110 million of senior secured notes by Bayonne Water Joint Venture. Part of the proceeds of the notes were used in the purchase of a 40-year concession to run the wastewater facilities of the City of Bayonne, New Jersey. Sources say: "He is a great project finance lawyer who is very good at getting international projects across the finish line."

Patricia Hammes is a highly respected finance lawyer who regularly acts for lender groups on project finance deals. She acted as designated lender's counsel to LS Power on the $215 million financing of its Riverside project, a 925 MW gas-fired power plant in Kentucky. One impressed client remarks that "she lets us know what is possible and where the precedents stand."

Robert Freedman is a project finance lawyer who is viewed favorably by peers in the market. He acted for a group, led by Citigroup Global Markets, on the placement of $219 million of senior secured notes with regard to four solar projects under development in California. "He provides really high-quality legal services and he puts in time above and beyond the call of duty," notes one interviewee.

Significant clients InterGen, Borealis Infrastructure, BTMU, Barrick, US Department of Energy.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Project finance group with an active power practice. Acts on financings, development and acquisitions in relation to power transmission infrastructure and coal, gas-fired and renewable energy generating facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very deep team with a lot of people that can do the work."

"They are very sophisticated finance lawyers."  

Work highlights Acted for Clean Line Energy Partners on its acquisition of a transmission project in New Mexico. 

Represented Sunbury Generation, the project sponsor, in the repowering of a coal-fired power generation facility into a gas-fired plant capable of generating 860 MW.

Notable practitioners  

Sergio Pozzerle is a Houston-based project finance lawyer with strong experience in the renewable energy field. He practices both domestically and throughout Latin America. Recent highlights include acting for Denham Capital in a series of investments in the Brazilian wind power industry.

Glenn Pinkerton is an experienced project finance lawyer with a practice that encompasses the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. Sources say: "He is a very good project lawyer. He has done lots of work in Latin America, particularly on the electric power generation facility side." 

Irving Rotter chairs the firm's project finance group. His broad project finance experience includes the representation of lenders and sponsors in the power, renewable energy and telecoms sectors. He acted for Competition Power Ventures on a conventional power plant project. Sources describe him as a "careful and knowledgeable lawyer." 

Significant clients Chamisa Energy, Citibank, Entergy Services, Exelon, Starwood Energy Group.   

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts for commercial banks, underwriters and private equity firms on the acquisition of, investment in, and loans to, renewable energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very smart guys, they know what they are doing and they don't make mistakes. They are very thorough and thoughtful."

"Simpson has a great practice on the lenders' and private equity side."

Work highlights Represented Union Bank and RBS as lenders in the Alta X and Alta XI wind projects, part of a 3,000 MW facility under development by Terra-Gen Power.

Advised Keybank in connection with a $66 million senior secured loan to Pioneer Plains Wind Holdings. 

Notable practitioners  

David Lieberman has an active practice representing lenders and private equity firms in energy transactions and financings. He represented the lender group in the financing of NextEra Energy Resources' North Sky River wind energy project. Sources note: "He is very thorough and very on top of what he does."

Kenneth Wyman advises on project financings in the renewable energy, power and infrastructure sectors. Recent deals have included his representation of KKR in its acquisition of three solar projects from Starwood Energy Group.

Significant clients Allianz, Barclays Capital, National Life of Vermont, Stonepeak Partners, CoBank.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Acts for lenders and sponsors on financing in the power, oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Notable lenders' practice in addition to a large developer-side practice, particularly in the renewable energy space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We received excellent, timely, efficient and client-friendly work from everyone we worked with at Skadden."

"They've been great. Extremely sophisticated, intelligent, commercial lawyers doing a great job for us."

"They are always looking for solutions, and looking to address issues and to try to find a way to get a project financed."

"I think they have tremendous subject matter expertise, excellent client service and they are aware of nuance in deal-making and nuance in contracts."

Work highlights Acted for a fund of BlackRock Financial Management on its acquisition of a 40% stake in the Spearville 3 wind project in Kansas.

Represented Emera in its purchase agreement concerning three gas-fired power stations from Capital Power.

Advised The Carlyle Group on the financing and intermediation arrangements of its purchase of a Philadelphia refinery from Sunoco. 

Advised Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group on an investment in a distributed solar power system developed by SunRun.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Klepper is a respected practitioner who co-heads the firm's projects group. He represented First Solar in the negotiation of an operation and maintenance agreement and engineering, procurement and construction contract for its Campo Verde solar project in California. Sources note that "he is super-intelligent and responsive" and comment that "his knowledge of the space is unparalleled."

Harold Moore co-heads the firm's project finance group. Sources appreciate his "depth of experience that allows him to have a much broader perspective and not get bogged down on the immediate issue." He advises lenders and developers on a broad range of energy projects. Sources say: "He is extremely solution oriented and looks for a way to fix a problem that works for both the lenders and the project's sponsors."

Lance Brasher has a broad energy practice that encompasses the development, acquisition, financing and restructuring of projects. He represented Energy Answers in the construction, financing and development of a 70 MW resource recovery electricity generation plant in Puerto Rico.

The "fabulous" Julia Czarniak has a broad finance practice which includes advising sponsors and lenders in project finance deals. Her practice includes financing projects in the renewable energy, power and oil and gas sectors.

Paul Kraske has an excellent reputation among clients and peers in the energy project finance space. One impressed source said: "He is one of the most intelligent and technical lawyers that I have ever worked with and he marries that with a great interpersonal skill." Another source said: "He does a good job of guiding us to the points we should care about and explaining what we are agreeing to and whether it's important or not."  

Significant clients Emera, First Solar, Occidental Petroleum, Shelf Drilling International Holdings, Morgan Stanley.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Seattle, San Diego and Portland, OR.  

What the team is known for Well-regarded renewable energy project finance group with experience advising on wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. Acts for lenders, but particularly recognized for the quality of its developer-side practice.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It has been very good: they know the law and the industry, they know the deals and they bring a sense of business practicality that we find particularly valuable."

"Really good on renewables – we find them very knowledgeable on that subsector. They know the regulations and they know how the deals are put together."

Work highlights Acted for ImMODO International on its sale of 15 solar projects in California.

Advised The Cook Inlet Region in connection with its tax equity investment in the Palouse Wind Project in Washington.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Einowski is an experienced renewable energy project finance lawyer whose practice has included representing developers, lenders and investors in wind, solar, biomass and hydro projects. He acted as special finance counsel for Enel Green North America on GE Financial Service's tax equity investment in Enel's Buffalo Dunes Wind Project in Kansas. Sources say he is "very responsive, very detail-oriented and he has a really broad understanding of the renewable energy world."

Alan Merkle is a well-regarded renewable energy lawyer who sources single out for his in-depth knowledge of turbine supply agreements. He acted for Mainstream Renewable Power on its negotiation of turbine supply agreements for its Negrete Cuel wind project in Chile. Sources say: "He is very meticulous, he has a thorough knowledge of the area and the various vendors and a good knowledge of the market."

Howard Susman focuses on representing developers in wind and solar energy projects. Sources say that he is "easy to work with, knows what he is talking about and has lots of experience on the developer side."

Significant clients EDF Renewable Energy, SunPower, AltaGas, CG Power Solutions, Trade Wind Energy.  

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Widely viewed as the leading firm for the representation of sponsors in mining projects. Also noted for the strength of its oil and gas projects practice and its attorneys' knowledge of the LNG sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A great brand on the sponsor side."  

"An excellent firm that does quite a bit of work in Latin America."

Work highlights Advised Sempra Energy and the project company on the financing of the Cameron LNG export terminal in Louisiana.

Acted for the sponsor, Stornoway Diamond, on the Renard diamond project in Quebec.

Notable practitioners  

Frederic Rich is described variously by sources as "experienced," "focused" and "incredibly bright." Much of his recent work has focused on the LNG sector. He advised Australia Pacific LNG on the $8.5 billion financing of its coal seam gas to LNG project on Curtis Island, Queensland.

Sergio Galvis has a broad transactional practice that includes advising clients on project finance matters, with a particular focus on the mining sector. He advised HudBay Minerals, the project sponsor, on the financing of the Constancia copper project in Peru. Sources say: "He is very experienced, a tough negotiator and very practical."  

Christopher Mann's project finance involves acting for clients on areas such as infrastructure, mining and oil and gas. He advised Minera Escondida on a $600 million financing to expand its Escondida copper mining project. One impressed client said: "At all moments in the negotiations he knew all the lines that had been written in the contracts which gave us the upper hand when it came to the little lines in the agreements."

Significant clients Freeport LNG, Australia Pacific LNG, Stornoway Diamond, HudBay Minerals, Minera Escondida.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and Washington DC.

What the team is known for Strong Houston-based oil and gas project finance team, partnered with additional expertise in areas such as power and renewable energy. Advises on LNG projects, upstream development and financing and development in the midstream and downstream areas. Respected power and renewable energy presences, acting for sponsors and investors on projects domestically and in Latin America and Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very responsive and very commercial minded. They don't get lost in the weeds, and I think as an organization they have a level of experience and expertise in global oil and gas which is very hard to match."

"They are pro-business, they are flexible and they are always available."

Work highlights Advised ING Capital on project financing and the restructuring of debt and hedge arrangements for four power facilities in Texas.

Acted for Sundrop Fuels on the financing and development of a biorefinery facility.

Counseled GE Energy Financial Services on its investment in the Arrowhead Pipeline System, a liquids pipeline system serving the Eagle Ford Shale.

Notable practitioners  

Kaam Sahely is a project finance lawyer particularly praised for his knowledge of EPC contracts. Sources also appreciate his international experience and his knowledge of English and US law. He advised Dyno Nobel in connection with the development of an $850 million anhydrous ammonia plant in Louisiana. "His experience and negotiating skills were excellent," notes one client.

Mark Spradling is an "excellent project finance lawyer" noted for his in-depth knowledge of the global oil and gas industry. He was a member of the team that advised the BC LNG Export Co-Operative on the development of its LNG export project in Canada.  

Mark Spivak is an experienced project finance lawyer whose clients include sponsors, lenders and investors. Recent highlights include his representation of AES Gener in the financing and development of a 772 MW coal-fired facility in Chile. Sources say: "He understands what the counterparties look for and he tries to find an amenable solution."

Significant clients Riverstone Holdings, Occidental Petroleum, LS Power, Cobalt International Energy, China National Petroleum Corporation International.   

Basic facts about the department
Key office include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-regarded projects group noted for its lender and sponsor-side mandates in US and international projects. Advises on oil and gas financings throughout the world, with a particularly strong presence in the financing of petrochemical developments. Heavily involved in the representation of lenders in large power project financings in the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very attentive and quick to respond at almost any hour of the day. They were spot-on in their advice with regards to the legal aspects and also with their commercial understanding not only of the deal structure, but also with regards to the general market for this type of deal." 

"They took good positions, they were reasonable, flexible and good from a technical point of view." 

Work highlights Acted as part of an international White & Case team on the representation of Saudi Aramco in the $12.5 billion project financing of a chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia.

Advised Credit Suisse Securities and Goldman Sachs Lending Partners as mandated lead arrangers on the financing of the 758 MW gas-fired Panda Temple II  power project.

Acted for the joint venture Braskem Idesa SAPI on the financing of its Etileno XXI project, a chemical facility in Mexico.

Notable practitioners  

Troy Alexander is a finance lawyer who is noted for his lender representations in the power sector in the USA and Latin America. He was a member of the team that represented a group of commercial banks in the purchase of senior secured notes offered by CE Oaxaca Dos in order to finance two wind farm projects in Mexico. One interviewee attests: "He was trying to conciliate the position and to move forward, and he was very helpful and clear-minded and always proposing good things."

Victor DeSantis is a highly regarded projects lawyer largely recognized for his lender-side work, particularly in deals involving multilateral financial institutions. He acted for DNB as the lenders on the financing of two pipelaying support vessels for Technip and Odebrecht Óleo. Clients comment that "he really manages to make things happen, no matter how much adversity is in the room."

Arthur Scavone is a well-respected attorney who represents sponsors and lenders in domestic and international project finance matters. Interviewees note his "amazing ability to balance the legal aspects of a transaction with the practical realities of a transaction." He acted as lenders' counsel on a series of power plant financings by Panda Power.

Ned Neaher has a great deal of experience of project finance and is especially recognized for his work with ECAs and multilateral financial institutions. Sources describe him as "a hard-working, experienced partner who can get things done."

Jason Webber acts for sponsors and lenders on energy and infrastructure project finance deals. He acted for JBIC and a consortium of Japanese commercial banks on the financing of five renewable energy projects in Canada. "He is really strong on the financing side of things and he is very practical in his approach," relates one interviewee.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, US Ex-Im Bank, Mizuho Bank, Banco do Brasil, Odebrecht Energia.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Seattle, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington DC. 

What the team is known for Acts for lenders and sponsors on cleantech and renewable energy projects. Experience advising on a range of matters including solar, wind, hydro and biofuels projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are bright and responsive and have a lot of experience doing deals so they have a good pulse of what the market is."

"They are very high-quality and have good expertise in cleantech, so can advise on what's market."

Work highlights Acted for Bechtel Development on the development, construction and financing of the Soda Mountain project, a 350 MW solar facility in California.

Acted for Own Energy in relation to a tax equity investment made in wind projects by New Jersey Resources.

Notable practitioners  

Todd Glass is a renewable energy and cleantech lawyer who, sources say, is "intellectually curious and keeps learning." He advised Metrus Energy on the financing and development of a number of energy efficiency projects.

Peter Mostow has an energy and cleantech practice which includes the representation of clients in project finance matters. He acted for Kilowatt Financial on the acquisition and restructuring of the tax equity interests in a number of residential solar power portfolios. One client attests: "He helps bridge differences and advises me on where I need to hold my ground and where something is not worth falling on your sword."

Christopher Groobey is a "thoughtful, knowledgeable project finance guy" who focuses on the renewable energy sector. He acted for Silicon Valley Bank on the financing of a portfolio of fuel cell power generation facilities. One impressed market observer comments that "he has an ability to look past small details and spot the big issues and find a solution."

Sean Moran is a tax attorney who has been active in the renewable energy project finance sector. He regularly advises clients on issues such as tax equity investments in renewable energy developments. He recently acted for a number of clients on a leveraged sale and leaseback financing of a wind farm projects portfolio in California with a value of over $2 billion.

Significant clients Cobalt Technologies, EchoFirst Solar, Google Energy, SunRun, Union Bank.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Active renewable energy practice with a good reputation for its representation of developers and tax equity investors. Experience of distributed solar, utility solar, wind and biomass energy projects.

Work highlights Advised Sunrun on a $75 million tax equity financing by JPM Capital for a series of distributed solar developments.

Represented E.ON Climate & Renewables North America in a number of tax equity financings for wind projects.

Notable practitioners  

Jerry Bloom is an experienced power attorney who regularly represents tax equity investors and developers in renewable energy project finance deals. He acted for CleanPath Ventures on its acquisition, development and subsequent sale of a solar project. Sources say: "He is a very broad-based, long-time practitioner with a strong perspective of the market."

Significant clients Soitec Solar, SoCore Energy, Invenergy, Santander, Atlantic Grid Operating Company.  

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Thomas Hoffmann of Ballard Spahr LLP is a well-regarded renewable energy lawyer, who has a broad experience of the sector gleaned from private practice and his time spent in-house at a developer company. He advises developers, underwriters, lenders and tax equity investors on renewable energy projects. Lately, a large part of his practice has been focused on residential solar developments.

Ernest Chung of Blank Rome LLP is an experienced lawyer with an internationally focused project finance practice. He acted for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on its role as lead arranger of the financing for a Chilean copper processing plant. Sources say: "He has a calming, logical influence and he is always trying to reach a solution."

John Cogan of Cogan & Partners LLP is a well-respected oil and gas lawyer who, sources say, is "the dean of the LNG Bar." His wide experience includes a development role in LNG and pipeline projects, handling commercial agreements, drafting operation and maintenance contracts and assisting with the acquisition and disposal of projects. Sources note his "encyclopedic knowledge of the LNG business."

Joseph Tato of DLA Piper LLP (US) is head of the firm's US projects and infrastructure group. He practices in the USA and in Africa and focuses on sectors such as power, oil and gas and renewable energy. He acted for South African-based BioTherm Energy and its US owner Denham Capital, on the financing of three renewable energy projects in South Africa. Sources say: "He is experienced and he doesn't try and push the envelope. He knows what his clients are looking for, he is realistic and practical and he get things done."

Melissa Raciti-Knapp of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP is a project finance lawyer who advises on mining, infrastructure and power projects in the US and in Latin America. She advised Abertis Infraestructuras on its acquisition of OHL's Chilean toll road concessions.

Walter Keneally of Haynes and Boone LLP is a project finance lawyer with experience in the oil and gas, power and renewable energy sectors. He joined the firm in August 2013 from Bracewell & Giuliani.

Scott Arrington of Locke Lord LLP is an attorney with an extensive international project development and financing practice. Sources particularly commend his knowledge of the oil and gas sector. Clients affirm that he is "very responsive" and is a "very, very talented lawyer." Arrington recently joined Locke Lord from McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Thomas Amis of Mercer Thompson LLC is a "really first-rate" lawyer who concentrates on project development in the renewable energy and sustainability areas. His practice includes representing clients in solar, wind and energy efficiency projects. He joined the firm in January 2013.

Nikesh Patel of Mercer Thompson LLC is a project finance lawyer whose practice focuses on renewable energy and clean technology. He joined the firm in January 2013 and is managing principal of its DC office.

Ellen Friedman of Nixon Peabody LLP is a project finance attorney who advises on power, infrastructure and renewable energy projects. She acts for banks, developers and tax equity investors with regard to solar, wind, biomass and conventional power projects.

Junaid Chida of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a well-regarded lawyer recognized for his experience and skill when it comes to the tax equity financing of renewable energy projects. His expertise in tax-based structuring is particularly highlighted by sources.

Eric Richards of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a project finance lawyer who represents the private sector, public sector and lenders in PPP deals. He has experience in areas such as social infrastructure, airports and road deals.  

Richard Shutran of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a transactional lawyer with a broad finance practice. His repute largely springs from his representation of lenders in power, infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

Gregory Thorpe of O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a diverse practice which includes representing clients in project finance in the infrastructure and energy sectors. He acts for the public and private sector on PPP matters, with a particular focus on rail projects. Additionally, he advises on power and oil and gas projects.

Timothy Callahan of Paul Hastings LLP is a project finance lawyer who advises on power, renewable energy and infrastructure projects. He acted for Gestamp Wind North America on the sale and leaseback financing of a 23.4 MW wind farm in Puerto Rico.

Roderick Devlin recently joined Squire Sanders (US) LLP from Greenberg Traurig. Devlin is a well-regarded PPP lawyer with experience working on a wide variety of infrastructure projects.While at his prior firm he advised AECOM P3 Advisory on its engineering role in the construction of the North Tarrant Expressway in Texas.

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