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 offices include Los Angeles, New York and DC.

What the team is known for Respected renewable energy group that acts for clients on solar, wind and anaerobic digester projects in the US and overseas. Clients include lenders, developers and energy offtakers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent: very responsive and very knowledgeable of the subject, with a strong bench of people to call upon." 

Work highlights Acted for OCI Solar on the development of 400 MW of solar power projects in San Antonio, Texas.

Represented Pacifico Energy in the development, construction and financing of a 32 MW solar project in Japan.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Zaelke is a renewable energy lawyer and chair of the firm's projects group. He is enjoying increasing visibility in the solar market, although he remains best known for his work in the wind sector. Sources describe him as a "leading attorney for wind power purchase agreements," and also praise him as being "very personable and well connected."

David Burton is a tax attorney who advises clients on renewable energy projects. Sources view him as an expert on production tax credits, and "a really good guy and a good lawyer."

Significant clients SunPower, Exelon, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, NRG Energy, EverStream Energy Capital Management.  

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

What the team is known for Sophisticated project finance group, best known for its domestic infrastructure practice, its DC agency group and its strong Latin America offering. Acts for sponsors, lenders and the government on US PPP work. Sources highlight the firm's increasing success in government-side mandates. The agency practice advises institutions on project financing matters. Active in Latin America advising on power, infrastructure, mining and oil & gas projects for sponsors and lenders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everyone with the firm is extremely knowledgeable and provides us with exemplary service."

"They are truly excellent. They have been critical to delivery of our project."

Work highlights Advised MWH Global on the development of LNG liquefaction and gasification facilities in Alaska.

Represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in relation to the $2 billion Goethals bridge replacement project.

Acted for Guyana Goldfields on the financing of the Aurora gold project in Guyana.

Sponsor counsel for Odebrecht and Enagas on the development of a $5 billion natural gas pipeline in Peru.

Advised the lenders to the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in central Florida.

Acted as lender's counsel for the Haile gold mine project in South Carolina. 

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Fraiser leads the firm's PPP government-side practice, and has worked on PPP projects in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Impressed clients praise his "leadership and comprehensive understanding of PPP contracts and procurement strategies."

Dolly Mirchandani focuses on the US PPP sector, representing lenders, developers and the public sector. She led the Allen & Overy team advising Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority on the Caguas-San Juan Commuter Train Project.

Kent Rowey advises clients on infrastructure and oil and gas projects, and is particularly recognized for his work on behalf of infrastructure funds. Recent highlights include advising Sasol on the development of a petrochemical project in Louisiana.

Gregory Smith is a member of the firm's agency-focused DC project finance group. He advised a group of ECAs and commercial banks, including US Ex-Im Bank, on the $5.5 billion financing of the Star oil refinery in Turkey.

David Slade is the senior partner of the firm's DC office, and focuses on representing agencies in overseas project financing. "He's very constructive in his approach," notes one impressed source.

Significant clients Valé, Rosemont Copper, North American Development Bank, Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, Ohio Department of Transport (DOT). 

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

What the team is known for Acts for sponsors on the development of midstream and downstream oil and gas projects, including pipelines, LNG export terminals and petrochemical facilities. Advises sponsors in connection with the development of wind and solar energy projects in the USA, Latin America and Japan.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All its lawyers were extremely competent, responsive, pleasant and genial to work with."  

"They are excellent in Texas and the United States; very knowledgeable in the areas of project finance, land acquisition, and energy."

Work highlights Acted for Centaurus Renewable Energy on the development and financing of a series of five solar projects in Arizona, California and Indiana.

Acted for the sponsor on the financing of trains 5 and 6 of the Sabine Pass LNG project.

Represented the sponsor in the development of a 23 MW wind power project in Guatemala. 

Notable practitioners  

Dahl Thompson is a well-regarded project finance lawyer who is particularly noted for his work developing renewable energy infrastructure. An impressed client said: "He is a tireless problem solver with great attention to detail and a good sense of humor."

Mark Thurber advises clients on the development of oil and gas and renewable energy projects. He has a great deal of experience in the wind sector, and clients describe him as "an expert on project development and EPC contracts."

Timothy Unger acts on the development and financing of oil and gas, power, renewable energy and petrochemical projects. He played a lead role in the firm's representation of the sponsor in the financing of trains 5 and 6 of the Sabine Pass LNG project in Louisiana.

Significant clients EOG Resources, Legacy Petroleum, Blackrock Alternative Investments, First Solar, NRG Energy. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Well established as a credible player in the US PPP sector. Acts for bidders and sponsors on transport projects in the North America. Advises clients on secondary market deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It was excellent: they did a very good job and were very knowledgeable about the space."

"All the associates have a go-get-it and go-after-it attitude, and are very eager to help and quick to pick up the phone if there is a question." 

Work highlights Advised I-4 Mobility Partners on the successful financial close of the I-4 ultimate highway PPP project in Florida.

Acted for Maryland Transit Connectors, a short-listed bidder on the Maryland purple line light rail project.  

Notable practitioners

Jason Radford is a key contact. 

Significant clients Balfour Beatty Investments, All Aboard Florida, Aquila Capital, Plenary Group, InfraRed Capital Partners.

Basic facts about the department
Key office locations include DC and Houston.

What the team is known for Respected oil and gas firm that advises clients on the development and financing of upstream, midstream and downstream projects. Strong LNG practice focusing on developing projects and advising on commercial arrangements and LNG sale and purchase agreements.

Work highlights Acted for the Energy & Minerals Group on the financing of the American Energy Permian Basin and Utica projects.

Assisted GNLS in negotiating various matters with regard to the Uruguay LNG Project.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Miles is a well-regarded project development and finance lawyer who focuses on the LNG sector. He is best known for his work on the development of LNG projects and on LNG sale and purchase agreements. Sources say: "He is a very experienced and well-known guy, and he has a very good industry understanding."

Hugh Tucker is an oil and gas lawyer who advises on project development and finance. He acts on upstream, midstream and downstream projects, and has recently advised sponsors on petrochemical project development. 

Significant clients Cheniere Energy Partners, Petróleo Brasileiro, LyondellBasell, Sasol North America, Dominion Resources.   

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

What the team is known for Advises on project development in the oil and gas sector, including the development of natural gas and oil pipelines, and upstream development projects. Acts for lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of power generation and energy storage facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is excellent: they provide very on-point and timely, responsive advice, and they are good at coming up with suggestions to work around issues that come up."

"They are very commercially minded, they understand you've got to get a deal done, they understand the market and the counterparties, and they understand both sides of the deal."

Work highlights Advised Kinder Morgan on the development of the Utica Marcellus Texas pipeline project.

Acted for Tenaska on the development of an 800 MW power project in Texas.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, oil and gas lawyer Alan Rafte is "exceptionally good on very complex legal and commercial issues." He advises clients on upstream and midstream development and financing work.

Significant clients Apache, ConocoPhillips, Noble Energy, Optim Energy, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking. 

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded project finance group that advises sponsors, commercial lenders and ECAs on deals in the power, renewable energy, PPP and LNG arenas. The renewable energy group is known for its depth of tax expertise. Increasing in reputation for its work on the financing and development of LNG export projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're problem solvers - they look for solutions and they focus on the clients."

"Chadbourne does an excellent job in cutting through the issues, segregating business and legal decisions, packaging up related issues that can be dealt with more efficiently as a package, and highlighting what is material and what is not." 

Work highlights Acted for the lenders, including Société Générale and BayernLB, on the financing of wind projects in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Assisted the DOE on the $6.5 billion loan guarantees for the Vogtle nuclear power project in Burke County, Georgia.

Acted for John Laing Investments and Skanska in their role as sponsors contributing equity to the I-4 managed lanes PPP in Florida.

Advised the lenders, including commercial banks and ECAs, on the financing of trains 3 and 4 of the Sabine Pass LNG export project.   

Advised the sponsor, Symbion Power, on the IFC financing of a gas-fired power project in Nigeria.

Notable practitioners  

Keith Martin is regarded as the preeminent tax lawyer in the renewable energy project finance world. Sources say: "He has the pulse of the industry and influences much of the activity that goes on."

Rohit Chaudhry advises lenders and sponsors on LNG, power and oil and gas project financings. An impressed peer notes that "Rohit is knocking the ball out of the park," while a client added: "He really showed an aptitude for digesting what was given to him and coming up with something of a win-win for the clients and the financing community."

Noam Ayali acts for sponsors, developers and lenders on projects in the power and oil and gas spaces. Of late, he has been active advising on LNG export projects. Clients say: "He has good ideas; he explains his rationale and disarms the other side in the negotiation."

Peter Fitzgerald is a well-regarded project finance attorney who represents ECAs, commercial banks and project sponsors in US and international energy and infrastructure projects. An impressed source commented: "At every turn Peter was creative and actively engaged with finding constructive solutions."

Todd Alexander acts for lenders and developers on solar, wind and conventional power generation projects. "He is very reasonable and levelheaded," notes one interviewee.

Douglas Fried leads the firm's PPP group and acts for sponsors, lenders and equity investors, among other clients. Recent highlights include representing Isolux in its role as a sponsor on the I-69 highway corridor PPP project in Indiana.

Chaim Wachsberger is a respected project finance attorney who advises lenders and sponsors on energy and infrastructure deals. A pleased client said: "He is able to cut through everything and get to the heart of the matter." 

Kenneth Hansen advises lenders and developers on international and domestic project finance deals. He is particularly noted for his work with multilateral lending institutions. Peers praise his practical approach and describe him as "a great person to have on a deal."

Paul Weber is a well-regarded finance lawyer who acts for sponsors, lenders and investors on projects in the USA and around the world. Sources describe him as a "practical guy" who "does a very good job of thinking through all the issues."

John Baecher has a great deal of experience in project finance deals in the power sector. An impressed interviewee noted: "He is unbelievably quick at cutting through and analyzing issues; things that would take me a day he can do within an hour."

Lynne Gedanken advises clients on project finance deals in the conventional and renewable power arenas. She advises on international projects in markets such as Africa, the Middle East and the CIS. Clients say: "Her breadth of experience was extremely valuable."

Benjamin Koenigsberg advises clients on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, and is well regarded for his work in the LNG sector. Sources say: "He has a great view of the playing field in terms of what is possible, and he can quickly connect the dots on what repercussions there are for given decisions."

Significant clients AES, Macquarie, OPIC, Ormat, North American Development Bank.  

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

What the team is known for Maintains a good track record in the PPP sector in the USA and Latin America. Highly regarded for its work on airport privatizations.

Work highlights Advised Ports America on the $850 million refinancing of the credit facilities of both Ports America and MTC Holdings into a single, unified capital structure.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lincer advises on project finance in the oil and gas and infrastructure spaces. He is especially well regarded for his work on port and airport PPPs and privatizations.

Jeffrey Lewis advises clients on project finance deals in the energy and mining sectors. He is well regarded for his knowledge of the Latin America market. A client described him as "an immense source of experience and wisdom."

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Lender-side practice that acts for multilateral lending institutions and commercial banks on project finance deals. Adopts a strong focus on Latin America. Advises on energy and infrastructure deals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're systematically dedicated to the task and proactive, with deep market experience and strong negotiation skills."

Work highlights Advised a group of ECAs and commercial lenders on the financing of the Chaglla hydroelectric project in Peru.

Acted for the lenders on a series of wind power financing deals in Uruguay.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Christopher McIsaac maintains a fine reputation for advising ECAs and multilateral lenders on international project finance deals.

Lori Ann Bean advises commercial lenders and ECAs on project finance deals in the energy and infrastructure spaces. An impressed interviewee said: "She knows what she can fix and how she can fix it, and she doesn't waste your time."

Sources describe project finance lawyer Catherine McCarthy as a "real deal-maker." She focuses on acting for agencies and commercial banks on multisource lending deals.

David Evans is a transactional lawyer who advises on energy and infrastructure project finance deals. 

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Infrastructure practice that represents clients in road, light rail and airport PPP projects. Advises sponsors, lenders and contractors on deals in the USA and Latin America.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been really exceptional: engaging and committed, with a good style about them." 

Work highlights Acted for the sponsors on the Maryland purple line project.

Advised the lenders on the renegotiation of the financing structure of the SCUT Algarve project in Portugal.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Ivan Mattei "has a pretty exceptional range of experience in US PPP." He advises sponsors and lenders on transport PPP projects. A client said: "He has been very approachable and very informative." 

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

What the team is known for Acts for infrastructure developers on PPP projects in North and Latin America. Advises on the full life span of PPP projects, from initial bids through to refinancing and restructuring.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were excellent to work with; the partners gave quality commitment and attention, and the caliber of the associates was high too."

Work highlights Acted for NYNJ Link, the successful bidder for the 35-year concession to design, construct and operate the new Goethals bridge connecting New Jersey to Staten Island.

Represented NTE Mobility Partners Segments 3 in its successful bid for a concession to design, construct and operate a highway project in Tarrant County, Texas.

Notable practitioners

Tomer Pinkusiewicz advises on energy and infrastructure projects domestically and in Latin America, and maintains a fine track record in representing the private sector in PPP deals. Sources in the PPP sector describe him as "a force within the industry," and "one of the best in the market." 

Significant clients Cintra Developments, Macquarie Infrastructure, Kiewit Development, InfraRed Capital Partners, Red de Carreteras de Occidente. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Denver and DC.

What the team is known for Renewable energy group that advises on the development, sale and acquisition of wind and solar projects. Provides good knowledge of issues such as power purchase agreements and turbine sale agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Responsive, knowledgeable and easy to work with." 

Work highlights Acted for Golden West Power Partners on a wind turbine purchase agreement.

Advised the Southern California Public Power Authority on a 20-year PPA of renewable energy from a 60 MW solar facility in Kern County California.

Notable practitioners

Mark Safty is a well-regarded renewable energy lawyer who advises on development and financing matters. Clients appreciate his excellent negotiation and communication skills.

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

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded project finance group that acts for clients on renewable and conventional energy deals. Maintains a good reputation for its renewable energy tax equity practice. Advises sponsors on the development and sale of coal and gas-fired power projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very high quality across the board: they are very direct and they make a real effort to understand the culture of our business."

"They are very diligent and meticulous at drafting, but also extremely commercial." 

Work highlights Advised Bank of America in connection with a sale-leaseback transaction for three 50 MW solar projects in Georgia. 

Assisted ArcLight Capital Partners with the acquisition of an interest in a 512 MW gas-generating facility in New Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

Laura Ellen Jones is a well-regarded tax lawyer who advises on the tax equity financing of renewable energy projects. Clients say: "She knows most of the players in the solar space so she can give insights into trends in the sector." 

Jeff Schroeder is head of the firm's project finance group, and advises clients on domestic and international energy project finance. Clients say: "He has done so many project finance deals that he has a very good perspective on what is market."

Eric Pogue focuses on representing developers and tax equity investors in energy project finance matters. A source commented: "He understands all parts of the deal, which is helpful because he can distill the issues and explain them." 

Significant clients DTE Energy Services, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Seminole Financial Services, Rabobank Nederland.  

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

What the team is known for Respected project finance group that focuses on advising sponsor clients on the development and financing of oil and gas infrastructure. Acts on upstream, midstream and downstream projects, including LNG export projects and petrochemical facilities. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have the resources, the locations and offices that are a very good fit for our needs." 

"King & Spalding is one of the marquee names in LNG." 

Work highlights Advised Anadarko Petroleum on its $50 billion Mozambique LNG export project.

Represented Sadara Chemical in the development of its $20 billion petrochemical project.

Acted for Noble Energy on the development of an LNG export project in Cyprus.

Counseled Pacific Infrastructure on the development of a facility for the storage and export of crude oil and petroleum products in Colombia.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Weems is a globally renowned LNG project development lawyer. He has advised on LNG projects around the world as both an in-house and private practice lawyer. Sources say: "He is very knowledgeable and has vast experience in LNG."

Kenneth Culotta is a "well-rounded attorney" who advises clients on the development and financing of pipelines, natural gas storage assets and LNG export facilities.

Significant clients Gas Sayago, Freeport LNG, Floridian Gas Storage, Magnum Energy, Valerus.  

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

What the team is known for Widely regarded as one of the leading project finance firms in the USA. Strong oil and gas practice that focuses on representing lenders and sponsors in relation to LNG projects and upstream, midstream and downstream development and financing. Acts for lenders and sponsors in relation to conventional and renewable energy project finance. Well regarded for PPP work, mainly advising lenders and underwriters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think the quality is excellent. I think that one of the things that is advantageous is it is a full-service firm to the extent that when things get complex they have folks around that practice in almost every area." 

"They have a tremendous amount of expertise in energy and they have very good knowledge of how to document the transaction and protect me as an investor."

Work highlights Advised the lenders, comprised of ECAs and commercial banks, in relation to the Cameron LNG project in Louisiana.

Represented the sponsor and borrower with regard to the financing and development of the CPV Woodbridge energy center, a 700 MW gas-fired power plant. 

Assisted Eskom, the sponsor, with the development and financing of a 100 MW solar project in South Africa.

Represented NET Mexico Pipeline Partners in the development and financing of the Agua Dulce Pipeline in Mexico.

Acted for the sponsor, Anadarko Petroleum, in connection with the Mozambique LNG export project.

Acted for the lenders on the financing of the Nelson Energy Center, a 580 MW natural gas-fired power generation plant in Illinois.

Acted for the sponsor on the development and financing of the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Nevada. 

Acted for Energy Capital Partners as lender on the acquisition financing of the Rimrock storage terminal in Kansas. 

Notable practitioners  

Peers say that Jeffrey Greenberg is "top of the list for power" project finance. He acts for sponsors, lenders, and investors on power and downstream oil and gas financings. A client enthused: "He has been a superstar. He is tireless on working to get the deals done the right way."

Jonathan Rod is a securities and project finance lawyer who advises on oil and gas and power deals. Sources say that his wide experience "allows him to be creative because he has seen a lot of solutions and it allows him to be fast because he knows how to get to the bottom of an issue quickly."

Warren Lilien is a finance lawyer who focuses on representing lenders and underwriters in power, renewable energy and PPP deals. A peer said: "I recommend that developers hire Warren as lender's counsel because he is going to bring a little more to the table in terms of his raw smarts and problem-solving ability."

Clients are "thrilled with" Kelley Gale, who impresses with his experience and ability to "think through the fundamental issues of a project." He advises clients on power and renewable energy project finance and development.

Respected project finance attorney John Sachs advises sponsors and lenders on power, oil and gas and infrastructure deals. He has a significant amount of experience running international project finance transactions in diverse jurisdictions such as Pakistan and Colombia. 

Matthew Henegar acts for lenders and sponsors on power, oil and gas and renewable energy deals. Recently he has been involved in the financing of LNG export projects.

Paul Hunt advises on project finance matters in the renewable energy, conventional power and mining sectors. Clients say: "He has a very good bedside manner, he really handles our opposing parties well and he is focused on getting stuff done."

David Gordon is a project finance lawyer with an excellent track record in the sector. He is also currently vice chair of the firm.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Sheridan Production Partners, Summit Power, Citigroup Global Markets, Silver Ridge Power.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded PPP practice that represents lenders, sponsors and government entities in transport and social infrastructure projects. Renewable energy group is regarded by sources as a player in the tax equity financing sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a very deep bench so when we have had the need, they have been able to pull in people."

"Great understanding of PPP but also very strong experience in US public finance issues."

Work highlights Acted for First Wind Holdings on the construction loan financing, tax equity and back-leverage loan financing and financial hedge for a 150 MW wind farm in Texas.

Counsel to the Texas Department of Transport in relation to the SH 183 Managed Lanes Project.

Acting for Acciona Energy on a dispute concerning a global joint venture arrangement with Solargenix Energy.

Acted as sponsors' counsel for Plenary Group, Parsons Enterprises and Walsh Group, on the Portsmouth Bypass PPP in Ohio. 

Notable practitioners  

Barry Machlin is a well-regarded project finance lawyer who advises on energy and infrastructure deals in the USA and overseas. Sources praise his work with multilateral lenders, with one saying: "He has the deft touch and experience to get them to a point where everyone can agree."

Sources describe John Schmidt as "one of the deans of the infrastructure Bar." He advised the City of Chicago on its proposal to privatize the Chicago Midway Airport.

Robert Goldberg is a "deal-driven lawyer" who acts for developers and equity investors on renewable energy projects. A client said: "He is so steady – he never loses his temper and he obviously knows these deals cold."

Joseph Seliga advises the public and private sector on PPP deals. Sources say: "He is a very personable, smart and dedicated lawyer who has great experience," and he is "pragmatic and rational in how he approaches issues."

David Narefsky is a noted PPP lawyer who is particularly known for his work on the government side. He advised the Chicago Transit Authority on the proposed use of a PPP structure for the reconstruction and extension of a transit line in Chicago. Sources say: "He has a good understanding of PPP and a deep knowledge of public finance and public institutions."

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Iberdrola, Macquarie Capital, Port Authority of Jamaica, Hastings Fund.

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded renewable energy practice that acts for developers and tax equity investors, among other clients. Advises on issues such as the financing, acquisition and development of wind and solar projects

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are prompt and responsive, and they really zero in on the problem for us."

"We have been very pleased with the quality of service and advice."

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate Blake Winburne's extensive experience in power and infrastructure financing and transactions. Sources describe him as "very pragmatic, with good business judgment and a very effective negotiating style."

Matt Archer is an experienced renewable energy lawyer who acts for project developers and financers. Sources say: "He is as personable a lawyer as you would want to meet - he makes every one on the deal feel comfortable."  

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

What the team is known for Superlative project finance practice with deep expertise across power, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure projects. Sources particularly praise the firm's sophisticated lender-side practice. Strong on domestic and Latin American deals. Acts for debt providers, tax equity providers, lenders and developers on US renewable energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very deal-oriented, trying to make the deal happen and figure out alternatives; they go the extra mile dealing with issues." 

Work highlights Represented the lender group, comprising ECAs and commercial banks, in relation to the Antucoya copper project in Chile.

Lender's counsel in relation to the Agua Dulce natural gas pipeline in Mexico.

Represented the sponsor, Energy Investors Funds, in the construction financing of a 705 MW gas-fired power station in New Jersey.

Acted for the senior secured creditors in connection with the bankruptcy, restructuring and potential sale of the Indiana toll road.

Advised Morgan Stanley as debt provider to the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.

Acted for the banks on the re-pricing of Marsh Landing Generating Station, a 720 MW natural gas-fueled peaking facility in California.

Represented Mexico Power Group in connection with the development of several wind projects in Mexico.

Notable practitioners  

William Bice focuses on representing lenders and sponsors in power project financings. Source appreciate his experience level and his common-sense approach. One peer said: "He can negotiate and get the deal done without a lot of hyperbole."

Jonathan Green is a respected finance lawyer who advises clients on oil and gas, power and PPP project finance deals. He is particularly well regarded for his lender-side roles. Sources say: "He is extremely effective at getting the parties to a commercially reasonable position."

Allan Marks acts for clients on power, renewable energy and PPP projects. An impressed source said: "He has a real knack for finding solutions to real meddlesome problems." Another added: "If you have a complex project and you need to get your lender across the line he is one of the people you go to."

Sources say that Daniel Bartfeld is a "very experienced project finance" lawyer. He acted for the lenders on the financing of a semi-submersible offshore vessel for GranEnergia. Sources appreciate his market knowledge and say he "has a good understanding of what can and can't be done."

Eric Silverman cochairs the firm's project finance group, and advises on projects in the oil and gas and power sectors. Sources particularly praise his effective, insightful and commercial approach to matters. 

Karen Wong is a "very capable" lawyer, who is most visible in the market in her role representing lenders in energy deals. She acted for Google on its $95 million equity investment in six solar power plants.

Daniel Michalchuk acts for sponsors and lenders on project finance deals in the power, oil and gas and mining sectors. Sources view him as "one of the next generation of leaders at Milbank."

Carolina Walther-Meade has a flourishing Latin America-focused project finance practice and is valued by clients for her ability to handle complex transactions. A source said: "She is extremely efficient and a very good negotiator." 

Significant clients JBIC, HSBC, SBM Offshore, Marubeni, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

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

What the team is known for Home to a strong stable of project finance attorneys. Renewable energy team advises on the development, acquisition and financing of solar and wind projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are strong and reliable, they have a phenomenal international reach and they know how to work with projects at various stages of development."

What's new? In 2014 the firm added 227 partners, including project finance attorney Marc Reardon, from Bingham McCutchen.

Work highlights Represented First Wind in the development and tax equity financing of four solar energy projects in Massachusetts.

Advised a US subsidiary of Goldwind on a $71 million nonrecourse financing for a 55 MW wind project in Panama.  

Notable practitioners  

Sources say that David Asmus is "probably the best oil and gas lawyer in the business." He acts for clients on transactional, financing and development matters.

James Tynion is noted for his renewable energy project development practice. Clients say: "He has a wealth of knowledge in renewable energy and structuring deals, and understands issues that might pop up."

Clients describe Wayne Song as a "marvelous project finance lawyer." He advises on the development, acquisition and financing of wind and solar projects.

Marc Reardon joined the firm from Bingham in 2014, and is well regarded for his power development and financing practice. He is described as "very experienced, very approachable and easy to deal with, and very responsive."

Brian Bradshaw advises on project finance deals in the oil and gas and power sectors. An impressed client said: "He is strong on a technical level, he is engaging and he is tenacious - you want him on your side."

Richard Shortz is cochair of the firm's energy and infrastructure finance practice. He advises on oil and gas and power financing in Latin America and the USA. Clients praise his "experience and willingness to take a position and stick to it." 

Significant clients EverPower Wind Holdings, SouthGen Renewables, Lightbeam Energy, Exelon Wind, Impax Asset Management. 

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

What the team is known for Advises clients on the development, financing, sale and acquisition of renewable energy projects. Maintains a good reputation for its work with wind energy developers.  

Work highlights Represented Oak Creek Energy Systems in the financing and sale of a 148.5 MW wind power project in Tamulipas, Mexico.

Acted for Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of tax equity interests in four renewable energy projects from Key Bank. 

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Chester acts for developers and investors on renewable energy matters, and is well regarded for his work on wind energy project development. Sources say: "He is a very experienced guy, he is very commercial and he understands what it takes to get deals done."

Significant clients Apex Clean Energy, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, EDF Renewable Energy, Fiera Axium Infrastructure.

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

What the team is known for Advises clients on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Handles oil and gas development matters in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Advises multilateral lending institutions on international energy project finance. Increasingly well regarded for its representation of bidders and lenders in transport PPP projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are cost-effective, proactive and attentive. They offer a full range of services, including the particular practice areas required for complex project financing." 

Work highlights Acted for US Ex-Im Bank in a transaction with VTB Leasing, to cover its financing of mining equipment.

Represented the Kiewit Development Company and Kiewit Infrastructure South in connection with a project to design, build, operate and maintain tolled lanes on Texas State Highway 183.

Advised Tesoro Logistics on the development of a $150 million oil pipeline in North Dakota.  

Acted for Pinto Realty on the development of a crude oil storage terminal and rail storage yard in Houston.

Notable practitioners

Gregg Harris advises clients on power, mining and infrastructure projects. He is particularly known for his work with multilateral lending institutions.

Michael Irvin is an oil and gas partner who advises clients on project development matters. Clients say: "His work product is excellent and he is very responsive to our needs."

Michael Pikiel acts for clients on deals in the infrastructure sector. Peers praise his "strong grasp of the fundamentals of PPP," while clients say: "He is a hard worker, dedicated and smart, and always delivers on time."

Significant clients Chevron, Noble Energy, Inter-American Development Bank, IFC, Balfour Beatty Investments.

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

What the team is known for Advises the public sector in relation to PPP projects. Focuses on advising public bodies such as state Departments of Transport on the structuring and procurement of transport PPPs, including highways and rail projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The process they went through was outstanding: they were able to take very complex issues, break them up into pieces that needed to be discussed on a piece-by-piece basis, and then merge them back into the overall documents."

"I thought the quality was excellent: the service was very good, they made themselves available at obscene times and they were very responsive."

Work highlights Advised the California High-Speed Rail Authority on the institutional arrangements, financing options and procurement plan for its high-speed rail program.

Acted for Florida DOT on the procurement of its $2.3 billion I-4 ultimate managed lanes project. 

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Harder leads the firm's infrastructure practice. Clients appreciate his ability to give a balanced view of situations and to offer creative solutions to problems. A source said: "He is able to handle complex questions and juggle competing client demands, expectations and viewpoints."

Barney Allison advises government agencies on PPP projects. Sources praise his "ability to understand the commercial aspects of PPP and traditional tax-exempt finance," and say: "He does a good job zealously representing his clients."

Corey Boock acts for the public sector on transport and social infrastructure PPPs. Clients say: "He does a great job with the process and structure, and provides practical insight into how the process should work."

Geoffrey Yarema is an experienced infrastructure lawyer whom sources describe as a "national thought leader." He advises on PPP industry policy and legislative issues.

Significant clients Texas DOT, Indiana Finance Authority, North Carolina DOT, Virginia DOT, City of Indianapolis. 

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

What the team is known for Acts for financial institutions and energy companies on the financing and development of renewable energy projects. Maintains a good reputation for its work with lenders and equity investors. 

Work highlights Acted for Macquarie Infrastructure in connection with the acquisition, construction and tax equity financing of a series of solar energy projects.

Advised JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, MetLife and State Street on their investment in the Buffalo Dunes wind power project in Kansas.  

Notable practitioners  

Richard Shutran is an experienced project finance lawyer who is well known in the sector. He acts for lenders and developers on energy, mining and infrastructure deals.

Junaid Chida advises clients on developing and financing energy and infrastructure projects. He is well regarded for his work for equity investors and lenders in the renewable energy sector. A pleased client praised his ability to oversee projects effectively, likening him to a quarterback. 

Finance lawyer Eric Richards is best known for his work on port and airport financings and privatizations. He has experience advising on cross-border transactions.  

Gregory Thorpe advises on project finance and development in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients praise his ability to keep a cool head in volatile negotiations.

Significant clients Building Energy, Bloom Energy, Edison Mission Energy, Google, Wells Fargo. 

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

What the team is known for Well-respected energy and infrastructure project finance team that acts for developers, lenders and tax equity investors in connection with renewable and conventional energy generation projects. Advises public agencies, developers and financial institutions on light rail, road, bridge and port PPP projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is extremely broad and experienced, capable of covering any matter related to our business in a timely and cost-effective manner." 

"They are responsive, they understand what is important and what is not, and they bring a lot of experience to the table by virtue of their deal flow and range of experience, which are all very valuable to me."

Work highlights Acted as sponsor's counsel to the consortium developing the purple line light rail PPP in Maryland.

Advised Recurrent Energy on a series of agreements to build and operate approximately 500 MW of solar facilities in the USA.

Acted for GE Financial Energy Services on the sale of its interest in Sandy Creek Holdings, which includes an approximately 900 MW coal-fired power facility. The transaction was valued at approximately $1 billion.

Advised Commonwealth Bridge Partners as sponsor's counsel in connection with the Pennsylvania rapid bridge replacement project.

Acted for Grupo T-Solar on the tax equity, debt financing and development of a 25 MW solar project in California.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Mathews is cochair of the firm's infrastructure group. He is well respected in the market, with clients praising his "encyclopedic knowledge of PPP transactions."

Peers praise Mark Weitzel's ability to successfully turn his hand to development, finance and M&A matters. He is particularly noted for his work in the renewable energy sector. Interviewees say: "His biggest asset is his ability to bring his client and counterparty together to close a deal."

Christopher Moore advises clients on the development and financing of renewable energy projects. Sources highlight his "incredible bedside manner," and his "superb understanding of the market."

Leslie Sherman assists developers with renewable energy projects and is especially known for his knowledge of EPC contracts. Sources say: "He mixes good legal skills with a good business sense," and describe him as a "cheerful, communicative problem solver."

David Spielberg is "an experienced transactional attorney" who assists clients on renewable energy project development and financing. Clients say: "He has very broad knowledge and is able to solve difficult issues and unique problems."

Tara Higgins is highly regarded by sources for her representation of lenders and investors in renewable energy project financing. A pleased client said: "She is very good as she not only brings her legal expertise but can also communicate with and understand the business side of things as well."

Young Lee acts for developers, lenders and public bodies in relation to the financing and development of PPP projects. She led the team advising the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York on the privatization of La Guardia airport. Sources say: "She is really smart, really constructive and good at handling her clients." 

Thomas Glascock is a project finance lawyer who acts for lenders and developers on a wide variety of energy and infrastructure projects. "He is super-knowledgeable, he knows what is market and he isn't afraid to take a position and tell you what he thinks," a client commented.

Significant clients Macquarie, Tenaska, SunEdision, Balfour Beatty Investments, Denham Capital.

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

What the team is known for Advises clients on the development of LNG export projects. Especially well regarded for its work on the commercial aspects of projects, including tolling agreements and LNG sale and purchase agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide high grade service: it is always prompt and they comprehend what I am asking and anticipate the things I should have asked for." 

Notable practitioners  

John Mauel is a respected LNG lawyer who acts for clients on commercial and development issues related to LNG export projects. A client said: "He is extremely knowledgeable and has that great combination of legal expertise and commercial acumen."

Jane Wallison Stein is an experienced project finance attorney who acts on energy and infrastructure projects. Sources note her knowledge of tax-exempt bond financing.

Julie Hutchings Mayo is an up-and-coming lawyer in the firm's energy team, and is well regarded for her work on the development of LNG export terminals. Clients say: "She provides excellent support and her drafting skills are outstanding." 

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

What the team is known for Strong finance group that advises on energy and infrastructure matters throughout the USA and Latin America. Well regarded for its lender work; regularly acts for multilaterals, commercial banks and investment funds on the financing of a wide variety of assets. Handles sponsor representations in the mining, power and renewable energy sectors. Acts for state agencies and lenders on PPP deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Practical in terms of the advice, responsive and at the top of the game in terms of knowing what is market." 

"They have a sound understanding of what is going on from a commercial and legal perspective." 

Work highlights Acted for the coordinating lead arrangers in relation to the $590 million Newark energy center power project.

Acted for the DOT in connection with the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for the US 36 managed lanes/bus rapid transit project in Colorado.

Advised the global export credit agencies, government lenders and insurers, and commercial banks on the proposed $1.9 billion financing for the Rosemont copper project in Arizona.

Advised BNP Paribas as joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner on the $290 million financing of a portfolio of LS Power assets in the USA.

Advised a lender in connection with a $1 billion financing for the Mexico City international airport project.

Notable practitioners  

Cynthia Urda Kassis is a respected project finance lawyer with a standout Latin American practice. She acts for lenders and borrowers on deals in the mining, power, infrastructure, and oil and gas arenas. Sources say: "When issues or problems arise she is very good at finding constructive solutions."

Robert Freedman acts for lender and sponsor clients on power, renewable energy and oil and gas project financings. Clients say: "He is an excellent lawyer, very commercial and available 24/7."

Patricia Hammes is a highly regarded project finance lawyer who acts on deals in the mining, power and renewable energy spaces. She is recommended for her experience dealing with multilateral lending institutions, and for her market understanding and ability to uncover the potential risks involved in a matter.

Gregory Tan acts for lenders and sponsors on energy and infrastructure project finance. He is well regarded by peers in the market, who highlight his understanding of deals involving multilateral lending organizations. Sources appreciate his proactive and solution-oriented approach to matters.

Significant clients GE Energy Financial Services, Macquarie, Isolux Infrastructure, Barrick Gold, Essar.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Well regarded for its work on behalf of lenders and private equity groups in the conventional and renewable power sectors. Works on wind, solar, hydroelectric and gas-fired energy projects.

Work highlights Acted for the lenders, including Union Bank, on an approximately $219 million natural gas-fired power station financing.

Represented KKR in relation to its investment in a portfolio of solar projects in California.

Assisted Siemens Financial Services with the financing of two wind projects in Texas.

Notable practitioners  

David Lieberman heads the firm's energy and infrastructure group, and is noted for his representation of banks and private equity groups in project finance deals. Sources say he is "reasonable and practical in figuring out a way to get a deal done."

Peers say projects attorney Kenneth Wyman is "constructive and pleasant to work with." He is noted for his work with lenders and private equity groups on power deals.

Significant clients AIG Global Investments, Crédit Agricole, DZ Bank, Energy Capital Partners, Royal Bank of Canada.  

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

What the team is known for Respected project finance group that acts for lender and sponsor clients on the development of conventional power projects, petrochemical projects, and upstream and midstream oil and gas development. Advises sponsors and lenders on renewable energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very efficient and very responsive. You can throw anything at them and they will find a constructive, efficient solution for it."

"They are very diligent, hard-working, and responsive. Skadden comes to every call and interaction prepared, and has a mastery of the documents from both a global and detailed level."

Work highlights Acted for the sole coordinating lead arranger, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, in relation to a $455 million credit facility for CSOLAR IV West.

Represented BNP Paribas in its role as agent arranging a $395 million senior secured credit facility for Northeast Wind.

Acted on behalf of Shelf Drilling International in its $1.1 billion acquisition of 38 shallow water drilling rigs from Transocean, in a deal valued at $1.1 billion.

Acted for NorthWestern Corporation on its $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric facilities and related assets from PPL Montana.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Klepper is a well-regarded project finance lawyer who acts for clients on deals in the renewable energy sector. Clients describe him as a "master negotiator."

Lance Brasher acts for lender and sponsor clients on renewable and conventional energy and oil and gas projects. Clients praise his approach, with one saying: "He will wait until everyone has spoken and then he will offer advice or information or a point that no-one else has raised."

Julia Czarniak represents lenders and sponsors in project financings around the globe. She has a great deal of experience acting on complex, multisource financing deals. "She's a very solid finance lawyer," notes one impressed source.

Paul Kraske acts for clients on the development and financing of renewable and conventional energy projects. Sources describe him as "a brilliant lawyer with excellent client skills."  

The firm recently mourned the passing of the universally esteemed Hal Moore, who was revered for his years of expertise in the projects space.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded renewable energy group acting for developers and investors, among other clients. Advises on the project financing of wind and solar plants. Advises on issues such as PPAs and turbine supply agreements.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They look out for our needs and have a really savvy way of navigating difficult deals and difficult negotiations in a very sensitive way."

"They have solid legal understanding of the issues at play but also a good understanding of the economic and commercial issues that are of concern to us." 

Work highlights Acted for Infigen on the sale of membership interests in two solar projects in California.

Represented RES in the sale of a 200 MW wind project in Minnesota.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Einowski advises clients on the development and financing of renewable energy projects. His recent highlights include representing Enel in relation to GE Capital's equity investment in the Buffalo Dunes wind project in Kansas. 

Howard Susman leads the firm's solar power project finance offering and advises on the financing, development and sale of renewable energy projects.

Alan Merkle is an experienced attorney who advises on energy and infrastructure financing and development. Prior to entering private practice he spent time in-house in the electricity industry.

Significant clients EDF Renewable Energy, SunPower, AltaGas, Iberdrola Renewables, Trade Wind Energy.  

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts for sponsor clients on large, complex energy and mining projects around the world. Experienced in advising on LNG export projects, upstream and midstream oil and gas projects and Latin American mining projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their focus is not just on how to structure something in the best legal way, it is well beyond that - it is about how we should think, how we message and how we position ourselves." 

"They are able to distill something really complicated to something relatively simple for people to understand."

Work highlights Acted for Sempra Energy and the project company on the financing of the Cameron LNG project in Louisiana.

Acted for Minera Antucoya on the $1.9 billion financing of the Antucoya copper project in Chile.

Advised Cheniere Energy on the financing of the Corpus Christi LNG project in Texas. 

Notable practitioners  

Frederic Rich acts for sponsors on major oil and gas projects, including upstream development matters and LNG export project financing. An impressed source stated: "He is a maestro: he is the conductor of the symphony, in every possible component – he is all over it."

Sergio Galvis has an impressive sponsor-side practice and advises on projects in the mining and LNG sectors. He is particularly active in the Latin American market. 

Christopher Mann acts for sponsor clients on mining, LNG and infrastructure projects, and enjoys a fine reputation for his work in Latin America.  

Inosi Nyatta advises borrower and sponsor clients on mining and LNG projects. She impresses interviewees, with one saying: "She is phenomenal - she has the brain power to dissect any problem that might arise!" 

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

What the team is known for Respected oil and gas group that acts for energy companies and investors on project development and finance matters. Advises on upstream, midstream and downstream projects, including pipelines, petrochemical facilities and oil refineries. Also acts for clients on LNG project development, including regulatory aspects, commercial agreements and financing issues. Power team advises on the development and financing of power generation and transmission projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they have been very good: they are very responsive, they meet their deadlines and they have got well-informed staff who allow us to get to the right answer quickly."

"Vinson & Elkins has such a wonderful energy practice overall - it is extremely active in oil and gas private equity and project finance." 

Work highlights Assisted BG LNG Services with the development of an LNG export project in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Advised Transelec on the financing and development of an electrical transmission line in Chile.  

Represented Occidental Chemical in its joint venture with Mexichem to develop an ethylene cracker in Ingleside, Texas.

Acted for Dyno Nobel on the development of an ammonia project in Louisiana.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Spradling acts for clients on project finance and structured finance deals, and advises on oil and gas and power projects. Clients describe him as "very knowledgeable," and praise his ability to "achieve solutions promptly that work for both parties."

Mark Spivak advises on the development and financing of power, oil and gas and infrastructure projects. He maintains a fine track for his work in petrochemicals projects and hydroelectric stations. Peers describe him as "even tempered, practical and constructive."

Kaam Sahely impresses interviewees with his work on petrochemical project finance projects. He has experience advising on power projects and upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas projects. 

David Andril advises on the regulatory, commercial and development aspects of LNG export projects. Sources admire his "commercial judgment that enables him to provide clients with not only the identification of an issue, but also a proposed solution."

Significant clients Nobel Energy, Ryckman Creek Resources, Trafigura, AES, Riverstone Holdings.  

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

What the team is known for Respected international project finance practice that advises on power and oil and gas deals. Regularly acts for lenders on major power financings in Latin America and across the USA. Advises borrowers and lenders on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas finance. Burgeoning LNG practice advises lenders and sponsors on financing, development and commercial arrangements for LNG export projects.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"When you put these deals together you need a lot of expertise outside project finance and they have the breadth of folks to be able to bring those skill sets to bear on the transaction."

"They have a very strong reputation in the project finance market."

Work highlights Acted for the sponsor on the debt and equity financing of the first three liquefaction trains for the Freeport LNG project in Texas.

Advised the initial purchasers and co-managers on two project bond offerings by Odebrecht, valued at $1.7 billion and $580 million.

Acted for a group of banks, including Goldman Sachs, on the project financing of Panda Power's 800 MW power plant in Pennsylvania.

Represented the lenders in connection with the Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana.

Assisted a lender group, consisting of commercial banks and ECAs, on the financing of a 517 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Chile. 

Notable practitioners  

Troy Alexander has an excellent reputation in the power project finance sector. He is primarily recognized for his lender side practice. Sources say: "He understands how these deals are put together, he is good at analyzing the risks and he is very commercial."

Sources describe Victor DeSantis as a "very constructive person who is very well regarded in the industry." He is noted for his experience in multisource lending projects and deals in Latin America.

Arthur Scavone advises lenders and borrowers on power and oil and gas project financing. An impressed client described him as "one the world's best lawyers for large, complex international energy transactions and financings."

Ned Neaher acts for sponsors and lenders, including ECAs, on energy and infrastructure financing. Sources say: "His style is very civil and rational - he is a wonderful lawyer and a real gent."

Jason Webber focuses on energy and infrastructure projects. Sources say: "He is very constructive, very easy to deal with and very good at managing complex transactions."

Elena Maria Millerman has an increasing reputation in the US project finance sector. She is largely recognized for her work representing lenders in power projects.

Significant clients US Ex-Im Bank, JBIC, Morgan Stanley, KEXIM, Calpine. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, Seattle, DC and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Renewable energy and clean technology practice that is noted for its work on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Advises on a range of projects, including biomass, combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells, hydroelectric, wind and solar.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I like the working relationship, the productivity and their ability to provide a listening mode and an active contribution mode."

Work highlights Acted for JP Morgan on its investment in Windthorst 2, a wind energy project in Texas.

Advised State Street on its investment in residential solar power.

Notable practitioners  

Todd Glass is an experienced lawyer with a fine reputation in the US renewable energy sector. He advises on a wide range of projects, including energy efficiency, CHP, renewable energy storage and hydroelectric plants.

Sean Moran is a tax lawyer with a great deal of experience advising on tax equity financing in the renewable energy sector. Sources appreciate his "great judgment on tax issues," and that he "looks to optimize results for everyone" involved in a deal.

Peter Mostow is an energy and clean technology lawyer who, sources say, "is a very creative, proactive thinker." He advises sponsors and lenders on energy storage projects, wind energy projects and utility scale and distributed solar projects.

Michael Joyce acts for investors and developers on renewable energy project financings. A client said: "He understands the industry very well, has a ton of experience and is very practical."

Significant clients Bechtel Enterprises, Google Energy, OneRoof Energy, Sundrop Fuels, Vivint Solar. 

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded renewable energy practice that represents clients in relation to wind and solar energy generation projects. Clients include developers, lenders and equity investors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very talented bunch." 

Work highlights Advised John Hancock Life Insurance on equity investments in two portfolios of solar projects.

Acted for Sunrun on the development and tax equity financing of a number of solar projects.

Notable practitioners

Jerry Bloom is a prominent lawyer in the renewable energy market. He is noted for his knowledge of PPAs and for his work on developing renewable energy and CHP projects.

Significant clients KeyBank, Banco Santander, NextEra Energy, SoCore Energy, Invenergy.  

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Steve Park is an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP and advises the public sector, private sector and financial institutions on US PPP deals. Sources say: "He is a rising star in this space" and is "careful, diligent, and precise."

Thomas Hoffmann of Ballard Spahr LLP has a long track record in the renewable energy sector, both in private practice and within industry. He advises developers and investors in connection with solar and wind project finance.  

Ernest Chung of Blank Rome LLP is noted for his representation of developers, commercial banks and ECAs in energy project finance matters. Clients describe him as "practical, responsive and accessible."

John Cogan of Cogan & Partners LLP is well regarded for his work in oil and gas project development, and is singled out by sources as a "dean of the LNG Bar." 

Joseph Tato is head of the US projects group at DLA Piper LLP (US) and is particularly well regarded for his work in the power sector. Clients say: "He has great business judgment, provides great legal advice and is a great lawyer."

Jeffery Atkin heads the solar energy group at Foley & Lardner LLP and receives praise for his knowledge of the US and international solar energy market. An impressed client commented: "He has fresh ideas and a lot of energy, and he does a good job quarterbacking transactions."

Melissa Raciti-Knapp is a project finance partner and co-head of the Latin America practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP. She acts for lenders, including commercial banks, multilaterals and ECAs, and sponsors in the USA and Latin America. Industry sources say: "She has outstanding technical knowledge and is very effective at driving people to a consensus."

Keith Larson heads up the Americas projects group at Hogan Lovells US LLP. He focuses on projects in the oil and gas sector, including pipelines, LNG projects and upstream development.

Brian Chappell of Hogan Lovells US LLP advises on the development and financing of renewable energy projects. Clients praise his knowledge of issues such as wind offtake and turbine supply agreements.

Scott Arrington joined Locke Lord LLP in 2014 from McDermott Will & Emery. He advises on project development and financing in the energy sector.

The highly regarded Thomas Amis of Mercer Thompson LLC focuses on the development and financing of renewable energy projects and has a fine track record in wind, solar and energy efficiency matters.

Nikesh Patel of Mercer Thompson LLC advises developers on solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric projects. "He is quick on his feet and is a reasonable and careful lawyer," notes one impressed source.

Ellen Friedman of Nixon Peabody LLP advises sponsors, lenders and equity investors on project finance and development. She acts on renewable and conventional energy projects. "You feel very comfortable when she is your counsel," reports one satisfied client.

Timothy Callahan is head of the project finance group at Paul Hastings LLP and is best known for his work with lenders and developers in the renewable energy sector. A source said: "He understands the deals extremely well and can pinpoint the legal issues quickly."

Robert Kartheiser has recently joined Paul Hastings LLP from Allen & Overy. Kartheiser is described as a "very capable lawyer," and a "hard hitter in the energy sphere." He advises on power, oil and gas and mining projects, domestically and in Latin America.

Irving Rotter of Sidley Austin LLP is a much-respected attorney who advises lenders, developers and investors on energy project finance transactions.

Glenn Pinkerton of Sidley Austin LLP focuses on the development and financing of projects in the power and oil and gas spaces. A client commented: "Glenn is an oil and gas industry insider – he knows the field and knows the people, and brings a lot of experience and wisdom to a transaction."

Sergio Pozzerle of Sidley Austin LLP is an experienced project development and financing lawyer who acts on renewable energy, conventional power and oil and gas projects. Much of his practice focuses on the Latin American market.

Roderick Devlin of Squire Patton Boggs is well regarded in the US PPP sector. He advises the private sector on water and transport deals. A client commented: "He is very responsive and he brings experience from other transactions to the table, which proves very helpful."

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