THE FIRM Chadbourne & Parke is a preeminent one-stop shop in the world of project development and finance. The group has premier status in the power sector, where it continues to represent utilities and IPPs, as well as developers, lenders and sponsors, in national and international projects. The firm has demonstrable leadership in the power arena and in alternative and renewable energy projects, where it maintains close ties with the DOE, providing the government office with ongoing counsel in relation to public policy issues. The firm is also active on the oil and gas front, representing commercial and multilateral lenders in a number of midstream and downstream projects. Outside the energy sphere, the firm houses a fine PPP practice that has been particularly active in transport infrastructure matters both domestically and internationally.
Sources say: "Easy to work with and very knowledgeable."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "brilliant and well-respected" Keith Martin is a tax expert revered for his "remarkable" achievements in the alternative energy and renewables sector. He recently provided tax-focused counsel to Sempra Energy and Mesquite Solar 1 in relation to the financing of the Mesquite Solar 1 Project.
Peter Fitzgerald is preeminent in the world of project development and finance. He is famed for his expertise in the areas of alternative and conventional energy projects, both at home and abroad, and for his "knowledgeable and analytical capabilities." Further praised by clients as a "creative, problem-solving lawyer," he has amassed a diverse following of commercial lenders, multilateral agencies and project developers. He is also renowned for his experience with the DOE.
Chaim Wachsberger is a multiskilled lawyer held in the highest regard. A "seasoned" practitioner, he has represented both lenders and sponsors in the development and financing of a number of major US-based projects. Also active in the corporate sphere, he has built a reputation as a result-oriented attorney who "keeps things moving." He recently advised Credit Suisse in the $935 million financing for the California-based, 250 MW Genesis parabolic solar thermal facility.
Todd Alexander has built an "excellent reputation" in the project finance field. He is particularly renowned for his work in the alternative energy sector and is also described as a go-to expert for biofuels transactions. A recent work highlight includes his representation of North American Development Bank, helping it to secure a multimillion-dollar loan for the construction of a generation plant in California.
John Baecher's primary focus lies in the private power industry, where he continues to represent both the lender and sponsor sides and provides advice on the development and financing of IPPs. The New York-based partner played a pivotal role in the firm's representation of the AES Corporation, now a major force in the independent power industry.
Rohit Chaudhry is a well-known figure in the conventional and alternative power sector. An experienced project development and finance lawyer, he continues to provide counsel to an array of clients, including developers, lenders and institutional investors. He recently represent a multifaceted client group in the construction and loan financing of the natural gas Walnut Creek Energy facility in California.
Douglas Fried is renowned as a "top-tier" PPP attorney. His extensive client list features lenders, sponsors and equity investors, each of which have benefited from his expert knowledge of transport infrastructure projects. He continues to provide project counsel to Odebrecht in relation to the development, construction and operation of Airport City at MIA, a redeveloped international airport in Miami. Fellow attorneys applaud him for being "very thorough, relentless" and "very constructive."
Lynne Gedanken wins wide acclaim for her expertise in projects relating to all stages of generation and supply the electricity sector. Her practice encompasses power purchase agreements and regulatory issues as they relate to power project development and financing. She is also noted for her international expertise.
Kenneth Hansen is a project finance lawyer "who has seen it all," say sources. He is widely regarded as an expert in the area of multilateral project finance and is also known for his knowledge of sponsor-side work in the conventional and alternative energy industries. In the past year, he served as lead counsel on the firm's representation of ProLogis in relation to the DOE-guaranteed $2.6 billion financing of Project Amp, the largest rooftop solar project in the USA.
Paul Weber has left an indelible mark in the project finance sector, winning praise for doing a "fantastic job representing his clients." Developers, lenders and others continue to tap into his legal and industry expertise, particularly in the power sector. AES Illumina and a host of other major names feature heavily on his impressive client list.
Noam Ayali is often called upon for his multifaceted expertise in the energy sector, nationally and internationally. Based in Washington, DC, he is applauded for his recent work in the geothermal power sector, having recently represented Ormat Nevada in a $350 million DOE-guaranteed project financing.
The up-and-coming Benjamin Koenigsberg advises a variety of clients in the conventional and alternative energy arenas. The New York-based attorney is considered a rising star within Chadbourne & Parke's project development and finance team.