Electricity suppliers have a huge responsibility. In addition to powering the entire country, they must properly manage the energy source to protect workers near power lines as well as the public. Led by Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan of New York, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP`s team provides industry clients with a comprehensive offering of M&A, financing, project and regulatory lawyers across the firm`s network of offices. The law firm is particularly active in advising investors/sponsors on large-scale wind and power projects. Hanlon has a long-standing relationship with Berkshire Hathaway and, along with Politan, has been involved in a number of solar and wind farm investments on behalf of its renewable energy division, BHE Renewables. The company`s offering on the corporate front was further enhanced in January 2019 with the arrival of Gerald Farano, a partner at Jones Day, based in Washington DC. Kirkland & Ellis LLP benefits from “excellent legal acumen and market knowledge” and Kirkland & Ellis LLP`s growing presence in the energy sector, triggered by a number of notable hires in recent years, and continues to make the firm increasingly active in acquiring, financing and refinancing renewable energy assets. The team, led from Washington DC by Rohit Chaudhry, “outstanding project finance lawyer” and supported by lawyers from New York and Houston, has expertise in mandates across the capital structure, including long-term A and B loans and capital markets issues for lenders. as well as the company`s impressive list of private equity promoter clients, who are increasingly important investors in renewable energy. John Marciano and Matthew Nesburn know the market inside out, balancing legal skills with an exceptional business acumen rare among defenders of the great right. Extremely commercial, Christopher Gladbach has the powerful combination of knowledge of the law and transaction conditions.
Jenner & Block LLP has a highly respected energy practice and a proven track record of successfully representing utilities in all regulatory commission proceedings and subsequent litigation. The broad customer base consists of investor-owned utilities, public energy companies, competitive energy distributors and large energy consumers. The practice will be led by Randall Mehrberg, co-managing partner, Chicago, and Suedeen Kelly and Matthew Price, a duo based in Washington DC. Kelly uses her experience as a former FERC commissioner to advise clients on a variety of issues, including compliance with power purchase agreements and self-supply agreements with state and federal regulatory requirements, while Price focuses on constitutional and regulatory litigation. Steptoe & Johnson LLP`s list of exceptional clients includes several of the largest electric utilities in the United States, and the firm is an antitrust advisor on internal and regulatory investigations and energy sector matters. The group`s deep bank includes former FERC law enforcement lawyers, former Commission advisors, and senior office executives. Richard Roberts co-leads the firm with Daniel Mullen; Roberts serves both FERC and the Court of Appeals, while Mullen handles resource enforcement and assists clients in developing energy regulatory compliance programs. Other key practitioners include Charles Mills, David Raskin, Steven Ross and Doug Green, who works on a range of topics for the utilities industry and is an expert on antitrust. Karen Bruni, Partner, focuses on FERC`s regulation of electric utilities, including proceedings related to transmission and interconnection issues.
“A true force to be reckoned with,” Norton Rose Fulbright`s “diversified renewable energy supply” is engaged by developers, investors and lenders across the industry`s corporate and financing activities. However, the company is perhaps best known for its work on the borrower/sponsor side and is regularly involved in some of the largest M&A mandates on the market, including its work for Danish wind energy company Ørsted in the $510 million acquisition of Shaw`s Deepwater Wind Holdings. Led by Keith Martin, Washington DC`s “Dean of Energy Tax Worldwide,” the team is also at the forefront of the tax stock market and is often the first port of call for clients looking for the most commercial and creative solutions to maximize tax benefits in the industry. Benjamin Koenigsberg, a New York-based partner, leads the project team alongside Martin and is “very active in space” for lenders and borrowers, with a particularly strong track record of offshore wind transactions. “Fantastic” Todd Alexander is also a key member of the team, doing tremendous work for Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions. The McGuireWoods LLP team is known for its “strong Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement capabilities” and is distinguished by its work for large utilities and energy companies in landmark energy cases. As a recent highlight, the team advised the creation of the first regional energy market construction in the Southeast. The team is also well equipped to deal with tariff disputes, tariff cases and issues with regional broadcasting organizations (RTOs). Todd Mullins and Noel Symons are co-chairs of the group; Mullins has extensive experience representing energy traders in investigations conducted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and FERC, while Symons has an extensive practice and is recognized for its expertise in RTO.
Julia English focuses on project development and financing and has experience assisting clients with Ministry of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee applications. All of these people are based in Washington DC. Mayer Brown`s multidisciplinary team, led from Houston by Robert Goldberg, Banking and Finance Partner, and in Washington DC, by Jeffrey Davis, Tax Partner, excels in advising domestic and international sponsors, lenders and investors across the spectrum of distributed generation, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, refined coal and hydropower transactions. Chicago-based partners Paul Astolfi and Nadav Klugman are known for their “fair and balanced” approach to borrowers and lenders on a variety of energy projects/banks and bond transactions, often involving renewables. The Nevada Consumer Bill of Rights, for example, regulates public and private utilities in a variety of ways, including: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises a variety of clients, from nuclear startups and offshore wind developers to transmission development groups and energy storage companies. The group is particularly active in the field of nuclear energy, representing customers in the renewal of secondary licenses, advanced reactor licenses, as well as in decommissioning and spent nuclear fuel management efforts. Brad Fagg and Michelle Pector in Houston from Washington DC co-lead the energy disputes division, while James Dragna and John McGahren lead the Los Angeles and Princeton environmental practice, respectively. A public service provides essential services to municipalities. These services include electricity, heating, waste disposal and road repairs.
Utilities include cable, internet and telephone service providers, natural gas providers, oil delivery services, waste management companies and electric utilities. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP relies on a “very strong project and M&A financing capacity” spread across the East and West Coast office network, providing “a very high quality of service and work product” to clients involved in the acquisition, divestment and financing of all aspects of renewable energy and sustainability projects. John Marciano, a Washington, DC-based partner, is co-head of the firm`s global project finance group, providing “exceptional service” to developers and financiers involved in solar and wind energy projects. Marciano and Matthew Nesburn, a Los Angeles-based partner, are particularly adept at advising on tax equity financing, an area in which they are known for their ability to “balance their legal skills with an extraordinary business acumen rare among lawyers of great lawyers.” .