As a business operating in the highly specialized energy sector, you encounter unique legal challenges that require a practical and complete understanding of your industry. Our dedicated, full-service global energy team uses broad market knowledge to deliver coordinated counsel around the world, focusing on your particular transactional and regulatory needs in service of your business objectives.
To help you resolve complex issues, comply with new regulations and stay a step ahead of the competition, we monitor both macro trends and local issues within the industry, tapping a brain trust of more than 50 seasoned lawyers operating across jurisdictions. With a track record of success and decades of experience in domestic markets, cross-border representations and coordinating work in foreign jurisdictions, we are well positioned to provide you with comprehensive advice in any area of energy law.
We leverage our skill and experience in project finance and development; mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; commodities and trading; regulatory; environmental; real estate and tax to present holistic solutions to your investment and project needs. Our lawyers bring a broad range of perspectives and experience to your most pressing challenges, including the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of your energy projects. We draw on a combination of business, regulatory and legal knowledge gleaned from prior work in government and private sector roles to advise on the tax, regulatory, finance and environmental law associated with these projects.
Whether you are a developer, owner or operator of large-scale projects, or an equipment supplier, lender, investor or large energy consumer, we are equipped to handle regulatory work and represent you in complex projects and acquisitions that span the conventional and renewable energy sectors. For both domestic and multinational clients, we have handled matters in areas including biofuels, electricity, energy storage, carbon capture, fuel cell, geothermal, hydro, hydrogen, infrastructure, oil and gas, solar, refining, petrochemical, renewable diesel, thermal generation, transmission, on- and offshore wind, wholesale and retail sellers, as well as related power transmission and physically and financially settled offtake and commodities transactions.
Leading directories have repeatedly recognized our team for the quality of our work. In 2021, we were recognized as a Law360 Practice Group of the Year for Project Finance. Additionally, we are ranked as a national top provider in US News-Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms publication. The Legal 500 USA acknowledges our group’s transactional capabilities, and we are ranked for our Regulatory and Projects work in Chambers USA.
With office locations around the globe, including in the United States, Europe and Asia, we can help you identify critical issues that could impact your operations anywhere you do business, providing proactive counsel that ultimately saves you time and money. In areas where we do not have offices, we have developed close working relationships with trusted local law firms to serve your needs for any
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PRIVATE EQUITY, INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS, M&A AND JOINT VENTURES
Marrying our industry knowledge with our business acumen, we are uniquely qualified to represent institutional, strategic and financial investors in M&A, platform and joint ventures across energy sectors. Whether you are a purchaser or seller, we advise on all elements of transactions, from guiding you through a detailed and efficient due diligence process to evaluating sophisticated and nuanced tax, antitrust and regulatory issues, and negotiating definitive purchase and sale and financing agreements. Throughout any matter, we tap our deep experience in private equity energy investments across all energy sub-sectors and our significant background in the development of energy projects, which allows us to quickly identify and address issues and provide insightful advice in connection with M&A and joint venture transactions.
Our Chambers-ranked team uses what we have learned through decades of experience to advise you on the full range of energy project finance and development matters, working in close partnership with you from project concept and commercial operation to financial close. For both traditional and renewable energy projects, we have handled the structuring of cross-border investments, joint venture arrangements and financing and security documents, along with the full range of project development documents. We work closely with you to tackle every stage of an infrastructure project, from the bidding and pre-development stage to project development, financing, ownership, operation and asset management of infrastructure projects, along with acquisitions, refurbishment and repowering of existing infrastructure assets. We also have an extensive track record advising on domestic and international public-private partnership (PPP) projects and have advised a broad range of market participants in the tender, financing, sale and acquisition of greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects.
Our practice covers the spectrum of financing structures, including traditional project finance, borrowing-base credit facilities, and sale-leasebacks and other lease structures, and we have first-hand experience with the latest innovations for structuring equity and debt capital and mitigating project risks. The combination of our experience with lenders in financing these projects and our deep knowledge of how energy projects are developed allows us to help you put together financeable projects that are more likely to reach financial close.
COMMODITIES AND TRADING
Our team draws on experience with energy companies, financial institutions, public utilities, power marketers, wind power companies, commodity traders and dealers and hedge funds to assist you on a full range of energy trading, contracting, tax and derivatives matters. You benefit from our familiarity with negotiating purchase and sale agreements for physical energy products and derivatives, including ISDAs, EEIs, NAESBs, brokerage agreements and customized structured transactions, and our lawyers also have extensive experience regarding corporate PPAs and shaped delivery agreements. We can help you establish and control trading and hedging operations for power, natural gas, oil and oil products, coal, weather derivatives, emissions allowances and energy credits. Beyond the initial project scope, we provide advice for preparing appropriate legal, regulatory and tax compliance policies and procedures, including tax hedge and trading policies, risk management procedures, and guidance for senior management and directors as to their obligations.
To give you an edge in acquiring troubled energy assets, our energy team collaborates closely with our highly regarded restructuring group, staying ahead of industry trends and financial market signals to help you identify strategic opportunities and avoid business interruptions. We also provide guidance when you are facing bankruptcy, out-of-court reorganizations or workouts, including the separation/spin-off, acquisition or disposition of distressed assets and operations. We have pursued the interests of debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, directors, equity holders, operators and other parties in numerous energy-related administrative, bankruptcy and judicial proceedings.
With decades of experience advising international corporations, African sovereign states, state-owned enterprises, private equity funds, closely held businesses, family offices and high-net-worth individuals with investments in Africa, we can help you achieve success. We are equipped to advise in civil law as well as common law, and in 45 of Africa’s 54 countries, we have advised on matters spanning major economic sectors—including renewable energy, oil and gas, mining and metals, infrastructure, commodities, agribusiness and telecommunications. Leveraging our transactional and regulatory knowledge, and in collaboration with trusted local law firms, we have the skill and on-the-ground relationships you need to achieve results through direct investment into state enterprises, partnerships in the development of energy infrastructure and full acquisitions of assets for business operations.
Our global footprint, including an office in Singapore, deep knowledge of local Asian markets and experience in navigating jurisdictions around the world, has given us the unmatched insights and skill required to handle your energy projects in Asia. From project development and finance to dispute resolution and government investigations, we provide counsel and surface solutions throughout the full lifecycle of your energy project. Our team has English, US and Japanese law capabilities and includes recognized leaders in energy, utilities, transportation and infrastructure who make it a priority to collaborate across borders to bring your vision to life. When needed, we also leverage our strong relationships with the best local law firms throughout Asia on your behalf.