New York – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today
that Tara Higgins, Torsten Marshall and
Rafael Galvan, a group of leading energy and project finance
partners from Bingham McCutchen, have joined the firm as partners in Orrick’s
Energy and Infrastructure Group, resident in New York.
Tara, formerly co-chair of Bingham’s Energy and Project Finance Group, will
become co-head (along with San Francisco partner Mark Weitzel)
of Orrick's U.S. energy practice. The partners bring with them robust energy and
project finance experience, representing major entities such as GE Energy
Financial Services, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Atlantic Power
Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. These representations have led to
numerous award-winning deals both domestically and internationally, including
the Shepherd’s Flat wind power project, which reached commercial operation in
"The energy sector continues to grow rapidly, and Orrick is committed to its
role as a key player in the industry," said Michael Meyers,
co-head of Orrick's Global Energy & Infrastructure practice. "Tara, Torsten and
Rafael's joining us is very exciting, as we deepen our expertise and bench and
broaden our client base, while adding some wonderful people. It’s a great
"Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure practice is clearly an industry leader –
having advised on many of the deals that are currently shaping the industry
today," said Tara. "We are very excited to join forces: the Orrick platform
enables us to serve existing and new clients at the highest level, with
colleagues with whom we share strong values."
Recognized as leading lawyers by Chambers and Legal 500, the
partners have received numerous awards for their work on many of today's most
notable renewable deals by leading publications Euromoney,
ProjectFinance magazine, Project Finance International, Power
Finance & Risk magazine and Infrastructure Journal. The new team
expects to be joined by several associates from Bingham over the coming weeks.
Tara's practice focuses primarily on domestic and international energy and
infrastructure-related projects, including project financings, credit
enhancement facilities, high yield and bond financings, and other senior secured
lending transactions, project development, restructurings and bankruptcy-related
transactions, including Section 363 sales, mergers and acquisitions, joint
development arrangements, limited partner, and other member investments and
miscellaneous investor arrangements.
Torsten's practice is concentrated primarily in the energy, project finance and
secured lending areas, with an emphasis on the representation of strategic
equity investors, commercial banks and other institutional lenders, as well as
multilateral agencies, developers and sponsors in all phases of the development,
financing, construction, operation, acquisition and divestment of energy and
other infrastructure projects and assets.
Rafael represents developers, investors and financial institutions in connection
with the development, acquisition, financing and restructuring of energy,
telecommunication, transportation and other infrastructure and industrial
projects. He has counseled clients in the development and financing of private
power projects, oil refineries, telecommunications networks, satellites, LNG
facilities, light rail lines, manufacturing facilities, as well as in the
restructuring, acquisition and sale of many such projects.
Orrick is a global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the
technology, energy and financial sectors. Founded in San Francisco and
celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013, Orrick is recognized by Law360
as one of the “Global 20” leading firms. The firm offers clients a distinctive
combination of local insight and consistent global quality across 25 offices.
Orrick lawyers are known for delivering commercially oriented advice on
sophisticated transactions and have an extraordinary record of wins in
high-stakes disputes. Chambers Global cites Orrick for leadership
across 39 practice areas and recognizes 86 Orrick lawyers worldwide as leading
practitioners. Selected by Financial Times as one of the most
innovative U.S. law firms for the second consecutive year, Orrick is commended
for innovation in both client advice and the business of law. Collaboration –
one of the firm’s core values – defines the firm's relationships with its
clients, among its lawyers and staff, and with its communities.