Leading Energy Group Joins Orrick in New York


Orrick 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 2012.

"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 development."

"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 Higgins

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 Marshall

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 Galvan

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.