Orrick Adds Renewables Rising Star in Chicago

2 minute read | February.05.2024

  • Alejandra Garcia Earley, a project finance and tax equity advisor, joins Orrick’s market-leading Energy & Infrastructure team as a partner in Chicago.
  • She reunites with leading renewables tax advisor John Eliason, who joined Orrick last year, as the firm responds to growing client demand for both renewable energy tax equity financings and transfers that allow buyers, including large public companies, to purchase tax credits directly from developers.
  • Alejandra guides tax equity investors, developers, sponsors and lenders on all stages of project development through financings and brings extensive experience helping clients structure renewable energy transactions to take advantage of tax incentives.
  • She joins from Greenberg Traurig and was previously in-house with Madrid-based global energy company Iberdrola, in their EPC branch.
  • Alejandra is Orrick’s second Chicago hire this year, following first chair IP litigator Tim Carroll. She is the 17th partner to join Orrick’s E&I platform since the beginning of 2022, following the addition of PPA advisor Alfred Weightman in London last month.

“The IRA is fueling demand in renewable energy from tax equity investors as well as in the burgeoning new market for tax credit transfers on both the buy-side and the sell-side. I’m thrilled to welcome Alejandra to the tremendously talented team we have here at Orrick. Her deep experience with tax equity investor-side representations is a valuable addition to our growing platform,” John Eliason said.

“I’m delighted to join John and the rest of the Orrick team, who are working on the cutting edge of energy transition for clients in many different sectors. It’s an incredibly exciting time in the market and I look forward to being part of one of the leading teams in this field globally,” Alejandra said.

Orrick advised on the first standalone storage tax equity financings and tax credit transfer transactions under new IRA rules. The firm is recognized by Chambers USA as Band 1 nationwide in Renewables, Energy Transition, Power and PPP, ranks No. 1 for PPA transactions by volume globally (Inspiratia), and is an eight-time Project Finance Practice Group of the Year (Law360).