Recognized Global Strengths
Our practices and teams are recognized globally as leaders in the sector. Chambers & Partners 2018 rates our teams across 20 energy and infrastructure categories in markets worldwide, including the United States, Africa, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the UK. In addition, our lawyers have earned 54 individual rankings from Chambers 2018 across oil and gas, electric power and renewables in markets from Houston and California to London, Paris and Tokyo. Our Project Finance team has been named Group of the Year four times by Law360, while our U.S. PPP practice and Renewables & Alternative Energy practice are rated Band 1 by Chambers Global and Chambers USA. Our U.S. Renewable Energy practice is Tier 1 in Legal 500, and Chambers USA named us Power firm of the year in 2017 and selected us as a finalist for the same award in 2018. In France, Chambers Europe 2018 rated us Band 1 for PFI/PPP and Public Law and Band 2 for both Energy and Natural Resources, International Projects and Public Law. We were also named the Legal Advisor of the Year for Greenfield Infrastructure in France by Le Magazine des Affaires in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In Italy, we are recognized by Chambers Europe in the Energy and Project Finance categories and we were named 2016 Energy Law Firm of the Year by Legalcommunity. In Africa, Chambers Global 2019 recognized our Projects and Energy team as being well-respected with industry participants saying "They have a strong knowledge of the situations that occur in Africa and can draw on their experience of big issues in other African countries and apply this to new matters." Le Magazine des Affaires named us the Legal Advisor of the Year for infrastructure in Africa in 2016, 2017 and 2018. And we are ranked by the Legal 500 Latin America in Projects and Energy.
Our experience spans 95 countries and all 50 U.S. states, including groundbreaking projects across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. We bring distinctive local market knowledge to our emerging markets work. We serve the Latin American market principally from our Houston office, where we have experience in oil and gas, power, and renewables projects throughout the region. In Africa, we are advising on some of the most significant and innovative projects underway on the continent today with dedicated teams in Paris, London, New York and Washington, D.C. And we serve Asia from Tokyo, where we advise the most active participants in the pan-Asian infrastructure/PPP, energy, renewables, and oil and gas markets.
Groundbreaking Projects Worldwide
Clients call on our teams for projects that are distinctive in approach or scope – projects that require a proven ability to innovate. Here are some examples of our recent and ongoing work.
- We counseled the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on LaGuardia Airport’s $4 billion New Terminal B Redevelopment Project – the first greenfield airport PPP project in the U.S. and the largest PPP project in North America to date. This won IJGlobal’s North American Airport Deal of the Year Award in 2017.
- We advised the Purple Line Transit Partners consortium as sponsor’s counsel on the financing of the Purple Line light rail transit, an 11 mile line in Maryland. The $2 billion PPP project is the second transit PPP to reach financial close in the U.S., and the first rail PPP for the state of Maryland. It won IJGlobal’s North American Rail Deal of the Year: Purple Line Light Rail Transit Project in 2017.
- In one of the largest U.S. infrastructure deals of 2015, we helped IFM Investors with its $5.72 billion acquisition of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road and restructuring of its debt – which won IJGlobal Awards North American M&A Deal of the Year.
- In France, we represented the lenders in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais broadband project, Europe’s largest concession broadband network. Once completed, the project will bring high-speed broadband to the northern Calais region of France. This deal won European Telecoms Deal of the Year: Nord-Pas-de-Calais Broadband by Project Finance International.
- We helped Recurrent Energy with the construction and financing of 1.2 GW of utility-scale solar projects in California and Texas, valued at more than $3 billion.
- We counseled Golar LNG on the first floating liquefied natural gas facility in Africa, located off the coast of Cameroon.
- We advised BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited (Renewable Power Group) in the acquisition and debt financing of Tellenes Vindpark AS – what will be the largest wind farm in Norway, with an expected annual production of more than 500 GWh. This deal was IJGlobal’s European Onshore Wind Deal of the Year in 2017.
- For France’s largest project financing of 2015 and the first under the new Juncker Plan – the EU’s "New Deal" – we guided lenders and bondholders in financing the ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer.
- We helped with a joint venture investment in the massive 231.44 MW Setouchi Solar Project – the largest PV solar project in Japan.
- We negotiated the financing of the largest wind project in Chile, Arrayán, which is also the first renewable project financing in Chile underpinned by a financial hedge.
Comprehensive Solutions for the E&I Sector
Our work for the Energy & Infrastructure sector goes well beyond project development and finance and M&A. We combine sector knowledge across multiple disciplines to help our clients navigate all kinds of opportunities and risks.
- Environmental and Related Permitting – Our lawyers have worked on environmental issues around the globe and are very familiar with international standards such as the Equator Principles, International Finance Corporation Environmental, Health, and Safety General Guidelines and International Finance Corporation Industry Sector Guidelines. In the United States, our environmental team advises clients on all aspects of environmental and related permitting issues, including in the context of project finance, M&A, public-private partnerships, project development, project operation, bond offerings and litigation. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the environmental issues that arise in connection with energy and infrastructure investments and translate that experience into practical and market savvy advice.
- Energy Regulation – We advocate for our clients before regulators worldwide. In the United States, our Regulatory team in our Washington office came from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and continues to represent clients in front of FERC and on state regulatory matters across the country. Our London team provides regulatory advice in the U.K. and throughout the EU, while our teams in Paris and London advise on regulatory issues throughout Africa. Our Tokyo team provided counsel to Japan’s MITI on its new renewable energy framework, and our Hong Kong team provides regulatory support throughout Asia. We recently added a team that focuses on natural gas and LNG regulatory work.
- Anti-Corruption Compliance – Our team has been engaged by energy companies throughout the world to develop compliance programs addressing anti-bribery and FCPA-related risk, and to investigate compliance-related issues. A member of our team served for more than five years as Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of one of the world’s largest multinational oilfield services companies while the company was in the midst of an FCPA and Sanctioned Country investigation. He helped establish what is widely recognized as a best-in-class compliance program, and we do the same for our clients. In addition, our lawyers regularly handle matters in front of the world’s major multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank, guiding clients through investigations and throughout all phases of the sanctions process.
- Restructuring – Our Restructuring team helps companies and creditors, including funds, address distressed situations. Project Finance cited our work on the restructuring of the $6 billion debt of the Indiana Toll Road and related concessions as the North American Transport Deal of the Year. We are counseling clients, including alternative credit providers, in connection with numerous workouts and bankruptcies in the renewable energy, oil and gas, and coal sectors in the United States, Europe and Africa.
- Public Finance – As the dominant firm in the U.S. municipal finance and infrastructure markets, we bring a distinctive skill set to infrastructure transactions with a public finance component. A recent example is our work for the state of Kentucky, where we introduced the first use of P3 techniques to finance statewide high-speed internet infrastructure. And we have a premier group of lawyers experienced in the tax aspects of municipal bonds.
- Energy Technology – Our Tech Companies team has counseled some of the most successful venture-backed energy and clean tech companies in markets worldwide, in everything from their formation and financing to protecting their innovations. We also act for leading venture capital firms and the venture arms of major energy companies.
- Tax – Expert tax advice is a necessity in the Energy & Infrastructure space, especially in dealing with cross-border transactions. And it is even more critical in financing renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind projects, in the United States, where tax equity financing is the name of the game to support new generation. Our tax lawyers are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in this sector, both driving deals and providing leading advice on new structures. We have closed scores of tax equity fundings in the United States in recent years, involving many billions of dollars of new, clean electrical generation.
- International Arbitration – Our International Arbitration team represents major players in the oil and gas, power, and mining industries – including governments, multinationals and investors – in arbitrations governed by the rules of ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL, among others, in both English and French. Chambers Global 2019 praises us for being well regarded for our work representing significant multinational entities, international banks and African states in a range of dispute-related matters. According to their sources our strength is our expertise in the energy and oil and gas sectors, with interviewees adding "They're very good at what they do." . We aided in a construction dispute under the ICC rules seated in the Persian Gulf on behalf of a major subcontractor performing work for a new international airport. And we helped a major European energy concern in a multibillion-dollar dispute with its gas supplier over natural gas pricing.
- Litigation and Intellectual Property – Our litigators have achieved outstanding results for companies operating in the Energy & Infrastructure sector in their most complex, high-stakes business disputes. Our Litigation department was named a top five "Litigation Powerhouse" by Law360 in 2016, and our litigators have established a winning record across a variety of forums for our Energy & Infrastructure clients. We have secured landmark victories in breach of contract, consumer class action, trade secrets, unfair competition and false advertising cases, among others. We’ve had major wins for oil, gas and energy companies before public utility commissions, in consumer protection lawsuits, and in commercial disputes. Among our clients are three out of five of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, and the biggest oil and gas exploration companies worldwide. We represent the largest U.S. power and utility companies and those companies at the forefront of renewable energy, including clean energy startups. And we act for oil companies in litigation under English law. In addition, the most innovative companies in the world call on us to protect their intellectual property and defend their brands. We’ve won some of the highest-impact IP cases of recent years, at trial and on appeal. The American Lawyer named us IP Department of the Year in 2016, and Law360 called us one of four MVP IP firms based on our results over the past five years.