Orrick Bolsters National Energy Finance Team


  • Jeff Kayes and Adam Griffin have joined the firm as partners in our Energy & Infrastructure Group in San Francisco and New York, respectively.
  • Adam and Jeff bring extensive experience in energy and renewables project financings and tax equity transactions, bolstering an Orrick Chambers Band 1 ranked U.S. renewables team.
  • They join Orrick from Baker Botts where Jeff served as chair of the firm’s Project Finance practice.
  • They follow the arrivals of Teresa Hill, who advises corporate purchasers of renewable energy, from K&L Gates, and Julia Balas, a project development advisor, from Morrison & Foerster, who joined Orrick earlier this year.

“It’s an extraordinarily exciting time for energy transition as political and environmental factors continue to drive demand. We are investing in top talent to support our clients’ strategies, and Adam and Jeff will be key players on our global team,” said Blake H. Winburne, Orrick’s Energy & Infrastructure sector leader.

“Orrick offers one of the absolute leading renewable energy platforms – working on some of the most innovative transactions, and we’re incredibly excited to build and collaborate with the Orrick team,” said Jeff. Adam added, “It’s a particularly exciting time to be joining the Orrick team given the worldwide focus on immediate and long-term sustainable E&I investments and Orrick’s tremendous strength and focus in the area.”

Jeff focuses on renewables debt transactions, advising lenders and borrowers in leveraged acquisitions and project financings. He also counsels clients in the acquisition and divestiture of wind, solar, biomass, hydro and natural gas energy projects. Adam focuses on project financings and other complex project-related commodities and debt transactions across the renewable and conventional energy sectors, including ESG-related E&I financings.

IJGlobal named Orrick Energy Legal Adviser of the Year at its 2021 North America awards. The firm ranked #3 for renewables globally in 2021 by Inframation.