Energy Project Finance
Our Finance and Restructuring and Real Estate Groups work closely with our Energy and Tax Credit Groups to provide effective and comprehensive representation in all aspects of energy finance, including:
- Negotiating and syndicating finance documents
- Renewable energy tax credits
- Section 467 loan structures
We regularly help clients prepare and structure investor leases, sale-leasebacks, partnerships, leveraged leases, syndicated bank facilities, tax-exempt bonds, variable and fixed rate financings, institutional debt, credit-supported commercial paper facilities and Rule 144A public offerings. During the last two years, we have represented lenders and lessors in originating and syndicating more than 75 solar, wind and fuel cell projects, which representation has included delivering tax, regulatory and true sale opinions. In addition, our finance and bankruptcy lawyers recently represented agents, lenders and lessors in workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy matters involving the renewable energy and oil and gas industries.
Large projects involve complex financial structures, and we are experienced in guiding our clients through the maze of financing alternatives and assisting them in selecting and closing on the right financing solutions for their projects involving wind, solar, biofuels, co-generation, battery technology, geothermal and traditional oil and gas transactions.
The group has been a leader in developing legal structures for municipal utility systems, bond underwriters, oil and gas companies, commercial banks, commodity swap providers and other participants in gas prepayment transactions. In these financings, suppliers typically agree to provide natural gas to qualified municipalities or groups of qualified municipalities over a term that has sometimes reached 30 years, thereby ensuring both the security of the supply and favorable pricing for consumers. The group also has represented clients in over a dozen gas prepayment bond transactions in California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Mexico, facilitating the prepayment for more than $5 billion of natural gas.