Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Projects Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Highly respected for its work on tax equity matters in the renewables space, where the team frequently represents large financial institutions. Garners praise for its deep understanding of the tax code and knowledge of key federal actors. Appears on high-stakes conventional power facility development and financing, on which it acts for sponsor-side and lender-side clients. Adept at representing clients in project-related capital markets and A&D transactions. Successfully developing additional strength in PPP work.

Strengths Sources say: "They're well versed in the market and understand the element of subtlety these projects require, as well as the needs of public and private sector parties."

Interviewees highlight: "They are incredibly responsive and very experienced but also humble and very dedicated to their client."

Sources comment: "They are extremely competent, professional and a pleasure to work with. They are an instrumental element to many successful initiatives."

Peers report: "They are very attentive to the details and take practical approaches to solve problems and get deals done."

Clients comment: "They are very good deal lawyers who know where the issues are, and can help clients address them and structure deals for the longer term. They are responsive, experienced and have a deft touch."

Sources reveal: "A very practical team that engages well with opposing counsel to come to solutions that work for everyone."

Work highlights Represented Duke Energy in the $1.25 billion sale of a minority interest in its commercial renewable energy portfolio to John Hancock. The sale included 49% of 37 operating wind, solar and battery storage assets and 33% of 11 operating solar assets, totaling approximately 1.2 GW of generating capacity.

Advising SH 130 Concession Company on the renegotiation of its $1.6 billion concession of SH 130 (Segments 5 and 6) with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Notable practitioners

David Horner has considerable experience advising on the financing and development of PPP infrastructure projects. Sources say: "He understands the wider context, tailoring his approach depending on the stage of the project, which makes it more efficient for everybody."

One source says Eric Pogue is "extremely practical and a problem solver," while another notes: "He's a good negotiator who takes a targeted and reasonable approach to effectively reach a compromise." He expertly represents renewables sector clients on the development, financing, acquisition and sale of single projects or portfolios.

Up-and-coming attorney Hilary Lefko is commended by market commentators as a "terrific, noteworthy lawyer." She assists clients with tax matters in connection with renewable energy project financing.

Head of the firm's energy and infrastructure practice, Jeff Schroeder has considerable expertise in project finance and development, particularly in the renewables sector. Sources say he's "a great problem solver who knows the market very well."

Head of the PPP and infrastructure group, John O'Neill counsels clients on the financing and development of projects spanning the social infrastructure and transportation sectors. Market commentators highlight: "He is very intuitive and an excellent negotiator. In addition, he is able to discuss and explain issues to non-lawyers in a very effective manner."

Laura Ellen Jones is an impressive performer in the renewables sector, providing expert advice on a broad array of tax credit matters relating to the development and financing of solar, wind, biomass and other assets. Sources highlight: "She is very commercially minded and doesn't let the small things get in the way of successful deals. She knows what to look for, can see the potential pitfalls and get the deal done effectively."