Jones Day

Energy & Natural Resources Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Noted for its expertise spanning the power and oil and gas sectors, counting power generators, institutional investors, electric utilities and pipeline operators as part of its client base. Ably assists with master limited partnerships, joint ventures and other commercial agreements in the oil and gas sector. Also handles a broad range of regulatory matters in the power sector including M&A approval, investigations and rate and tariff proceedings.

Strengths Clients highlight: "They are very responsive, provide good advice and are always willing to meet tight deadlines."

Sources say: "They are incredibly responsive, very focused on client service and able to draw on a deep bench of experienced M&A lawyers."

Interviewees note: "They provide good advice, they're very easy to work with and they can handle complex negotiations."

Sources highlight: "They are thoughtful, high-quality attorneys who provide a valuable diversity of experience."

Peers praise the firm's "excellent ties across the market."

Clients say: "They are highly responsive and understand instinctively what clients are trying to achieve."

Work highlights Advised Marathon on its acquisition of Andeavor, including the acquisition of all outstanding shares at a total equity value of $23.3 billion.

Acted for SCANA to seek FERC approval for its $14.6 billion merger with Dominion Energy.

Notable practitioners

David Applebaum leverages his experience in FERC's Office of Enforcement to assist clients with a range of regulatory matters, most notably investigations, enforcement and compliance. Market commentators report: "An excellent lawyer, he's enjoyable to work with and has a good deal of clout and respect, which puts you in a good position."

David Connelly often acts as regulatory counsel on mergers and acquisitions and is further noted for handling a range of ratemaking applications and other FERC proceedings. Sources highlight: "He is thoughtful, responsive and really sharp."

James Beh has notable experience assisting power generators, institutional investors and electric utilities on a broad range of regulatory matters. He has particular knowledge of issues arising in the California energy market. Sources say: "His work is precise, reasoned and commercially valuable."

According to market sources, James Olson is "well liked by his clients, easy to deal with in negotiations and understands how to get to the heart of a matter." He has experience advising oil and gas pipeline clients on a range of regulatory matters, including rate and tariff proceedings before FERC.

Jeffrey Schlegel has an excellent capacity to effectively assist with joint venture and master limited partnership structuring. He has further expertise in a broad array of commercial agreements in the oil and gas sector. Sources comment: "He's very knowledgeable, easy to work with and gets along very well with clients."