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Latham & Watkins LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

Distinguished international firm, renowned for the leading role it plays in both oil and gas and power transactional matters. Regularly acts on sophisticated deals for corporate, financial and sovereign industry participants. Also provides both electricity and oil and gas clients with a committed regulatory offering. Represents clients adeptly at FERC and before other energy regulatory bodies.

Strengths

Clients note: "Latham is best in class in terms of sophistication and subject matter knowledge. They get top marks on process management, attention to detail and responsiveness."

Interviewees say: "They really want to get the best answer for the client and pull in the right attorney to deal with the issue. They're internally coordinated and very efficient."

A source highlights: "A very knowledgable team that manages enforcement matters while maintaining a positive relationship with the regulator. They also provide tremendous support on M&A and day-to-day compliance." 

Interviewees report: "Latham is a go-to firm in the Houston area for any kind of transaction, especially for assets and energy companies."

Another client says: "Latham is a superb firm; it has energy regulatory expertise and real prominence in corporate transactions."

Sources report: "The advice from the Washington DC office is very well coordinated, very collegial and communicative. They do what's needed and they're really dialed into the issues."

Work highlights

Advised Vistra Energy on its $475 million acquisition of Ambit Energy, an international multilevel marketing company that provides electricity and natural gas services in deregulated markets across the United States.

Advised Anbaric Development Partners on regulatory matters in connection with its proposed development of offshore wind transmission platform projects to connect offshore wind generation projects planned for development in US federal waters to onshore transmission grids.

Assisted Atlantic Coast Pipeline, owned by Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, with the FERC, other regulatory and commercial aspects of a 600-mile greenfield pipeline project.

Advised CenterPoint Energy on its $850 million carve-out sale of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited to PowerTeam Service.

Notable practitioners

David Kurzweil offers considerable transactional expertise at the single asset and portfolio level alongside advising on commercial agreements supporting project financing.
"You cannot find a finer attorney anywhere. He has a brilliant mind, is creative, thoughtful and really dives in." "He is one of the preeminent transactional partners out there."

David Schwartz has considerable experience advising clients on high-stakes proceedings before FERC, including those arising from market manipulation allegations.
"A leader in the field and a top-line lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and has very strong intuition." "An extremely effective, strategic thinker who pays keen attention to detail. He takes the time to really understand our businesses and provide the right type of advice."

Edward Sonnenschein is a strong choice for power sector mergers, acquisitions and other commercial transactions, with particular strength in matters involving wind and solar assets.
"He thinks very well on his feet and he's very intelligent."

Eugene Elrod possesses significant expertise in advising pipeline owners and developers in a broad array of FERC matters and regulatory issues, including rate-setting disputes, project permitting and transaction approval.
"A stalwart of the Bar. He's a really strong lawyer and a wonderful man." "A gifted litigator."

James Blackburn has experience in a range of power market matters, including ratemaking and rulemaking. He also assists on FERC investigations, particularly those concerning market manipulation and tariff violations.
"A very strong attorney and a rising star in the industry."

Jeff Munoz provides a broad roster of oil and gas sector clients expert counsel on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and project development.
"A strong negotiator who really addresses the issues." "He understands the depth and breadth of legal problems and consistently provides sound business advice."

Justin Stolte has considerable expertise in upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions, including high-value strategic M&A.
"An incredibly commercial attorney who has a very good understanding of what's important in a transaction. He's a very good listener and negotiates to get the deal done."

Michael Gergen is a strong choice for clients on a broad range of issues, with expertise spanning regulatory, transactional and legislative matters concerning power markets.
"Very intelligent, super smart and easygoing. His contributions are always meaningful."

Michael King 's practice spans the upstream and midstream spaces, with experience advising on acquisitions and sales of assets as well as joint ventures and commercial agreements.
"A very strong, knowledgeable oil and gas lawyer."

Natasha Gianvecchio is an accomplished regulatory attorney who possesses strengths across litigation and transactional matters in the electricity sector.
"A tremendous attorney; she's very knowledgeable and has a great sense of the law." "She's very strategic, effective at organizing project work and a great writer; she makes sure all of the filings are top-quality."

Patrick Nevins is adept at advising pipeline owners, joint venture operators and project developers on FERC and other regulatory approvals as well as handling proceedings concerning tariffs and rate design.
"Has a great commercial sense, he's timely and he produces a fantastic work product." "A truly excellent lawyer."

Robin Fredrickson has a stellar reputation for handling major mergers and acquisitions across the oil and gas sector, frequently acting for private equity investors.
"An excellent technical lawyer who really knows the area."

Stephen Szalkowski focuses his practice on midstream oil and gas transactions, and is frequently sought after for acquisitions.
"Combines a prestigious intellect with a very practical approach. He has a great memory, does not overwork the issues and gives reasonable advice."

Tyler Brown has experience handling approvals for transactions and project development as well as a broad range of power market matters, including rulemaking and cost allocation.
"Very responsive and does great work on detailed issues. He is a rising star in the space."

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Energy & Natural Resources Department

Latham & Watkins LLP

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355 South Grand Avenue

Suite 100

Los Angeles

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CA 90071-1560

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USA - Nationwide

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)


David L Schwartz
Band 1
James Blackburn
Associates to watch
Michael Gergen
Band 2
Natasha Gianvecchio
Band 2
Tyler Brown
Up and Coming

Energy: Electricity (Transactional)


David Kurzweil
Band 1