Latham & Watkins LLP

Projects Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Internationally renowned projects group, esteemed for its representation of lenders or sponsors. Hugely respected for midstream and downstream work in the oil and gas space. A leading practice on the development of renewable energy assets in the USA. Has an exceptional capability for advising on projects involving gas-fired power plants and transmission lines. A growing force in the LNG space, routinely acting for industry giants.

Strengths Commentators say they are "leaders in the oil and gas projects space," adding that they have "a great finance offering."

A source says the firm is "clearly one of the best in the energy projects space."

An impressed client says the team is "amazing; they combine extreme knowledge with knowing how to get things done quickly and efficiently."

Another client says: "I consider Latham to be the top law firm in the power arena. Their consistency of excellence is what makes them unique."

"They are really incredible to work with; they are very strong and get the deal done quickly. They meet the deadline no matter what," attests a client.

A client praises the firm's project finance offering and says: "They continue to be a top player in the renewables space."

"We really enjoy working with their LNG team," reports a client.

Another source says the firm is "a strong player in the LNG space"

Work highlights Advised the borrower/sponsor, EPIC Y-Grade Services, on the $790 million project financing of a 700-mile natural gas liquids pipeline linking NGL reserves in the Permian and Eagle Ford basins to Gulf coast refiners, petrochemical companies and export markets.

Acted on behalf of the lenders, Bank of America, on the $530 million project financing of the Hickory Run Energy project, a natural gas-fired combined cycle electric generation facility in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.

Assisted the borrower/sponsor on the financing of the planned Calcasieu Pass LNG project in Louisiana that will include an LNG production and export facility with nine liquefaction blocks and two full containment LNG storage tanks.

Represented Vivint Solar in a precedent-setting financing transaction encompassing project-level debt, a levered tax equity partnership and Vivint’s first cash equity investment.

Notable practitioners

David Gordon has extensive expertise in advising financial institutions and private equity funds across a range of project finance matters. A source says: "He's great; one of the grandfathers of the business."

David Penna handles a range of projects matters across the energy sector. His practice encompasses the development and financing of wind, solar and biomass projects as well as advising lenders and developers on natural gas projects. A source says: "He is experienced, efficient and smart."

Eli Katz is well known for his expertise in the tax equity space as it pertains to renewables projects. A client says: "He is a strong tax lawyer - one of the best." Others report: "He is very comprehensive in his approach to analyzing complex problems on the tax equity side."

Jeffrey Greenberg focuses his project finance practice on matters involving traditional power and renewable energy projects. Clients say: "He is a true partner to our business." Others add: "His deal instincts are superb and his ability to come to a good decision is second to none. He gives good legal and business advice and exhibits both amazing horsepower and quality."

The "excellent" Jonathan Rod is widely regarded as "very knowledgeable in project finance; he is responsive and has great experience and judgment too," according to clients. Rod is highly regarded across the energy projects arena, with noteworthy expertise in the LNG space. Another source says: "He is practical, really effective and efficient in running deals."

Matthew Henegar represents developers and private equity sponsors across a range of oil and gas, renewable and traditional power project financings matters. An impressed source says he is "just fantastic; he is extremely commercial, even-keeled and thoughtful."

Paul Hunt is a well-known attorney held in particularly high regard when it comes to the financing of renewable energy projects.

Warren Lilien 's strengths lie in project finance, wherein he regularly represents private equity funds across various energy and PPP projects. A client says: "He is very impressive; a person of exceptional ability. He offers great depth of experience, and is thoughtful and very user-friendly."