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What the team is known for

Extremely highly regarded LNG practice, with an impressive renewables offering to match. Active in conventional oil and gas projects, plus big-ticket LNG financing and developments, both domestically and abroad. Well regarded for work in the PPP arena and active on several transportation-focused projects for both bidders and investors. Able to call on a global network of offices to assist on multijurisdictional deals. Continues to assist clients on high-profile wind and solar project financings. Offers further strengths advising on the sale and acquisition of project companies, single projects and portfolios in the conventional and renewable power sectors.


Clients highlight: "They protect their clients' interests in a reasonable and commercial manner; they take a solutions-driven approach and focus on getting to a successful outcome."

Interviewees say: "The team's knowledge and willingness to help is very impressive."

Sources report: "They are a good partner, bringing a wealth of market awareness and a keen eye for detail to a deal."

Work highlights

Represented Hannon Armstrong in connection with its $115 million preferred equity investment in the $1.165 billion University of Iowa Utility System PPP.

Advised the lenders on the $330 million financing of the construction and operation of a one million tons per annum ethylene export facility in Harris County, Texas.

Represented Truscott Gilliland East in the the debt and tax equity financing and hedging arrangements for the 336 MW Escalade Wind Project in Texas.

Advised the lenders on an upsizing and extension of the Corpus Christi LNG project's working capital facility, to increase the working capital facility to $1.2 billion.

Represented Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in relation to the investment in the SOO Green project, an underground 349-mile, 2.1 GW transmission line in Iowa and Illinois.

Represented Kansai Electric Power in the acquisition of a 48.5% interest in the 525 MW Aviator Wind project in Coke County, Texas.

Notable practitioners

Becky Diffen is an expert attorney with considerable expertise in the purchase and sale of renewable generation assets and portfolios. She is particularly notable for her knowledge of the wind sector.
"Becky Diffen is exceptionally strong; she's straight to the point and she understands the broader M&A landscape." "A remarkable attorney who does a lot of work in the wind space." "Becky is a powerful deal lawyer, she's a force to be reckoned with in renewables." "Diffen is an invaluable resource for our company."

Benjamin Koenigsberg has an impressive track record of advising lenders, sponsors and private equity funds on project financing in the renewables space. He is further noted for his expertise in the LNG sector.
"He is great at synthesizing complex issues and negotiating effectively on tough deals." "He is very commercially minded."

David Burton assists a variety of clients with tax equity finance, particularly involving solar projects. He has further strengths in advising on renewable energy fund formation.

Douglas Buchanan QC is equally capable of advising on domestic and international infrastructure PPP projects.
"He helps to foster discussion and encourages solutions."

Douglas Fried is commended for handling complex and high-value financing and development work in the PPP space. He has considerable expertise in acting for lenders. He is head of the infrastructure, mining and commodities practice and co-head of North American infrastructure.
"He is extremely knowledgeable, creative and has a wealth of experience. He also has a positive attitude and a friendly demeanor." "Doug is truly dedicated to the PPP sector."

Ikenna Emehelu represents both borrowers and lenders in the project financing of renewable generation assets.
"He is a fantastic lawyer; one of the smartest people around."

Jacob Falk is a highly capable attorney who advises on projects involving transportation, higher education and social infrastructure.
"He has an incredible work ethic, is always available and has a bulldog approach to finding solutions to issues."

John Mauel has an excellent track record in the LNG market, where he frequently assists clients with complex project development and financing matters.
"John Mauel is good, really good."

Keith Martin is esteemed for his market-leading expertise in tax equity financing. He primarily focuses on representing clients in the renewables space.
"He cuts to the chase efficiently and clearly on complicated tax matters." "He has a real understanding of client needs and how things get done." "He is the god of tax equity."

Kenneth Hansen assists clients with the financing of energy and other infrastructure projects. He has particular expertise in the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program.
"Hansen is an excellent lawyer."

Noam Ayali is widely regarded as a leader in the development and financing of major LNG projects. He has further capabilities assisting with renewable and conventional power matters.
"Noam is able to enter into a very complex set of circumstances and quickly provide clear and thoughtful advice." "He is really good at helping to come up with innovative structures or solutions to manage risk."

Paul Weber has notable experience assisting with the financing and development of energy infrastructure. He is particularly noted for his lender representation.

Peter Fitzgerald is an esteemed practitioner able to draw on decades of experience in the space. He offers sage counsel to both developers and lenders on power sector project financing and development work.
"He's a big name in the space."

Robert Eberhardt has a strong track record of handling financing and hedging agreements involving solar, wind and other energy projects.
"He has a pragmatic approach to negotiating those must-have points that need to be solved in order to get the deal closed." "He is really smart, hard-working and commercially minded."

Todd Alexander is highly regarded for his work on the financing, development, acquisition and sale of single projects and portfolios across the conventional and renewable power sectors.
"He is smart, efficient, solutions-oriented and commercial." "He is knowledgeable and collaborative."

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Our preeminent global projects team has extensive experience in project finance structures around the world, representing lenders, sponsors, developers, institutional investors, contractors and operators in major domestic and cross-border financings.

Our lawyers take an innovative approach to debt and equity financing, enabling us to provide commercial and practical solutions to manage risk and ensure that projects reach a timely and cost-effective financial close. We offer clients a comprehensive understanding of the issues impacting the project finance sector and deliver sound legal advice on all aspects of a transaction.

Our experience spans regional, national and cross-border financings throughout the world, with particular experience across key industry sectors including financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Our global team has recently been strengthened by our June 2017 combination with Chadbourne & Parke, which has a strong reputation of excellence in the global project finance sector and is one of the largest project finance practices in the world.



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide


Benjamin Y Koenigsberg
Band 3
Douglas M Fried
Band 4
John G Mauel
Band 3
Keith Martin
Band 1
Kenneth W Hansen
Band 4

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