Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Adeptly handles a variety of transactions for clients in the power industry including the purchase and sale of assets as well as joint ventures and other agreements. Noted for developing transactional capabilities in the natural gas and LNG space. Offers further expertise in regulatory authorization and other proceedings before FERC and the DOE in regulatory proceedings connected with the siting and construction of LNG production, liquefaction and export facilities.

Strengths Sources say: "Orrick always provides prompt and practical counsel in all aspects of each transaction and its industry knowledge is invaluable."

Sources comment: "They are excellent lawyers who drive the momentum forward; they can always find the right answer to difficult problems."

Interviewees note: "They are able to capture all the detail needed in complex matters and they offer an integrated understanding to help guide clients through  a deal."

Sources say: "They are very commercial, really easy to work with and very supportive of their clients."

Clients value the firm's "broad reach and global presence."

Work highlights Represented Borealis and NOVA Chemicals in the negotiation of definitive agreements with Total to form a joint venture in petrochemicals on the US Gulf Coast at a $1.7 billion value.

Represented Freeport LNG in proceedings before FERC, DOE and other agencies to obtain authorization for the $30 billion Freeport Liquefaction Project. The firm also handled several challenges to its siting and construction.

Notable practitioners

Adam Wenner assists developers and power companies with the regulatory aspects of transactions and project development across the traditional power and renewables sectors. Interviewees report: "Adam is responsive, an expert in the subject matter and very easy to work with. He's highly knowledgeable and able to provide breadth and depth of services related to FERC."

Cory Lankford assists with regulatory issues and approvals in the context of M&A, project development and investments. Market commentators note: "He's responsive and provides great advice and support."

Lisa Tonery comes highly recommended for her considerable expertise in representing major clients in high-value LNG proceedings before FERC and the DOE, particularly in seeking authorization for the construction and operation of liquefaction and export terminals. Sources say: "She's an expert in FERC process; she really understands the critical issues and has a good relationship with the agency."