Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Projects Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Offers clients a broad projects practice with particular strengths in PPP and renewable power developments. Takes a leading role representing sponsors and developers on complex PPP negotiations. Recognized for notable capability in transit and aviation PPPs. Well versed in issues surrounding tax equity planning in the renewables space. Also active on conventional power development.

Strengths An impressed client reports: "Orrick’s project finance and energy infrastructure teams are among a small group of elite attorneys in the world. They not only have the work ethic, experience and expertise necessary to handle a transaction of any size, but they are all team players willing to support each other and the client at all times."

Another source says: "They have a strong understanding of the wider market and take a balanced and effective approach."

Others say the team is "extremely strong at all levels and has very deep and significant experience in all main areas of infrastructure and project finance in North America."

A commentator reports: "They're very strong on P3 transactions, as well as tax and finance matters."

A client says the team is "the best of the best. Their relevant expertise and deep bench strength is what stands out."

Others say the firm is home to a "knowledgeable team with strong industry-specific experience and expertise. They are very efficient and deliver very good value."

A client says that when it comes to renewables they are "very reliable and know the market very well."

"The firm is very strong in the renewables market. They help us navigate very complicated deals," attests a client.

Work highlights Represented GE Energy Financial Services in a mezzanine debt financing of the 1,182 MW South Field combined-cycle, gas-fired power project in Columbiana County, Ohio.

Advised 8minutenergy Renewables in the $655 million sale of its Mount Signal 3 Solar Project to global private asset manager Capital Dynamics.

Continued to assist the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey with the preliminary developing and financing aspects of the planned $24 billion redevelopment of the Hudson River underwater rail crossings and associated infrastructure.

Notable practitioners

Blake Winburne is well regarded within the power space and commended for his representation of multinational energy clients in the projects arena. He is noted for his work across a range of projects with recent work seeing him handle wind and solar energy project work for private equity funds.

Christopher Moore assists clients with tax equity and debt financings in the renewable power projects space. A client says he is "helpful, creative and efficient." Another source says he "focuses on what's important and gets the deal done."

Dahl Thompson enjoys a solid practice and good reputation in the energy projects space. He regularly acts for renewable energy and conventional power clients.

Daniel Mathews offers vast experience across PPP projects, with a focus on transportation and infrastructure. A client reports: "He is an extremely astute lawyer, who is practical and commercial."

David Spielberg has tremendous experience in the renewables space. He routinely assists clients with both financing and development matters for a range of projects.

Giji John 's represents clients based both in the USA and abroad focusing on projects relating to energy storage and carbon capture. He routinely acts for sponsors and agencies.

Leslie Sherman is very well versed in the financing and development of renewable energy projects, particularly energy storage projects. Sources commend his well-developed knowledge and experience in the space.

According to clients, Mark Weitzel is a "top-notch professional" when it comes to tax equity transactions in the renewables space. He has substantial expertise in the development of a wide range of complex energy projects. Another source says: "Everyone likes working with Mark; he is very capable."

Matt Archer is well known for his adept representation of utilities in the projects space.

According to clients, Thomas Glascock has a "very good knowledge of the renewables market." He frequently represents lenders, developers and sponsors as part of his energy projects practice.

Vincent Casey is highly regard in the PPP sector and said to be the "perfect example of a hard-working attorney," according to market commentators. Another source says he is "very strong and has built up a substantial practice in financing and procurement."

Young Lee is held in incredibly high regard across the project financing space. She is best known for her sophisticated PPP practice, where she is considered "an industry leader" by sources, who go on to say: "Her work product is always at a high level of excellence. She is also attentive and responsive." Another commentator says: "Young is fantastic; a true P3 lawyer."