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Global: Projects & Energy
Chambers Global

Experience

AES Corporation with respect to its acquisition of three power plants from Southern California Edison Company for $750 million.

Canadian Superior Energy (before reorganization) on the permitting and development of the Liberty LNG project. This project was proposed to consist of a deepwater port off the New Jersey shoreline connecting through an undersea pipeline to an interstate pipeline.

China Investment Corporation in successfully obtaining approvals from FERC and the New York Public Service Commission. These were in connection with its $1.6 billion investment in AES Corp.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the leading provider of natural gas for transportation in North America, in connection acquiring IMW Industries. This was for $125 million plus a $40 million earnout over the next four years; we also advised on a $200 million project financing with General Electric Company in the construction and operation of two LNG plants in the United States, and state energy regulatory matters.

EDF Renewables on the environmental, land use, and energy regulatory aspects of wind and solar development, including compliance with NEPA and CEQA; the federal and California Endangered Species Acts; the Clean Water Act and Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act; the Williamson Act; local zoning and related laws and regulations; and transmission permitting, interconnection, and regulatory matters.

Future Grid Coalition in administrative litigation before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding PG&E’s application to close the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (Diablo). Diablo is a 2,000 MW facility with effectively zero carbon emissions. It is the single largest source of zero-carbon energy in California.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) in connection with the Department of Energy’s controversial and significant requirement that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issue a Notice of Proposed Regulation (NOPR) regarding reliability and resilience pricing so as to provide cost-of-service type subsidies to prevent the retirement of baseload coal and nuclear facilities.

KKR and TPG in successfully obtaining FERC and NRC approvals. These approvals were in connection with the purchase of TXU Corp., a $45 billion transaction.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd., on regulatory and commercial issues involved in its agreement to acquire part of Kinder Morgan Inc.’s affiliate company. It worked to acquire 30% of the affiliate that is constructing a $200 million natural gas pipeline in Arizona. The planned pipeline will connect to an existing line in Tucson and extend 62 miles to Sasabe, Ariz., which sits on the Arizona-Mexico border. An estimated 200 million cubic feet of gas will be transported each day.

The Navajo Nation on energy regulatory, transmission real estate, and other issues regarding the potential closure and repurposing of a large coal generating plant. We are also advising on the contractual and regulatory aspects of the use of 500 MW of electric transmission capacity.

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., in their agreement to invest $1.2 billion of equity funding into LNG tech. The funding was for the first liquefaction train of Freeport LNG’s proposed three-train natural gas liquefaction and LNG loading facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas; we are also advising on the gamut of regulatory issues associated with the project’s development. We also represented Osaka Gas and Chubu in their 20-year use or pay liquefaction tolling agreements for the production of 4.4 million tons per year of LNG from the facility.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (a subsidiary of Pacific Pipeline System LLC) in all regulatory matters before the CPUC. This was including rate filings and applications, as well as applications for change of control and sales of property.

The State of Alaska in multiple negotiations and litigations. This includes a two-year negotiation of a 457-page fiscal contract to form a public-private partnership between the State and ExxonMobil, BP, and ConocoPhillips for the development of the proposed $25 to $30 billion Alaska natural gas pipeline (the largest energy project ever proposed), bringing Alaskan gas through Canada to the lower 48 states. The State’s proposed investment would approximate $5 billion. We also worked on the State’s successful petition to FERC to obtain guidance that resolved regulatory jurisdictional issues for a proposed LNG facility operating in both intrastate and foreign commerce, and on multiple rate proceedings before FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska resulting in over $7 billion of increased royalties and production tax revenue to the State. Finally, we represented Alaska in a challenge to claims by the “TAPS Carriers” (BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska Inc., Unocal Pipeline Company, and Koch Alaska Pipeline Company, L.L.C.) to recover more than $750 million in construction project costs.

Texas Energy Future Holdings in an audit by FERC Enforcement's Audit Division regarding compliance with the terms of the agency’s order approving the nation's largest leveraged buy-out, the acquisition of Texas Utilities Corp.

UBS Infrastructure & Private Equity in connection with its pending acquisition of a U.S. wind farm portfolio.