Michael C. Graffagna

Michael C. Graffagna

Education

University of Illinois (B.A., 1984)
Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989)

Bar Admissions

California
New York
Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)

Mike has 30 years of experience representing parties in the development, construction, acquisition, divestment, and financing of infrastructure projects around the world.

His work spans a broad range of projects and industries, including:

  • LNG (regasification terminals and liquefaction facilities)
  • Renewable and conventional power (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, gas, coal, and nuclear)
  • Mining (iron ore, gold, copper, molybdenum, zinc, lead, and silver)
  • Telecommunications (satellite networks, cellular networks, and fiber optic undersea cable)
  • Transportation (high–speed and light rail)
  • Midstream/downstream oil and gas (pipelines and petrochemical facilities)

He works on projects around the globe, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Angola, Nigeria, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea.

Mike is a go–to lawyer for many of our clients in the projects and infrastructure space across a broad range of transactional matters. According to clients, he has an “impressive practice” and a “reputation for excellence.”

Mexican Renewable Power Project JV.
Representing utility in its ongoing purchase of 50% of a portfolio of 6 solar and wind power projects (for a total of 721 MW) currently under development in Mexico.


OneWeb Global Communications Satellite Network.
Represented SoftBank as a lender and offtaker for OneWeb’s under–development low–earth–orbit constellation of 600 satellites to provide global connectivity.


Philippine LNG Regasification Terminal.
Representing Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in a joint development agreement with First Gen Corp. to pursue the development of an LNG import and regasification terminal project in Batangas province, the Philippines.


Freeport LNG Liquefaction Facility.
Represented Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. in the $1.2 billion equity financing and $3.1 billion debt financing for the first liquefaction train of the Freeport LNG facility and in their entry into of a long–term LNG liquefaction tolling agreement for the project. The transaction was awarded Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance by American Lawyer, Deal of the Year for the Americas by Project Finance International, and North American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year by IJ Global.


Caserones Copper and Molybdenum Mining Project.
Represented SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile in connection with the $1.4 billion limited recourse project financing for the development of the Caserones Copper and Molybdenum Mining Project in Chile. Minera Lumina is 75% owned by Pan Pacific Copper (which is a joint venture of JX Holdings, Inc. and Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.) and 25% owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The financing consisted of a $1.1 billion senior facility provided by JBIC and a group of commercial banks that received the benefit of a NEXI guaranty, and a $300 million junior facility provided by a group of commercial banks that received a guaranty from JOGMEC.


Cricket Valley Gas–Fired Power Project.
Represented JERA Co., Inc. as the largest investor in a $1.58 billion, 1,100 MW natural gas–fired thermal power generation project, referred to as "Cricket Valley," in Dutchess County, New York. JERA owns an equity stake of approximately 44% in the project. We also represented them in connection with a $1.052 billion senior secured facility to the project company, a $175 million senior secured term loan facility to an interim holding company, and $709 million in total equity commitments for the project.


Mexican Power Stations and Pipeline Acquisition.
Represented Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in their $1.2 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in five gas–fired combined cycle power stations in Mexico with an aggregate total generating capacity of 2,233MW and a related gas pipeline company, and in connection with the financing for such acquisition.


San Cristobal Mining Project.
Represented Sumitomo Corporation in its purchase, development, financing and operation of Minera San Cristóbal S.A., which owns and operates one of the largest silver, zinc and lead mines in the world, located high in the Andes in Southwestern Bolivia. Sumitomo purchased a portion of its interest in a pre–arranged bankruptcy sale that closed within 71 days of the debtor's bankruptcy filing.


Taiwan High–Speed Rail Project.
Represented a consortium consisting of Mitsui & Co., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Marubeni, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries as supplier and contractor for the Trackworks portion of the $15–billion Taiwan High–Speed Rail Corporation.


Valladolid III IPP Project, Mexico.
Represented the Valladolid III Consortium (Mitsui and Chubu Electric) in the development and financing and ongoing operations of the 525 MW Valladolid III natural gas–fired electrical power facility in Mexico.

Mexican Renewable Power Project JV.
Representing utility in its ongoing purchase of 50% of a portfolio of 6 solar and wind power projects (for a total of 721 MW) currently under development in Mexico.


OneWeb Global Communications Satellite Network.
Represented SoftBank as a lender and offtaker for OneWeb’s under–development low–earth–orbit constellation of 600 satellites to provide global connectivity.


Philippine LNG Regasification Terminal.
Representing Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in a joint development agreement with First Gen Corp. to pursue the development of an LNG import and regasification terminal project in Batangas province, the Philippines.


Freeport LNG Liquefaction Facility.
Represented Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. in the $1.2 billion equity financing and $3.1 billion debt financing for the first liquefaction train of the Freeport LNG facility and in their entry into of a long–term LNG liquefaction tolling agreement for the project. The transaction was awarded Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance by American Lawyer, Deal of the Year for the Americas by Project Finance International, and North American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year by IJ Global.


Caserones Copper and Molybdenum Mining Project.
Represented SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile in connection with the $1.4 billion limited recourse project financing for the development of the Caserones Copper and Molybdenum Mining Project in Chile. Minera Lumina is 75% owned by Pan Pacific Copper (which is a joint venture of JX Holdings, Inc. and Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.) and 25% owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The financing consisted of a $1.1 billion senior facility provided by JBIC and a group of commercial banks that received the benefit of a NEXI guaranty, and a $300 million junior facility provided by a group of commercial banks that received a guaranty from JOGMEC.


Cricket Valley Gas–Fired Power Project.
Represented JERA Co., Inc. as the largest investor in a $1.58 billion, 1,100 MW natural gas–fired thermal power generation project, referred to as "Cricket Valley," in Dutchess County, New York. JERA owns an equity stake of approximately 44% in the project. We also represented them in connection with a $1.052 billion senior secured facility to the project company, a $175 million senior secured term loan facility to an interim holding company, and $709 million in total equity commitments for the project.


Mexican Power Stations and Pipeline Acquisition.
Represented Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in their $1.2 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in five gas–fired combined cycle power stations in Mexico with an aggregate total generating capacity of 2,233MW and a related gas pipeline company, and in connection with the financing for such acquisition.


San Cristobal Mining Project.
Represented Sumitomo Corporation in its purchase, development, financing and operation of Minera San Cristóbal S.A., which owns and operates one of the largest silver, zinc and lead mines in the world, located high in the Andes in Southwestern Bolivia. Sumitomo purchased a portion of its interest in a pre–arranged bankruptcy sale that closed within 71 days of the debtor's bankruptcy filing.


Taiwan High–Speed Rail Project.
Represented a consortium consisting of Mitsui & Co., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Marubeni, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries as supplier and contractor for the Trackworks portion of the $15–billion Taiwan High–Speed Rail Corporation.


Valladolid III IPP Project, Mexico.
Represented the Valladolid III Consortium (Mitsui and Chubu Electric) in the development and financing and ongoing operations of the 525 MW Valladolid III natural gas–fired electrical power facility in Mexico.

Michael Graffagna is ranked as a leading lawyer in Japan in Projects and Energy by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019), Chambers Global (2018), Chambers Asia Pacific (2019), IFLR1000 (2019) and Best Lawyers in Japan (2019).

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