Chadbourne has a long history of working for the energy sector and is a recognized name in the business. Over 100 Chadbourne attorneys work on energy related matters, 60 of them exclusively. Through our 11 worldwide offices, we are well positioned to meet clients’ needs wherever they operate; indeed, the firm has represented clients in energy transactions in more than 80 countries on six continents.

Chadbourne was integrally involved in the creation of the independent power industry in the United States in the late 1970's and early 1980's. It was instrumental in opening doors for independent generators in more than 20 U.S. states and acted as counsel in a seminal case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Since then, it has worked on many cutting-edge transactions. The firm has also played a pioneering role in privatizations of the electricity industry and privately financed infrastructure projects throughout Latin America, Russia and the former Soviet bloc countries, central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The firm's international energy practice has a major presence in renewable areas such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and biofuels, with substantial experience in traditional oil and gas industries, electric and gas utilities, natural gas pipelines and LNG. Our energy clients include independent power producers, utilities, financial institutions and energy consumers. We can advise clients on every aspect of an energy project, such as regulation, financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, workouts and revenue securitizations.

Moreover, we have experience with emerging energy technologies. Our experience with clients in solar, wind, ethanol, biodiesel, ocean energy, fuel cells and other technologies gives us the understanding needed to meet the needs of nascent energy providers. This broad knowledge of our energy lawyers is a key part of Chadbourne’s new climate change practice, which will help clients address the business and legal aspects of global warming.

Our attorneys frequently speak at industry conferences, providing our perspective on energy issues. We also publish the highly regarded Project Finance NewsWire and host a conference, now in its 19th year, by invitation only, for leaders in the independent power industry.

Representative Experience

Acquisition of Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants
Tenaska Power Fund
$1.6 billion acquisition of 3,145 megawatt power plants from Constellation Energy.
Ethanol Plant Financing
Funding of three ethanol plants in Ohio, Nebraska and Indiana, each to produce 100 million gallons annually of denatured ethanol, named the 2006 "Environmental Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International.
Restructuring of Bank Debt by Pipeline Operator
International Finance Corporation
$600 million restructuring in bank debt, Rule 144A and Regulations S Notes by an Argentine operator of natural gas pipelines.
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Related Practice Areas

Climate Change
Private Funds
Project Finance

Related Industries

Oil & Gas
Renewable Energy

Related Regions

Middle East and North Africa
Latin America
North America

Worldwide Contact

Keith Martin
Washington, DC
+1 (202) 974-5674

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