Energy and Infrastructure

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Overview

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Energy and Infrastructure Practice Group advises clients in every stage of the development, construction, financing, acquisition, ownership and operation of energy and infrastructure projects and in connection with a wide variety of M&A, financing, investment, joint venture and other transactions involving energy and infrastructure companies of all types.

For more than 30 years, the group has represented acquirors and sellers, investors (including private equity, pension and other funds), sponsors, developers, lenders and other financing sources (including governmental, bilateral and other agencies), investment banks, advisors and other participants, in connection with a wide variety of complex transactions involving power generation, transmission and distribution, oil and gas (including exploration and production (E&P), pipelines, storage and export/import facilities), toll roads, petrochemical facilities and other energy and infrastructure projects and businesses.  Our group has substantial practical experience, knowledge and capabilities in all aspects and phases of:

  • Utility, power, pipeline and other oil and gas M&A, investment, joint venture and financing transactions, including master limited partnership (MLP), YieldCo, tax equity, hedging and other complex transactions
  • Conventional power projects, including natural gas, combined cycle, coal, oil and nuclear facilities
  • Renewable power projects, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric
  • Electric energy transmission, interconnection and distribution
  • Toll roads, water facilities, ports, airports, bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure projects
  • Oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream), including E&P projects, pipelines, storage facilities, liquid natural gas (LNG) and other import/export facilities
  • Power marketing, trading and hedging
  • Mining
  • Petrochemical facilities, including fertilizer, polyethelene and LNG

As needed, the Energy and Infrastructure group also draws seamlessly on the skills and proficiency of Gibson Dunn’s other first-tier practices, including our Energy, Regulation and Litigation, Capital Markets, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Environmental, Business Restructuring and Tax groups.  Our Energy, Regulation and Litigation group includes the former general counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has deep experience in connection with FERC and other U.S. federal and state regulatory matters of all types, including FERC regulations and filings, regional transmission organizations (RTOs), energy markets and trading, rate cases, interconnection and transmission matters and contested regulatory proceedings.

Our lawyers routinely advise on the negotiation and drafting of all types of energy and infrastructure transaction documents and project documents, including those relating to:

  • Project M&A
  • Project development
  • Equity and debt financings of all types, including public offerings and private placements
  • Joint ventures and consortium matters
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring transactions
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Fuel supply and transportation
  • Equipment supply
  • Power purchase agreements and other offtake agreements
  • Interconnection and transmission agreements
  • Concessions and governmental matters
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Land entitlements, siting, permitting, land use and environmental matters
  • Shared facilities and co-tenancies
  • Power marketing, hedging and derivatives

In just the past three years, our Energy and Infrastructure group has represented the acquirers and issuers in connection with dozens of the world’s most high-profile M&A, project and financing transactions in the energy space, including four “Deal of the Year” project acquisitions and capital markets transactions.  The group has substantial recent experience in the United States, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa and it takes pride in the firm’s seamless coordination across all relevant geographical and practice group areas.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Who’s Who Legal Recognizes Nine Gibson Dunn Partners

-August 1, 2018

EPA Amendments to the Coal Ash Rule

-July 31, 2018

Who’s Who Legal Recognizes Five Gibson Dunn Partners in Energy

-July 9, 2018

Houston Business Journal Names Justin Stolte to its 40 under 40

-June 5, 2018

Gibson Dunn Receives Chambers USA Excellence Award

-May 25, 2018

Intra-EU Investment Treaties: Is It Time to Restructure Your Investment?

-March 7, 2018

Drilling Down on DrillCos

-March 7, 2018

2017 Year-End Environmental Update for the Oil & Gas Industry

-January 22, 2018

Internal Revenue Service Announces Relief for Southeast Texas Due to Hurricane Harvey

-September 5, 2017

French Market Update – July 2017

-July 20, 2017

The Gross-Split Production Sharing Contract: The End of an Era for Indonesia’s Upstream Oil and Gas Industry and Traditional PSC Model

-May 31, 2017

The Commodities Activities of Banks: Comments on the Federal Reserve’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Reveal Key Concerns and Divides

-April 28, 2017

D.C. Circuit Overturns FERC’s ROE Methodology for Electric Utilities

-April 20, 2017

Watch out for some big M&A plays in 2017

-December 19, 2016

CPP Rollback May Impact SO2 Emissions Trading Markets

-December 16, 2016

The Trump Presidency: Selected Initial Observations and Considerations

-November 15, 2016

A $3.5b Payout and Nothing to Show for it

-June 3, 2016

CFTC Proposal Sparks Controversy by Permitting Private Lawsuits in FERC-regulated Electricity Markets

-May 17, 2016

The CPUC’s Realistic Approach Toward Energy Security

-January 29, 2016

Private Equity Participation in the Asian Oil & Gas Industry

-January 26, 2016

Drilling Into New Ground

-October 1, 2015

European Commission Launches State Aid Sector Inquiry into Member States’ Energy Capacity Mechanisms

-July 20, 2015

Divided FERC Approves PJM’s Capacity Performance Proposal

-June 15, 2015

M&A Report – New Delaware Court of Chancery Decision Examines MLP Conflicts Committee Requirement to Act in Subjective Good Faith

-April 23, 2015

Competitive Transmission Is Good And It Is Here To Stay

-April 16, 2015

Venezuela’s Currency Regulations May Violate Investment Treaty Protections

-February 25, 2015

RTO/ISO Competitive Transmission Programs

-February 19, 2015

China Plans Major Overhaul of Its Foreign Investment Regulatory Regime

-January 23, 2015

FERC Proposes Changes to Its Merger Review Process — Will They Take Regulation “Back to the Future”?

-January 22, 2015

EPA Announces Program Addressing Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production

-January 15, 2015

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Final Regulations Addressing Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities Under Subtitle D of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

-December 29, 2014

Protecting Your Investments in Emerging Markets

-October 6, 2014

Implications of Recent Delaware Court of Chancery Decisions on MLP Related Party Transactions

-August 11, 2014

When Supply Contracts are Considered Swaps: The Effects of the CFTC’s Interpretation of Embedded Volumetric Optionality on Derivatives End-Users

-July 29, 2014

The ECJ Confirms That “Public Undertakings” or Firms with “Special or Exclusive Rights” are Presumed to Be Acting Illegally: the Greek Lignite Case

-July 28, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Stationary Source Permitting Requirements under Clean Air Act

-June 24, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Regulations to Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating Units

-June 4, 2014

China Adopts Fundamental Changes in Foreign Exchange Control

-May 20, 2014

French Decree Requires Government Approval for Foreign Investments in Strategic Business Sectors

-May 16, 2014

The FERC Enforcement Process: Time for Structural Due Process and Substantive Reforms

-May 13, 2014

The Commodities Activities of Banks: Comments on the Federal Reserve’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

-April 28, 2014

China Further Eases Restrictions on Outbound Investments

-April 18, 2014

Webcast – Game Changers: Chevron v. Steven Donziger, et. al

-March 26, 2014

The Winds of Investigation Are Blowing in D.C. – Are You Prepared??

-March 7, 2014

Chevron Wins Major Civil RICO Trial Victory Against Purveyors of Corrupt $9.2 Billion Ecuadorian Judgment

-March 5, 2014

A Clear Path To Section 363 Sale Challenges

-February 6, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Briefing: Recent Fifth Circuit Ruling Limits Ability of Pipeline Owners in Bankruptcy to Sell Assets “Free and Clear” of, or Reject, Certain Covenants Associated with the Pipelines

-February 3, 2014

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on New State Aid Guidelines for Environmental Protection and Energy

-January 10, 2014

Mexican Energy Reform: New Investment Opportunities Ahead

-January 9, 2014

Will Africa Be Lit By “BITs”?

-January 8, 2014

OSHA’s Proposed Silica Limits Have Major Implications for Fracking, Construction, Manufacturing, and Maritime Industries

-August 28, 2013

Myanmar Adopts New Foreign Investment Law

-November 20, 2012

Indonesian Oil and Gas Regulator Held to Be Unconstitutional

-November 15, 2012

Indian Government Liberalizes the Aviation, Broadcasting and Power Sectors

-October 1, 2012

Ins and Outs of Purchasing Natural Gas-Fueled Power Plants

-July 16, 2012

SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules for Conflict Minerals, Mine Safety and Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers

-December 15, 2010

New Indonesian Mining Law

-July 2, 2010

Renewable Energy Projects Will Be Held to the Same Stringent Standards of the Endangered Species Act as Other Development Projects

-January 25, 2010

European Energy Markets: The Next Round

-May 4, 2007