Since its merger with projects powerhouse Chadbourne & Parke in 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright has gone from strength to strength in renewable energy finance, leading the conversation and advising on many of the most innovative deals in the sector.
The firm advised on more than 70 project finance transactions in North America in 2019, including utility-scale, distributed, community and residential solar transactions; wind financings, including for repowering projects; and battery storage and fuel-cell deals.
The fact that the firm’s attorneys see so much of the market is a notable advantage, as is their intellectual curiosity and commercial attitude.
Indeed, Norton Rose’s top lawyers are considered thought leaders on a wide range of renewable energy topics.
“They really drive the discussions and the analysis,” said an investor. “Norton Rose always has the last word.”
This is especially useful in as fast-evolving a field as renewable energy finance, where legal advice and documentation needs to be constantly updated.
They are “super useful” when “pushing the bounds” on contractual structures, noted a project finance borrower on PFR’s judging panel. “They have been all over the cutting edge of things moving in the market,” a project finance banker concured, adding that “they’re now the go-to firm for offshore wind.”
The firm’s success is attributed to its deep bench of dedicated, smart attorneys. Among those singled out by clients in 2019 were Todd Alexander, who has “dominated” the distributed and behind-the-meter energy sector, and the “incredibly sharp and quick” Ben Koenigsberg.
Market participants also praised tax credit guru Keith Martin as well as partners Rob Eberhardt, Caileen “Kat” Gamache, James Berger, Ikenna Emehelu and a 2019 hire from Mayer Brown, David Burton. Senior associate Christine Brozynski was also picked out as an up-and-comer by several judges.
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