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Energy issues present tremendous challenges and opportunities in both the fuels and power segments of the global energy industry. Covington lawyers and policy advisors offer an unmatched array of expertise and long experience in these critically important, interdependent and rapidly transforming industries.
We operate seamlessly across all our offices to deliver coordinated advice and representation in regulatory and legislative matters, litigation and arbitration, and transactional work that maximizes value for our broad range of clients.
Our energy clients span the entire spectrum of industry participants including the largest multinational and state-owned oil and gas companies, pipeline and transport companies, electric utilities and independent power producers, nuclear developers, a full range of solar, wind and other renewable energy companies, and companies with leading edge technologies in biofuels and clean transportation, energy efficiency, demand management and smart grid, and resource management.
We also advise venture capital firms, private equity firms, investment banks and commercial banks that provide investment capital to these businesses as well as leading trade associations for many of these industry segments.
For information regarding our diverse experience across the energy sub-industries please refer to the links below:
Southern California Edison in connection with issues associated with the steam generators at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
All the major domestic oil and gas trade associations in defending multiple ongoing district court and court of appeals lawsuits raising environmental challenges to continued exploration and development in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.
BrightSource Energy on environmental impact analysis and permitting of its Ivanpah project in the California desert.
Major national retail electricity supplier on the rules regarding 3rd party access to distribution resources and the retail market structure required to facilitate robust electricity supply competition in a dozen states including Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio.
Provide advice to NRG Bluewater Wind concerning permitting process by federal agencies for off-shore wind farm off the coast of Delaware.
Extensive advice to U.S. and non-U.S. oil and gas companies on the scope and application of sanctions and retaliatory measures targeting Iran, including advice on pending U.S. enforcement matters.
Represented PG&E Corporation in the restructuring of its regulated utility and as co-proponent of PG&E’s confirmed plan.
Managing a privacy audit of a U.S.-based multinational in the oil and gas industry in preparation for its BCR approval with the Dutch data protection authority as the lead authority, including reviewing and providing advice on the BCRs and the implementation strategy and assisting this client in the preparation and roll-out of various compliance tools in the framework of the BCRs.
Represented Pepco Holdings in its $1.7 billion sale of electric generation assets to Calpine Corporation.
Represent Calpine’s JFK Energy Center (KIAC Partners) as project counsel, including in the original structuring and planning of the project, a $175 million combined bank facility and bond financing and a $250 million Rule 144A bond refinancing, structuring and negotiating numerous commercial contracts, and achievement of commercial operations.
Represented Kerr-McGee Corporation in its $18 billion sale to Anadarko Corporation.
Represented Kerr-McGee and its board of directors in its successful defense of Carl Icahn’s effort to elect directors to the Kerr-McGee board.
Represented Wanxiang America in separate transactions involving the acquisition of certain assets of A123 Systems, Inc., a lithium ion battery company, and the sale of the Energy Solutions Business of A123 Systems to NEC Corp.
Advised VantagePoint Ventures Partners in connection with the Series A and Series B Preferred Stock financing of VionX Energy Corporation, which develops advance flow battery energy storage systems.
Represented Nuclear Safety Associates in its acquisition by WS Atkins.
Represented Electricité de France in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings related to low enriched uranium.
We advised an international energy company on a U.S. Treasury Department investigation of transactions with certain U.S.-sanctioned markets, and assisted the company with interactions with the U.S. State Department on sanctions-related policy matters. The Treasury Department closed its investigation without taking any enforcement action against our client.
Represented Pioneer Natural Resources in the sale of leasehold interests in Wolfcamp Shale to Sinochem.
Represented Green Lake Capital in its solar development financing activities, including a pooled power purchase transaction covering six megawatts DC of distributed solar facilities located at municipal sites throughout California.
Represented Statoil in its acquisition of Brigham Exploration.
Represented SolarCity Corporation in solar cells and modules antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
Represented SandRidge Energy in its $2.1 billion sale of oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin to Sheridan Production Partners.
Represented The Special Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. in its $5.8 billion merger with Targa Resource Partners LP.
Represented Calpine and its subsidiaries, in over $10 billion of subsidiary project financings (in the form of project bonds, secured bank financings and subsidiary preferred stock), senior secured working capital credit agreements aggregating over $3.5 billion, and senior unsecured bridge financings aggregating $1.2 billion.
Represented officer and director defendants in coverage dispute related to claims asserted against them by bankruptcy estate representative.
Represented Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. in connection with its $47 million project finance fund with partners U.S. Bank and East West Bank.
Obtained nearly $500 million in judgments and settlements for multiple oil and gas companies in breach of contracts case against the U.S. government involving undeveloped federal oil and gas leases offshore North Carolina, Alaska, and Florida.
Represented Schneider Electric on the CFIUS review and approval of its $5.6 billion acquisition of Invensys plc.
Represented China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd. (CNOOC) in separate investments in the Eagle Ford and Niobrara shale properties held by Chesapeake Energy.
Represented Nexen in its $15 billion acquisition by China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd.
Represented SandRidge Energy in a proxy contest brought by TPG-Axon Capital Management LP and representation of the company and the Board of Directors in corporate governance matters. SandRidge settled its proxy contest.
Developed a comprehensive export controls compliance program to assist a U.S.-based oilfield services company in securing approval under the Commerce Department Special Comprehensive Licensing program.
Advise petroleum refiner regarding the scope and applicability of the “small refinery” exemption from the renewable fuel standard.
Regulatory and advocacy advice to a biofuels company on legislative developments relating to the EU Renewable Energies Directive in the European Parliament and Council.
Represented a client on environmental matters relating to building a biofuels manufacturing plant on contaminated property on a waterway in New Jersey.
Advise advanced biofuels manufacturer regarding approval of new renewable fuels under EPA’s renewable fuel pathways regulations.
Managing a large worldwide portfolio of patents and patent applications relating to wood preservation technology, as well as advising on post-grant opposition proceedings in Europe and New Zealand.
Represented Osmose in several inter partes reexamination proceedings, including the defense of Osmose patents drawn to methods of preserving wood using particulate copper and methods for directly producing copper carbonate.
KKR and Texas Pacific Group in securing the necessary FERC and NRC approvals for the successful acquisition of TXU Corp. for $45 billion, the largest leveraged buyout in history. The acquisition of TXU included its large fleet of generation assets in Texas as well as transmission and distribution facilities. We also provided counsel on energy regulatory, climate change, government affairs, and public policy matters. The acquired company is now Energy Future Holdings.
Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Vivint Solar, Inc. in its $2.2 billion acquisition by SunEdison, Inc.
Borrego Solar Systems Inc. in connection with the sale of its residential solar division to groSolar Inc.
Representation of a U.S. mining company in an ICC arbitration against a Dutch company arising out of a contractual dispute involving an investment in Peru.
ICICI Bank Limited, India’s second largest bank, and Standard Chartered Bank, India’s largest international bank, as joint lead arrangers for an aggregate of $925 million in project financings supporting power plant and port expansion projects being undertaken by two affiliates of Reliance Industries.
Entergy in connection with the license renewal for the Indian Point reactors.
Representation of Korea National Oil Corporation in an ICDR arbitration and ancillary federal court proceedings arising from a US$1.2 billion acquisition of an oil and gas exploration and production company.
Representation of two oil and gas majors in a US$100 million ICDR arbitration in New York arising out of alleged breaches of a crude oil transportation agreement.
A French E&P company in an ICC arbitration with a Swedish independent arising out of the alleged breach of first refusal rights under a JOA.
Representation of a European oil and gas major in an ICC arbitration under English law arising out of a field services agreement relating to operations in the Middle East.
Representation of a major European oil and gas company in a pending ICDR arbitration with a Brazilian oil and gas major relating to crude transportation agreements in the Andean region.
Representation of First Wind in advising and consulting with federal and state agencies on implementation of a Habitat Conservation Plan for endangered shorebirds on Maui, Hawaii.
Representing subsidiaries of an international oil company in pending ICSID arbitration proceedings involving expropriation of investments in Venezuela, resulting in a tribunal award of compensation exceeding U.S. $2 billion in value.
A French oil and gas independent in an ICSID arbitration against a Latin American state, in a dispute arising out of alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty and several production sharing agreements.
Co-lead counsel to Occidental Petroleum in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador arising out of the wrongful termination of a production-sharing agreement that resulted in the largest ICSID and investment treaty award to date.
Represented American Petroleum Institute in Comer, putative class action alleging industrial activities contributed to global warming, causing a rise in sea levels and adding to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina, and thereby causing property damage to plaintiffs.
A large gas utility in a controversy with El Paso Natural Gas Company concerning rights of contract termination and Rights of First Refusal.
Lead counsel for Apache Corporation in insurance coverage arbitration and litigation proceedings relating to the explosion of a gas pipeline in Western Australia.
HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles, in the acquisition of all its technology and assets by Qualcomm Incorporated.
American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers as plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging the validity of state laws requiring refiners to sell ethanol-free gasoline to distributors and retailers.
We represented a wind energy company on tax and energy legislation.
Represented the State of Minnesota in securing more than $100 million in insurance recoveries for environmental matters related to an innovative legislative program for the cleanup of landfills.
Representation of ExxonMobil subsidiaries in a pending ICSID arbitration against Venezuela seeking full compensation under the Netherlands-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty and international law for the expropriation of investments in Venezuela. We successfully obtained US$900 million for ExxonMobil in a companion commercial arbitration described above.
Our client, a major energy company, sought to maximize the value of its intellectual property while limiting its own liability in the treacherous waters of international patent disputes. Combining U.S. and EU regulatory expertise with a multi-jurisdictional strategy, our senior advisors and lawyers designed a corporate structure that would create and generate long term value with minimal risk to the parent entity.
Represent client in litigation challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's five year-offshore oil and gas leasing program under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Represent Los Angeles County Transit System on alternative fuel incentives.
Advise Indian Energy Limited relating to a wind energy project in India on its initial public offering on AIM and other capital raises pre- and post-IPO.
Representing an executive of KBR, Halliburton’s subsidiary, in a wide-ranging investigation into alleged bribery of Nigerian government officials in connection with the selection of the company to build one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas projects.
UBS on FERC issues relating to its gas marketing and trading business.
Represent BP in the Penalty Phase of the Deepwater Horizon litigation, including at trial.
Representation of two entities within a multinational oil and gas group in a dispute against a consultancy company relating to the unenforceability of a consultancy agreement. Stakes are in excess of US$100 million.
Representation of a major European oil and gas company in connection with a dispute with a Latin American independent over a joint operating agreement relating to development of a natural gas field in Bolivia.
Negotiated with U.S. Department of Interior and California Energy Commission relative to environmental documentation, including NEPA, and species mitigation for siting of solar facility.
In persuading an appeals court to treat as non-binding an adverse 2:1 arbitration decision. 335 F.3d 742 (8th Cir. 2003).
Comverge, Inc. a demand response provider and technology company, in FERC matters on regulations pertaining to demand response, including measurement and verification issues, and, in particular, proceedings involving demand response in the PJM Interconnection.
Advising a supplier of tidal energy turbines on a demonstration project in the United States.
BASF in its negotiation of a Department Energy grant to construct a cathode materials production plant that supplies manufacturers of advanced lithium-ion batteries.
Represent COMPETE Coalition on a wide range of FERC and state regulatory matters involving capacity markets, wholesale and retail market structure and competition issues, electricity rates, RTO markets and transparency issues.
COMPETE, a major coalition of more than 680 electricity market participants including Exelon, PSEG, Wal-Mart, PPL Energy, Calpine, TXU Energy, Safeway, Tendril and Leggett & Platt on a wide range of federal and state electricity competition issues, including the structure of RTO markets and retail competition matters in numerous states including Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan, California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona and Ohio.
Electric Power Generation Association in presenting testimony regarding the benefits of competitive markets before the Public Utility Commission of Pennsylvania.
Regularly represent commercial companies in boundary disputes and frequently advise multinational oil companies on both land and maritime boundary questions that arise when sovereign states offer concession or production-sharing contracts to foreign oil companies.
Representation of a Lithuanian petrochemicals company as co-counsel in an ad hoc insurance arbitration against various UK underwriters arising out of property damage and business interruption claims exceeding US$150 million.
Prepare and submit comments on EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from electric generating units for multiple interested parties, including members of the nuclear industry, a coalition of electricity producers, and advanced technology companies.
Advising Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. on a variety of corporate, financial and operational matters in a dynamic and rapidly changing solar market. Borrego is one of the oldest and largest solar integrators in California with over 25 years of experience. We counseled Borrego on tax, regulatory and corporate matters related to power purchase agreement, engineering procurement and constructions contracts, operations and maintenance contracts and site access agreements on more than 30 projects.
SDG&E in connection with a FERC and appellate court proceeding regarding congestion revenue rights in the California ISO.
Secured over $2 billion in compensation and interest against the Republic of Venezuela in favor of subsidiaries of client ExxonMobil. This widely-publicized victory was one of the largest awards ever obtained against a sovereign state.
Represent ExxonMobil on algal-based biofuels matters, including its Synthetic Genomics collaboration.
Won more than $2 billion in compensation and interest in an ICSID arbitration for subsidiaries of ExxonMobil Corp. related to the uncompensated expropriation of their investments in Venezuela.
Southern Montana G&T Cooperative in a successful complaint at FERC involving firm transmission service, and on a range of disputes involving interconnection and transmission issues.
Drayson Racing Technologies, a leading developer of electric racing vehicles, in connection with the formation of Drayson Wireless, a new entity created in collaboration with Imperial Innovations to commercialize wireless energy technology developed at Imperial College, London.
Provide regulatory due diligence advice to an investment fund regarding the EU and UK rules on biofuels in connection with a potential acquisition of a biomass manufacturer.
A major international energy company in relation to the EU emissions trading system and allocation of emissions allowances.
COMPETE in intervening and participating in major proceedings brought by Duke Ohio and AEP before the Public Utility Commission of Ohio regarding retail competition and customer choice.
SandRidge Energy, Inc., a crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company, in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Arena Resources, Inc.
SandRidge Energy, Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration and production company in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Dynamic Offshore Resources, LLC.
In obtaining a substantial award in an arbitration against the California Independent System Operator.
SandRidge Energy, Inc. in its initial public offerings of three royalty trusts sponsored by SandRidge, with aggregate proceeds of $1.5 billion.
SandRidge Energy, Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration and production company, in its $2.6 billion sale of Permian Basin properties in West Texas to Sheridan Production Partners.
SandRidge Energy, Inc., a natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company, in a $1.1 billion secured revolving credit facility.
Provide regulatory and legislative advice regarding biofuel plants to an investment fund in connection with the European Union’s review of its Renewable Energies Directive and the adoption of sustainability criteria for biofuels.
Represent Deutsche Asset Management on regulatory aspects of a biofuels project in Latin America.
American Petroleum Institute as an amicus curiae in a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning an antitrust challenge to a refining and marketing joint venture.
Representation of Newmont Mining in related ICSID and Stockholm Chamber arbitrations against Uzbekistan concerning termination of rights to exploit mineral resources.
Representation of Petrotrin, the state-owned integrated oil and gas company of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in a dispute arising out of a project with World GTL Inc. and its subsidiary, World GTL of St. Lucia Ltd. (together "WGTL"), to construct a gas-to-liquids plant for the processing of natural gas in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. (Awaiting award)
Regulatory and strategic advice to a large manufacturer of electronic equipment on EU procedures for adoption of energy efficiency requirements on sound and imaging equipment under the ErP Directive.
Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems in connection with NRC regulatory issues.
Represent an investment bank in a non-public FERC Enforcement investigation of alleged manipulation of electricity markets with respect to the bidding of electric generation into certain RTO markets.
An energy company in obtaining a global nine-figure resolution from its historic CGL insurers for widespread environmental cleanup liabilities at refineries and other operational sites.
An oil refinery in a significant business interruption insurance claim that resulted in a multi-hundred million dollar recovery for the insured.
A multinational oil and gas company in advising on the impact of Middle East trade sanctions programs on technology licensing arrangements and the broader operation of affiliates and joint ventures incorporated outside the United States.
A large electrical generation company in an investigation by FERC and state authorities into profiteering in the sale of natural gas in New England during January 2004.
We advised a young exploration and production company on mitigating above-ground risk, preserving $4 billion in value in a Western African company, and navigating legal and policy issues surrounding hydrocarbon exploration and development in a non-self-governing territory.
Representation of a European gas utility company in a large ICC arbitration valued over US$2 billion against a North African state-owned oil company relating to a complex contract price revision dispute.
Representation of Prime International Alliance Inc. in a shareholders’ dispute against its joint venture partner, Erin Resources S.A., concerning control over a multi-million dollar oil transshipment terminal in Russia, whereby Erin alleges frustration and/or breach of a shareholders’ agreement as a consequence of the European Union imposing sanctions on Prime’s beneficial owner.
We assisted companies seeking support for alternative energy projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Stimulus) and advised on carbon trading provisions in climate change legislation, including preparing amendments to both bills.
Nuclear Energy Institute in connection with policy-related and security-related issues.
We advised coalition of renewable energy project developers, venture capital firms, and investment banks on low-cost financing of clean energy. Drafted testimony, legislation, white papers and helped build coalition on and off the Hill to advance the issue.
Advising COMPETE, a broad coalition whose members include Exelon, Sempra, TXU, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and National Grid on energy legislative, policy, and regulatory matters.
Texican in contesting a settlement involving SCANA’s proposed restructuring of its pipeline system.
An oil and gas company and its executive in connection with congressional hearing to examine absence of “price trigger” conditions on royalty relief for deepwater OCS leases.
Ovonic Battery Company in intellectual property and litigation matters pertaining to Cobasys, a joint venture with Chevron to develop, license, and manufacture NiMH batteries for transportation and stationary storage applications.
OptiSolar Inc. in the sale its project development business to First Solar, Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $400 million.
Plextronics in patent infringement litigation with Konarka relating to organic photovoltaics.
Represent Pepco Holdings, Inc. on the negotiation and sale of its 3800 MW Conectiv Energy wholesale power generation business to Calpine Corporation, including securing the necessary FERC approval under the Federal Power Act.
Advised Pepco Holdings in its $6.83 billion sale to Exelon Corp.
Represented Pepco Holdings, Inc. in its sale to Calpine Corporation of its Conectiv Energy segment for approximately $1.7 billion. This transaction included the sale of 19 power generation plants in five states. In the approximately 10 weeks between contract and closing, we addressed and resolved over 200 significant title defects that required everything from bringing a quiet title action to negotiating multiple third-party easements and options, to obtaining mortgage indenture releases. Construction activities were ongoing at most of the plants, including Conectiv’s new 565MW plant in Delta, Pa., which was not yet operational. This required resolution of challenging transfer issues including mechanics lien title coverage under the varying lien laws of multiple jurisdictions.
Advise RES-Americas on likelihood of completing the permitting of several projects in light of siting and mitigation requirements for eagles and other potential species of concern.
Assist Raízen Energía S/A with various strategic partnerships and licensing relationships connected with the development of technologies and construction of facilities for the production of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil.
Represent Amyris, Inc. regarding antitrust and competition law, EU chemicals regulations (including “REACH”) and other European distribution arrangements and other areas where we have specialized expertise.
Represent a natural gas trading company and six of its executives and employees in a wide-ranging ongoing FERC enforcement investigation, involving extensive data requests and depositions, of alleged manipulation of natural gas trading in early 2012.
Representation of AK Steel in a patent infringement action relating to aluminum coated boron steel products where we obtained a jury verdict in favor of our client.
Representation of American Petroleum Institute against false advertising claims based on its protocol for certification of branded motor oils that were tried in a preliminary injunction proceeding in the Southern District of New York.
American Petroleum Institute as an amicus curiae in a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning the alleged “constructive” termination of a franchisor who sued under the PMPA.
ExxonMobil Corp. on antitrust aspects of its acquisition of XTO Energy, Inc.
Represented Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in its acquisition of the remaining membership interests in Cubic Advanced Technical Systems.
Advised Wanxiang America’s purchase of substantially all of the non-government business assets of U.S. battery maker A123 Systems, Inc. On Jan. 28, 2013, CFIUS approved that transaction, valued at $256.6 million. Covington represented Wanxiang America in securing CFIUS approval. A123 makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars.
Representation of the owner of a major oil refinery in Texas in an ad hoc commercial arbitration against an offshore property insurer, seeking insurance coverage for an US$82 million loss sustained as a result of a criminal wire fraud conspiracy relating to shipping contracts for the transport of crude oil from South America to the U.S.
Represented Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) in its acquisitions of a 50 percent interest in a wind farm from EDF and of a tolling arrangement in the electric power industry.
Represent an oil and gas producer in FERC's enforcement investigation regarding the Cheyenne Plains Open Season and in a resulting settlement.
Represent China Investment Corporation in successfully obtaining orders from FERC and the New York PSC approving its acquisition of a 15% interest in AES Corporation.
China Investment Corporation (CIC), a large sovereign wealth fund created by the People's Republic of China, on FERC and state (NY) energy regulatory issues with respect to its purchase of a 15% share in the AES Corporation, a large independent power producer of international scope with significant US electricity generation assets. Covington secured all necessary approvals for this transaction.
International Paper in obtaining certification and rate approval for the two interstate pipelines it owns.
Covington successfully represented the American Petroleum Institute, Independent Petroleum Association of America, U.S. Oil & Gas Association, and International Association of Drilling Contractors in a lawsuit seeking to block a federal program which provides the basis for all oil and gas leasing in offshore federal waters. The D.C. Circuit ruled that the Government had rationally and appropriately balanced the environmental, social, and economic values at stake in proceeding with the leasing program.
Advise overseas electricity generator regarding Clean Air Act and renewable energy developments in the United States in connection with potential strategic investments in the US electricity sector.
Advocacy assistance on issues related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and lobbying on behalf of clients with respect to climate change legislation in various states of the United States and in the European Union.
An energy company in defending numerous toxic tort claims relating to alleged benzene emissions from an oil refinery in Texas.
Lead trial and arbitration counsel for BP in insurance coverage disputes arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Represent Comverge, Wal-Mart and Leggett & Platt, large commercial and industrial electricity consumers, before FERC in a matter involving the formation of a capacity market in the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO). We intervened in the matter and pressed arguments for the broadening of the MISO capacity market proposal.
Calpine and its subsidiaries in a $600 million acquisition of SkyGen Energy, and a $450 million acquisition of Cogeneration Corporation of America, each a developer, owner, and operator of independent power projects.
SDG&E in extensive ongoing FERC refund proceedings arising from the California electricity crisis of 2000-2001.
Represented a number of utility companies in obtaining more than $200 million in environmental and toxic tort settlements.
Represented Kansas City Power & Light Company in litigation over coverage for property damage caused by a boiler explosion.
Representation of Exxon Corporation in New York-seated arbitration and related judicial proceedings against its insurers for losses arising from the Valdez oil spill, resulting in a reported recovery of US$780 million.
Prepare and submit amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of legislators in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 134 S. Ct. 2427 (2014).
Representation of a joint venture of Newmont Mining and Sumitomo in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Indonesia relating to the government’s attempt to terminate rights to copper and gold resources under a Contract of Work.
Represented Indian Energy Limited, an independent power producer operating wind farms in India, in a recommended all-share takeover by Infrastructure India plc.
Represented HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles, in Qualcomm’s acquisition of its assets and technology.
Represented ICICI Bank Limited, India’s second largest bank, and Standard Chartered Bank, India’s largest international bank, as joint lead arrangers for an aggregate of $925 million in project financings supporting power plant and port expansion projects being undertaken by two affiliates of Reliance Industries.
Represented ExxonMobil in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings related to crude oil.
Advised LanzaTech in a $60 million Series D financing led by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund.
Represented China Investment Corporation in its $1.6 billion investment in AES Corp.
Developed a compliance program for the Asia-Pacific offices of a global energy and industrial company that covers trade controls and anti-corruption laws and regulations and includes guidance on restricted party and embargoed country screening, U.S. export licensing, and recordkeeping requirements.
Represented Babcock & Brown in the financing of three ethanol production facilities.
Advising African Power Corporation on development of a hydroelectric project in the Republic of Congo.
An independent power producer on potential acquisition of hydroelectric facilities.
PSEG in structuring a project which would interconnect to Manhattan a 555 MW generating unit in New Jersey by means of a transmission cable to be installed under the Hudson River and advising on complex FERC open access, tariff, and other transmission issues.
Advised major international oil and gas companies concerning the application of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Syria, and other U.S.-sanctioned countries to their businesses.
Advise American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on FERC regulatory matters regarding wind and electricity policy.
Represent seven major energy trade associations including Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Natural Gas Supply Association, and Electric Power Supply Association in preparing a comprehensive White Paper evaluating FERC’s enforcement initiatives both substantively and procedurally, presenting it to FERC, and paving the way for the implementation of significant reforms to FERC’s enforcement program.
Representing Wood Fuels LLC in development and financing of a wood pellet production facility in North Carolina.
Wal-Mart on smart grid and demand response issues.
Represent a virtual electricity trader in an on-going non-public FERC investigation of fraud and manipulation with respect to trading virtual electricity products and congestion revenue rights in the California ISO markets. As in other cases, we have responded to extensive data requests from FERC, defended depositions, reviewed documents and prepared position papers evaluating the factual and legal issues.
Represent PSEG, a large New Jersey electric utility, with respect to a range of transmission-related matters including financial incentives and favorable regulatory treatments for large transmission projects, cost allocation policy for certain transmission investments, and market based rates for new generation projects. We advised on the Northeast Grid Reliability Project sponsored by PSEG, a transmission investment of almost $1 billion, and in particular with respect to the rate incentives applicable to the project. FERC granted a range of incentives for the project. In a separate representation, we advised PSEG in a FERC proceeding that secured rate incentives and certain favorable regulatory treatments for PSEG’s construction of five large high-voltage transmission projects.
Representation of U.S. energy companies, which were then subsidiaries of E.ON, in an ICSID arbitration against Argentina arising out of measures taken by the government against the claimants’ investments in gas-distribution companies in Argentina, resulting in an award for damages (annulment proceedings pending).
Representation of Tidewater, a leading provider of maritime support services to the energy industry, and its subsidiaries in a pending ICSID arbitration against Venezuela arising out of the expropriation of 15 vessels and other investments in Venezuela.
Representation of Amoco (now BP America) against the Islamic Republic of Iran before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. We obtained an award of over US$850 million, one of the largest awards ever rendered by that tribunal and one of the largest arbitration awards ever fully paid by a respondent state.
A coalition of eleven oil and gas companies whose efforts to pursue development of their California offshore oil and gas leases were thwarted by the federal government, recovering more than $1.0 billion, including judgment after trial on complex geological and reservoir engineering issues.
KKR and TPG before the NRC in connection with the successful transfer of TXU Power's Comanche Peak operating licenses.
An E&P company in litigation challenging an order requiring it to spend many millions of dollars to permanently plug an exploratory well on an offshore lease, winning an appellate decision vacating the order.
Advise client on development strategies and comments related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rulemaking to regulate power plant greenhouse gas emissions.
Electric Power Research Institute in connection with the export of technical data.
Representation of subsidiaries of Tidewater, Inc., the world’s leading provider of maritime services to the oil industry, in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the expropriation of certain investments in Venezuela.
Multiple clients on smart grid and demand response issues, including legislation and federal regulatory policies.
Smart grid technology company in connection with its acquisition by a Fortune 200 company.
Counseling companies with rising volumes of asbestos and silica liability claims in the energy, automotive, construction, mining, respiratory protection, and railroad industries.
Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. in its acquisition of Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., an AIM-listed leading provider of building integrated photovoltaic roofing systems.
Green Lake Capital in its solar development financing activities, including a pooled power purchase transaction covering six megawatts DC of distributed solar facilities located at municipal sites throughout California.
Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. in its $35 million Series C preferred stock financing; in its $40 million Series D preferred stock financing; and in a private placement of convertible senior notes.
Publicly traded oil and gas companies on SEC disclosure issues associated with dealings in U.S.-sanctioned markets and in responding to inquiries from SEC’s Office of Global Security Risk.
A major oil company in a SEC investigation into activities in a Middle Eastern nation.
Advised Joy Global in connection with several transactions, including its acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies from Rowan Companies and its sale of LeTourneau’s drilling systems and offshore products businesses to Cameron International.
Representation of ExxonMobil Corporation in numerous transactions, including its $41 billion acquisition of XTO Energy Inc., the largest transaction in the history of the natural gas industry.
Represented oilfield services company Ameron International in obtaining antitrust clearance for its acquisition by National Oilwell Varco.
Represented an ExxonMobil subsidiary in an ICC arbitration against the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, PDVSA, resulting in a US$908 million award for breach of contract.
Counseling a major U.S. company on the operations of its Russian subsidiary in the wake of U.S. and EU sanctions, including advising it on the application of financial and energy sector sanctions to a range of ongoing and future projects.
Advising companies in the oil and gas sector on U.S. and EU export control regulations as relevant to doing business in Russia.
Advice to leading U.S. and international energy companies on the scope and application of U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia in the context of new and existing projects and investments.
Advised BP on its compliance with environmental, social, and economic conditions imposed by international public lenders in connection with financing of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.
Advised Baltic Petroleum Ltd. in its joint venture with Siberian Energy Group to run the Zauaralneftegaz oil and gas exploration business in the Russian Federation.
Representation of First Wind Holdings with regard to insurance claims arising out of fires that occurred at its Kahuku Wind farm, Oahu, in 2011 and 2012. Coverage issues include property damage, business interruption, and potential environmental liability issues.
February 17, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
The NY Independent System Operator recently issued a plan for addressing the nuts-and-bolts issues associated with integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) into the wholesale electricity market. The NYISO says its Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap for New York’s Wholesale Electricity Markets is “the first step in building (the) grid of the future” and ...
February 7, 2017, Covington Alert
While the general direction of the Trump Administration to “scrap the Clean Power Plan” and promote more fossil fuel production is reflected in the “America First Energy Plan” released by the White House on inauguration day, the first two weeks of the Administration have revealed little new information on specific policies the Administration intends to pursue ...
February 6, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
A previous post on this blog reported a complaint by an electric storage resource owner that FERC must reform a Regional Transmission Organization’s (RTO’s) tariff with respect to the treatment of storage batteries. In response, FERC issued an Order that requires the RTO to adopt rules that allow storage resources to participate in all of … Continue Reading
February 3, 2017, Global Investigations Review
Ian Hargreaves and David Lorello are quoted in a Global Investigations Review article regarding Hargreaves’ recent arrival to Covington. According to Hargreaves, the firm’s “pre-eminence in dispute resolution, and its immense strength and global recognition as a market-leader in white-collar crime matters and investigations” fueled his decision.
Lorello says, ...
February 1, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
Amid all of the controversy surrounding President Trump’s Executive Order suspending immigration from seven countries, and his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, another executive order that may be at least as significant in the long run to reining in the administrative state has not received much attention. The Executive Order on … ...
The Trump administration has issued an Executive Order and a series of memoranda relating to energy and the environment. The goal of the Executive Order–Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects–is to expedite environmental reviews and approvals. It provides that action by the Chair of the Counsel of Environmental ...
January 31, 2017
LONDON—Ian Hargreaves has joined Covington as a partner in the firm’s European Dispute Resolution practice resident in London. Mr. Hargreaves’ arrival follows that of litigation partners Craig Pollack, Greg Lascelles, Elaine Whiteford, and Louise Freeman over the past six months.
Mr. Hargreaves advises on major European white collar and related civil and ...
January 25, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
As part of an ongoing effort to address issues raised by, and encourage the entry of, distributed energy resources, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week issued a Policy Statement clarifying the flexibility electric storage resources have regarding rate designs to recover their costs. FERC earlier proposed rules to remove barriers to the ...
Moving forward, in part, on a campaign promise to adopt an infrastructure plan to “transform America’s crumbling infrastructure,” today President Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” Notably, the order states: it is the policy of the executive branch to streamline and ...
January 23, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
As expected, with the inauguration of President Trump all Obama Administration content on the White House website has been replaced with content of the new Administration. The new content includes “An America First Energy Plan”, the entire focus of which is national security and job creation benefits of the Administration’s “embrace” and promotion of greater … ...
January 17, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment
The Trump Administration will take office intent on reversing many Obama Administration policies. Although the Trump Administration’s publicly released 100-day plan does not announce a new energy policy, campaign promises and priorities of the Republican-controlled Congress suggest a number of early initiatives that will impact the power sector. Moreover, the ...
Official publications of the Trump campaign and transition team propose significant changes in energy policies. The principal focus of the proposed policy changes addresses energy independence and job creation through greater production of fossil fuel resources. But apart from pronouncements to “scrap … the Clean Power Plan” there is little to glean from the ...
January 17, 2017, Law360
Alex Leitch and Jeremy Wilson are quoted in a Law360 article regarding the arrival of Craig Pollack and Louise Freeman to the firm’s European Dispute Resolution practice. According to Leitch and Wilson, “The firm’s growing footprint in London is a reflection of client demand that is fueled by the increasingly challenging regulatory and compliance environment, ...
January 16, 2017
LONDON—Craig Pollack and Louise Freeman have joined Covington as partners in the firm’s European Dispute Resolution practice resident in London. Mr. Pollack will also serve as co-chair of the firm’s Global Disputes Initiative with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former U.S. Under Secretary of State Alan Larson.
Mr. Pollack focuses on complex high ...
January 2017, Energy Law Report
December 8, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week the European Commission presented an extensive package of legislative proposals (“Clean Energy Package”) that are intended to achieve and implement the European Union’s climate change and clean energy targets for 2030: a 40 percent cut of CO2 emissions, a share of 27 percent for renewable energies, and energy savings of 30 percent.
December 6, 2016, Inside Energy & Environment
Last week the European Commission presented an extensive package of legislative proposals (“Clean Energy Package”) that are intended to achieve and implement the European Union’s climate change and clean energy targets for 2030: a 40% cut of CO2 emissions, a share of 27% for renewable energies, and energy savings of 30%. The package presents both … Continue ...
November 9, 2016, IJ Global
Andrew Jack is quoted in an IJ Global article regarding the implications of Donald Trump’s election for U.S. infrastructure. According to Jack, although there is much uncertainty about what might change, “there’s a lot of things that are going to continue regardless of who is in government.”
Jack points out that there will continue to be technological ...
September 26, 2016
LONDON—Graham Vinter, General Counsel of BG Group plc from 2007 until 2015, has joined Covington’s London office. Mr. Vinter will chair the firm’s Project Finance practice and supervise an expansion of the firm’s capabilities in this area.
At BG Group, Mr. Vinter was a member of the Group Executive Committee and reported to the Chief Executive Officer. He was ...
September 15, 2016, Argus Media
Donald Elliott participated in a conference hosted by Indiana University and is quoted in an Argus Media article regarding the effect of inexpensive natural gas on increased investment in the U.S. According to Elliott, almost no Pennsylvania localities have chosen to use their power to ban hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method which allows for cheaper gas.
September 13, 2016, ABF Journal
Timothy Hester and Tom DeFilipps are quoted in an ABF Journal article regarding the arrival of DeFilipps to Covington. According to Hester, “Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California.”
DeFilipps says, “I am very pleased to join Covington’s growing California practice.” He continues, “I am ...
September 13, 2016, The Recorder
Tom DeFilipps and Doug Gibson are quoted by The Recorder in an article regarding DeFilipps’ recent move to Covington, where he will serve as chair of the West Coast corporate practice. According to DeFilipps, “Covington presented to me an opportunity to do something that sounded very interesting at this point in my career.” He continues, "I felt as though it was ...
September 13, 2016, Daily Journal
Tom DeFilipps and Doug Gibson are quoted in a Daily Journal article regarding DeFilipps’ move to Covington’s Silicon Valley office. Commenting on the draw to Covington DeFilipps says, “One of the more compelling aspects of the Covington platforms is the way it allows you to meld the strength of its regulatory practice in D.C. and non-U.S. jurisdictions, like ...
September 12, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Tom DeFilipps has joined Covington as a partner in the Silicon Valley office and will serve as chair of the West Coast Corporate practice.
“Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California,” said Timothy Hester, Covington’s chair. “Tom has built a successful Northern California ...
September 12, 2016, Law360
Timothy Hester and Tom DeFilipps are quoted in a Law360 article regarding DeFilipps’ recent arrival. According to Hester, “Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California.” He continues, “Tom has built a successful Northern California corporate practice over many years and has a demonstrated track ...
On June 23, 2016, the UK voted in an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. The impact of Brexit in the medium-to-long term will very much depend on the form a post-Brexit UK will take, the relationship that the UK chooses to have with the EU, and the relationship that the EU is willing to accept. That will not become clear for some time as it will ...
June 24, 2016, Covington Alert
The UK has voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. 52% leave - 48% remain.
Were the UK to leave the EU, this would have significant implications for the UK and for international businesses operating in the UK. The longer term impact of the decision on the regulatory framework for the UK will depend, in part, on the relationship that the UK ...
June 7, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington has again received top rankings from Chambers USA, with 60 practice rankings and 120 individual rankings for lawyers in the publication’s 2016 edition. The legal guide identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers’ researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.
The firm was ranked in ...
May 19, 2016
BRUSSELS — Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Mr. Bildt served as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2014.
As Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Bildt led the government that negotiated and signed ...
May 19, 2016, Natural Gas Intel
Mark Perlis spoke at the EnergyRisk Summit 2016 USA and is quoted in this Natural Gas Intel article regarding the decreasing number of companies voluntarily providing information for price indexes in the turbulent natural gas market. According to Perlis, “If you're going to voluntarily report, you have to report accurately and in totality. That's the essence of ...
April 21, 2016
New York — Law360 has named Covington international arbitration partner David Pinsky a “Rising Star.” This annual recognition honors top attorneys under the age of 40 “whose legal accomplishments belie their age.”
Law360 recognized how Mr. Pinsky, who leads Covington’s arbitration group’s Russia and Eurasia initiative, helped develop the firm’s Russia-focused ...
March 14, 2016, Law360
January 29, 2016
NEW YORK — Latinvex has named Covington partner Gabriel Mesa among its “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” for the third year in a row.
Resident in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Mesa counsels corporations in joint ventures and private mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and other emerging markets, as well as in the United States. His work spans venture ...
December 28, 2015, Covington Alert
December 15, 2015, Bloomberg BNA
Scott Freling and Justin Ganderson are quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article discussing House and Senate energy policy bills with provisions intended to boost performance contracting and make the government more energy efficient. Ganderson argues that even though some of the energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) provisions were eliminated, congressional ...
October 1, 2015, Presented by Covington and the Bipartisan Policy Center
September 14, 2015
BRUSSELS, September 14, 2015 — Ambassador Karel Kovanda has joined Covington’s global public policy and government affairs practice as a Senior European Policy Advisor. He will be based in the firm’s Brussels office.
Ambassador Kovanda served as Deputy Director General of External Relations (now the European External Action Service) at the European Commission ...
July 21, 2015
NEW YORK, July 21, 2015 — Covington advised Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC as financial advisor to Vivint Solar, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by SunEdison, Inc.
The transaction consideration, valued at $2.2 billion, will be paid to Vivint stockholders in a combination of cash, SunEdision common stock and a convertible promissory note.
Vivint Solar sells, ...
July 15, 2015, Covington Alert
June 22, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
June 16, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
April 17, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
April 15, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
March 27, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
February 20, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
February 18, 2015, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
December 30, 2014, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
November 12, 2014, Law360
Covington's Gary Guzy is quoted on the agreement between the U.S. and China to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions:
"Gary Guzy, senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and former deputy director and general counsel of Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality, said the agreement was "enormously significant."
"There has been significant difficulty in ...
November 10, 2014, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
November 6, 2014, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
October 1, 2014, Covington E-Alert
October 1, 2014, Global Arbitration Review
Covington's Nicole Duclos is featured in this article on her recent promotion to partner:
"Duclos’s promotion is effective today. She joined Covington in September 2013, bringing with her two former Allen & Overy associates, Erin Thomas and Thomas Odell."
"Unsurprisingly given her Chilean nationality, much of her arbitration practice focuses on South America. ...
September 11, 2014, Law360
Covington's Stephen Humenik is quoted in this article regarding which aspects of Dodd-Frank rules are the source of most concern for energy firms:
"Most of the Dodd-Frank rules affecting energy firms — primarily issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission — are already on the books either in proposed or final form."
“There are few important ones ...
July 31, 2014, InsideEnergy&Environment Blog
April 15, 2014, Covington Advisory
April 7, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2014 — Covington & Burling partners Simon Amies, Scott Anthony and Andrew Jack spoke at the 2014 CleanEquity Monaco conference in the Principality of Monaco on March 27 and 28. The annual conference, sponsored in part by Covington and hosted by London-based Innovator Capital, aims to accelerate cleantech innovation and provide expert ...
January 31, 2014, Covington Advisory
January 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2014 — Law360 named Covington & Burling’s energy practice as one of the top five “Energy Practice Groups of the Year.” In giving this award, Law360 recognized the breadth of Covington’s practice capabilities (including litigation, transactions, regulatory and government policy) in both the traditional and emerging energy sectors and ...
October 8, 2013, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report
September 12, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 24, 2013, Covington Advisory
July 3, 2013, Covington Advisory
LONDON, 2 July, 2013 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Ben Holland and Jeremy Wilson are joining the firm’s London office as partners. Both will practice in Covington’s international arbitration and commercial litigation practice groups, focusing on energy-related disputes. They are joining a well-established team that has been at the ...
July 2013, ACORE Transportation Industry Review
May 31, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 23, 2013, Law360
April 24, 2013, Covington Advisory
April 3, 2013, American College of Environmental Lawyers Blog
Released April 2013, Acore US-China Market Review 2012 Year-End Edition
February 2013, 43 Environmental Law Reporter 10095
January 3, 2013, Covington Advisory
October 25, 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 24, 2012
NEW YORK, September 24, 2012 — New York Super Lawyers selected 27 Covington & Burling lawyers for its 2012 list of top legal talent. Super Lawyers selects only five percent of the total lawyers in the state based upon peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Nineteen Covington lawyers were named New York Super Lawyers:
Jack Bodner, Mergers & ...
August 29, 2012, Covington Advisory
August 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 196 individual mentions in 57 areas of law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as ...
August 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP has received a top tier ranking in six practice areas and 18 individual attorneys are named “Leading Lawyers” in the recently released Legal 500 US 2012 edition. Additionally, Legal 500 US also “recommended” 36 Covington practice areas and 123 Covington lawyers.
The six Covington practices given the top ...
August 7, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2012 — Covington & Burling advised SandRidge Energy, Inc. on a $1.1 billion offering of two series of senior notes, marking SandRidge's largest capital markets transaction to date.
The offering was comprised of $825 million of 7.5 percent senior notes due 2023 and $275 million of 7.5 percent senior notes due 2021. The proceeds of the ...
June 4, 2012
NEW YORK, June 4, 2012 — Covington advised SandRidge Energy, Inc. on the sale of its non-core tertiary recovery business for $130 million to Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity portfolio company Trinity CO2 Investments. The divested properties are located in West Texas and currently produce approximately 1,100 barrels of oil per day.
SandRidge Energy is an oil ...
May 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2012 — D.C. Super Lawyers selected 64 Covington & Burling lawyers for its 2012 list of top legal talent. Super Lawyers selects no more than five percent of the total lawyers who practice in Washington based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Deborah Garza and Robert Long have been named among the “Top 100” for ...
April 24, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, April 24, 2012 — SandRidge Mississippian Trust II announced today the closing of its initial public offering of 29.9 million common units, including 3.9 million common units sold pursuant to the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option, representing a 60 percent beneficial interest in the Trust. SandRidge Energy, Inc., as sponsor of ...
March 19, 2012
LONDON, 19 March, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP received 46 individual mentions and 20 practice mentions in the Chambers Global 2012 edition. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers globally by pan-regional and country practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
The Covington lawyers ...
BRUSSELS, 17 January, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Jean De Ruyt has joined the firm’s government affairs group as a senior European policy advisor in Brussels. Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is among the most experienced diplomats in Europe. Most recently, he served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and was ...
November 21, 2011
LONDON, 21 November, 2011 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) has acquired substantially all of the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles. Covington & Burling LLP advised HaloIPT on the transaction. HaloIPT's financial adviser was Innovator Capital, the London based cleantech ...
November 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2011 — For the second consecutive year, U.S. News-Best Lawyers awarded Covington & Burling the most first-tier practice rankings for Washington, DC in the “Best Law Firms” survey. The 2011-12 survey also awarded the firm 82 first-tier practice rankings, placing Covington among the top 20 firms nationwide.
Additionally, U.S. ...
September 27, 2011
NEW YORK, September 27, 2011 — Twenty Covington & Burling LLP lawyers are recognized in the 2011 edition of New York Super Lawyers. The annual list by Super Lawyers selects only five percent of the total lawyers in the state based upon peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Sixteen Covington lawyers were named New York Super Lawyers:
September 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 184 individual mentions in 56 areas of law in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows: ...
August 16, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, August 16, 2011 — SandRidge Permian Trust recently announced the closing of its initial public offering of 34.5 million common units of beneficial interest at a price of $18 per unit. Net proceeds of the offering, before expenses, were approximately $584 million. The common units sold in the offering represent a 66 percent beneficial interest ...
June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 123 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2011. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
June 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 92 individual mentions and 32 practice mentions in the Legal 500 US 2011 edition. Legal 500 reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in more than 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean. Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
WASHINGTON, DC, May 16, 2011 — Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership interest in LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. (“LeTourneau”) from Rowan Companies, Inc. (“Rowan”) (NYSE: RDC) for $1.1 billion in cash. LeTourneau designs, ...
April 28, 2011, Covington E-Alert
April 13, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2011 — SandRidge Mississippian Trust I has announced the closing of its public offering of 17.25 million common units of beneficial interest, at a price per unit of $21.00. The 17.25 million units represent an approximately 62 percent beneficial interest in the Trust. Covington & Burling LLP served as counsel to SandRidge Energy, Inc. ...
April 1, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 25, 2011, Covington E-Alert
January 11, 2011, Covington E-Alert
January 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that it plans to establish a strategic risk and crisis management practice to assist national and international businesses and their managements and boards.
Senior members of the group include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat; former DC ...
January 5, 2011, Covington E-Alert
Winter 2011, US-China Quarterly Market Review
December 27, 2010, Covington E-Alert
December 1, 2010, Covington E-Alert
November 10, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, November 10, 2010 — SandRidge Energy, Inc. has announced a private offering, which closed today, of 2.5 million shares of its 7.0% convertible perpetual preferred stock for net proceeds of approximately $242 million. The company has also granted an option to the initial purchasers to purchase an additional 500,000 shares, or $50 million, of the ...
November 9, 2010
NEW YORK, November 9, 2010 — Atlas Pipeline Holdings L.P. and Atlas Energy, Inc. announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Atlas Holdings to acquire from its parent, Atlas Energy, all of Atlas Energy’s partnership management business and certain producing oil & gas assets for total consideration of $250 million, consisting of $220 million in ...
November 1, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 29, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 18, 2010, Covington E-Alert
September 30, 2010, Covington E-Alert
September 28, 2010
September 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 33 first-tier practice rankings in the 2010 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Covington’s first-tier national rankings place it among the top 10 firms nationwide and at the top of the first-tier rankings for Washington, DC.
The inaugural rankings presented in ...
August 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 138 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
July 29, 2010, Covington E-Alert
July 20, 2010
NEW YORK, July 20, 2010 — SandRidge Energy, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Arena Resources, Inc., creating a combined company with an enterprise value of approximately $6.2 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised SandRidge Energy on the transaction.
The merger closed on July 16 following special meetings of the stockholders of each company. The ...
June 28, 2010, Covington E-Alert
June 23, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 85 individual mentions and 23 practice mentions in the Legal 500 US 2010 edition. Legal 500 reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in more than 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
June 18, 2010, Covington E-Alert
June 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 112 individual mentions and 44 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2010. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
May 20, 2010, Covington E-Alert
May 13, 2010, Covington E-Alert
April 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2010 — In a statement released today, Pepco Holdings, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the power generation assets of its Conectiv Energy segment to Calpine Corporation for approximately $1.7 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised Pepco Holdings on the transaction.
Pepco Holdings, headquartered in ...
April 1, 2010, Covington E-Alert
March 29, 2010, Covington E-Alert
March 16, 2010, Covington Advisory
February 3, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Gerard Waldron has rejoined the firm’s Washington office as a partner after serving as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In this role, Mr. Waldron has been deeply involved in all major energy and ...
January 28, 2010, Covington Advisory
January 8, 2010, Covington E-Alert
December 17, 2009, Covington E-Alert
December 16, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2009 — SandRidge Energy, Inc. has announced the pricing of its private placement of $450 million of 8 3/4% Senior Notes due in 2020. Covington & Burling LLP advised SandRidge on the transaction, as well as the recently announced sales of the company’s preferred and common stock.
SandRidge Energy is a natural gas and crude oil ...
December 10, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 2009 — SandRidge Energy, Inc. has announced that it is selling shares of its preferred and common stock in connection with the planned acquisition of Forest Oil Corporation’s oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin of Texas. Covington & Burling LLP advised SandRidge on the stock transactions.
SandRidge Energy is a natural gas and ...
October 30, 2009, Covington E-Alert
October 15, 2009, Covington E-Alert
September 25, 2009, Covington E-Alert
September 24, 2009, Covington E-Alert
LONDON, September 2, 2009 — Indian Energy, an independent power producer operating wind farms in India, today announced its admission to AIM, raising £9.75 million before expenses through a placing of ordinary shares. Covington & Burling LLP advised Indian Energy on the transaction.
Indian Energy is focused on building a portfolio of wind power generating ...
August 18, 2009, Covington E-Alert
August 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 131 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
August 7, 2009, Covington E-Alert
August 3, 2009, Covington E-Alert
July 27, 2009, Covington E-Alert
July 24, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, July 22, 2009 — Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), a NASDAQ-listed leading global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building integrated and commercial rooftop markets, and Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc. (SIT), an AIM-listed leading provider of building integrated photovoltaic roofing systems, today ...
July 22, 2009, Covington E-Alert
July 10, 2009, Covington E-Alert
June 25, 2009, Covington E-Alert
June 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 100 individual mentions and 40 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2009. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
June 10, 2009, Covington E-Alert
June 1, 2009, Covington E-Alert
May 7, 2009, Covington E-Alert
April 29, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the formation of a Clean Energy and Climate industry group designed to enhance the firm’s ability to help clients navigate the business challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly transforming energy and transportation infrastructures and by developments in climate change policy, both ...
NEW YORK, NY, April 10, 2009 — First Solar, Inc. has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of OptiSolar’s project development business. Covington & Burling LLP advised OptiSolar on the deal.
OptiSolar is a California-based independent power producer committed to delivering clean, competitively priced electricity to the power grid from ...
March 24, 2009, Covington E-Alert
March 16, 2009, Legal Times
March 2, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 2, 2009 — Borrego Solar Systems Inc. and groSolar Inc. announced that they have completed the sale of the residential solar division of Borrego to groSolar. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Covington & Burling LLP advised Borrego on the transaction.
Following the sale, Borrego Solar will continue its focus on ...
February 17, 2009, Covington E-Alert
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 5, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP advised solar power systems designer and installer Borrego Solar Systems Inc. in a $14 million first round of venture financing from an unnamed publicly traded company.
Borrego Solar is a solar electric contractor specializing in commercial, residential and public sector turnkey, grid-connected solar ...
January 22, 2009, Covington E-Alert
2009, Journal of World Energy Law & Business
December 2, 2008, Covington E-Alert
October 27, 2008, Covington E-Alert
September 29, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 124 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
September 24, 2008, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, August 25, 2008 — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld the 2006 ruling of the Court of Federal Claims that awarded over $1 billion to 11 oil and gas companies that sued the Government for its breach of nearly three dozen oil and gas leases off the coast of California. The award by the Court of Federal Claims was likely ...
WASHINGTON, DC, August 21, 2008 — Borealis Infrastructure Management and GIC Special Investments announced on August 13 an agreement to invest approximately $1.254 billion in Dallas-based Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC. Covington & Burling LLP advised Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH), the parent company of Oncor, on the Committee on Foreign Investment in ...
NEW YORK, NY, August 6, 2008 — General Maritime Corporation and Arlington Tankers Ltd. jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby the two companies will combine in a stock-for-stock combination. The combination will create a leading publicly traded tanker company with a value of approximately $2 billion. Covington & ...
June 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 81 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in the newly released 2008 Chambers USA. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington ...
May 21, 2008, Covington E-Alert
March 26, 2008, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2008 — Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the stock of NES Investment, Co., the parent holding company of Continental Global Inc. Continental designs, manufactures, installs and services highly engineered bulk material ...
November 29, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, November 29, 2007 — US BioEnergy Corp. and VeraSun Energy Corp. announced today they will combine in an all-stock deal. Under the agreement, 0.81 shares of VeraSun stock will be issued for each outstanding share of US BioEnergy, and the combined company is projected to have a market capitalization of approximately $1.5 billion. Covington & Burling ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2007 — In its inaugural year, The Legal 500 US has recognized Covington & Burling LLP’s practice excellence in 23 fields. Compiled in four volumes published in 2007, the Legal 500 US singles out the following practices:
Broadcasting and Digital
Copyright - regional
Copyright Litigation - regional
September 6, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, September 6, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 115 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The recipients are as follows:
Administrative: E. Edward Bruce and ...
June 25, 2007, Covington E-Alert
June 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 44 practice mentions and 74 individual mentions in the newly released 2007 Chambers USA guidebook. The 2007 edition of Chambers USA attempts to identify the most skilled legal practitioners throughout the country based on the qualities most valued by clients. Covington attorneys have been ...
May 21, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, May 21, 2007 — Atlas Energy Resources, LLC announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire DTE Gas & Oil Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy Company, for $1.225 billion in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised UBS Investment Bank, financial advisor to Atlas Energy, on the transaction, which is expected to close ...
November 21, 2005
Covington Lawyers Go 8-for-8 Versus the U.S. Government; Winning $1.8B for Clients
WASHINGTON, D.C, November 21, 2005 - In one of the largest awards in its 140-year history, on Thursday, November 17, 2005, the United States Court of Federal Claims unsealed its $1.1 billion award to 12 oil and gas companies. Covington & Burling represented 11 of those ...
September 13, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2005 - Forty-six Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in 27 fields were recognized in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The number of Covington lawyers listed increased by over 40% from the last edition. This biennial compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide ...
May 10, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, May 10, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented UBS as financial advisor to Duke Energy Corp. in its recently announced merger agreement with Cinergy Corp. The all stock transaction is valued at about $9 billion, with each common share of Cinergy converting to 1.56 shares of Duke Energy. The newly formed company, called Duke Energy Corporation, ...
April 14, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, April 14, 2005 - Kerr-McGee Corporation announced today its intention to repurchase up to $4 billion of common stock through a modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer. Covington advised Kerr-McGee on this matter.Kerr-McGee has also obtained commitments from JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers, Inc., which will be used to finance the tender offer and ...
March 15, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised IBM during its national security review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in connection with the sale of its Personal Computing Division to Lenovo Group Limited, one of the leading IT companies in the People's Republic of China.
The transaction between IBM and ...
June 29, 2004
NEW YORK, NY, June 29, 2004 - The stockholders of Kerr-McGee Corp. (NYSE: KMG) and Westport Resources Corp. (NYSE: WRC) approved the merger of the companies on June 25, 2004 during special meetings of the stockholders of each company. The transaction now has been completed.
Covington & Burling represented Kerr-McGee Corp., an Oklahoma City-based oil and ...
June 1, 2004
June 1, 2004 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced today that Richard A. Meserve will rejoin the firm as senior of counsel. Meserve was for many years a partner at Covington & Burling. In 1999, he left to become Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), where he served with distinction until April 2003. Since then, Meserve has served ...
October 3, 2002
October 3, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced that eight attorneys have been elected to the partnership, effective October 1, 2002. New partners in Covington's Litigation Practice include Georgia Kazakis and Edward H. Rippey. Michael S. Labson is a new partner in the firm's Food and Drug and Life Sciences Practices. Erin M. Egan and Jennifer ...
July 17, 2000
July 17, 2000 — Washington, DC — On July 20, 2000, Covington & Burling partner Theodore L. Garrett will become Chair of the Environment, Energy and Resources Section of the American Bar Association at the annual ABA meeting in London. Mr. Garrett previously served as Chair-Elect of the Section and has served on the ABA Superfund Reform Task Force, as Vice-Chair, ...
June 29, 2000
June 29, 2000 — Washington, DC — Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Covington client Mobil Oil in Mobil Oil Exploration & Producing Southeast, Inc. v. United States.
In addition to this win, Covington earned two other Supreme Court victories this term in Harris Trust & Savings Bank v. Salomon, Brothers, Inc. and Food & Drug Administration ...
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