January 9, 2013
WASHINGTON — January 9, 2013 — Hunton & Williams LLP was named a Law360 Energy Practice Group of the Year for 2012. In a profile describing Hunton & Williams' energy practice, Law360 recognized the firm's "growth in its transactional and regulatory practice, continued expansion of its reach in Africa and other parts of the developing world and the addition of a team of experienced attorneys to deepen its bench." A profile describing the energy practice can be found here on Law360's website (subscription). In addition, the firm was also named a Law360 Environmental Practice Group of the Year for 2012.
John D. Hawkins, co-head of Hunton & Williams' energy practice group, credited the group's success to the addition of partners who complemented the practice, giving it more strength on the capital markets and financing side. Joining the firm were Bud Ellis, who was co-head of the utilities, power and pipelines group at the now-defunct Dewey & Leboeuf, as well as five partners from Dewey's energy finance group: Kevin C. Felz, Michael F. Fitzpatrick, Steven C. Friend, Steven R. Loeshelle and Peter K. O'Brien.
Law360 also cited the firm's representation in the $26 billion merger of Progress Energy Inc. with Duke Energy Inc., which was completed in July 2012 and created the nation’s largest energy utility and the firm's service as counsel to ArcLight Capital Partners in its $1.3 billion bid on a portfolio of gas-fired power plants around the United States. In addition, the firm regularly provides counsel to financial institutions in connection with renewable energy tax-equity investments and recently advised on a portfolio of three wind farms totaling 400 MW located in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. The practice also advises government energy ministries and utilities in countries including Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, as well as Croatia's national electric company, on power development projects in those countries.
The Hunton & Williams energy practice has more than 150 lawyers dedicated to advising clients on a broad range of energy and infrastructure matters, including financing, project development, asset and company acquisitions and dispositions, energy regulatory and environmental issues, corporate transactions and financial restructuring.
Hunton & Williams LLP provides legal services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals, as well as to a broad array of other entities. Since our establishment more than a century ago, Hunton & Williams has grown to more than 800 lawyers serving clients in 100 countries from 19 offices around the world. While our practice has a strong industry focus on energy, financial services and life sciences, the depth and breadth of our experience extends to more than 100 separate practice areas, including bankruptcy and creditors' rights, commercial litigation, corporate transactions and securities law, intellectual property, international and government relations, regulatory law, products liability, and privacy and data security.