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Ellen S. Friedman



Ellen Friedman is a project finance attorney focused on international and domestic infrastructure and energy projects. She counsels a wide variety of clients, including project developers, equity investors, commercial lenders, underwriters, buyers and sellers with respect to deal structure, partnerships, joint ventures, hedging, intercreditor arrangements, risk assessment, security arrangements and due diligence.

What do you focus on?

Finance Documentation for Energy Projects

I have significant experience developing, analyzing and negotiating complex credit and security documentation, joint venture/partnership arrangements, acquisition agreements, intercreditor agreements, disclosure materials and project agreements.

Renewable Energy

I counsel developers, lenders and investors in connection with the development and financing of solar, wind and biomass projects, including obtaining energy and new markets tax credit support. I also work with developers of clean biofuels to access funding, including governmental support, in connection with the construction of these projects. I spearhead our firm’s efforts in connection with private-public partnerships involving renewable energy development on military installations.

International Energy Projects

I am involved in bringing traditional project finance structures and discipline to international energy projects.

What do you see on the horizon?

We are excited to see that new players are joining the more traditional banks and insurance company project financiers and equity investors in energy project financings, particularly solar transactions. We hope to provide the legal support and industry knowledge to enable these new entrants to play an increasing role in the capital reserve intensive energy sector, particularly now with regulatory and capital demands weighing on project finance banks.

Recent Representative Matters

Alternative Energy Project Financing and M&A

Lender Representation
  • Representation of commercial bank in connection financing of $43m of solar projects located in California, providing power to government institutions and utilizing a lease pass-through structure. 
  • Representation of lender in connection with its due diligence and purchase of 144A debt issued by an Exelon affiliate in connection with 660MW wind portfolio.
  • Representation of lender in connection with participation in $100m loan based upon monetization of certain wind farm related real estate royalty payments.
  • Representation of lender in connection with solar installation constructed on university campus involving lease pass-through structure.
  • Representation of lender in providing back leverage supported by sponsor’s equity interest in portfolio of solar facilities in the Northeast.
  • Representation of an international commercial bank in connection with refinancing/restructuring of a hydroelectric project in Pennsylvania.
Sponsor and Equity Investor Representation
  • Representation of wind developer in construction and term financing of 30MW wind farm.
  • Advisory role to developer in connection with securitization of residential solar portfolio
  • Representation of lessee in connection with sale-leaseback structure for portfolio of solar facilities installed on various wineries.
  • Representation of project owner in connection with financing of portfolio of residential solar projects in Louisiana, which also benefited from LA state tax credits.
  • The equity investors (including major insurance company and unregulated utility subsidiary) in the development and financing of an approximately 45MW biomass fired power facility in North Carolina.
  • Representation of seller in connection with sale of equity interest in biomass facility.
  • Representation of purchaser in connection with acquisition of equity interests in wind portfolio.
  • Advisory role in connection with New Markets Tax Credit financing for biomass facility
  • Advisory role in connection with tax equity financing of closed-loop biomass facility
  • Representation of project developer in connection with $30m construction and term loan financing of a wind farm in Maine.
  • Advisory role with respect to solar developer in connection with US Army $7B MATOC.
  • Advisory role with respect to USDA 9003 loan guaranty to support financing of bio-refinery.
  • Representation of wind developer in connection development of 258MW Texas wind farm.
  • Advisory in connection with solar projects under development in Puerto Rico.
  • Representation of private equity fund in connection with its review and analysis of various solar and wind energy investment opportunities.
  • The sponsor and borrower in the $92m private placement involving four wood-fired power projects located in Michigan, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
  • A major power developer in connection with its bid for hydroelectric generating assets located in northeastern United States.
  • The developer of a proposed 185MW wood fired electric generation project in southern Ohio, including negotiation of proposed senior debt, equity and tax investor arrangements.
  • Representation of developer in various New Jersey countywide solar projects.
Tax Equity Investor Representation
  • Representation of tax equity investor in leveraged financing of diverse commercial & industrial distributed generation solar portfolio.
  • Representation of tax equity investor in connection with leveraged portfolio of solar projects in North Carolina.  Transaction also benefited from utilization of North Carolina state renewable tax credits and new markets tax credits.
  • Representation of tax equity investor in connection with public private partnership with Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority to establish $60m solar fund.
  • Representation of lessor in sale-leaseback structure involving portfolio of solar installations in California supporting local community colleges.
  • Representation of tax equity investor in connection with leveraged portfolio of five utility scale solar projects in North Carolina.
  • Representation of tax equity investor in connection with SolarCity’s $1B SolarStrong initiative involving leveraged structure supported by pv solar installations on military housing units.
  • Representation of investor in $75m residential solar fund.

Conventional Energy/Infrastructure Project Financing, M&A and Restructuring

  • Representation of project developer in connection with construction and term financing of merchant 580MW gas-fired power project in PJM service territory.
  • Representation of project developer in connection with refinancing of 620MW gas-fired power project in Pacific Northwest.
  • Representation of project developer in connection with refinancing of coal-fired power projects in Virginia.
  • Representation of project sponsor and borrower in connection with a $150m letter of credit facility secured by cash flows from a portfolio of domestic energy projects.
  • Representation of financial guarantor in connection with distressed toll road financing.
  • A large international commercial bank in connection with the $1.25 billion construction and term financing of gas fired facilities in Boston.
  • An energy industry participant in connection with certain joint venture arrangements involving operation of power islands at a major industrial company's process facilities and related leasing arrangements.
  • A major utility subsidiary in connection with leasing arrangements with respect to approximately 1459MW of generating assets owned by a debtor in bankruptcy in Kentucky.
  • The sponsor and borrower in connection with project development and the $503m joint construction and term financing of the 375MW gas fired facility Minnesota and 250MW gas fired facility in Texas. Project was awarded the "Power Project Finance Best Americas Deal of the Year" by Power Finance and Risk Magazine.
  • Underwriter and debt service reserve letter of credit provider in connection with a $266m Rule 144A securities offering to refinance nine cogeneration power plants located in California.
  • A major financial institution as underwriter of $90m non-credit enhanced tax-exempt private placement for coal-fired project in Pennsylvania.
  • An interstate oil pipeline owner in connection with proposed lease financing transaction to support expansion.
  • A major independent energy developer in connection with project development, bridge financing, turbine financing, acquisition and dispositions of power assets and construction and term financing of numerous domestic gas fired power projects, including development of intercreditor arrangements with hedge counterparties and equity arrangements.
  • Major financial institutions in $128m financing (and subsequent restructuring) of a hazardous waste incinerator in Ohio.
  • An aerospace company in connection with proposed $27m financing of a satellite processing facility near Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • A major investment bank in connection with a Rule 144A/Reg S acquisition financing of portfolio consisting of ten gas-fired power projects.
  • The sponsor and borrower in connection with the $1.4 billion portfolio construction and term financing of four merchant power projects in New York, Arizona, Michigan and Massachusetts.
  • The lead underwriter in connection with the $700m 144A financing of 1000MW gas fired facility constructed in Oswego, New York.
  • A financial guarantor in connection with $350m financing of a portfolio of peaking power plants owned in Louisiana and Illinois.

International Energy and Infrastructure Projects: India, Southeast Asia, Latin America

  • An unregulated utility subsidiary in connection with its proposed acquisition of an equity interest in a power project in southern India.
  • A major financial institution in connection with $88m loan to finance construction of offshore gas drilling platforms and related equipment in South America.
  • Major financial institutions in connection with various financing facilities extended to Quezon Power (Philippines), Limited Co. to construct a coal-fired generating facility. The financing included multi-tranche bank credit facilities and a registered debt offering and involved the participation of U.S. Eximbank and OPIC.
  • The project owner and its U.S. sponsors in acquisition and financing of power assets to support mining operations in Indonesia.
  • A major financial institution in connection with bridge financing and capital markets/securitization transaction involving airport infrastructure in Latin America.
  • A major financial institution in connection with the $750m multi-tranche financing of refurbishment and expansion of power facilities in Barranquilla, Colombia.
  • Major financial institutions in $162m 144A financing of Chilean petroleum coke processing and cogeneration facility.

Allianz and Partners Mint ‘Game Changing' Wind Hedge

Power Finance and Risk | May 10, 2016

New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman is quoted in this article regarding Allianz Risk Transfer’s novel 10-year hedge product that will fund wind projects against the risk of intermittent wind resources.

7 Firms Guide NTE Energy's $645M Natural Gas Plant Deal

Law360 | October 02, 2015

New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman is noted as counsel for NTE Ohio which has successfully closed $645 million in project financing for construction and operation of its Middletown Energy Center.

Contact

Ellen S. Friedman

Partner
Co-leader, Energy and Infrastructure Projects Team

New York

Phone: 212-940-3053


Fax: 866-451-0519

Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Cornell University, B.A.

New York

Ellen was shortlisted for Chambers USA Women in Law Awards 2012, which honors the outstanding female stars of the U.S. legal community, in the area of Energy/Projects Lawyer of the Year.

She has been recognized for exceptional standing in the national legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 for Projects. She has also been recognized for exceptional standing in the global legal community in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 for Projects work. She has been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

Ellen was selected to appear in the 2018 edition of Expert Guides’ Energy and Environment Guide. In 2016, Ellen was recognized as a leading practitioner in the field by the Energy and Natural Resources Expert Guide. In 2016 and 2015, Ellen was recognized by the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law and the Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide. In 2015, she was recognized by the Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers. In 2013, Ellen was recognized by the Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers. In 2007, she was honored by Project Finance Magazine with the North American Public Power Deal of the Year and by the Power Finance and Risk Magazine in 2005 with the Power Project Finance Best Americas Deal of the Year. In addition, Ellen, was recognized in 2011 as a “Super Lawyer” by the New York Metro Super Lawyer.

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