Ramin Mohammad



Ramin Mohammad is an attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Community Development Finance group. He represents sponsors, developers, lenders, private venture capital funds, and companies in a wide array of industries, with a particular focus on tax within renewable power and energy.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on renewable energy projects that generate renewable energy tax credits. I represent clients on tax, project finance, cross border, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, project finance, and development involving the financing, purchase, and sale of energy and infrastructure projects. I also advise clients with the tax structuring of renewable energy deals, safe harboring of tax credits, and opportunity zones.

As a certified public accountant, I previously served as a senior auditor in the Office of Enforcement at the FERC. During my time at the agency, I led audits related to compliance and enforcement of applicable energy laws. I also created recommendations for remedies to address violations and assisted in pursuing remedies through negotiation or litigation. Before joining the FERC, I worked in the Core Assurance practice of a Big Four accounting firm, where I advised Fortune 500 companies and private equity clients in the United States, Asia, and South America. This experience has allowed me to gain better insight into and appreciate the operations side of major businesses.

I have also taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and as an instructor for the Certified Public Accountant exam. I enjoy unpacking difficult concepts and explaining them to get to the more basic fundamentals.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see the political landscape is becoming more accepting of and, in fact, demanding more growth in renewable energy because of constituent demand for energy alternatives. Energy storage will thus become more necessary and will continue to mature and play an integral role in the development and financing of renewable energy projects. Furthermore, the financing of these renewable projects will continue to expand to include more non-traditional investors in this space.

Representative Experience

Renewable Energy

  • Represented major solar developers and sponsors in raising tax equity funding for residential solar portfolios.
  • Served as counsel to bank sponsor in tax equity collaboration with a developer of a 100.5 MW wind power generation facility.
  • Advised sponsor in tax equity deal involving an inverted lease structure.

Tax

  • Structured tax equity deals for renewable energy projects (solar and wind) in accordance with IRS code and regulations.
  • Provided construction guidance for solar and wind tax equity deal involving the investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC).
  • Advised on opportunity zones and developing structures to incorporate opportunity zones into deal structures.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acted on behalf of an emerging markets power fund in connection with multiple acquisitions, including the acquisition of oil and gas portfolio assets in Kenya.
  • Provided counsel in connection with the auctioning and sale of “Starbucks of Africa” concerning jurisdictions in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.
  • Assisted with the restructuring of a portfolio fund involving a $600M new investor buy-in with assets in Europe and Japan.
  • Advised with regards to the restructuring of an automotive concern acquisition and the development of strategy for merger or asset sale.
  • Represented a private equity fund that specializes in investments in India, with an $85M credit facility loan to the fund.
  • Acted as advisor in connection with the acquisition of a Panama-based vessel for a domestic shipping company.

Traditional Energy

  • Represented a consortium of owners (including a premier company in the turn-key power plant industry) in the development and project financing of the construction of a 300 MW, heavy oil-fired power plant in Myanmar.

Government and Other

  • Represented the government of Liberia in connection with the development of a 125 MW coal-fired power project with one of India’s largest steel, iron, and coal conglomerates.
  • Represented for-profit and nonprofit universities in Africa in various shareholder matters.

Contact

Ramin Mohammad

Associate

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8494


Fax: 844-950-1652

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, M.S., magna cum laude

University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, B.S.

District of Columbia

Virginia

California

Farsi

Spanish

  • Represented claimants denied social security disability benefits before the Social Security Administration.
  • Petitioned a minor for asylum and special immigrant juvenile status.
  • Petitioned on behalf of stateless individuals.
  • Researched for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in various projects, collaborations, and exhibitions.
  • Researched laws for nonprofit organizations such as Holocaust denial laws and refugee laws for the privatization of refugee sponsorship.
  • Assisted nonprofit organizations with IRS nonprofit exemption status applications.
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