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For more than a century, major domestic and international entities in every sector of the energy market—electric, nuclear, oil and natural gas, renewable energy (including wind energy), and water—have turned to Morgan Lewis for a broad range of corporate, finance, transactional, regulatory, and litigation services.
Our clients-from public utilities to financial institutions, private equity firms, independent power producers and generators, project developers, and Department of Energy contractors-depend on our sophisticated understanding of the energy industry and our practical guidance to achieve their business objectives involving such matters as:
- Investigations and other regulatory compliance
- Strategic planning and corporate restructuring
- Complex and traditional debt and equity securities issuances
- Transmission access
- Energy marketing and trading
We represent clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, state public utility commissions, other federal and state agencies, and federal and state courts.
Our Energy Finance and Transactions Practice combines decades of capital markets, finance, and transactional experience, as well as industry and regional knowledge, with the firm's global resources in mergers and acquisitions, project development, project financing, and related structured financing for energy projects throughout the United States and worldwide.
Our Electric Energy Practice provides comprehensive regulatory, transactional, and litigation services to electric industry participants. We work with our clients on federal and state regulation, compliance programs, investigations, and audits, power contracts, transmission access and pricing, and corporate restructuring alternatives. Our understanding of the evolving electric industry positions us to guide our clients' development of commercial, regulatory, and litigation strategies that address the emerging demands, risks, and complexities of competition.
Our Nuclear Energy Practice advises a large and diverse group of domestic and international clients-including those involved in existing and new power reactors; vendors and suppliers to the nuclear industry; every segment of the nuclear-fuel cycle; and nuclear waste management and decommissioning. Morgan Lewis attorneys have full command of the regulatory and commercial aspects of the nuclear industry and advise clients on a daily basis on regulatory, environmental, transactional, and adjudicatory matters.
Our Oil and Natural Gas Practice represents independent producers, refiners and retailers, marketers and LNG importers, pipeline companies, and distribution companies. Our work includes representation in all aspects of FERC and state regulatory issues, compliance audits and investigations, as well as assisting clients with acquisitions and dispositions of natural gas and oil pipeline assets.
Our Energy Litigation Practice handles high-stakes commercial and regulatory disputes in federal and state courts throughout the nation, as well as arbitrations, administrative agency proceedings, and alternative dispute proceedings. Our Energy Litigators also handle high-profile government and internal investigations. The eData capabilities of Morgan Lewis resources provide broad and deep know-how and assistance in managing electronic data for discovery, investigations, and other activities.
Our Renewable Energy, Clean Technology, and Sustainability Practice comprises a cross-disciplinary team of lawyers working with utilities, project developers, investors, and entrepreneurs on wind and renewable energy issues across the country. We advise on development and procurement, debt and equity finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, tax strategies, intellectual property protection, and environmental issues, including climate change. Morgan Lewis attorneys also have assisted clients with the legal aspects of wind turbine technology development, manufacturing, and sales. Such work includes patent and other intellectual property issues, as well as contract negotiations related to turbine sales and installation.
Our Water Practice provides comprehensive representation to water utilities in all aspects of rate application, complaint, rulemaking, and certificate proceedings before state public service commissions and related litigation before state courts. Morgan Lewis attorneys also have worked with clients in many of the largest water industry acquisitions, privatizations, and divestitures in recent years.
In addition to the attorneys in our Energy Practice, clients of Morgan Lewis have access to attorneys with energy industry-specific capabilities in our Real Estate, Antitrust, Labor and Employment, Immigration, Intellectual Property, and Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practices.