Dinesh Melwani represents domestic and international clients in an array of transactions including seed and venture financing, M&A, and project financing. Dinesh’s practice spans the pharmaceutical and life sciences, technology, and energy sectors, where he serves as a strategic advisor to his clients.
Dinesh counsels public, private, and emerging growth companies in a range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, asset and stock purchases, seed and venture capital financings, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters. He regularly guest lectures to entrepreneurs and startups on these topics at MIT Sloan School of Management, Broad Institute, MassChallenge, and The Capital Network.
In project finance transactions, Dinesh assists equity investors, sponsors, and lenders in all phases of the construction, development, financing, acquisition, and disposition of electric generation facilities, including wind and solar, with an emphasis on merger and acquisition transactions involving electric generation facilities and portfolios of power production assets.
Dinesh previously lived in Japan while he was seconded to the legal department of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and the Tokyo office of an international law firm. He managed the legal affairs of Mitsui and its subsidiaries in North, Central, and South America, focusing on energy and natural resources and information technology. From his experience in India and Japan, Dinesh understands and provides valuable insight into the nuances of Japanese and Indian business culture and negotiating styles.
Dinesh is an advisory board member of the firm's India Initiative. He speaks French and Sindhi fluently and is conversant in Hindi.
Representative Matters (Corporate)
Represented Oracle Corporation in numerous acquisitions, including its acquisitions of TOA Technologies, Greenbytes, Silver Creek Systems, Secerno Limited (UK), Passlogix, Inc., Datanomic Ltd. (UK), FatWire Corporation, SelectMinds, Inc., DataRaker, Inc., Nimbula, Inc., Bitzer Mobile, Inc., BigMachines, Inc., Tekelec Global, and Palerra, and substantially all of the assets of Skire, Inc.
Represented Bionpharma Inc., a Princeton, New Jersey-based developer and distributor of prescription-based generic drugs, in an acquisition of substantially all assets from Banner Life Sciences LLC, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Patheon Inc.
Represented EMC Corporation in its acquisition of Pivotal Labs, a privately held provider of agile software development services and tools.
Represented Waters Corporation in its acquisition of Anter Corporation and Anter Laboratories, both privately held entities engaged in the manufacture and laboratory testing of high performance systems that measure thermal conductivity and heat capacity of a wide range of materials.
Represented Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. in its acquisition of the business and land of State Line Scarp Co., Three Flags Stevedoring, LLC and SLS Trading Co., each a privately held entity engaged in the purchase and sale of scrap metals in New England.
Represented Tudor Growth Equity in several equity investments, including multiple investments in Virtify, Inc., a life sciences solutions provider that utilizes its R&D expertise to develop products and solutions for the analysis and management of pharmaceutical and biotech data and processes, and Single Digits, Inc., a leading provider of high speed internet access management and support solutions.
Representative Matters (Project Finance)
Represented Advanced Power in its $1.584 billion project financing for the development of the Cricket Valley Energy Center project, with equity partners JERA Co., TIAA Investments, BlackRock Financial Management, Development Bank of Japan, and NongHyup Financial Group providing $709 million in equity commitments, and GE Energy Financial Services, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and ten other commercial banks providing $875 million in funded debt facilities.
Represented Advanced Power in its $899 million project financing for the construction of the Carroll County Energy project, with equity partners TIAA-CREF, Chubu Electric Power Company, Ullico and Prudential Capital Group providing $411 million in equity commitments, and BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and eight other commercial banks providing $488 million in senior secured credit facilities.
Represented Cogentrix Energy in its acquisition of the 122-megawatt Midway natural gas-fired plant in Firebaugh, Calif., from an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC.
Represented Cogentrix Energy in its acquisition of the CalPeak portfolio of four natural gas-fired plants totaling 198-megawatts in Escondido, Firebaugh, San Diego, and Vacaville, Calif., majority owned by the Blackstone Group L.P.’s GSO Capital Partners.
Represented Atlantic Power Corporation in its acquisition of Ridgeline Energy Holdings, LLC, from Eolfi S.A., a European renewable power development company majority owned by Veolia Environnement SA. Ridgeline’s assets included 150 net MW in wind projects as well as a development pipeline of 1,000 MW of solar and wind projects.
Represented Astoria Energy II, LLC in connection with the development and financing of its 540MW combined cycle natural gas-fired electric generation facility in New York City, with capital costs of approximately $1.5 billion. Named "2009 Americas Power Deal of the Year" (Project Finance International) and "2009 North America Single Asset Power Deal of the Year" (Project Finance Magazine).
Represented AEnergy II México in connection with all filings and approvals required in connection with the Mexican Maquiladora Program’ utilized for the importation of foreign merchandise (Heat Recovery Steam Generators) into Mexico on a temporary basis for assembly and subsequent exportation out of Mexico (shipped by boat to Astoria, NY, upon completion).
Representative Matters (Investigations)
Counseled a global pharmaceutical company with respect to an FDA audit, FDA 483 response and led an international internal investigation related thereto.
Counseled a major pharmaceutical company with respect to a whistleblower allegation and conducted an internal investigation related thereto.
Concordia University, 2001, Bachelor of Arts, Honours
McGill University Faculty of Law, 2004, Bachelor of Civil Law, Honours
McGill University Faculty of Law, 2004, Bachelor of Laws, Honours
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Boston Bar Association
Listed, Super Lawyers, Massachusetts Rising Stars (2014–2015)
Recommended, Finance - Project finance - advice to lender, The Legal 500 US (2017)