John Klauberg represents companies involved in high-level transactional matters in the utility and electric power sectors. He guides clients through mergers and acquisitions of regulated utilities; acquisitions and dispositions of power generation facilities and similar “utility-type” properties, as well as wholesale and retail electric and gas contract portfolios; and various types of joint venture arrangements in the power and energy sector, including matters involving both generation and electric transmission facilities. He previously served as deputy practice group leader for the firm’s project finance, infrastructure, and natural resources practice.
John regularly counsels on transactions involving regulated utilities and unregulated companies, including owners of competitive power generation assets, as well as power trading companies on both the wholesale and retail level. He also has been involved in transactions involving the purchase and sale of energy assets and contract portfolios arising from some of the largest bankruptcies and restructurings in the independent power sector, including Enron.
John also represents clients in renewable and distributed energy transactions—including acquisitions, divestitures, and structured transactions—with matters often involving long-term off-take arrangements with utilities or other traditional off-takers or with corporate purchasers.
Chambers and Partners’ Global and US guides, The Legal 500 US, and IFLR1000 consistently rank John as a leading lawyer in the energy transactions field. In 2016, Law360 named him an MVP of the Year for transactional work in the electric power area, one of only five attorneys nationwide to receive the honor. John frequently serves as speaker at the annual S&P Global Power & Gas Symposium, and at other energy industry conferences and seminars across the United States.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, John was co-chair of the power projects practice of a national law firm and previously was co-head of the utilities, power, and pipelines industry sector group of another global law firm.
Recognized, Best Law Firms for Project Finance (Sponsor-Side), United States (Excellent), Leaders League and Décideurs (2021)
Recognized, Energy Law, New York, The Best Lawyers in America (2020, 2022, 2023)
Band 1, Energy: Electricity (Transactional), USA, Chambers Global (2020–2023)
Ranked, Energy: Electricity (Transactional), USA, Chambers Global (2008–2019)
Band 1, Energy: Electricity (Transactional), Nationwide, Chambers USA (2010–2022)
Ranked, Energy: Transactional, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2009)
Ranked, Energy, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2006–2008)
Leading Lawyer, Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, The Legal 500 US (2018–2022)
Recommended, Finance: Project finance, The Legal 500 US (2021)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy: transactions: oil and gas, The Legal 500 US (2020)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy: renewable/alternative power, The Legal 500 US (2018, 2020, 2021)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2013–2016, 2020)
Recommended, Energy: Transactions, The Legal 500 US (2012, 2013)
Highly Regarded, IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide (2018–2022)
Highly Regarded, IFLR1000 United States (2019, 2020)
M&A and Antitrust Trailblazer, National Law Journal (2018)
MVP of the Year: Energy, Law360 (2016)
BTI Client Service All-Star (2013)
Law & Policy in International Business Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center