With experience in project finance and renewable energy matters, James T. Tynion III counsels clients on financings and investments. He focuses his practice in the energy and related infrastructure industries, and represents companies in limited recourse project financings, greenfield development, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and equipment leasing and finance. Jim has been active in the US wind energy industry for more than 25 years, and is one of the pioneers in the developing wind, solar, and renewables tax equity, finance and M&A markets.
Recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 in renewable and alternative energy law as well as project finance, Jim speaks at several renewable energy conferences each year. His energy industry clients include lenders, developers, private equity and institutional investors, contractors, electric utilities, and equipment suppliers in various independent energy financings and investments. Many of these deals involve renewable and alternative energy facilities, such as wind-powered electric generating facilities, thermal electric generating facilities, and solar energy projects.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Jim served as a partner in an international law firm, where he co-chaired its energy industry group.
Representation of First Wind Holdings LLC in the construction debt, tax equity, and term financing of its Massachusetts Solar portfolio (2013).
Representation of Citicorp Capital Markets, Municipal Securities Division, in its equity investment into the Horse Butte Wind Project in Idaho, which involved Citi providing construction financing and an equity investment and underwriting a tax-exempt bond issuance to support a pre-pay power purchase agreement from off-taker Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (2010–2012).
Representation of First Wind Holdings LLC in the construction financing with sale-leaseback term financing for the Bull Hill Wind Project in Maine (2012).
Representation of US Bancorp affiliate Firstar Development Corp. in an equity investment into the California Ridge Wind Farm in Illinois, sponsored by Invenergy Wind LLC, including construction financing, tax-equity financing, and hybrid commercial bank institutional investor term financing (2011–2012).
Representation of Exelon Generation Company in the $860 million acquisition of John Deere Renewables LLC, including 36 operating wind farms in eight states in a transaction named Best M&A Deal by Institutional Investor’s Power Finance & Risk newsletter (2010).
Representation of Acciona Energy in the development of and tax equity and back-leveraged debt financing for the Red Hills Wind Project in Oklahoma (2009).
Representation of Acciona Energy in the development, construction, and leveraged lease term financing of the 64MW Nevada Solar One solar thermal energy project (2007).
Fordham University School of Law, 1981, J.D.
Georgetown University, 1978, B.S.F.S.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Ranked, Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy, Nationwide, Chambers Global (2018)
Listed, Acritas Star Lawyer (2017)
Ranked, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers (2016–2017)
Ranked, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014–2017)
Recommended, Energy - Renewable/Alternative, The Legal 500 US (2010–2014, 2016–2018)
Recommended, Finance: Project finance: advice to sponsor, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy transactions: conventional power, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Listed, "Top 100 Global Legal Power People," A Word About Wind (2016) and (2018)
Ranked, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2018)
Listed, Irish Legal 100
Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, Energy Committee, New York City Bar Association