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Project Finance Team Joins Covington

March 5, 2020

NEW YORKA three-lawyer project finance and development team has joined Covington in the U.S.

Joseph Tato, a New York-based partner, represents project sponsors, equity investors, financial institutions, and governments in the development and financing of power, oil and gas, LNG, renewables, water, mining, and other infrastructure projects in the U.S., Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He also represents sponsors and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and workouts.

Also in New York, Charles Carroll has more than 30 years of experience representing developers, sponsors, investors, and financial institutions in the acquisition, disposition, financing, and restructuring of renewable and other energy and infrastructure projects in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Carroll also represents emerging companies in the tech sector on commercial, corporate, and financial matters.

Joining the firm in Washington, Andrea Chambers has 30 years of experience representing clients in matters before the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) and has advised clients regarding state and federal regulatory approvals for transactions involving electric, natural gas, and storage facilities, ratemaking and tariffs applicable to wholesale electric energy markets and natural gas pipelines transportation services, and the interconnection of renewable generation, including solar, wind, battery and geothermal.

“The pace of development in emerging markets and the challenges of the energy transition mean that skills in project development and finance are needed more than ever.  Though the types of project may change, this area will continue to generate work not only for our project development and finance practice but also for other parts of the firm such as arbitration, commercial litigation, M&A, anti-corruption, and global problem solving,” said Graham Vinter, chair of Covington’s Project Development and Finance Practice. “The United States is of massive importance in the projects world, and the team’s arrival significantly augments our offering there. Joe is a proven practice builder and leader and has been one of the top players in the domestic U.S. and international project development community for more than 25 years.”

“I have long admired Covington’s collaborative and integrated culture as well as its dedication to quality across the firm,” said Mr. Tato. “I was particularly drawn to the robust capabilities of Covington’s projects practice in London, Johannesburg, and Dubai and its London M&A capabilities, which will significantly benefit clients with whom I have worked for many years.”

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