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Five Takeaways: What’s New in Energy Private Equity? Trends and Developments in a Shifting Investment Landscape [VIDEO]

McDermott recently hosted Andrew Ellenbogen of EIG Partners and Jeff Hunter of Apollo Global Management for a lively discussion about the trends and developments in today’s shifting investment landscape.

Below are key takeaways from this week’s webinar.

  1. The most impactful changes in energy investment over the last decade have been the drop in natural gas prices, the decrease in the cost of capital for renewable investments and the increase in renewable capacity factors (and a dramatic decrease in equipment pricing).

  2. As the energy market has become crowded for traditional operating assets, some investors are seeking opportunities in non-traditional spaces, such as investing in non-traditional technologies (such as solar plus storage or offshore wind) or investing in service providers or construction companies.

  3. In search of returns, some investors are continuing to take a greater amount of merchant risk or development risk than they previously would have accepted, and some investors are investing in platforms rather than projects.

  4. There are smart investments in power to be made in areas with higher barriers to entry (if you can make reasonable projections on the regulatory environment). For example, California peaking resources have provided interesting opportunities in recent years. Larger returns come from taking thoughtful positions on the market and taking carefully analyzed risks.

  5. Prudent investors pay attention to intrinsic risks of power investments, including risks that the market may not be pricing correctly. A successful investment in power assets requires realistic (and conservative) estimates of both basis risk and the merchant tail (and a view on back-end electricity prices).

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Edward Ed Zaelke Energy Lawyer McDermott Will
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Edward (Ed) Zaelke is the head of the Firm’s Global Energy Project Finance group. He focuses his practice on project finance and private equity in renewable energy transactional matters. With more than 30 years of experience, he advises clients on all elements of alternative energy development and finance, including equity and debt financing, merger and acquisition transactions, equipment purchase and sale agreements, power purchase agreements, siting and other real property issues, governmental approvals, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts....

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Christopher Gladbach counsels clients in energy M&A, project development, tax equity and project finance transactions.

Chris works with energy clients in structuring complex equity and debt investments, advises both buyers and sellers in the power sector in mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures, and on the development of large-scale energy projects. He assists his clients in mitigating and allocating risk associated with these transactions in conjunction with achieving their primary business and financial objectives.

Chris has extensive experience advising clients pursuing opportunities involving the development and financing of United States Department of Defense (DoD) energy projects. He counsels developers, purchasers, lenders and tax equity investors in government contracts and structuring project development and financing arrangements to account for unique risks.

In addition, Chris represents market-leading private equity funds and institutional investors in power asset transactions, and understands the unique challenges and opportunities that these clients face.

Chris is recognized nationally for his client work in the energy sector. He was awarded the honor of “Rising Star” by the National Law Journal, demonstrating “success on the highest stages” in managing transactions for clients. Chris was also commended by the Financial Times in their Innovative Lawyers Report in the category of “Driving Value” for clients. He has been recognized by the Legal 500 for his work in project finance and has served for three years running on Law360’s Project Finance Editorial Board. Chris also serves on the American Council on Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) Leadership Council.

Chris is a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to M&A, private equity and institutional investments in power assets.

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Seth B. Doughty Associate Los Angeles Corporate & Transactional  Energy  Renewable Energy
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Seth Doughty focuses his practice on transactional matters in the energy industry. He has in-house experience at one of the largest Southern California utility companies. There, he gained experience drafting and negotiating a large variety of contracts, amendments and consents for supply and power procurement agreements.

In the power procurement area, Seth has drafted and negotiated a wide variety of power purchase agreements and other purchase and sale agreements, including for energy, capacity, energy efficiency and distribution deferral products. He is also experienced in...

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