Latham advises global companies and investors on the groundbreaking projects, transactions, and regulatory matters leading the way toward carbon-neutrality.
We bring together deep experience in the energy, infrastructure, real estate, and manufacturing industries at the center of the global energy transition, with a full complement of market-leading capabilities in project development and finance, tax and environmental law, M&A, capital markets, and beyond. Our track record extends from advising on many of the first utility-scale renewable energy projects in the US, to forging landmark global partnerships, and first-of-their kind investments in advanced energy production and storage technologies.
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS)
Latham leads the market in advising on CCUS projects and transactions, helping project sponsors, industry associations, and private equity firms develop and finance CCUS projects and generate environmental credits from the sequestered carbon. We work with clients and other advisors to develop the overall transaction structure and all other facets of the transaction. We guide clients through the CCUS permitting process, advise on regulatory requirements and environmental credit programs, negotiate and draft offtake and commodity hedging, EPC, and other project contracts.
Our premier project finance lawyers routinely advise on many of the largest financings in the world, including landmark CCUS and renewable energy projects. In the US, our integrated tax equity team develops 45Q tax equity and debt structures across a wide variety of carbon capture technologies, including those involving EOR, sequestration only, direct air capture, and centralized carbon capture across multiple emission sources.
As the global hydrogen market develops into a key driver of decarbonization, we help clients spot and take advantage of opportunities in the hydrogen value chain. Our broad experience in the energy and hydrogen ecosystems includes project development and finance, corporate transactions, and cutting-edge regulatory and siting matters. We appreciate the complex legal and regulatory issues that run through hydrogen projects, and the interplay of different industries they connect with, from power generation to synthetic fuels to metal and fertilizer production.
Low Carbon Fuels
Drawing on deep experience advising clients in the renewables, refining, chemicals, and infrastructure sectors, we offer innovative solutions to investors, refiners, producers, developers, and technology companies across the full range low carbon fuels projects, including biodiesel, ethanol, and other alternative fuels.
Our market-leading low-carbon fuels practice offers unmatched experience with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard Program. Since these programs’ inceptions we have represented deficit generators, credit generators, intermediaries, marketers, and capital providers for all types of low carbon fuels, including renewable diesel, biodiesel, renewable natural gas, ethanol, electricity, and hydrogen. Our low carbon fuel practitioners provide up-to-the-minute advice on regulatory, project development, project finance, tax, and litigation matters.
Latham’s top-ranked renewable energy practice combines deep experience working at the forefront of the world’s power markets with a sophisticated understanding of renewable technologies. We bring unique experience, having advised on complex renewable energy-related matters since the 1980s, including many of the industry’s most innovative and transformative transactions, such as multiple gigawatts of wind and solar projects around the world. We regularly advise on first-of-their-kind and novel deals involving a range of renewable energy production assets, such as offshore and onshore wind, utility and distributed solar, geothermal, biomass, and biogas.
We have advised on many of the largest and most technologically advanced battery storage projects in the world, which play a key role in decarbonizing the electricity sector. Our track record, which stems from extensive experience in the global energy ecosystem, includes advising on major energy storage projects, investments, environmental regulatory matters and permits, as well as intellectual property protection and licensing.
From compressed air and solar energy storage to pumped hydroelectric storage and grid-level battery storage projects, we bring deep experience and understanding of the latest technologies and how they integrate with the larger value chain.