At this international conference learn about trends and opportunities regarding renewable energy projects in North America, Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. Learn about sourcing projects in these key geographies, and gain clarity on renewable energy laws governing these jurisdictions.

Learn about innovative strategies to develop and finance your project and how to mitigate political risks. Avoid mistakes by learning from a variety of case studies on renewable energy development projects.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012: Shanghai

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai – Pudong, Shanghai ifc, 8 Century Avenue , Shanghai, Lujiazui, Pudong 200120

Wednesday, February 22, 2012: Beijing

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing – Financial Street, 1 Jin Cheng Fang Street East, Financial Street, Beijing 100033

Who Should Attend?

Senior decision makers at:

  • Major utilities
  • Renewable energy companies
  • Manufacturers of renewable energy components
  • Engineering and construction firms
  • Investment banks
  • Export credit agencies and multilateral agencies

Speakers

Buz Barclay
Marathon Capital, New York

Buz Barclay is a Managing Director of Marathon Capital engaged in M&A transactions, asset sales and purchases, project financing, capital markets transactions and structuring and advisory services. A former law firm energy transactions partner who has also been a project financier on an international scale, his energy industry knowledge is vast. Mr. Barclay founded and chairs the Infocast Power Industry Deal Making Summit, a major conference of private equity, hedge funds, strategic investors, financiers, and leading players in the power generation industries. He has founded or served as a director of several companies in the clean–tech, distributed energy, energy storage and smart grid space. Mr. Barclay was one of the founders of the Energy and Project Finance practice of Chadbourne & Parke.

Gregg Elesh
Marathon Capital, Chicago

Gregg Elesh is Principal – Chief Investment Officer for Marathon Capital with overall responsibility for the company’s underwriting, syndication and placement activities. Mr. Elesh also leads Marathon Capital’s credit committee and serves as a director on Marathon Capital’s Board. In this role for Marathon Capital, Mr. Elesh has overseen the structuring, placement and completion of nearly US$2 billion dollars of energy projects. Previous to his joining Marathon as a founding member, Mr. Elesh held various senior positions in credit, syndication and structured finance with significant independent leasing and finance companies including Charter Financial, Prime Capital and Financial Investment Associates.

Igor Muszyński
Chadbourne & Parke, Warsaw

Mr. Muszyński heads the project finance practice in the firm’s Warsaw office. He is an international expert in energy regulatory issues. He has advised global energy companies, governments and customers of electric energy and fuels. Mr. Muszyński also specializes in project finance and privatizations of energy companies and advises both governments and investors. In the past 2 years, he has advised on a variety of issues connected with a total of over 80 wind farms of total capacity exceeding 7000MW.

Clint Steyn
Chadbourne & Parke, Dubai

Mr. Steyn’s practice focuses on international energy projects, with particular focus on the acquisition, development and project financing of conventional and renewable energy power projects in the Middle East and Africa, including Turkey. Much of Mr. Steyn’s experience has been gained in-house as Regional General Counsel for International Power plc, a major international energy company. His experience includes advising on all aspects of project developments, bids, acquisitions and disposals in various jurisdictions around the world. He has advised on renewable energy projects in various jurisdictions, including Italy, Morocco, South Africa and Wales.

Xin Zhang
Global Law Office, Beijing

Mr. Zhang provides legal services for Chinese and international banks and investors in relation to banking and finance, M&A, foreign direct investment (FDI) and overseas investment, with extensive coverage of financing, energy, power, real estate and natural resources sectors. In the area of banking and finance, Mr. Zhang has represented most major Chinese and international banks, international financial institutions and export credit agencies (ECAs) active in the market, which includes advising on project financings and export credit loans. Mr. Zhang has represented a number of industrial investors to invest in Chinese renewable energy, power and other sectors by way of greenfield investments or M&A. He also provides legal support to Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs), banks, investment funds and Sinosure for their overseas investment and financing projects under the “Going Abroad” efforts, which involve the export of China-made capital equipment, EPC services and investment in power projects. Mr. Zhang has advised on a number of projects which have won deal of the year awards, including the Guangdong LNG Shipping Financing Project, China Oil & Gas Fund’s US$1.4bn syndicated loan and Eurobond issue and Qinghai Liuyang Xinda Non-Ferrous Metal Co., Ltd.’s US$180m commodity financing. He has been awarded as a Leading Lawyer in PRC in Banking and Finance by Chambers Asia and Asia Legal 500.

Hai Huang
Global Law Office, Beijing

Mr. Huang has assisted many international and PRC companies, including renewable energy companies, in connection with their M&A, private equity/venture capital (PE/VC) investment, foreign direct investment (FDI) and capital markets matters. In M&A, Mr. Huang has not only worked for multinational companies such as Shell, GE and Nokia, he also assisted both PRC state-owned and private companies in connection with their offshore acquisitions. In PE/VC, in addition to representing well-known funds such as Actis, Avenue, Macquarie, Citic, IDG and DFJ, Mr. Huang also helped the growth-stage companies and their founders in connection with venture capital transactions. In capital markets, Mr. Huang assisted issuers or the underwriters in many successful initial public offering, follow-on offerings and debt offerings on the stock exchanges such as NYSE, NASDAQ and HKSE.

Samuel Kwon
Chadbourne & Parke, Washington, DC

Mr. Kwon’s practice involves representing project developers, commercial lenders, and bilateral and multilateral agencies in domestic and international project financings. Mr. Kwon has represented over thirty U.S., foreign and multilateral donors and lenders as well as borrowers investing in power and infrastructure projects in the U.S. and emerging markets around the world. He is currently representing a U.S. developer in connection with the U.S. Department of Energy’s guarantee of a US$1.4 billion loan for construction of 700 MW roof-top solar generation facilities across 28 states in the U.S., and a foreign developer in connection with the construction financing and sale-leaseback of a utility-scale solar project in California.

John Marciano
Chadbourne & Parke, Washington, DC

John Marciano is a transactional lawyer who focuses on providing tax, legal and commercial advice to a broad range of clients in the energy and financial sectors. Mr. Marciano regularly advises clients on energy tax credits, government incentive programs, project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and deployment strategies. Most recently, he has advised clients on numerous multi-billion dollar renewable energy transactions. His client representations range from startups and governmental entities to Fortune 500 companies. He is the editor of a comprehensive resource on grants from the United States Treasury Department, the author of numerous articles relating to project development and financing strategies and a frequent speaker on a wide range of topics related to the energy industry.

About the Executive Sponsor and Partners

Chadbourne & Parke

Chadbourne & Parke has long been recognized as one of the best projects firms in the world. In addition to possessing a first-rate conventional power practice, it is also considered a go-to firm for the development and financing of renewable energy projects. With experts spread across the firm’s worldwide network of 13 offices, Chadbourne assists numerous industry participants, including utilities, IPPs, developers, commercial and other lenders, and private equity funds, in transactions across the globe.

Chadbourne’s project finance practice gets results – and those results are recognized by leading publications and directories. The US$1.2 billion financing of Phases II-V of Alta Wind Energy, which included a US$579.9 million Rule 144A offering, the first capital markets sale-leaseback transaction for a wind project, was recently named “Bond Deal of the Year in The Americas” by Project Finance International and “North American Wind Deal of the Year” by Project Finance. The US$148.5 million financing of the US$254 million Maple Energy ethanol project in Peru was recently named the “Latin American Biofuels Deal of the Year” by Project Finance.

Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA)

Established in 2000, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) works to bring together a variety of stakeholders to accelerate the development and deployment of renewable energy in China. In particular CREIA focuses on three priority areas: 1) bringing together regulatory agencies, research institutes and industry professionals to promote debate and advise on government policy; 2) bringing together national and international project developers and investors and raise awareness of renewable investment opportunities through regional networking, training and online forums and 3) providing a platform for its members of the renewable energy business community to voice their collective concerns.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office is the first and one of the leading law firms in the People’s Republic of China, with offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It started providing legal services in 1979 and was formally established as a law firm by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade 1984. It was converted into a private partnership at the beginning of 2001. A leading firm for projects, infrastructure and energy work in China, Global Law Office is highly visible in Asia and advises on a range of matters, including power plant investment and clean energy projects financing. It also handles construction and infrastructure work. Clients include banks, large Chinese power companies and foreign investors.

Marathon Capital

Marathon Capital is a leading financial advisory firm focused on delivering financial products and services to the global energy and infrastructure markets. We specialize in the sale and financing of companies, projects and assets in these markets. Marathon Capital’s team of senior professionals has a combination of investment banking, project finance, commercial banking, commercial finance, oil field and power plant engineering expertise. Among Marathon Capital’s noteworthy transactions are the restructuring and ultimate sale of Middlesex Generation to General Electric (landfill gas to electric); Steamboat II/III to Ormat Technologies (Geothermal); the sale of Greenlight Energy to BP, plc (Wind), AMP Resources to Enel (Geothermal), CPV Wind to Iberdrola (Wind), SkyPower Corp. to Lehman Brothers (Wind and Solar) and Ridgeline Energy to Veolia Environment (Wind).