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Morris, Manning & Martin is among the leading law firms in the U.S. providing counsel for project and infrastructure development, including public-private partnerships (P3) and privatizations. Our municipal and private sector clients know us not only for the depth of our infrastructure development experience, but also for our team of dedicated attorneys who can assist in taking a project from conception to completion. Our attorneys are highly experienced in all aspects of procurement, the underlying commercial transactions, public and private finance, regulatory compliance, permitting, tax structuring, land use and eminent domain. During the past 30 years, the team has represented clients in over 100 public-private partnerships, including the drafting and negotiation of over 100 design-build and design-build-operate contracts.
Whether you are seeking to find common ground among the many divergent project stakeholders, trying to navigate the maze of procurement approaches, contracting methods and permitting, or just figuring out how to finance your project, MMM’s Infrastructure and P3 team can help.
Our attorneys have represented a wide range of clients, from municipalities to private companies, in strategic planning, procurement, development, financing, acquisition, construction, and management and operation. Members of our team have represented almost 150 municipalities and governmental authorities throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as dozens of private companies involved in all aspects of infrastructure development, operation and finance.
Our project development, infrastructure and P3 expertise spans many sectors, including:
Every day we bring together a dedicated team of attorneys with a broad range of backgrounds, from transactional attorneys to attorneys specializing in energy, public finance, environmental, tax, corporate, construction, land use and eminent domain law.
Our Energy attorneys represent a broad range of clients including co-generators, commercial and industrial energy consumers, electric cooperatives, financial institutions, independent power producers, marketers, municipalities, producers, and utilities. Our experience in energy law extends to the generation, interconnection, sale, purchase and transmission of electric power; the production, sale, purchase and transportation of natural gas, oil, coal, and coal-based products; and related financing, legislation, litigation, marketing, and regulation. In addition to providing innovative legislative and regulatory solutions, we structure and negotiate commercial transactions designed to both maximize enterprise value and increase competitive advantage. Our experience in environmental law extends to project planning, procurement, contracting for development and operation, permitting, tax structuring, financing (public and private), ground leasing and regulatory development and compliance.
Our practice encompasses all aspects of project development from conception to completion, including planning, partnership and corporate structuring; engineering; procurement; construction; financing; tax; operation and maintenance; fuel management; and related contract drafting and negotiation. Our attorneys have represented clients before the FERC and state utility commissions on matters involving project development, ratemaking, power purchase agreements, interconnection issues, electric market restructuring, rulemakings, RTO/ISO formation and transmission market operations, market-based sale authority, grid reliability issues and energy and capacity costs. We also have broad experience with PJM, NYISO, ERCOT, and MISO markets and programs, including eligibility, scheduling, aggregation and participation in energy, capacity, demand response and ancillary services markets.
Recognizing that our clients’ businesses are affected by diverse issues that vary by industry and location, our team develops effective solutions drawing on our experience and capabilities in areas that include:
Morris, Manning & Martin’s Biomass Practice is anchored by attorneys with significant experience in the timberland/forest products and energy sectors, supported by specialists in tax, corporate and real estate matters, comprising a truly cross-functional team. We handle the full range of legal needs associated with biomass projects, including private and public equity and debt finance, corporate and regulatory issues, joint venture structuring, tax planning and credits, technology, construction, real estate, land use, transportation and environmental law.
Full Service Representation
Morris, Manning & Martin’s Biomass Practice represents developers, investors, owners and operators in connection with biomass and biofuels projects throughout the United States and internationally. We advise on the planning, financing and operation of open-loop and closed-loop biomass and biofuels projects and the sale of the power they generate and counsel clients on the development, construction, purchase and sale of stand-alone biomass-fueled power plants, powerhouses located at pulp and paper mills and the conversion of coal-fired plants to biomass-fueled plants.
Our Team Approach
We believe that a thorough understanding of our clients’ operations and long-term business strategy is essential to effective representation. The MMM Biomass team attorneys are not only familiar with the legal issues, but also have a deep understanding of the industry and the practical business and technical aspects of our clients' projects. Working with our clients, we take an interdisciplinary approach to each project, allowing us to provide flexible, integrated and cost-effective solutions across all facets of the project lifecycle, from conception through operations.
International Experience & Capabilities
Our practice has particular strength in handling the issues associated with cross-border biostock and biomass projects, due in large part to the substantial international experience of our timber and sustainability practice attorneys. This exceptional industry knowledge offers our clients additional value through our broad network of relationships in the timber and renewable energy supply industries, including institutional timberland owners, timberland investment management organizations, forestry products companies, biomass producers and biomass consumers.
Morris, Manning & Martin’s Energy Infrastructure & Finance and Sustainability Practices represent developers, installers, investors, owners and operators of solar energy projects throughout the United States and internationally. We advise on the construction, financing and operation of utility scale ground mounted and rooftop solar power production facilities and the purchase and sale of the electricity they generate.
Our cross-functional team represents both buyers and sellers of solar energy in complex transactions, including providing advice with respect to innovative financing arrangements and tax structuring, real property issues, regulatory compliance, operations and facility management. We are active in all areas of solar energy project development and have extensive capabilities and experience with:
Representative matters include:
Morris, Manning & Martin is a 2012 Silver "Megawatt" Sponsor of the Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA). www.gasolar.orp
Our Sustainability Practice brings together the right team of experienced lawyers to proficiently meet or exceed the needs of "green" businesses. We stay a step ahead by embracing innovation, always expanding our knowledge and constantly finding better ways to help both new and emerging and mature and established businesses achieve their goals. Our entrepreneurial approach excels by focusing on bottom line results that accomplish the objectives of our clients.
We use a multidisciplinary approach to combine transactional experience and business acumen with the firm's resources in mergers and acquisitions, project development, project financing and related structured financing. Working together, our lawyers provide practical, thoughtful and informed advice on complex transactions, keeping our clients one step ahead of the competition. Our clients benefit from our lawyers' experience in managing, negotiating and executing intricate transactions in electric power, natural gas, LNG, transmission, manufacturing and renewable energy sources.
We provide a broad range of legal services to private equity, venture capital and other investors, financial institutions, developers, builders, project owners, energy services companies, engineering, procurement and construction firms and suppliers, and other vendors in the renewable energy sector. We have experience with:
Our knowledge will guide you through the maze of complex issues involved with federal, state and local regulatory compliance, maximizing tax incentives and renewable energy credits, power transmission, commercializing technologies and protecting intellectual property and other assets.
Sustainable Growth and Clean Technology
We represent companies that are cutting-edge leaders in the efficient use of land, air and water resources, including the reduction or avoidance of environmental damage from greenhouse gases, hazardous emissions and waste materials. Our Sustainable Growth and Clean Tech Practice draws on our multifunctional capabilities to help businesses with green initiatives, including the development, installation and use of pollution control equipment, energy efficiency and electricity management systems and smart grid technologies.
Who are the practice's clients?
Lawyers in our Sustainability Practice represent a broad range of clients, including:
What kinds of services does the Sustainability Practice offer?
The Sustainability Practice offers full-service representation to our clients. We are able to use an integrated approach to tap into firm-wide resources and knowledge to achieve our clients' business goals. Our services include:
Our lawyers have the legal acumen necessary to advise you on tax credits and incentives, structure project financing, negotiate technology licensing and government contracts, provide legal protection for new technologies, and counsel clients in the application and protection of their patents, trademarks, and copyrights. A number of our Intellectual Property lawyers previously worked in the U.S. Patent Office as patent examiners, including a former U.S. Patent Examiner working in the unit that reviewed solar energy and photovoltaic patent applications and technologies. In addition, we provide counseling on the real estate, environmental and construction issues unique to projects incorporating smart growth concepts and/or sustainable development practices, including brownfield redevelopments and LEED™ projects. Several of our lawyers are LEED™ certified.
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