Overview

Jeffery R. Atkin is a business lawyer and managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Foley & Lardner LLP. His areas of practice cover a broad range of business and financial matters, including renewable energy, project finance, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, life sciences, real estate development and equipment procurement and leasing. Jeff is chair of the Solar Energy Team, co-chair of the Energy Industry Team, a member of the Latin America Practice, and a member of the Life Sciences Industry Team.

Jeff’s experience in renewable energy and project finance includes representing developers, investors, lenders and landowners in the construction, project development, infrastructure acquisition and financing of renewable energy generation facilities, including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass facilities, and other non-energy related project development.

Prior to joining Foley, Jeff was a judicial extern with Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Recognition

  • Top Wind AttorneyWind Industry Report: Legal Power List (2016) – A Word About Wind
  • Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy National Recognition (2015 - 2017) – Chambers USA
  • 40 Under 40 Award Winner (2014) – The M&A Advisor
  • Southern California Super Lawyers-Rising Stars® lists (2013 – 2015)
  • Renewable/Alternative Energy Recognition (2013 - 2016) – The Legal 500
  • Project Finance Recognition (2012 – 2016) – The Legal 500
  • Projects and Energy (2015) – The Legal 500 Latin America
  • Top 5 Energy Rising Star Under 40 (2012) – Law360

Affiliations

Jeff is adjunct faculty at Loyola Law School and teaches a course on alternative energy development and project finance. He has also been on the Project Finance Editorial Advisory Board for Law360.

Education

Jeff received his J.D., magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, where he was a member of the Brigham Young University Law Review. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Southern Utah University. He is admitted to practice law in California and Utah.

Languages

Jeff lived and worked in Mexico and Central America for several years and is fluent in Spanish.

Representative Experience

  • Represented GCL Solar Energy and SolarReserve in the sale of six solar photovoltaic projects to Consolidated Edison in California with 140 MWs
  • Represented Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar power companies, in a definitive agreement with Sharp Corporation to acquire Recurrent Energy, LLC, a leading North American solar energy developer, for approximately $265 million
  • Represented Brite Energy in financing a $200 million Morgan Stanley tax equity fund in residential solar projects in multiple states across the U.S; this investment program in conjunction with MySolar IX, will assist in affordable and clean energy
  • Represented tax equity investor in a residential solar fund of up to $100,000,000
  • Represented company in $10,000,000 Series A financing
  • Represented renewable energy developers and financing parties in the acquisition, development and financing of utility scale projects across the US, including projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah, and projects internationally, including projects in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Chile, Japan, Mexico and South Africa 
  • Represented large solar energy developer in the construction, power sales, financing and operation of a 70 MW concentrated solar thermal energy plant in Nevada
  • Represented solar equipment and wind turbine manufacturer and project developers in the purchase and supply of nearly 1,000 MWs of solar panels and over 2,000 MWs of wind turbines
  • Represented developer in tax equity financing of a portfolio of five wind energy projects in North Dakota, Minnesota and Colorado, totaling 598 MWs
  • Represented major developer in the acquisition of a portfolio of eight wind energy projects in the U.S. and Canada
  • Represented wind and solar energy developers and construction companies in the negotiation of balance of plant and other construction-related agreements for dozens of projects in the U.S. and Canada
  • Represented wind and solar energy developers in several successful power purchase agreement bids, negotiations, and projects, including with PG&E, SCE, SDG&E, SMUD, LADWP, SCPPA, UAMPS, Nevada Power, APS, SRP, TVA and others
  • Represented major solar energy developer and manufacturer in the acquisition of three solar energy installers in the U.S.
  • Represented landowners and developers in structuring and negotiating various joint venture and development arrangements, including with several Native American tribes
  • Represented an equity investor in the acquisition of three solar development and installation companies in Pennsylvania and California, including an aggregate portfolio of more than 30 solar PV projects
  • Represented an international developer and manufacturer in the acquisition of and equity investment in a portfolio of nine solar PV facilities on various public schools
  • Represented a construction lender and contractor in the construction and debt financings of a 10.5 MW combined wind and solar energy project in Arizona
  • Represented the developer of the Renewable Energy and Wastewater System (RENEWS™), a closed-loop system where two waste streams are combined to produce clean water and electricity, in the structuring, financing and deployment of RENEWS; The initial system was deployed at the Musco Family Olive plant in Tracy, California, the leading supplier of table olives in the United States. The system has been featured on the Discovery Channel and numerous print articles 
  • Represented the developer of a portable, modular wastewater treatment system that integrates several processing technologies to provide a purified water source; The initial commercial system was deployed at a plastics recycling facility in California

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Moderator, “Banks Perspectives on CCA Lending Sponsor Equity,” Infocast Community Choice Energy Summit, November 29, 2018
  • Moderator, “Sourcing Sponsor Equity and Development and Construction Capital,” Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, March 22, 2018
  • Moderator, “PPA Developments and Future Outlook,” Solar Asset Management, March 13, 2018
  • Moderator, “Storage for Demand Reduction in C&I Market,” Storage Week, February 24, 2017
  • Panelist, “What’s the Deal with M&A Deals?,” USC Business Law Society, October 5, 2016
  • Moderator, “Accessing Development Capital,” 2016 Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, March 24, 2016
  • Moderator, “Business Development Landscape: The Large Scale Market,” Solar Mexico 2015, November 10, 2015
  • Chair, Solar Power Executive Briefing, 2015 Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, March 24, 2015
  • “New Sectors, Segments, and Opportunities for China in LAC,” The 6th Latin America China Investors Forum, September 11, 2014
  • “Buying and Investing in Energy Projects in Mexico and Latin America,” speaker, Energy Bootcamp, May 14, 2014
  • Summit chair, Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, February 25, 2014
  • “Hot Topics in Solar PV Equipment Warranties and Performance Guarantees,” co-presenter, Renewable Energy Law Conference, January 23, 2014
  • “What is on the Horizon for Distributed Solar – Future Proposals,” panelist, Distributed Solar Summit 2013, November 18, 2013
  • "Financing 20MW and Under Projects," moderator, 6th Annual Infocast Utility Scale Solar Finance & Investment Summit, September 26, 2013
  • "Solar Securitization: What Solar Companies Need to Know," co-presenter, Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, March 18, 2013
  • "Penetrating Niche Markets: Sports Teams, Nonprofits, Tribes, Schools & Military Energy Projects,” panelist, PV America East, February 6, 2013
  • "Permitting with Compliance in Mind," moderator, Infocast Utility Scale Solar Summit in San Diego, October 9, 2012
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of the Section 1603 Cash Grant Application,” moderator, August 29, 2012
  • "Buying and Selling Utility Scale Projects," moderator, Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, February 28, 2012
  • "SREC Roundtable: A Comparison of State Policies and a Look into the Future of SRECs," August 17, 2011
  • "Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures," moderator, Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, March 22, 2011
  • "MA SRECs: The Massachusetts RPS Solar Carve-Out Program Explained," presenter, Energy Briefing Series, January 27, 2011
  • "US Offtakers' Technical Requirements for Wind Power Projects," moderator, US-China Wind 2010, San Francisco, December 9, 2010
  • "Section 1603 Cash Grants," presenter, Energy Briefing Series, October 21, 2010
  • "A Discussion on the Present and Future of Renewable Energy," chair and moderator, AlterEnergy 2010, Los Angeles, April 25, 2010
  • "Alternative Energy Trends and Opportunities," moderator, Foley’s 2009 Emerging Technologies Conference, September 30, 2009
  • "New Renewable Energy Technologies," moderator, California Clean Innovations Conference, May 1, 2009
  • "Independent Wind Developers’ Perspective on Wind Financing and Development," moderator, Wind Power Investment Summit 2009, San Diego, California, February 12, 2009
  • "Buying & Selling Wind Power Assets," chair of Pre-Summit Workshop, Wind Power Investment Summit 2009, San Diego, California, February 11, 2009
  • "Acquisition Structures and Due Diligence," Wind Power Investment Summit 2007, 2008 and 2009, San Diego, California