Ann A. Hawkins concentrates in the areas of development, financing, acquisition and disposition of energy assets, including electric power projects, oil and gas projects and commodities. She represents developers, financial institutions, investors, power purchasers, fuel purchasers and commodity traders.
Ms. Hawkins has extensive experience in structuring transactions and drafting and negotiating commodity purchase agreements, derivatives, operating agreements, service agreements, joint venture agreements, asset purchase agreements and financing agreements.
Among other transactions, Ms. Hawkins has represented:
- an energy trading group in the drafting and negotiation of a tolling agreement for approximately 3,700 MW;
- an energy company in the acquisition of five coal-fired power plants;
- a pipeline company in the $1.25 billion acquisition and operation of a 1,700-mile crude oil pipeline in Canada and the United States;
- private equity sponsors in the post-closing operating agreements for rigs and drilling contracts in connection with their agreement to acquire 38 shallow-water drilling rigs for $1.05 billion. This deal received the highest ranking in the Corporate & Commercial category in the Financial Times’ 2013 “US Innovative Lawyers” report;
- an international oil company in connection with the development, construction and operation of an approximately $1 billion crude oil pipeline in Texas;
- investors in their acquisition of oil and gas assets in Oklahoma and a $250 million commitment to jointly develop and operate the acquired oil and gas interests with the developer of such assets;
- a solar developer in its acquisition of a solar project in New Jersey;
- an international chemical company in the operating and service agreements in connection with the acquisition of a polypropylene business;
- a U.S. energy company in the development of a 550 MW gas-fired power generation project near Dallas and subsequent sale of a project company that owns a 60.9 percent tenant-in-common interest in such project;
- a U.S. energy company in the development and operation of a 740 MW gas-fired cogeneration plant in Texas City, Texas, and subsequent sale of its indirect 50 percent interest in the project;
- a U.S. energy company in the negotiation of renewable energy power purchase agreements and renewable energy credit agreements;
- a financial institution in the purchase of certain power and gas assets to expand its commodity trading business;
- an energy company in the drafting and negotiation of power purchase agreements relating to five nuclear units using the ISDA Master Agreement;
- an energy company in the sale of retail electricity marketing assets;
- an international energy company in the $2.15 billion acquisition of a wind power generation company in the United States;
- a private equity energy fund in the financing of its acquisition of four power generation projects;
- a utility in the sale of a gas turbine facility that uses synthetic gas, a steam turbine and related equipment;
- an energy trading group in the drafting and negotiation of a long-term 621 MW power purchase agreement;
- an energy trading group in the drafting and negotiation of a 330 MW tolling agreement using the EEI Master Agreement and related security arrangements;
- the lead lender, as agent, in the financing and workout of a 725 MW power generation project in Louisiana;
- a U.S. energy company in the sale of a natural gas pipeline and a natural gas liquids pipeline;
- a major chemical company in the development and leveraged lease financing of a 750 MW cogeneration and merchant plant in Louisiana;
- the lead arranger in the financing of an 837 MW facility in Batesville, Miss., initially in the bank markets and later in the capital markets;
- the lead arranger in the financing of a $728 million acquisition of three power plants totaling 3,911 MW in Southern California; and
- a major chemical company as part of a joint venture in the development and project financing of a 440 MW cogeneration and merchant plant in Texas.
Ms. Hawkins repeatedly has been listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She also was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and 2014, as well as in The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers 2013. In addition, Ms. Hawkins was selected as a winner in the energy and natural resources category of the 2013 ILO Client Choice Awards, awarded by The International Law Office in recognition of individual partners who excel across the full spectrum of client service.