Lance T. Brasher - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Lance T. Brasher

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 202-371-7402

Lance Brasher is the head of the firm’s North American Energy and Infrastructure Projects Group. He has served for more than 20 years as lead lawyer in complex acquisition, financing and development transactions involving energy and infrastructure facilities in the United States and around the world. Mr. Brasher has advised diversified energy companies, utilities, private investment firms and financial institutions in all phases of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects; gas and coal-fired power plants; transmission lines; electric distribution assets; LNG and gas processing facilities; natural gas pipelines; and sports facilities.

Mr. Brasher repeatedly has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global,Chambers USAThe Best Lawyers in AmericaIFLR1000 and other publications.

Representative transactions include:

  • InterGen N.V. in the $1.8 billion refinancing of its debt and credit facilities, which consisted of a five-year revolving credit facility (including a $350 million tranche and a £100 million tranche) seven-year, $300 million senior secured term loan B, eight-year £175 million senior secured notes and 10-year $750 million senior secured notes. As part of this transaction, InterGen’s shareholders contributed
    $700 million of new equity;
  • NorthWestern Energy in its $900 million acquisition of 11 hydro-electric generating facilities in Montana from PPL Montana and a related bridge financing facility;
  • InterGen N.V. in a refinancing of corporate bond, term loan, letter of credit and revolving credit facilities;
  • Samchully Asset Management Co., Ltd. in its $170 million acquisition from Marathon Oil Corp. of 34 percent interest in the Neptune Gas Processing Plant in Louisiana and related commodity hedges;
  • First Solar in connection with the sale to MidAmerican Energy of the Topaz Solar Farm, a 550 MW solar PV located in California;
  • PensionDanmark in the acquisition from E.ON Climate & Renewables North America of an interest in a 430 MW portfolio of U.S. wind farms and in a related private placement financing;
  • First Solar in connection with the construction, $1.46 billion financing and sale of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight solar PV project in California, with financing led by Citi and Goldman Sachs;
  • First Solar in connection with the construction, $646 million financing and sale to Exelon of Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One, a 230 MW solar PV project in California;
  • First Solar in connection with the construction, $967 million financing and sale to NRG Energy, Inc. of the 290 MW Agua Caliente solar PV project in Arizona;
  • SolarReserve, LLC in connection with the construction, $737 million financing and sale of the Crescent Dunes Solar Project in Nevada. Crescent Dunes uses a concentrating solar power (CSP) tower design with molten salt storage;
  • NV Energy in the acquisition of a joint ownership interest in and capacity use arrangements for the One Nevada Transmission Line;
  • AEI in its $1.5 billion term and revolving loan facility led by Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, and in financings relating to AEI’s acquisition of interests in Luz del Sur of Peru, Promigas of Colombia and Del Sur of El Salvador;
  • Nevada Power Company in the acquisitions of the Bighorn, Silverhawk and Lenzie gas-fired power projects — transactions totaling more than $1 billion and approximately 2,400 MW;
  • NV Energy in the construction of the Lenzie, Tracy, Clark and Harry Allen gas-fired generating stations, aggregating approximately 3,000 MW and more than $2 billion; and in development and construction arrangements for the proposed 1500 MW, $2.5 billion coal-fired Ely Energy Center;
  • Prisma Energy in its $2.7 billion sale to AEI, including a related $1 billion financing of Prisma;
  • Bechtel and Shell in the auction and $1.75 billion sale of Intergen, owner of 10 coal and gas-fired power plants totaling more than 7,800 MW in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Australia;
  • Enron in the formation of Prisma Energy, into which Enron transferred its interest in 15 power generation, electricity distribution and natural gas services businesses located in South and Central America, Europe and Asia;
  • banks and other lenders in the financings of FedEx Field for the Washington Redskins, the Nashville Predators’ National Hockey League franchise fee and Invesco Field for the Denver Broncos; and
  • Dabhol Power Company in the development and $2.9 billion financing of its proposed 2,450 MW power project and LNG regasification facility located in India.

Mr. Brasher’s pro bono representations include the United Planning Organization of Washington, D.C. with respect to the development and construction of a Head Start Early Learning Center.

Following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, Mr. Brasher was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving three years on the USS Harry W. Hill, a navy destroyer, and two years as an economist and operations analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses.

United States Naval AcademyBS Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.

Client Comments

"Lance Brasher is knowledgeable, always prepared, and a great advocate for his client."

"Lance Brasher, a Skadden partner in the Washington D.C. office, is the best lawyer with whom I have worked with in the past 22 years. Lance is practical, efficient (time and cost) and creative. As general counsel in Europe and India for a U.S. company, I hired Lance for many matters, from transactions, to board of director's issues, to litigation. Lance always delivered high quality legal advice and work product. He makes himself and his team available 24 hours/7 days a week. Most importantly, he billed fairly for legal services. Lance directed me to several lawyers in Skadden's various offices whose services I liked and valued very much. However, Lance remained informed on all matters and he coordinated internal Skadden resources, when needed. Further, Skadden and Lance Brasher helped me find excellent local counsel in many foreign jurisdictions and these firms delivered Skadden quality legal advice and work product. This assistance was invaluable in emergency situations when foreign advice is needed immediately for a serious local issue. The combination of the Skadden office and its foreign affiliates provides seamless legal advice for multinational companies, especially for a quick turn around on time sensitive matters. Lance Brasher is a great lawyer, and he is always professional, confidential, and available (often at expense to his personal time and health, though he'll never let you know it). Lance is a very commercial oriented lawyer, and he is appreciated by commercial teams and senior management."

-Robert Mathis
Formerly with Prisma Energy Europe Limited

Office Location

1440 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Practice Areas

Project Finance Law (Energy Projects)