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Most innovative US law firms: Energy law 2012 (2)

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InnovationArlington Valley Solar Energy II Project: a new style of construction financing
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact7
Total19
DescriptionIn a deal that required four separate tranches of debt financing, the firm came up with several features that allowed for flexibility in the different amortisation requirements of all the parties.

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InnovationAcquisition of Southern Union by Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) for $9bn
Originality8
Rationale6
Impact7
Total21
DescriptionThe deal marked the first master limited partnership purchase of an unaffiliated public C-corporation to create the largest natural gas infrastructure group in the US. The legal team had to vault a number of hurdles, particularly tax and antitrust issues.