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Overview

Nutter represents energy and utility companies in numerous areas of legal practice. Our clients include producers and distributors of petroleum and natural gas, public utility providers, including electric, water and transportation companies, power generation plants, municipalities, developers, contractors, financial institutions, private equity firms, and energy traders. Our expertise includes:

Permitting and Licensing
The firm represents energy clients before local, state and regional authorities to obtain permits and licenses for complex and, at times, controversial projects. With significant expertise in real estate development, financing, litigation, and environmental, zoning and land use issues, we help our clients initiate development, access financing, and move projects toward completion

Labor and Employment
We work with energy and power generation companies on a range of labor and employment matters, including union negotiations, employee benefit advice, and labor disputes in state and federal court.

Mergers and Acquisitions
We advise clients involved in mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry, including the purchase and sale of power plants and acquisitions involving energy-related products.  Our work includes performing due diligence, reviewing and obtaining regulatory approvals, and negotiating the purchase and sale agreements.

Enforcement and Compliance
We represent energy companies and traders in enforcement, audit, and compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) involving allegations of market manipulation in natural gas and wholesale electricity markets.

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Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • CIRCOR International, Inc.

    Nutter represented CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR), a leading provider of valves and other highly engineered products for markets including oil & gas, power generation and aerospace & defense, when CIRCOR announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Critical Flow Solutions (CFS) for $210 million. 

  • Private Equity Firm

    Represent private equity group in the acquisition of two gas-fired power plants located in Massachusetts.
    $100 million

  • Energy Trading Company and Lead Trader

    Represent an entrepreneurial energy trading company and its principal trader in a FERC enforcement proceeding involving allegations of market manipulation in the California wholesale electricity market.  This is one of only a few FERC enforcement matters currently pending in federal court.

  • Private Investment Firm

    Nutter represented a private investment firm specializing in energy infrastructure investments when it sought to purchase two natural gas power plants. Nutter assisted with the due diligence review and negotiating the purchase and sale agreement. The private investment firm initially engaged Nutter to focus on state environmental, real estate, and energy issues. As negotiations progressed, Nutter advised the firm on tax, labor, employee benefits, and other contractual issues as well.

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