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Nutter has energy attorneys that represent utility and energy 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, as well as 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 courts.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Our energy attorneys advise clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, 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 and gas, power generation, and aerospace and defense, in its acquisition of Critical Flow Solutions (CFS) for $210 million.

  • Private Equity Firm

    Nutter represented a private equity group in the acquisition of two gas-fired power plants located in Massachusetts. The transaction was valued at $100 million.

  • Energy Trading Company and Lead Trader

    Nutter represented 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 negotiation of 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.

  • Globe Composite Solutions, LLC

    Nutter served as sole legal advisor to Globe Composite Solutions, LLC (Globe), a navy submarine supplier, in its acquisition by ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), a global provider of highly engineered products and solutions to diverse and growing end-markets that include the aerospace, space, healthcare, wireless, consumer electronics, electric utility, and renewable energy industries. 

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