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M&A Counsel

EDP Renewables

This is a Full-time position in New York, NY posted April 29, 2021.

The M&A Counsel will provide legal advice to EDPR NA DG personnel regarding all aspects of distributed generation solar renewable energy project development, construction, operation, acquisition, disposition, and financing, including, in particular, (i) the preparation and negotiation of agreements related to the acquisition or disposition of distributed generation renewable energy projects, such as letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, shareholders agreements, and other ancillary agreements such as confidentiality agreements and assignment and assumption agreements, (ii) providing support to financing activities (tax equity, minority equity and project financing), and (iii) the preparation and negotiation of agreements related to the development, construction and operation of distributed generation renewable energy facilities, which agreements may include equipment purchase agreements, construction agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, power purchase agreements, and other related documentation, all in accordance with EDPR NA DG objectives and policies.

The M&A Counsel will also handle day to day project-related legal issues, support and provide legal expertise to EDPR NA DG staff, analyze exposure to risk factors while complying with departmental guidelines, company policies, and all applicable laws in order to ensure that EDPR NA DG’s documents and activities meet all applicable requirements.
Manage and/or assist with, as directed, M&A transactions, joint ventures, asset rotation transactions, and tax equity transactions Review, draft and negotiate transaction documents such as asset purchase agreements, equity purchase and sale agreements, capital contribution agreements, shareholders agreements and limited liability company agreements Review, draft and negotiate ancillary agreements such as LOIs and confidentiality agreements, assignment agreements and termination agreements Draft and manage necessary corporate governance work, including preparation of resolutions and certificates Conduct and coordinate project M&A due diligence and provide legal support and analysis on project development related issues Coordinate efforts with other internal teams, including investments and M&A, finance, real estate, tax, environmental, permitting and regulatory Draft, negotiate and finalize commercial contracts, including without limitation, engineering service agreements, power purchase agreements, road use agreements, shared facilities agreements, EPC agreements, construction agreements, interconnection agreements and consulting services agreements Coordinate efforts with the legal and business teams regarding corporate and project requirements to ensure maximum value and appropriate risk management for EDPR NA DG and its shareholders Identify critical project risk issues and communicate those risks to the appropriate members of the legal team or your supervisor for resolution and management Efficiently manage outside counsel with an eye toward minimizing expenses Support EDPR NA DG’s project documentation and compliance functions Other tasks and projects as assigned
Direct reports: None

Travel: Up to 10%
Juris Doctorate 5-8 years of in-house counsel or comparable law firm experience with emphasis on independent document preparation.

Some experience at a large to mid-sized law firm preferred Preferred experience in the energy and power industry with particular experience in distributed solar projects preferred Proficient knowledge of, and drafting experience in, mergers and acquisitions of third-party companies and projects, sales and purchases of company assets and membership interests in Company limited liability companies Familiarity with a broad range of contracts and other documents relevant to the development, operation, acquisition and financing of renewable energy projects, including balance of plant agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, power purchase agreements, permits, estoppel certificates, purchase orders, loan and security agreements, consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and other relevant documentation, the manner in which corporate entities operate and are organized, and of the power industry generally Licensure to practice law in at least one state, preferably Texas Project finance and tax equity financing or mergers and acquisitions experience preferred Experience successfully managing outside counsel preferred Understanding of Microsoft products and/or complementing products preferred.

Competency in Analytical Problem Solving, Strong Communication, Customer/Partner Relationships, and Technology Expertise preferred
Behavioral requirements:
Ability to identify risks and propose alternative strategies in order to mitigate risks while accomplishing the preferred path forward for the project if possible Ability to multi-task and oversee multiple projects simultaneously with possible conflicting schedules Ability to work successfully in a dynamic team environment across departments Ability and willingness to timely meet fluid and changing priorities Ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills Strong written and verbal communication skills Strong planning, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills Strong ethical values and willingness to raise concerns to internal team members
Physical demands & working conditions:
Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form Lifting: Ability to lift items weighing up to 10 pounds Vision/Hearing: Ability to understand a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary
Travel Required

Yes .

Up to 10%

Qualifications
Education

Required

Doctorate or better in Law.

Experience

Required

5-8 years: 5-8 years of in-house counsel or comparable law firm experience with emphasis on independent document preparation.

Some experience at a large to mid-sized law firm preferred