Akin Gump Partners Listed Among The Daily Journal's "Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers"

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 01:00

The Daily Journal has named renewable energy partners Dino E. Barajas and Elliot Hinds as among the "Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers."

Attorneys selected to the list represent those with notable achievements in the field of clean energy technology who are working on "truly innovative" projects. According to the editors at the Journal, the list includes only those who "are shepherding through the largest and most innovative [clean technology] projects."

In selecting Mr. Barajas to the list, the publication noted that he has worked on renewable energy developments and transactions totaling more than $1 billion dollars in the last year alone. Thisincludes the development and financing of Nicaragua's largest geothermal power plant which, according to Mr. Barajas, represents the largest financing ever in that country. Mr. Barajas represents clients in an array of domestic and international project development and finance matters.

The publication noted Mr. Hinds'swork brokering a $65 million project to install solar energy panels across several campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District. The deal involved a complex public-private partnership arrangement consisting of multiple layers of negotiations and agreements with numerous entities. Mr. Hinds focuses on corporate and energy matters and has extensive experience in the areas of debt financing.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is the legal advisor to MMC Norilsk Nickel - one of the largest global mining companies and the world's largest producer of nickel - in the swap of MMC Norilsk Nickel's stake in OAO OGK-3 for a stake in OAO INTER RAO UES.

Upon completion of the deal, MMC Norilsk Nickel will become one of the largest private shareholders in Russian energy giant OAO INTER RAO UES. This deal is considered to be one of the largest and most significant in the Russian energy sector.

Akin Gump Moscow partners Vladimir Kouznetsov (corporate) and Ilya Rybalkin (tax) led the team advising Norilsk Nickel. The Akin Gump team also included Moscow corporate counsel Anthony Walker, senior adviser Vadim Kukushkin, and associates Pavel Kabatov and Nato Tskhakaya along with London corporate partner Greg Hammond and tax associate John McLean.