Tania Suheil Perez


Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Tania Suheil Perez

New York

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Tania Perez is an energy regulatory and transactional lawyer residing in Norton Rose Fulbright's New York office.  Her practice focuses on the development of energy infrastructure projects (such as LNG regasification and liquefaction terminals, and natural gas and oil/liquids storage and pipeline facilities) in the U.S. and internationally. 

As a member of the Energy Transactions Practice and LNG International Business Group, Tania advises clients on the commercial arrangements of LNG and natural gas infrastructure projects. Her experience includes drafting supporting agreements, including natural gas/LNG/LPG/NGL sale and purchase, transportation, EPC, O&M, and fuel supply.  Chambers USA, 2013, noted that "Tania Perez has a wealth of experience in oil and gas transactions, particularly those concerning the establishment of energy infrastructure, such as pipelines, natural gas storage and LNG terminals."

Tania also has been recognized as a premier LNG and natural gas storage regulatory lawyer in the U.S.  (Chambers USA, 2010).  She has participated in over 30 administrative proceedings involving the siting,  construction and operation of LNG and natural gas pipeline and storage facilities, before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy.  Tania offers clients in-depth knowledge and experience in administrative litigation matters involving challenges to infrastructure development under U.S. federal law and public policy grounds.  She also advises clients on a wide range of regulatory compliance matters including administrative audits, standards of conduct and affiliate issues, and energy trading and risk management assessments and programs.

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  • Education

    2002 - J.D., Fordham University School of Law
    1998 - B.A., Economics and Political Science, Columbia College, Columbia University

    While in law school, Tania served as the Managing Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Journal. Tania is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

  • Representative experience
    • Representing project developer of mid-scale LNG infrastructure around the globe in development of U.S. Gulf Coast LNG export project to serve the Caribbean and Central America
    • Advising multiple project developers and participants on U.S./Mexico and U.S./Canada cross-border natural gas and LNG import/export arrangements, including assessment of natural gas pipeline capacity and gas supply considerations.
    • Representing project developer of first LNG export project in the U.S. Lower-48, including obtaining regulatory approvals from FERC and DOE for the siting, construction and operation of liquefaction facilities and the export of domestically-produced natural gas in the form of LNG
    • Representing multiple LNG terminal developers with respect to applications and regulatory issues associated with the siting, construction, commissioning and operation of LNG terminals in the East Coast, Gulf Coast, West Coast and Puerto Rico, including representation of the first two LNG projects in the lower-48 proposing the export of domestically-produced LNG
    • Representing developers of interstate natural gas pipelines, including pipeline developed to transport shale gas to market, in all aspects of FERC certificate, tariff and rate proceedings under the Natural Gas Act, as well as related permitting, construction and commercial issues
    • Represented developers of natural gas storage projects in all aspects of FERC certificate, tariff and rate proceedings under the Natural Gas Act, as well as related permitting, construction and commercial issues including drafting and negotiation of precedent agreements and storage service agreements
    • Drafted model power purchase agreement for use by developer in connection with portfolio of solar projects; negotiated terms of power purchase agreements with offtakers
    • Represented hedge fund dedicated to investment in clean energy power generation infrastructure, including providing advice regarding financial and other incentives, such as environmental attribute financings, available in connection with privately negotiated equity investments; and drafting commercial form agreements to support investments, such as the power purchase agreement, and engineering, procurement and construction agreement
    • Representing developer of renewable energy ventures in connection with its acquisition of biomass power plants, including due diligence, assessment of regulatory scheme and impact on commercial arrangements, preparation/review of project documents including power purchase/offtake, interconnection, operations and maintenance, and engineering, procurement and construction
    • Provided advice regarding the formation of an energy trading affiliate, including risk assessment and management; identification of trading commodities and markets; ISO/RTO market participation and rules, as well as NYMEX, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and CME Clear Port markets and participation; green energy credit markets (RECs and CO2 allowances traded under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)); market-based rate authorization from FERC; reporting and recordkeeping requirements; regulatory compliance program addressing FERC and CFTC (including Dodd-Frank reform) requirements; electronic trading platform; and master agreements (ISDA, EEI, NAESB)
    • Advised electric cooperative in acquisition of 272MW electric generation project in Colorado, including application under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act and related filings
    • Advised electric cooperative and its special purpose subsidiary in $600 million project financing of an undivided interest in a new coal fired power plant in Texas
    • Represented natural gas pipeline developer in negotiating interconnect agreement involving complex gas quality and interchangeability issues; and drafted Standards of Conduct Policies and Procedures for pipeline company
    • Represented the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the organization charged with implementing and administering the unbundled wholesale electric markets in New York State, in numerous matters and FERC proceedings involving the design and operation of the NYISO markets for energy, ancillary services, installed capacity and transmission congestion contracts.
  • Professional activities
    • Energy Bar Association, Natural Gas Committee and Renewable Energy Committee
    • New York City Bar Association, Project Finance Committee
    • New York State Bar
    • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, New York Sub-Chapter Founding Committee Member
    • Women in Infrastructure
    • Hispanic Lawyers Society of New York
    • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
  • Professional honors
    • Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, 2009-2015
    • New York Metro Rising Star, energy and natural resources, Thomson Reuters, 2011 - 2014
    • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis, 2011
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Exporting Crude Oil: Policy Update and Prospects for Projects," New York City Bar, Committee of Project Finance and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, New York Sub-Chapter, New York, NY, April 29, 2015
    • "Energy & Environmental Symposium: Focus on Energy Security," Faegre Baker Daniels' and FaegreBD Consulting's Annual Energy and Environmental Symposium, Washington, DC, February 24, 2015
    • "U.S. LNG Export Projects: Regulatory Insight," Gas Shipping North America Conference, Houston, TX, September 9, 2014
    • "The Shale Gas Boom:  Update on Shale Plays and Hydraulic Fracturing," International Energy Credit Association Spring Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 6-8, 2014
    • "Getting Energy to Market:  Interstate Pipelines and LNG Terminals," ALI CLE and ELI Webinar, April 8, 2014
    • "Exploring Global LNG Development Opportunities," Minimizing Risks in Upstream Oil and Gas Contract Management Conference, Houston, TX, February 11-12, 2014 
    • "Market Outlets for Shale Gas and Infrastructure Development: Issues and Opportunities for U.S. LNG Exports," YPE Energy Summit, Las Vegas, NV, April 23-25, 2012
    • "Shale Gas: the Plays and the Playing Field, The Transactional, Regulatory and Litigation Landscape," Fulbright & Jaworski Seminar, The Union Club of New York, October 18, 2011
  • Publications
    • "Energy cybersecurity -- a critical concern for the nation," Data Protection Report, April 9, 2015
    • "Small scale LNG:  European Energy infrastructure opportunities," Norton Rose Fulbright Briefing, January 15, 2014
    • "Developments in the Dutch Energy Market," The American Lawyer:  Focus Europe, July 2013
    • "FERC Says No Jurisdiction Over Existing Facilities In Hawaii For LNG Imports," Fulbright Alert, January 18, 2013
    • "US LNG Exports: A Strike Against the LNG-Crude Oil Linked Pricing System?," Infrastructure Journal, Fulbright Briefing, November 15, 2012
    • "DOE Concurs with FERC: 'Induced' Shale Production Impact Analysis Not Required by FERC for Authorization of Sabine Pass LNG Export Project," Fulbright Briefing, August 9, 2012
    • "FERC Approves Sabine Pass LNG Exports and Vacates Jordan Cove LNG Imports," Fulbright Alert, April 17, 2012
    • "US LNG Exports on Track to Enter Global LNG Trade," Infrastructure Journal, July 2011
    • "FERC Trends in Natural Gas – Shale Gas Boom Spurs Billions in Infrastructure Development and Economic Opportunities," Trends in Energy Disputes 2011, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., June 2011
    • "US Gas-Pipeline Earnings Examined," The Petroleum Economist Ltd., 2010
    • "January 2010 FERC Meeting Highlights: NOPR on Investment in Electric Utilities, Market Transparency to Include Electric Coops and Clarification on Pipeline Posting Requirements," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Briefing, January 27, 2010
    • "Supreme Court Clarifies Applicability of Mobile-Sierra Doctrine to Third-Party Contract Challenges," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Briefing, January 15, 2010
    • FERC Continues Quest to Improve Market Transparency and Seeks to Adopt New NAESB Standards," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Briefing, July 2009
    • "FERC Expands Disclosure Requirements, Re-affirms Capacity Release Rule and Seeks Comments on NOI for NGPA Section 311 and Hinshaw Pipelines," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Alert, November 2008
    • "FERC's Landmark Case of Gas Quality and Interchangeability - Will it Have a Chilling Effect of U.S. LNG Imports?" Pipeline and Gas Journal, September 2007
    • "FERC's Interim Rule Partially Repromulgating Standards of Conduct For Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines," King & Spalding Client Alert, January 2007
    • Excerpts in "Report of the Natural Gas Regulation Committee," Energy Law Journal, Energy Bar Association, 2006 and 2007
    • Excerpts in "Gas Regulation: A Global Competition Special Review," Getting The Deal Through, 2005, 2006 and 2007
    • "The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Regulatory Challenges for US Land-Based LNG Terminals," Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence, May 2006
  • Civic involvement
    • Columbia College Latino Alumni Law Student Association, Member and Mentor
  • Licenses
    • New York State Bar License
  • Languages
    • Spanish - Fluent