Deanne M. Barrow

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Washington DC
United States
T:+1 202 974 5763
Washington DC
United States
T:+1 202 974 5763
Deanne M. Barrow

Deanne M. Barrow

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Biography

Deanne Barrow is a transactional lawyer focusing on project development, financing and M&A transactions for energy and infrastructure projects, with a special focus on solar energy, wind energy and energy storage. 

She has considerable experience with the development, financing, acquisition and sale of battery storage projects, including stand-alone, hybrid, front-of-meter and behind-the-meter projects in CAISO, ERCOT, PJM and other regions. Her clients include emerging and high-growth companies as well as large corporate sponsors, developers, lenders and investors.

Deanne is the US editor of our law firm's quarterly Energy Storage Updater.


Professional experience

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  • LL.M, with highest honors, Energy and Environmental Law, Thomas Burgenthal Scholarship, George Washington University Law School, 2011
  • BA, with honors, Law, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • BS, with highest honors, Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York State Bar

ENERGY STORAGE

  • Represented the A$170 billion (US$114 billion) AustralianSuper pension fund in connection with, alongside other investors, an aggregate US$1.5 billion equity raise by Generate Capital to fund deployment of behind-the-meter battery storage projects and other distributed sustainable infrastructure. 
  • Represented a consortium of lenders in connection with the US$2.3 billion financing of the CCGT/ standalone battery storage Southland project in southern California sponsored by The AES Corporation. The transaction was named "North American Power Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International. 
  • Represented Société Générale and Silicon Valley Bank in connection with the US$40.6 million term loan financing of the Lawa'i solar and battery storage project in Kauai, Hawaii. The transaction was named "North America Battery Storage Deal of the Year" by IJ Global.
  • Represented SUSI Partners on its acquisition of a 340MWh portfolio of C&I battery storage systems in southern California from Macquarie Capital's Green Investment Group.
  • Represented a tax equity investor on a master partnership flip facility to finance a large portfolio of residential solar installations including batteries.
  • Represented Innolith Science and Technology GmbH on drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements for the development and commercialization of a novel battery technology.
  • Advised a leading South Korean OEM on warranties for its debut residential energy storage product in the US.


SOLAR

  • Represented Dividend Finance, LLC in connection with a US$105 million warehouse aggregation facility and subsequent securitization of residential solar loans. The transaction was named "Esoteric Asset-Backed Securities Deal of the Year" by GlobalCapital. 
  • Represented I Squared Capital on the purchase of Duke Energy's Latin American businesses in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador and Argentina for a US$1.2 billion enterprise value.
  • Represented an energy infrastructure asset management firm in a tax equity financing and construction debt financing for six community solar projects in New York opposite US Bank and Seminole Financial.
  • Represented the lenders on an acquisition financing for the purchase of a 100-MW portfolio of residential solar PV projects associated with Capital Dynamics' acquisition of 8point3 Energy Partners.
  • Represented a leading solar developer in connection with a rare leveraged overlapping inverted lease financing of a utility-scale solar farm in North Carolina.
  • Represented SunPower Corporation in connection with a partnership flip tax equity financing for a portfolio of residential solar projects.
  • Represented NRG Renew LLC on a tax equity partnership flip for a portfolio of commercial and industrial solar projects.


WIND

  • Represented Clearway Energy on the US$381 million repowering of the 161 MW Wildorado wind project and 121.9 MW Elbow Creek wind project in Texas. The transaction was named "North America Wind Deal of the Year" by IJ Global.
  • Represented Clearway Energy Group in connection with a debt and partnership flip tax equity financing for the construction of the 419-MW Mesquite Star wind project in Texas.
  • Represented Google Inc. on an investment in the 310-MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, which has a US$853 million syndicated financing package representing the single largest private investment in Kenya's history.
  • Represented Falvez Energy on a $129 million construction loan and tax equity commitment for the 163 MW Astra wind project.
  • Represented UBS Asset Management on the acquisition of a portfolio of three wind repowering projects.


FUEL CELLS AND RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS

  • Represented the lenders on a construction loan facility to Fuel Cell Energy, Inc. for a fuel cell project at a US Navy base.
  • Represented PNC Energy Capital in connection with a sale-leaseback tax equity financing for the development of fuel cell power plants.
  • Representing Brightmark Energy on development of anaerobic digester renewable natural gas facilities.


GAS AND LNG

  • Represented a syndicate of commercial bank lenders in connection with the US$4.025 billion financing of Train Two of the US$12.5 billion Freeport LNG liquefaction and export project in Texas. The transaction was named "Americas Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International.
  • Represented International Finance Corporation (IFC), Central American Bank For Economic Integration, Bancolombia, Banco General and Global Bank on the financing of the US$1 billion Colón LNG-to-power project in Panama, sponsored by The AES Corporation and Inversiones Bahía.
  • Represented Investec as lead arranger on the US$225 million refinancing of Primary Energy Recycling Corp., a portfolio of behind-the-fence generation assets sponsored by Fortistar.
  • Represented the initial purchasers in connection with the Rule 144A/Regulation S issuance of US$1.25 billion of senior secured notes by FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Registration (Patent Bar), 2013
  • Research Fellow, Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit, Inter-American Development Bank, 2010–2013
  • Spanish

Knowledge

Global: Energy Storage Updater: September 2020

Publication | September 29, 2020

UK: Energy Storage Updater: June 2020

Publication | June 26, 2020

Focus on energy storage

Publication | June 26, 2020

Global: Financing solar-plus-storage

Publication | June 26, 2020