Ikenna Emehelu

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 408 5270
New York
United States
T:+1 212 408 5270
Ikenna Emehelu

Ikenna Emehelu


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Ikenna Emehelu helps sponsors, lenders and equity investors structure, negotiate and document project financing, acquisition and divesture of power, energy, transportation and other major infrastructure projects.

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JD, Yale Journal of International Law, Yale Law School, 2002
BA, summa cum laude, University of Bridgeport, 1999

  • Connecticut State Bar
  • New York State Bar

Domestic transactions

  • Represented senior and back-leverage lenders in connection with the financing of the 230 MW Mariah North Wind power project, serving the high-demand ERCOT market in Parmer County, Texas, with a 13-year, fixed-price hedge for its power production.
  • Represented Tenaska Power Funding in the US$455 million Term Loan B refinancing of three gas-fired power plants.
  • Represented the senior lenders to the Los Vientos IA and IB wind farms, developed by affiliates of Duke Energy, with an aggregate capacity of 402 MW.
  • Represented Caithness Energy and GE Energy Finance, as sponsors, in the development and financing of an 850 MW wind project in Oregon, including the application for a U.S. Department of Energy loan guaranty in support of the debt financing for the project.
  • Represented North American Development Bank as senior lender to a 20 MWAC/25 MWDC solar facility in Arizona, developed by SunEdison, Inc.
  • Represented the senior lenders, led by Union Bank of California and Santander, on the financing of the 484 MW gas-fired Walnut Creek power project in California, sponsored by Edison Mission Energy.
  • Represented the Carlyle Group, as senior lender to the Plainfield Renewable Energy project, a 37.5 MW biomass facility in Connecticut.
  • Represented Siemens Financial Services, Inc. in connection with a “holdco” financing for a 604 MW natural gas CCGT power plant.
  • Represented lenders in connection with GenPower Holdings’ US$130 million construction financing for the Dunkard Creek water treatment facility to service Longview Power, LLC's approximately 769 MW coal-fired power generation facility in Monongalia County, West Virginia.
  • Represented developer in turbine and construction-loan financing of 65 MW wind farm in Pennsylvania.
  • Represented lenders in financing of an upstream and midstream oil and gas project in Arkansas.
  • Represented a lender in equipment financing of heat recovery system generators for portfolio of power plants.
  • Represented a lender in connection with the acquisition and project financing of hazardous waste recycling facility.
  • Represented developer in multiple financings and acquisitions related to developer's portfolio of landfill-to-gas projects located across the United States.
  • Represented issuers and underwriters in common stock, debt and hybrid securities offerings, including primary and secondary offerings, sovereign offerings, private placements and Regulation S offerings.
International transactions
  • Represented Jamaica Energy Partners in connection with its US$57 million private placement of debt secured by two power plants in Jamaica.
  • Represented a US investor in connection with its investment in a 450 MW gas-fired power project in Nigeria.
  • Representing a private equity fund in connection with the development and financing of a portfolio of solar-diesel hybrid projects in Africa.
  • Representing a developer in connection with the development of a gas-fired power project in Ghana.
  • Represented Conduit Capital Partners in connection with the development and project financing of a 66 MW HFO-fired power project in West Kingston, Jamaica.
  • Representing a developer in connection with a private placement to raise funds to upgrade transmission grids in various African countries.
  • Represented a consortium that was a finalist in the bid for the concession to finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the PR-22 and PR-5 toll roads in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented Standard Bank in connection with project financing of a Mexican copper mine.
  • Represented Standard Bank in connection with project financing of a Mexican gold mine.
  • Represented sponsor in workout and divestiture of water and wastewater services concession in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented commercial lenders in US$250 million expansion of nitrogen injection facility in Mexico.
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Project finance, The Legal 500, 2019
  • Acritas Star, Acritas, 2020
  • "Trump and Africa," Project Finance NewsWire, February 2017
  • "Infrastructure Funds Move Into SEC Spotlight," Project Finance NewsWire, December 2016
  • "Infrastructure Funds Should Take Note of the SEC's Focus on Conflicts and Fee Disclosures," Fund Formation and Investment Management NewsWire, Winter 2016
  • "Stronger US Focus on Africa," Project Finance NewsWire, April 2016
  • "The US SEC Settles Claims Against Hitachi for Alleged Corrupt Payments to Obtain Contracts to Build South African Power Plants," Client Alert, October 8, 2015
  • "Power Privatizations in Africa: Key Lessons," Project Finance NewsWire, November 2014
  • "Irrational Exuberance About Africa?" Project Finance NewsWire, September 2014
  • "Power Africa: Market Reactions to the Obama Initiative: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania," Project Finance NewsWire, December 2013
  • Panelist, “From Zero to Sixty: What It Takes to Launch an Investment Fund,” Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 5, 2016
  • Moderator, “Structuring Hybrid Deal Financings to Attract Institutional and Long-Term Investors,” Infocast’s Energy Project Finance Tutorial, New York, NY, December 9, 2015
  • Moderator, “Is China's Footprint in Africa Declining? Emerging Alternative Finance Sources,” PAN Africa Network, New York, NY September 30, 2015
  • Moderator, “Akon Lighting Africa,” Africa 2030: Enterprise-Led Future, New York, NY September 23, 2015,
  • Panelist, "Power Africa Opportunities," Power Africa B2B Summit organized by the US Commerce Department, April 22, 2014
  • Panelist, "The Role of the Private Sector in Filling Africa’s Infrastructure Gap," Harvard Africa Development Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 28–29, 2014
  • Moderator, "The Re-Emergence of Mezzanine Financing," Power Generation Asset Financing Summit, New York, NY, May 21–23, 2012
  • Moderator, "Market Liquidity, Credit, The Capital Markets and Deal Financing," Power Generation Asset Financing Summit, New York, NY, May 21–23, 2012
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association, 2009–2011
  • Igbo