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Baker Botts Bolsters Renewables, Energy and Environmental Practices in San Francisco & New York

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2018 – Baker Botts, L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Jeffrey M. Kayes and Adam Griffin have joined the firm’s Global Projects Department as Partners. Mr. Kayes will be based in San Francisco and Mr. Griffin in New York.

“Jeff and Adam are outstanding lawyers with strong backgrounds in sophisticated energy and renewables project financings, and tax equity transactions, having represented leading developers, private equity sponsors and strategic investors across the country,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Jeff and Adam add a wealth of finance and renewables experience to Baker Botts’ already deep bench of energy project finance experience. Their presence will allow Baker Botts to expand those skills in an even larger way,” said Jason Bennett, Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Projects Department.

In joining Baker Botts, Jeff and Adam are once again teaming up with former environmental and energy colleagues Chris Carr and Navi Dhillon, both of whom are based in Baker Botts' San Francisco office. Chris joined the firm in July 2017 and Navi in June 2018.

“In addition to the industry leading expertise that Jeff and Adam bring to the firm, Navi brings extensive experience and a winning record, in complex environmental, energy and land-use litigation and counseling,” said Pat Stanton, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s San Francisco office.

“The addition of these three outstanding lawyers really enhances the world class services we are providing clients in all facets of energy, renewables; and environmental matters,” added Mr. Baker.


Jeffrey M. Kayes, Partner - San Francisco

Mr. Kayes' practice focuses on representing financial institutions, borrowers and lenders in equity and debt financing. Mr. Kayes has experience in project finance, leveraged acquisition finance and the financing and development of renewable energy projects and manufacturing facilities.

He has provided advise to clients related to syndicated facilities, domestic and cross-border loans, asset- and cash-flow-based facilities, private placements of debt securities, letter of credit financings, domestic and cross-border loans, vendor financings, private placements of debt securities and bankruptcy-related financings.

He has represented clients operating in a variety of industries, including renewable energy, gaming, biotechnology, finance, clean technology, software, and semiconductors.

Mr. Kayes is recognized for Project Finance and Renewable/Alternative Energy by The Legal 500, 2013–2017.

Mr. Kayes is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Adam Griffin, Partner - New York City

Mr. Griffin's practice focuses on energy and infrastructure projects in the area of acquisition financings, restructurings, project and tax equity transactions, and debt and equity financing.

He works with developers, private and public companies, lenders, private equity sponsors, financial institutions, and equity investors on project finance and related transactions in the traditional energy, renewable energy and infrastructure arena.

Mr. Griffin is a graduate of the University of Akron and received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Navi Dhillon, Special Counsel - San Francisco

Mr. Dhillon is a litigator, focusing on complex civil disputes. He is a trusted advisor to clients across diverse industries, including technology, private equity, renewable energy, mining, infrastructure, manufacturing, water districts, wine, and agriculture. His representations have involved a variety of sensitive business concerns, from natural resources, land use, real estate, and air pollution, to securities matters, class actions, contract disputes, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Dhillon handles all aspects of civil litigation, including filing and responding to complaints, motion practice, depositions, mandamus proceedings, bench and jury trials, and appeals. He has opposed multiple preliminary injunction motions seeking to block construction of highly controversial projects and helped clients secure favorable judgments in a range of cases.

In 2017, Law360 recognized Navi as a "Rising Star," an honor given to only three environmental lawyers under 40 in the United States.

Mr. Dhillon is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and received his J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law.

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