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James A. Gede, Jr.

Partner
Baltimore

James A. Gede, Jr.

Jay Gede has successfully developed and financed large energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and around the globe for three decades. He is an experienced advisor to developers, sponsors, lenders, equity participants, and technology providers to renewable energy, solar, hydro, thermal, and fossil fuel projects.

Widely recognized as an authority in the energy sector, Jay is a leader in the firm's international Energy group. He leads teams that successfully develop and finance novel and difficult energy and infrastructure projects in the United States, Europe, Africa, Central America, South America, and the Middle East. Whether a trash-to-jet fuel first-of-its-kind technology project in the United States, a lake bed methane-fueled project in Rwanda, the initial rated financing of a wind portfolio, waste-to-energy projects across the United States, or the restructuring of IPP projects for the holder of the first FERC-issued power marketing license, Jay is at the forefront of the development and financing of large, cutting-edge projects.

As legal counsel, Jay understands both the legal and business issues on all sides of a project, enabling him to develop innovative solutions to difficult issues. Developing a structure to obtain an investment grade rating on a project-financed transaction where there are literally hundreds of non-investment quality suppliers of biomass fuel is a good and recent example.

Jay is not only a leader in the energy sector; he is a leader at Hogan Lovells. He has served as the Administrative Partner for the Baltimore Office, the Managing Partner of our Abu Dhabi office, the co-founder of our U.S. Renewable Energy practice, and one of the Co-Chairs of our international Energy group.

"Highest possible ranking in both legal ability and ethical standards."

Martindale Hubbel

Representative Experience

Counsel to technology provider and developer of first trash-to-jet fuel commercial scale project in the U.S.

Counsel to developers of coal projects in Panama and Kosovo.

Counsel to General Electric in connection with their equity investments in power projects in the U.S.

Counsel to TAQA in connection with the expansion, conversion of diesel to natural gas and the project financing of a power plant in Ghana.

Counsel to the Government of Rwanda in connection with a power plant using Lake Kivu methane as fuel.

Counsel to Parker Ranch in Hawaii in connection with its power project activities.

Assisted Citizens Power (the holder of the first FERC power marketing license) to restructure IPP projects across the U.S.

Representing NRG in connection with its negotiation of O&M contracts for a fleet of wind turbines in the United States from a single turbine supplier.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., with highest honors, Virginia Military Institute, 1979

Memberships

  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

2014

Energy: Renewable/Alternative

Legal 500 US

2003-2004

Who's Who in Executives and Professionals

2003

Project Finance Magazine 2003 North American Deal of the Year (Renewable Energy)

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