Clean Technology 2010

Laura Hegedus

Special Counsel

Cooley LLP

Laura Hegedus is special counsel in the Cooley Godward Kronish business department and is a member of the firm's clean energy and technologies group. She is resident in the Washington, DC office. Laura practices in the areas of renewable energy project development, finance and tax planning. Her focus is on developing clean energy projects and programs and structuring investments in them. Laura has worked for developers, equity investors, lenders and utilities in transactions involving wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, waste-to-energy and landfill gas facilities, as well as biofuels. She has counseled clients on a wide range of federal and state renewable energy incentive programs, including production and investment tax credits, loan guarantee and economic development programs, feed-in tariffs and property/excise tax agreements. She also has experience in general corporate tax planning for acquisitions/dispositions, cross-border payments and corporate finance. Representative experience includes: - Tax counsel to wind energy developers in equity monetization transactions for wind farm portfolios, valued at $300-500 million. - Representation of solar energy company in series of sale/leaseback transactions providing capital for utility-scale and commercial rooftop projects. - Counseling of solar energy companies in structuring power purchase agreements and equipment leases. - Advice to clients in connection with applications under government loan, grant, rebate and community development programs, including U.S. Department of Energy and Treasury programs funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. Laura also has significant experience designing and implementing solar financing programs enabled by public/private partnerships, including equipment leasing or financing programs in Arizona, California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Laura received her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1998. She received her J.D. (cum laude) in 1993 from Tulane Law School, where she was senior managing editor of the Tulane Law Review, and her A.B. (with honors) from Occidental College in 1989. She is admitted to practice in New York (from 1995) and the District of Columbia (from 2006).
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