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Overview

Seth’s legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general business law. He has extensive experience designing and executing successful legislative and regulatory strategies at the federal, state and local level in the United States.  In addition, Seth regularly advocates on behalf of clients on matters before the European Union Parliament in Brussels as well as the U.K. Parliament in London.

In the energy and infrastructure area, Seth routinely represents energy and infrastructure businesses in project finance, negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, energy and infrastructure asset development projects and multi-state and federal legislative and regulatory matters.

In 2003, Seth took a leave of absence from the firm to accept a political appointment by the Attorney General of Virginia as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Commerce & Financial Law—a position he held until December 2005. In that capacity, he had overall responsibility for the legal representation of all state boards and agencies reporting to the Secretary of Finance and the Secretary of Commerce & Trade. In addition, he played a leadership role in the Attorney General's successful policy initiatives in the areas of economic development, regulatory reform, gang violence and domestic violence. Through this experience, Seth has a unique understanding of legislative, administrative and regulatory policy-making and puts this experience to work for his clients in ways that ensure the economic security of their businesses.

Recognition

Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Government Relations, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015 and 2017

Named to “Legal Elite, Legislative, Administrative and Regulatory Law, Virginia Business, 2007-2011, 2013-2014, 2017; Business Law, 2016 and 2018

Selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011

Inside Business Top 40 Under 40, 2002

  • Virginia Legal Elite

Experience

Experience

Counsel to leading global energy and infrastructure company in the development of numerous “greenfield” manufacturing facility projects. Projects total $500 million in assets deployed or in the pipeline.

Counsel to, and Executive Director of, the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association representing the industrial wood pellet industry in supply chain infrastructure issues including policy advocacy at the European Union Parliament in Brussels and the United Kingdom Parliament in London.  Work also includes issues surrounding the standardization of trading contracts, quality specifications and sustainability criteria.

Counsel to numerous energy and infrastructure companies in negotiation and drafting of long term fuel supply agreements with European utilities.

Counsel to a number of landfill gas-to-energy developers. Representation has included negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements, project finance and structuring various forms or capital related to the transactions, as well as general counsel related to various corporate matters.

Counsel to an international wood pellet manufacturer in a substantial recapitalization of its business by an international alternative energy private equity fund and multiple subsequent mergers and acquisitions of strategic targets in the industry.

Counsel to an international combined heat and power biomass developer relating to drafting and negotiation of energy supply agreement and in recapitalization of its business.

Counsel to numerous renewable energy companies relating to legislative initiatives including drafting, negotiating and successfully lobbying the passage of various new laws relating to renewable energy including a real and personal property tax exemption for “renewable energy” projects in Virginia.

Counsel to numerous renewable energy companies relating to multi-state economic development incentives including successfully negotiating the award of multiple multi-million dollar grants for projects.

Counsel to the Virginia Retirement System, Virginia’s state run pension fund with over $75 billion under management.

Counsel to Virginia College Savings Plan, the country’s largest 529 plan with over $22 billion in assets under management.

Counsel to Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, Virginia’s economic development financing arm providing debt financing to businesses in Virginia – representation included due diligence, advice and counsel on approval of financings.

Counsel to an Internet-based investor information company in a public offering and listing on the London Stock Exchange valued at over $100 million.

Counsel to a privately-held event management and ticketing company when it was acquired by a NASDAQ listed entertainment and travel conglomerate in a $23 million stock swap structured as a tax-free transaction.

Counsel to a pari-mutuel thoroughbred and standardbred racetrack in a ‘going private’ merger.

Counsel to numerous corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies in private placement offerings of securities, including Section 4(2) and Reg D Rule 506 sales.

Perspectives

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Virginia Bar Association

American Bar Association

Business and Civic Organizations

Virginia Alternative and Renewable Energy Association, Board of Directors

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, Fellow

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce, Appointed Member

Leadership Metro Richmond, 2009-2010

University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D.

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A.

  • Virginia
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