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Summary: Currents is a podcast published by Norton Rose Fulbright that features in-depth discussions on the latest developments in project finance. The podcast is hosted by associate Chadron Edwards, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.

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 Ep20: Tax Changes Affects on Transactions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:47

Join Keith Martin, David Gillespie and Michael Masri as they take you through over a dozen provisions in the recently enacted tax bill that will affect transactions in the power and broader infrastructure markets. This special episode was recorded live on December 19 starting with an overview of the changes followed by answering audience questions. 

 Tax Bill's Impact on the US Power Market | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:09

A massive tax-cut tax bill that is in the final stages in Congress has significant consequences for the US power industry, especially renewable energy companies. Keith Martin, partner in the Washington office, joins us to discuss the implications.

 Ep18: Mexico Power Auctions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:31

Dramatic change is underway in Mexico's power sector. Clean energy auctions awarding long-term power purchase agreements have been a great success so far. The results of the third and most recent auction were announced in November, bringing some of the lowest prices for renewable energy in the world. We're joined by Raquel Bierzwinsky, partner in the New York and Mexico City offices, to discuss the auction and the reform of the Mexican renewables sector more broadly.

 Ep17: Back-leverage Loans: Trends and Issues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:55

Back-leverage loans have become the primary way to raise debt for tax equity-funded renewable energy projects in the US. Today, we're joined by Ralph Cho and Mike Pantelogianis, Co-Heads of Power and Infrastructure Finance, North America at Investec, to discuss the state of the back-leverage loan market.

 Ep16: Renewable Energy Hedges | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:02

To kick off Season 2 of Currents, we've invited Rob Eberhardt, partner in New York, to discuss financial hedges for renewable energy projects. Rob helped to develop an innovative new wind power hedge last year that attracted considerable attention in the market.

 Ep15: Cross-border Energy M&A Transactions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:40

Mergers and acquisitions activity in the energy sector is on the rise, and cross-border transactions are driving much of this activity. In today's episode, we talk to Marwan Azzi, from our New York office, who gives us an in-depth view of how these transactions work and shares his insight on market trends.

 Ep14: Political Risk Insurance: Industry Overview and Trends | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:25

As political uncertainty continues to dominate the news, we take a closer look at political risk insurance: a valuable tool when developing projects in riskier emerging markets. Ken Hansen, partner in our Washington office, joins us to give a breakdown of the industry and major players, and discuss recent developments.

 Ep13: Spotlight on LNG-to-Power Projects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:02

The global LNG industry has seen remarkable growth in a short time. Noam Ayali and Brian Greene, partners in our Washington, DC office, fill us in on the market, how these projects are developed and financed, and some of the hurtles you might face.

 Ep12: WIFIA and the US Water Infrastructure Gap | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:06

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, “WIFIA,” is a funding mechanism that was enacted to address the US water infrastructure gap. WIFIA aims to encourage private investment in public water infrastructure projects, and the EPA announced this week that it had received 43 letters of interest in its first round of solicitations. In this episode, we speak with Jake Falk, Counsel in our Washington, DC office, to discuss the WIFIA program.

 Bonus: An Interview with Governor Pataki | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:37

In this special bonus episode, Governor Pataki discusses his political views and influences, what motivates him, and his advice for the next generation.

 Ep11: Gov. Pataki's Perspective on Energy and Infrastructure | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:36

In this episode, we're joined by the 53rd Governor of New York state, George E. Pataki, to discuss his views on the future of energy and infrastructure under the Trump administration.

 Ep10: How US Tax Reform Could Affect Renewables | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:00

As the Trump administration and the Republican Congress continue to work on corporate tax reform, we speak to Keith Martin, partner in the Washington, DC office and co-head of the project finance group, to walk us through some of the proposals and their potential effects on the US renewable energy industry.

 Ep9: My Favorite Project, Part One | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:58

Four project finance lawyers talk about their favorite projects in this episode. From racking up frequent flier miles traveling the world, to bringing a project to a war torn country, to only sleeping for 13 hours in an entire week, Todd Alexander, Doug Fried and William Nicholson talk about some of the highlights of their careers.

 Ep8: Tax Equity 101 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:12

Tax equity transactions have been a mainstay of financing renewable energy projects in the US. William Nicholson, associate in the New York office, joins us to give a primer on how these transactions are structured and key considerations that developers and investors should keep in mind.

 Ep7: 2017 Renewable Energy Outlook | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:45

The renewable energy industry saw a tremendous amount of success in 2016, but the new year brings some uncertainty, both in the US and abroad. In this episode, we speak to Todd Alexander, partner in Chadbourne's New York office, to discuss why he thinks 2017 will be continue to bring success to the industry.


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