Currents show


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 partner Todd Alexander, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.

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 Ep36: CFIUS Legislation Update | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:51

Amanda Rosenberg tells us what the major changes to CFIUS are and how they will affect the energy industry, including details on the new review authority, changes to process, mandatory declarations and when everything comes into effect.

 Ep35: PACE Securitization Overview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:53

Listen in as Patrick Dolan offers a general overview of securitization and then dives specifically into the niche market of property assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds. We cover which states are doing the highest volume in PACE securitizations, a history of the ratings, residential versus commercial and where he sees the future of the program.

 Ep34: Legal Perspective: Back-leveraged Loans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:14

Jim Berger discusses back-leveraged loans from a legal perspective, going over the big picture of project structures as well as the most negotiated points in these transactions, the breakdown of benefits for sponsor members and tax equity investors, security packages, cash sweeps and more.

 Ep33: IPPs, PPAs, and Chapter 11 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:52

Bankruptcy lawyer Howard Seife sits down to talk about what happens when a power purchaser files for bankruptcy, using the recent Chapter 11 filing by First Energy Solutions as a case study. As we see more power projects financed based on projected cash flows from corporate PPAs, IPPs need to understand the credit risk presented by a potential bankruptcy of their counterparty.

 Ep32: Capital Dynamics' View on the Solar Market | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:13

We sat down with Benoit Allehaut, director on the clean energy infrastructure team at Capital Dynamics, fresh off the heels of its acquisition and privatization of 8point3 Energy Partners LP. Benoit shares his views on how much appetite there is currently in the market for solar, the effects of the new solar tariffs, PPAs, the future of energy storage and more.

 Ep31: CFIUS: A Closer Look | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:05

Join us as we take a closer look at CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the committee is charged with reviewing transactions in which a foreign person will gain control over a US trade or business. Amanda Rosenberg talks about the basics, national security, specific project finance concerns, lessons learned and what is happening today.

 Ep30: New York: Renewable Energy Incubator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:41

Todd Alexander meets with Alicia Barton, president of NYSERDA to discuss New York's 50% renewable energy by 2030 plan, their aims for the offshore wind market and their stance on energy storage.

 Ep29: Increasing Regulatory Headwinds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:06

Keith Martin joins Todd Alexander to talk about the likely outcome of DOE efforts to halt coal and nuclear power plant retirements, how the growing number of US import tariffs is affecting the market, and possible moves this summer to place further restrictions on inbound US investment.

 Ep28: The M&A Landscape | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:44

Todd Alexander discusses the M&A landscape, macro trends in the market, valuations, assumptions, natural owners and more with industry veteran Ted Brandt of Marathon Capital.

 Ep27: Representations and Warranties Insurance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:08

Join us as Matt Heinz, Senior Managing Director at Aon Transaction Solutions, unpacks representations and warranties insurance, a product that is now considered an essential tool in closing deals. We will discuss the market-driven pricing of policies, buyer's and seller's advantages, special considerations for the energy industry and more.

 Ep26: Tax Credit Insurance for Renewable Projects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:08

Tax equity transactions have been a mainstay of financing renewable energy projects. While the general idea—using the tax benefits from renewable energy projects as a way to generate financing for their construction—is not very complicated, tax-equity participants are subject to a number of tax risks. We speak with Daniel Schoenberg, Senior Managing Director at Aon Transaction Solutions to learn exactly what is tax credit insurance and how it is used in the renewable space.

 Ep25: Energy Storage Drivers & Pitfalls, a Webinar with ICF | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:42

Please join us for a webinar from Norton Rose Fulbright and ICF on energy storage. Our own Kat Gamache and Deanne Barrow are joined by Judah Rose and Shankar Chandramowli from ICF to discuss market drivers of storage adoption and potential risks and challenges.

 Ep24: Net Metering and Community Solar Update | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:23

As the community solar market continues to expand, our associate Ana Vucetic joins us to provide an update on the market and takes us through important recent changes in net metering rules across several key states.

 Ep23: Solar Revenue Puts with Richard Matsui, KwH Analytics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:03

Richard Matsui, CEO of KwH Analytics, joins us to discuss the Solar Revenue Put, an innovative new financial product that may change the way many solar projects are financed. While the solar industry faces the potential impact of tariffs, we explore how this product can reduce project costs.

 Ep22: Cost of Capital | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:23

Please join us for a special episode featuring our 2018 Cost of Capital webinar. Partner Keith Martin moderates and is joined by panelists John C.S. Anderson of Manulife/John Hancock, Jean-Pierre Boudrias of Goldman Sachs, Jack Cargas of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ralph Cho of Investec, and John Eber of J.P.Morgan.


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