Matthew W. S. Estes



Electric Utility M&A and Restructuring, Energy Regulatory, Energy-Related Litigation, Regulation and Transactions

Washington, D.C.

T: +1.202.371.7227

F: 1.202.661.9064


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Matthew W.S. Estes has a broad-based energy practice focused on electric utility M&A and restructuring, and energy-related litigation, including the representation of clients being investigated for potential market manipulation. In his more than 25 years with Skadden, Mr. Estes has represented clients in numerous litigation and transactional matters on behalf of clients in the electric and oil and gas industries. He has appeared before federal district courts, courts of appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Estes also has extensive experience at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions.

Mr. Estes has worked on a number of large electric utility mergers, including the three largest U.S. electric utility mergers, as well as on mergers of independent power producers, hostile mergers and the first electric utility leverage buyout. He also has provided representation regarding electric generation divestitures. Mr. Estes is familiar with the various U.S. electric power markets and market power and market manipulation issues raised in those markets. He has provided strategic advice to a number of clients, not only in the United States but in other countries that also are moving toward the restructuring of their electric utility markets.

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


J.D., University of Virginia Law School, 1983

A.B. Duke University, 1980 (magna cum laude)


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