Lance Brasher is global head of Skadden’s Energy and Infrastructure Group. He has served for more than 20 years as lead lawyer in complex acquisition, financing and development transactions involving energy and infrastructure facilities in the United States and around the world.


Mr. Brasher has advised energy companies, utilities, developers, investors and lenders in all phases of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects; gas and coal-fired power plants; transmission lines; electric distribution assets; LNG and gas processing facilities; natural gas pipelines; and sports facilities.

Mr. Brasher repeatedly has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, IFLR1000 and other publications.

Representative transactions include:

  • Enel in the sale to GE of an interest in 44 wind and hydroelectric power generation projects located in the United States and Canada and related joint venture arrangements;
  • A leading tax equity investor in the acquisition of ownership and tax equity interests in solar and wind projects;
  • InterGen in:

    • the acquisition of an ownership interest in the ESJ wind project in Mexico and related joint venture and financing arrangements; and
    • in a $1.8 billion refinancing of corporate bond, term loan, letter of credit and revolving credit facilities;
  • NextEra in the formation of NextEra Energy Partners, a yieldco owning solar and wind generating assets in the United States and Canada;
  • NorthWestern Energy in its $900 million acquisition of 11 hydroelectric generating facilities in Montana from PPL Montana and a related bridge financing facility, $450 million bond financing and $450 million equity issuance;
  • First Solar in connection with:

    • in the formation of 8point3 Energy Partners, a joint venture yieldco with SunPower;
    • construction and the sale to MidAmerican Energy of the Topaz Solar Farm, a 550 MW solar PV located in California;
    • $1.46 billion financing, construction and sale of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight solar project in California, with financing led by Citi and Goldman Sachs;
    • $646 million financing, construction and sale to Exelon of Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One, a 230 MW solar project in California; and
    • $967 million financing, construction and sale to NRG Energy of the 290 MW Agua Caliente solar project in Arizona;
  • Samchully Asset Management in its $170 million acquisition from Marathon Oil of an interest in a gas processing plant in Louisiana;
  • PensionDanmark in the acquisition from E.ON Climate & Renewables of an interest in a 430 MW portfolio of U.S. wind farms and in a related private placement financing;
  • NV Energy in the:

    • acquisition of a joint ownership interest in and capacity use arrangements for the One Nevada Transmission Line;
    • acquisitions of the Bighorn, Silverhawk and Lenzie gas-fired power projects — transactions totaling more than $1 billion and approximately 2,400 MW; and
    • construction of the Lenzie, Tracy, Clark and Harry Allen gas-fired generating stations, aggregating approximately 3,000 MW and more than $2 billion; and in development and construction arrangements for the proposed 1,500 MW, $2.5 billion coal-fired Ely Energy Center;
  • AEI in its $1.5 billion term and revolving loan facility led by Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, and in financings relating to AEI’s acquisition of interests in Luz del Sur of Peru, Promigas of Colombia and Del Sur of El Salvador;
  • Prisma Energy in its $2.7 billion sale to AEI, including a related $1 billion financing of Prisma;
  • Bechtel and Shell in the auction and $1.75 billion sale of Intergen, owner of 10 coal and gas-fired power plants totaling more than 7,800 MW in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Australia;
  • Enron in the formation of Prisma Energy, into which Enron transferred its interest in 15 power generation, electricity distribution and natural gas services businesses located in South and Central America, Europe and Asia;
  • banks and other lenders in the financings of FedEx Field for the Washington Redskins, the Nashville Predators’ National Hockey League franchise and Invesco Field for the Denver Broncos; and
  • Dabhol Power Company in the development and $2.9 billion financing of its proposed 2,450 MW power project and LNG regasification facility located in India.

Mr. Brasher’s pro bono representations include the United Planning Organization of Washington, D.C., with respect to the development and construction of a Head Start Early Learning Center.

Following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, Mr. Brasher was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving three years on the USS Harry W. Hill, a navy destroyer, and two years as an economist and operations analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990 (cum laude)
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1982 (with distinction)


  • District of Columbia
  • New Mexico

Lance T. Brasher

Partner, Energy and Infrastructure Projects