Bio

Leah Chacón focuses her practice on structuring, developing, financing, selling and acquiring energy and infrastructure projects. Her representative matters include:

  • Brookfield Asset Management in connection with acquisition financing for the Los Ramones pipeline system in Mexico;
  • Sonnedix in its $99 million nonrecourse debt project financing of its 150 MW Atacama Solar PV plant in Chile;
  • SunEdison, Inc. in the:
    • financing of the first solar projects to be project financed in Honduras and the subsequent sale of the solar plants to Globaleq Mesoamerica Energy S.A.;
    • financing of several projects in Chile, including the Javiera project, which was named Latin American Solar Deal of the Year for 2014 by IJGlobal, and the Maria Elena merchant solar power plant in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile; and
    • restructuring and sale of its Australian assets and its global residential solar business to Flextronics International Ltd.;
  • InterGen in the sale of its Mexico assets and businesses, including six combined cycle gas turbine projects comprising 2,200 MW and a 155 MW wind farm, to Actis Group for $1.3 billion (enterprise value);
  • the credit support provider to affiliates of Invenergy LLC in connection with the development of a portfolio of gas-fired merchant power plants for PJM New England and ISO New England;
  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. in connection with:
    • a $205 million credit facility for the development of its 122 MW Conejo solar plant in the Atacama Desert in Chile; and
    • its $242 million acquisition of the 201 MW Post Rock Wind facility in Kansas and the 150 MW Lost Creek Wind facility in Missouri from Wind Capital Group;
  • First Solar in connection with the 141 MW Luz del Norte solar power plant in the Atacama Desert in Chile; and
  • TerraForm Power, Inc. in connection with a $500 million secured term loan, the proceeds of which were used to finance the acquisition of certain renewable energy projects in the U.S. from Invenergy Wind LLC, and certain drop-down assets from SunEdison, Inc.

Previously, Ms. Chacón served on the research staff of the Arizona Senate and as executive consultant of government affairs for the Arizona Corporation Commission, where she served as liaison between the commission and the Arizona Legislature with respect to all aspects of the commission’s duties, including regulation of electric utilities.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2013 (high honors; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Emory Law Journal)
  • M.B.A., Emory University, 2013
  • M.A., Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 2005
  • B.S., Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 2005 (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Languages

  • Spanish (fluent)
  • Portuguese (working knowledge)

Leah B. Chacón

Associate, Energy and Infrastructure Projects
leah.chacon@skadden.com