J. Alexander Cooke
Alex Cooke represents developers, private equity funds, infrastructure funds and other investors in mergers and acquisitions, financings, and development of energy and infrastructure projects. He also has extensive experience with renewable energy projects.

Bio

Mr. Cooke has advised on a number of high-profile transactions, including:

  • Pattern Energy Group LP in the construction and term financing of its 324 MW Broadview wind generation projects and 35-mile 345 kV Western Interconnect transmission line in New Mexico and Texas, in the sale of such projects to Pattern Energy Group Inc. for $269 million, and in the tax-equity financings of the wind generation projects. The transmission line financing was named IJGlobal’s 2016 North America Transmission Deal of the Year;
  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. in its $346 million acquisition of 200 MW Post Rock and 150 MW Lost Creek wind generation projects in Kansas and Missouri from Wind Capital Group;
  • Shelf Drilling Holdings, Ltd. in its $200 million corporate revolver facility with HSBC Bank plc and RBC Europe Limited and its $502 million senior secured notes issuance;
  • Shelf Drilling Midco, Ltd. in its $350 million term loan B facility arranged by Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Citigroup Global Marketing Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and Jefferies Finance LLC;
  • NextEra Energy Partners, LP in its $467 million initial public offering of common units representing limited partner interests;
  • First Solar, Inc. in its sale of the 250 MW Silver State South solar generation project to NextEra Energy Resources;
  • Blackstone in various tax-equity investments in residential solar generation portfolios developed by Vivint Solar;
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith as joint bookrunning managers in the $92 million IPO of common stock of SolarCity Corporation on the NASDAQ Global Market;
  • Castle Harlan and its portfolio company Shelf Drilling Holdings, Ltd. in the $1.05 billion acquisition of shallow water drilling rigs from Transocean Ltd., which received the highest ranking in the Corporate & Commercial category in the Financial Times’ 2013 “US Innovative Lawyers” report;
  • Citizens Sunrise Transmission LLC in its $100 million private placement debt financing of its leasehold interest in a portion of the Sunrise Powerlink 1,000 MW transmission line in southern California;
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Associated Asphalt to GS Capital Partners for $400 million; and
  • First Solar, Inc. in the $1.74 billion debt financing (which was partially guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Energy) of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight solar photovoltaic project in California, named by Project Finance as the North American Solar Deal of the Year for 2011.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2004
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2001
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2000

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Associations

  • Member of Executive Committee of Corporations Practice Group of the Federalist Society
  • Treasurer and Trustee of Fourth Presbyterian Church

Government Service

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Morris Sheppard Arnold, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (2004-2005)

J. Alexander Cooke

Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure Projects
alexander.cooke@skadden.com