Bio

Gregory Howling focuses his practice on financings, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions involving energy and infrastructure projects, including both renewable energy and oil and gas transactions. Mr. Howling also counsels international oil companies on structuring and negotiating oil and gas rights agreements with sovereign states and national oil companies. He has represented:

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation in connection with:
    • its joint venture with Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) for their Gulf Coast Growth Ventures petrochemical project in Texas;
    • its acquisition of an interest in 2.4 million acres off the coast of Suriname. Exxon Mobil, together with Statoil ASA (Norway) and Hess Corporation, signed a long-term production sharing contract with Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V., the national oil company of Suriname, granting the joint venture the right to explore for, develop and produce hydrocarbons from Offshore Block 59, an ultra deep-water block; and
    • the $2.8 billion acquisition and structuring of a 25 percent indirect interest in the Area 4 block of the Rovuma Basin offshore Mozambique from Eni S.p.A.;
  • JPMorgan Asset Management in the formation of a joint venture company with Sonnedix Management Services Ltd. to pursue opportunities in the global solar market;
  • SG Americas Securities, LLC and Santander Bank, N.A. in connection with a $256 million credit facility for a joint venture between Tenaska, Inc. and Mitsubishi Corporation to refinance existing bonds for the Lindsay Hill Generating Station, a 859 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle electrical generating facility in Alabama;
  • Bank of America, N.A. in connection with a development loan for 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC’s 245 MW Mount Signal Solar 3 project in California and a bridge loan for the development costs of three utility-scale solar projects (Mount Signal Solar 3, Lotus and Springbock 3);
  • Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, MUFG Securities Americas Inc. and BNP Paribas Securities Corp. in a $401 million 4(a)(2) private placement of senior secured notes to refinance a construction and term loan facility for the Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West project in California;
  • a syndicate of 18 international banks and other financial institutions in connection with Sasol Limited’s $4 billion credit facility for its ethane cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This matter was named Americas Petrochemical Deal of the Year for 2014 by Project Finance International and North American Petrochemical Deal of the Year for 2014 at the first annual IJGlobal Americas Awards;
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in connection with a $455 million credit facility to an affiliate of Tenaska, Inc. for the construction of a 150 MW solar plant in California. The credit facility included a $303 million construction/term loan, a $1 million revolving loan, a $37 million letter of credit facility and a $113 million cash grant bridge loan; and
  • BNP Paribas, as a Term Loan B lender, issuing bank and agent, in connection with a $400 million senior secured credit facility provided to refinance a portfolio of wind farms.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2012
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2007

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Gregory D. Howling

Associate, Energy and Infrastructure Projects
gregory.howling@skadden.com