16 August 2019

NRF turns to duo for renewable energy

Norton Rose Fulbright has expanded its renewable energy capabilities in Texas with the addition of McGuireWoods duo.

The duo, partner Becky Diffen and senior counsel Sam Porter, have joined the global law firm's Austin office from McGuireWoods, where Ms Diffen served as chair of the firm's renewable energy practice.

“Well-positioned”

Ms Diffen began her career as a utility-scale wind power developer, and focuses her practice on energy transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project development in the renewable energy, energy storage and power generation industries. Mr Porter, who has prior in-house experience at a solar manufacturer and developer and at an oilfield services and midstream energy business, advises clients on the acquisition, development, financing and sale of energy projects and companies. He has led renewable energy project acquisitions and divestitures, construction, project and tax equity financings, solar and energy storage offtake agreements and project document negotiations. Ms Diffen is currently practicing with Norton Rose Fulbright, while Porter will join the firm later this month. She said, “Sam and I are well-positioned for success and future growth by joining Norton Rose Fulbright.”

“Just got better”

Daryl Lansdale, Norton Rose Fulbright's US managing partner, said “Becky and Sam provide superb client service and exceptional representation to developers, sponsors and financiers on sophisticated renewable energy matters. Our global projects team is consistently recognized among the best in the world, and it just got better.” Keith Martin, who along with Ben Koenigsberg is Norton Rose Fulbright's US co-head of projects, explained “Becky and Sam both learned the renewable energy business by working for developers before moving to their current roles as outside counsel,” adding “The renewable energy market has been extremely busy this year, and we can use the additional help in Austin. We will have added 11 more lawyers to our projects group by the end of September.”