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Experience

George Humphrey’s practice focuses on U.S. and international project development and finance, corporate finance, strategic joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions, especially in the energy industry.

George’s experience encompasses:

  • Project development, including the drafting and negotiation of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts; balance of plant agreements; turbine supply agreements; build-out agreements; energy hedge agreements; coordination agreements; operation and maintenance agreements; shared facilities agreements; power purchase agreements; secondment agreements; requests for proposals; and purchase and sale agreements
  • Project finance, including the drafting and negotiation of loan agreements and loan documentation such as security agreements, guarantees, letters of credit, equity contribution agreements, intercreditor agreements, pledge agreements, depository agreements, control agreements, subordination agreements, consents and agreements, opinions, lien waivers, and UCC filings
  • Advising on, structuring, and documenting multi-phase, merchant, and other energy projects and identifying and minimizing regulatory, transmission, and other risks associated with such energy projects
  • Helping developers negotiate with their development partners, lenders, tax equity investors, power purchasers, energy hedge providers, turbine suppliers, EPC, BOP, and other contractors and drafting structures to help his clients maximize value from their projects
  • Corporate finance transactions, including advising large banks and corporations (both as borrowers and lenders) on multi-million-dollar credit facilities ranging from syndicated, multicurrency, multijurisdictional loans to single-lender seller financing, preparing and negotiating the loan documents, and securing collateral often located across the United States and the world
  • Intercreditor transactions, including advising clients on complex intercreditor issues such as multiple lien priorities, claimholder voting, standstill periods, cure rights, enforcement actions, payment waterfalls, collateral dispositions, casualty events, rights to amend documents, purchase options, and other difficult intercreditor issues
  • General corporate practice, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures (e.g., advising clients on the strategic acquisition of other companies and project rights and on the buyout of a development partner’s interest)
  • Representation of Fortune 500 companies doing business in Latin America (e.g., Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela), including the identifying and minimizing of emerging market risks, structuring and documenting of joint ventures and strategic acquisitions, and the selection, coordination, and management of foreign counsel

Representative Matters

  • Advising the sponsor on the negotiation of an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for a $2.5 billion methanol facility in Louisiana
  • Advising the developer of 150 MW solar project in Mexico on the negotiation of a power purchase agreement and agreements related to the dispatch of energy into the Mexican electric system
  • Advising the developer of a 200 MW solar project in Texas on the negotiation of a power purchase agreement
  • Advising the sponsor on the development of an up to 1,000 MW wind project located in the panhandle of Oklahoma, including on transmission aspects and the sale of the project to interested third parties
  • Advised a large international energy company on the sale of its power generation business in South America
  • Advised the sponsor on a $110 million project financing of an offshore natural gas drilling and production platform, pipeline, and gas processing facility in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Advised the sponsor on an $80 million multilateral project financing of a water treatment facility in Ecuador
  • Advised the sponsor on a $45 million letter of credit facility and $45 million working capital facility for the sponsor’s $2.5 billion methanol facility
  • Advised subsidiaries of Proman AG on the development of a $1.3 billion ammonia facility in Mexico, including structuring arrangements to bring low-cost natural gas from the United States down to the facility in Mexico
  • Advised a Chinese state-owned enterprise on the potential acquisition of a chemical business from a Fortune 100 chemical company
  • Advised the sponsor on an $82 million project financing of six solar projects in Uruguay totaling in excess of 70 MW, including the negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts
  • Advised a fund asset manager on an investment into a renewable energy company management team
  • Advised the developer on the sale of an approximately 2,000 MW wind project development in the panhandle of Oklahoma
  • Advised the sponsor on the project financing of a $1.3 billion natural gas-to-methanol project in Louisiana, along with the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the project
  • Advised the sponsor on the project financing of a 40 MW solar photovoltaic project located in Chile
  • Advised the developer on the acquisition of a 200 MW wind development project in Texas, including negotiation of the purchase and sale agreement
  • Advised the developer of a 100 MW solar photovoltaic project in Texas on the negotiation of a power purchase agreement for the project
  • Advised the developer on the acquisition of an approximately 100 MW wind project in Texas, including advice on the power purchase agreement
  • Advised the developer of a 150 MW wind project development in North Dakota on the negotiation of a power purchase agreement for the project
  • Advised the developer on the acquisition of a Mexican wind power development company, including advice on the Mexican power purchase agreements used by the company
  • Advised the sponsor on the development of a 23 MW wind power project in Guatemala, including negotiation of the EPC contract for the project
  • Advised the buyer on the acquisition of ownership interests in a 115 MW wind project in operation in Chile
  • Advised an energy company on the acquisition of an interest in a 100 MW+ wind project in Japan, including negotiation of the joint venture agreement
  • Advised a foreign energy company on the potential acquisition of energy assets in the United States with a value in excess of $2 billion

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Energy: Renewable/Alternative), 2019
  • Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (Banking & Finance, Energy, Project Development, and Project Finance), 2019
  • Legal 500 U.S.-Mexico Private Practice Powerlist, 2018-2019
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500: Latin America by Legalease (Corporate/M&A; Projects & Energy), 2018
  • Euromoney Expert Guides, 2017-2018
  • Who’s Who Legal by Law Business Research Limited (Energy; Project Finance), 2017

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Past Chair, International Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of Florida
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1994, University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law
  • B.A., 1991, with honors, University of Florida

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Florida

Languages

  • Spanish