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Norton Rose Fulbright expands renewable energy practice in Texas

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Norton Rose Fulbright has announced that it has expanded its renewable energy capabilities in Texas with the addition of partner Becky Diffen and senior counsel Sam Porter to the law firm’s Austin office. The pair arrived from McGuireWoods, where Diffen served as chair of the firm’s renewable energy practice.

Diffen, who began her career as a utility-scale wind power developer, focuses her practice on energy transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project development in the renewable energy, energy storage and power generation industries. She is also a recognised thought leader, frequently speaking and writing about project finance and development topics relevant to the renewables industry.

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.

Becky Diffen.

Sam Porter.

Diffen and Porter join Norton Rose Fulbright’s project finance team, which Law360 has named as a ‘project finance practice group of the year’ each of the last five years.

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 recognised 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, commented:

“Becky and Sam both learned the renewable energy business by working for developers before moving to their current roles as outside counsel – Becky for a wind developer and Sam for a large solar manufacturer and developer. They are both bright, energetic and hardworking. 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.”

Licensed to practice in Texas, Diffen is active in the Austin community, serving on several non-profit boards and providing pro bono services to local affordable housing organisations and non-profit organisations. She received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law – where she now serves as an adjunct professor – and her BA from Carleton College.

Porter is admitted to practice in New York and Texas and received his JD from Columbia Law School and his BA from the University of Utah. He is active in the Austin renewable energy community and serves on the board of a local solar nonprofit.

Diffen is currently practising with Norton Rose Fulbright, while Porter will join the firm later this month.

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