Pete’s practice focuses on all aspects of domestic and international capital markets transactions with a particular focus on the power and utilities industries.

Pete is co-head of the firm’s Capital Markets practice. Pete acts as issuers’ counsel and designated underwriters’ counsel for several of the largest utility systems in the United States. He also acts as securities counsel to a financial institution in the Farm Credit System.

Relevant Experience

Equity/Hybrid:

  • Underwriters’ counsel for CenterPoint Energy Inc.’s issuance of common stock, mandatory convertible preferred stock and perpetual preferred stock in connection with the financing of its acquisition of Vectron Corporation.
  • Placement agent’s counsel in NiSource Inc.’s PIPE.
  • Company counsel to Duke Energy Corporation in its inaugural issuance of depositary preferred stock.
  • Underwriters’ counsel to NiSource Inc. in its inaugural issuance of depositary preferred stock.
  • Company counsel to Duke Energy Corporation’s forward equity issuance in connection with the financing of its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc.
  • Underwriters’ counsel for Emera Incorporated’s MJDS-registered convertible subordinated notes issuance in connection with the financing of its acquisition of TECO Energy Inc.
  • Company counsel to Great Plains Energy Incorporated’s dual tranche mandatory convertible preferred and common stock issuances in connection with the financing of its proposed acquisition of Westar Energy Inc.
  • Underwriters’ counsel for Westar Energy Inc.’s forward equity issuance.
  • Underwriters’ counsel for Xcel Energy Inc.’s forward equity issuance.
  • Underwriters’ counsel for NorthWestern Corporation’s bought equity issuance.
  • Company counsel to CoBank ACB’s issuances of perpetual subordinated preferred stock.
  • Company counsel to Duke Energy Corporation’s establishment of at-the-market program (forward).
  • Sales agents’ counsel in establishment of at-the-market programs for NiSource Inc. (forward), Westar Energy Inc.(forward), Southern Company, Xcel Energy Inc., NorthWestern Corporation and Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. (forward).
  • Underwriters’ counsel in hybrid issuances by American Electric Power Company Inc. and Wisconsin Energy Corp.
  • Company counsel to Duke Energy Corporation’s issuance of hybrid securities.

Debt:

  • Underwriters’ counsel in Green Bond issuances by Southwestern Public Service Company, Avangrid, Inc., Public Service Company of Colorado and Westar Energy Inc.
  • Company counsel for Duke Energy Progress, LLC and Duke Energy Carolina LLC in inaugural Green Bond issuances.
  • Underwriters’ counsel in CenterPoint Energy Inc.’s debt issuance in connection with its acquisition of Vectron Corporation.
  • Initial Purchasers’ counsel in AEP Transmission Company, LLC’s inaugural debt offering.
  • Initial Purchasers’ counsel for Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.’s inaugural debt issuance relating to spin-off from NiSource Inc.
  • Company counsel to Duke Energy Corp.’s debt issuance in connection with the financing of its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc.
  • Initial Purchasers’ counsel for Emera Incorporated’s inaugural US debt issuance in connection with the financing of its acquisition of TECO Energy Inc.
  • Initial Purchasers’ counsel for IFM (US) Colonial Pipeline 2 LLC inaugural issuance of senior secured notes.
  • Initial Purchasers’ counsel for Wisconsin Energy Company’s Elm Road Generating Station Supercritical, LLC’s inaugural and follow-on issuances of lease-backed debt.
  • Underwriters’ counsel for Southwest Public Service Company’s establishment of first mortgage bond indenture and inaugural issuance thereunder.
  • Initial Purchasers’ counsel for NorthWestern Corporation’s senior secured note issuance in connection with its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Initial Purchasers’ counsel for Southern Power Company’s inaugural debt issuance.
  • Company counsel to Kansas City Power & Light Company, Duke Energy Carolinas LLC, Duke Energy Progress LLC, Duke Energy Florida LLC, Duke Energy Ohio Inc. and Duke Energy Indiana LLC in multiple first mortgage bond issuances.
  • Underwriters’ counsel for Kentucky Utilities Company, Louisiana Gas & Electric Company, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, Northern States Power Company, Public Service of Colorado Inc., Southwestern Public Service Company, NorthWestern Corporation, Puget Sound Energy, Inc., Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation, Kansas Gas & Electric Corporation and Westar Energy in multiple first mortgage bond issuances.
  • Underwriters’ counsel Xcel Energy Inc., Southern Company and subsidiaries, American Electric Power Company and subsidiaries, Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc., NiSource Inc., El Paso Electric Company, New York State Electric and Gas Corporation and Colonial Pipeline Corporation in multiple debt securities issuances.

Awards & Recognition

  • Named a Notable Practitioner for Capital Markets: Debt and Equity, USA, IFLR1000, 2019
  • Leader in the Field, Energy: Finance, Chambers USA, 2006–2019
  • Ranked in Chambers Global: USA, Energy: Electricity (Finance), Band 1, 2013-2019
  • Listed for Capital Markets – Debt Offerings, Legal 500 United States, 2018-2019

  • Listed for Capital Markets – Equity Offerings, Legal 500 United States, 2018-2019

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