Ryan’s practice focuses on energy and infrastructure projects located in emerging and frontier markets.
Ryan is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to the development of independent power projects, renewable energy projects, and public-private partnerships, as well as the restructuring of national electricity sectors. Clients quoted in Chambers Global 2019 describe Ryan as “very knowledgeable in private-public transactions in the energy sector” and note that he “provides intelligent counsel and knows how to get the deal done.”
Ryan focuses his practice on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects worldwide and has acted for governments, sponsors, lenders, development finance institutions, and other participants in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Chambers Global Guide and IFLR1000 have recognized Ryan in the field of energy and natural resources. Before joining the firm, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Henry H. Whiting of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Currently advising the Republic of Ghana in connection with the privatization of the Electricity Company of Ghana, the largest distribution utility in Sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa.
Advising the Government of Mozambique on all aspects of the development and financing of the extraction, transportation, liquefaction, sale, and shipping of approximately 35 million tons per annum of liquefied natural gas from multiple gas fields, some of which straddle the boundaries of multiple blocks.
Advised the International Finance Corporation and the Government of Zambia in connection with the development of multiple solar power projects on a public-private partnership basis under the IFC’s Scaling Solar program.
Advising a leading developer of renewable power projects in connection with a corporate restructuring.
Advising the sponsor in connection with the development, construction, and financing of a toll road in Kenya.
Advised the Federal Government of Nigeria and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET) in connection with all aspects of:
the restructuring and privatization of Nigeria’s electricity sector,
the groundbreaking $1.2 billion Azura-Edo independent power project,
over 2,000 MW of thermal independent power projects,
the procurement of long term PPAs in relation to PV solar projects with an aggregate capacity of 1,125 MW and an estimated capital cost of $1.76 billion,
the development of hydroelectric projects, and
the procurement of long term PPAs in relation to a number of wind farms with an aggregate capacity of 400 MW.
Advised Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Federal Government of Nigeria on the development of multi-project competitive procurement processes for utility-scale PV, wind, small and medium hydropower plants in Nigeria.
Advised the Government of Georgia and the International Finance Corporation on the development of a $1 billion, 280 MW hydropower plant on the Nenskra River in the Republic of Georgia.
Advised a leading infrastructure fund on a long-haul fiber-optic project in the United States.
Represented the Government of Uganda on the development, construction and financing of the $872 million Bujagali hydroelectric facility on the River Nile, including (i) structuring and negotiating all bidding documentation and project documentation, including the requests for proposals, power purchase agreement, implementation agreement, financing and other documents and (ii) advising on the engineering, procurement and construction contracts for the project and the limited notices to proceed issued thereunder. The deal was awarded Project Finance magazine’s “African Power Deal of the Year.”
Advised the sponsors on the development and financing of a $650 million fiber optic cable system connecting South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Marseilles, France. The SEACOM deal involved eight jurisdictions, including Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Djibouti, Egypt and South Africa. The deal was awarded Project Finance magazine’s “African Telecoms Deal of the Year.”
Advised Energies des Grands Lacs and the governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda on the development of the $600 million, 145 MW Ruzizi III Regional Hydroelectric Dam, which will be located on the border between Rwanda and the DRC and will sell capacity and energy to the utilities of Burundi, Rwanda and the DRC.
Advising Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP), the national electricity company of the Republic of Croatia, on an international tender for the design, engineering, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a new €1.4 billion, 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Plomin in Istria, Croatia.
Advising the Government of Kosovo in relation to the renovation and development of approximately 600 MW of lignite-fired combined heat and power plants in Pristina.
Advised the Government of Kosovo on matters relating to the privatization of Post and Telecoms of Kosovo, the largest mobile phone operator in Kosovo.
Advising the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company on the development of the 2,250 MW Dairut combined-cycle gas turbine power plant and the 2,460 MW Ayoun Moussa coal-fired power plant.
Advised the IFC and the Government of Montenegro in connection with the development of a 140 MW cascade of hydroelectric power plants on the River Morača.
Advised the Ministry of Mines and Energy of the Government of Serbia in restructuring the electric power industry of Serbia.
Advised the Government of Macedonia with the development of market design options and requirements and developed a restructuring plan for Elektrostopanstvo na Makedonija (ESM), the state-owned electric utility, in accordance with European Union requirements in anticipation of privatization. Also assisted with drafting new energy laws, including laws on energy, efficiency and renewable energy, electricity, natural gas district heating, oil and oil derivatives.
Advised the Government of Armenia in connection with the development of an institutional framework for the regulation of public utilities in Armenia and the extension of the Armenian Energy Regulatory Commission’s jurisdiction to regulation of the water sector.
As an independent expert, conducted a review of the energy sector in Mauritius as applicable to bagasse- and coal-fired independent power producers, on behalf of the Republic of Mauritius and the Mauritius Sugar Producers’ Association. The review included extensive analysis of the terms of the power purchase agreements and fuel supply arrangements used in the sector.
Advised the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) on all aspects of the conversion of a heavy fuel oil-fired IPP to natural gas, including advising on the engineering, procurement and construction of the modifications to the facility; the modifications to the existing power purchase agreement; negotiations with the project sponsor; and negotiations with the lenders.
Advised the Government of Tanzania on all aspects of the expansion of a natural gas processing plant and pipeline owned by an integrated gas-to-electricity project, including financing, construction and regulatory aspects of the project.
Advised the Government of Tanzania in connection with the Songo Songo Gas-to-Electricity Project, on the expansion of a gas-fired plant from four gas turbines to six gas turbines. This representation included extensive advice on force majeure and change order claims under the relevant construction contracts.
Advised an East Africa government on litigation involving the construction of an undersea natural gas pipeline.
Advised an independent exploration and production company on various aspects of their production sharing agreements.
Advised the first transmission-only company formed in the United States in connection with the contribution of transmission assets from various utilities and the issuance of equity interests in exchange for those assets.
Counseled a financing company in connection with a loan program under which it originated loans secured by distributed generation and cogeneration equipment. On behalf of the same client, structured a leasing program for similar equipment that successfully addressed a variety of regulatory concerns.
Represented the Public Utilities Commission of Guyana on the development of an independent power production strategy, including review of the legal and regulatory framework of the Guyana power sector, specifically the Electricity Sector Reform Act 1999, the Public Utilities Commission Act 1999 and the license of Guyana Power & Light.
Advised on the restructuring of the Philippine electricity sector, the privatization of its transmission system, market and related regulatory reform issues, the privatization of its portfolio of generating facilities and the integration of its portfolio of IPP plants into the Philippines’ developing wholesale electricity spot market. While advising on this project, Ryan lived in the Philippines.
Represented a lender seeking to restructure the debts of borrowers affected by volatile natural gas prices and successfully negotiated the swap of debt for a combination of participating preferred equity and warrants.
Member, International Law and Practice Section, American Bar Association
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Awards & Recognition
Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000 Energy and Infrastructure: Sub-Saharan Africa, since 2013
Recognized for Africa Projects & Energy Law, Chambers Global Guide, since 2013
Listed for Central and Eastern Europe Regional Summary, Legal 500 EMEA, 2017-2018
Listed for Energy: Renewable/Alternative, Legal 500 United States, 2017
Listed for Projects: Power, Legal 500 UK, 2013-2016
Named among Law360 Energy Rising Stars, 2013
“Rising Star,” Virginia Super Lawyers, 2007
Speaker, Structuring Project-Financed Transactions in the Maldives, March 2019
Speaker, The Role of the Government in Mitigating Power Project Financing Risk, Financing Power Sector Development in Ethiopia: Innovative Sources and Solutions, June 2017
Speaker, Financial Risk Mitigation in Power Purchase Agreements, Nepal, January 2017
Moderator & Speaker, Understanding Sovereign Support & Power Purchase Agreements (in the Nigerian Market), Lagos, July 2016
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