Joanne is co-chair of the firm's energy industry team. She has practiced in the Chicago and Brussels offices, and now practices in Richmond, Virginia. She has concentrated her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, energy transactions and financing.
Joanne devotes a significant portion of her practice to advising purchasers and sellers of business organizations, representing both strategic and financial purchasers. She assists clients in the structuring, financing, negotiation and consummation of business acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, reorganizations, spin-offs, and joint ventures, including leveraged and management-sponsored buyouts. She has been involved in transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to in excess of several billion dollars, and involving diverse industries globally.
Energy Transactions and Finance
Joanne concentrates her practice on energy transactions and financing. She is a key strategic advisor to energy companies of all kinds, from public utilities and independent power producers to financial investors, such as infrastructure funds. Her transaction experience includes structuring transactions, e.g., joint ventures, ensuring protection of pro formas, running auction processes, and negotiating and finalizing commercial transaction documents. She has led transactions involving gas, gathering and storage assets, coal, oil, nuclear and alternative fuels. She has also advised clients on the commercial aspects of EPC contracts, power purchase agreements and supply contracts. Joanne's practice also includes financing transactions, including project finance, debt and equity offerings, large syndicated loans and hybrid transactions. She acts as the general corporate advisor to her clients on matters including corporate structuring, governance issues, partnership and joint venture issues, and compliance and risk management advice.
While earning her law degree at the University of Richmond, Joanne served as chairman of the Moot Court Board and was honored as a member of the Order of Barristers.