Joanne Katsantonis


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  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BS
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Joanne is Chair of the firm's Energy Industry practice, serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. 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.

M&A Practice

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, solar, wind, nuclear and other 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.

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Joanne Katsantonis
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Representation of a large utility purchaser of 2,800 MW of coal and oil-fired generating stations in New England.

Representation of a public gas company in formation of a joint venture to explore and produce gas, including negotiation of participation agreement, acquisition agreement and joint operating agreement.

Representation of large public company utility in structuring a complex sale of two gas companies, including the auction process, multiple bidder negotiations, and regulatory process.

Representation of company in structuring, negotiating and drafting of large EPC contract, including negotiations with multiple possible contractors.

Representation of utility in connection with purchase of approximately 543 MW nuclear facility in Wisconsin.

Representation of large company in joint venture for the acquisition and development of a 750 MW wind farm project.

Representation of a large manufacturer in auction process and bid for purchase of an approximately $950 million multi-tiered international company in the U.S., China, Europe and Latin America.

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Project Finance: Advice To Lenders, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," M&A: Middle Market, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Renewable/Alternative, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2017

Named a "Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2016

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, Oil and Gas, Legal 500 US, 2016-2017

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2017

Named a "Recognized Practitioner" in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Energy: Electricity (Transactional), Nationwide, Chambers USA, 2015

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy & Natural Resources, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2013

Recognized by clients for "Superior Performance in Corporate M&A Work," The BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Corporate Transactions, October 2007

Named to "Legal Elite," Mergers & Acquisitions, 2006; Business Law, 2014, Virginia Business