Douglas E. Lamb


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  • University of Richmond, JD, 1998
  • Washington and Lee University, BA, 1993
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Project Finance, Law360, 2018 - present

Board Member, Council of Development Finance Agencies

Member, Virginia State Bar

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, West Virginia State Bar

Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Member, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia

Doug represents borrowers, developers, underwriters and lenders in a range of tax-advantaged structures using tax-exempt bonds and leases, state and federal tax credits and commercial debt. He has handled transactional matters in more than 40 states, and has extensive experience in refinancing, restructuring and redeeming tax-exempt debt, including in the purchase and sale of entities and assets benefitted by tax-exempt financing.

He has significant experience handling financing for economic development, solid waste, renewable energy (including solar, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas) and energy efficiency projects. Recently, he has devoted significant effort to property assessed clean energy (PACE) legislative and financing initiatives. As part of this experience, he has completed financings using production and investment tax credits, new-markets tax credits and other federal and state incentives. He represents and negotiates with all types of transaction participants, e.g., local, state and federal governmental issuers and sponsors, banks and financial institutions, lenders and lessors, equity investors, credit enhancers, rating agencies, nonprofit and for profit borrowers, lessees and guarantors, contractors, accountants, and technical and feasibility consultants.

Many of the projects Doug handles are unrated, nonrecourse project financings that require equity capital investment and the creation of public-private partnerships as well as special purpose governmental and corporate entities. As such, they also require negotiation of the agreements to secure the land, revenue, financing and capital for these projects. As a result, he regularly teams with his partners in the tax, energy, real estate and corporate departments and brings a true team approach to his work on behalf of clients.

From 1993 to 2001, Doug served his country in the Virginia Army National Guard, reaching the highest rank of Captain.

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Douglas E Lamb
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Served as bond and corporate counsel for a tax-exempt solid waste bond borrower on a national basis with more than $2.0 billion in outstanding fixed and variable rate debt in 35 states to finance and refinance landfill, transfer station and hauling facilities, assets and equipment.

Served as bond, lender's and borrower’s counsel on more than 100 separate issuances of clean and new clean renewable energy, qualified school construction, qualified energy conservation and qualified zone academy bonds in more than 20 states, including direct pay subsidy bonds and tax credit bonds. These transactions have involved financing landfill gas, hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, energy efficiency, renewable natural gas, fuel conservation and compressed natural gas engine conversion projects and facilities for public utilities, including energy governmental entities.

Served as bond, borrower's, lender’s, underwriter's and special tax counsel on a variety of private activity and exempt facility bond issuances, including manufacturing, water supply, disaster area, recovery zone facility, recovery zone enterprise and gulf opportunity zone bonds, from 2000 through 2016, exceeding $2.0 billion.

Represented leverage lenders, lenders, governmental sponsors, borrowers, QALICBs and other participants on federal new markets tax credit transactions in Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Kentucky and Texas and state new markets transactions, where applicable.

Served as bond, underwriter’s and developer’s counsel on tax-exempt and taxable municipal and commercial transactions involving biomethane for electricity, transportation fuel and pipeline injection, including landfill gas, waste water gas, food waste, source separated waste and animal waste.  Many of these representations have involved joint ventures, partnership agreements and cooperation arrangements among governmental and non-governmental entities to create public-private partnerships.

Represented developers, borrowers and sponsors on transactions using investment and production tax credits for solar, wind and biomass projects in Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, Oregon and Texas.

Represented underwriters, lenders, developers, localities, and local and regional authorities on governmental transactions, including special assessment, tax increment financings and property assessed clean energy (PACE) financings.

Represented parties on numerous state and federal regulatory efforts, including IRS bond audits and SEC compliance matters.

Represented issuers and borrowers on bond validation proceedings and in taxable state and local tax incentive and economic development transactions. 

Co-author, "The Changing Landscape of Landfill Gas-to-Energy (LFGTE) Projects," Forrester Daily News, August 28, 2015
Co-author, "The Utility of the Future at Work: Biomethane as New Sources of Energy & Income," NACWA The Water Voice, March 11, 2015
Contributor, Clean Energy for Resilient Communities: Expanding Solar Generation in Baltimore's Low-Income Neighborhoods, Report Prepared for The Abell Foundation by Clean Energy Group, February 2014
Panelist, "Common Financing Challenges and Ownership Arrangements, A Legal Perspective," ASTSWMO- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, REPOWER Workshop, March 22, 2017
Speaker, 2017 Infrastructure Outlook, McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting Webinar, March 2017
Panelist, "Assessing Your Options: RNG Project Viability & Financing," RNG 2016: Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference, The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, December 6, 2016
Speaker, Housing Credit Conference, Virginia Housing Alliance, September 2016
Speaker, "PACE 101," PACENation Summit 2016, PACENation, March 1, 2016
Moderator, "Project Debt, Equity & Funding Opportunities: Feedstock, Technology, End-use," RNG 2015: Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference, The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, December 8, 2015
Speaker, "Obtaining Investment for the Development, Expansion or Conversion of LFGTE to Pipeline Injection, Direct Use and CNG," LMOP National Landfill Gas Energy Workshop, March 2015
Panelist, "Energy Efficiency (EE) & Renewable Energy (RE) Financing Best Practices," 2013 National Development Finance Summit, August 2013
Speaker, "Off the Grid: Alternative Energy Financing Structures," Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance 32nd Annual Fall Conference, November 2012
Speaker, "New Markets Tax Credits: Maximizing Capital Investment," Goodwill Industries International, Summer Learning Event, August 2012
Speaker, "Bond Financing Mechanisms for Public and Private Energy Projects," Intro Energy Finance Course, CDFA National Development Finance Summit, August 2012
Speaker, "Financial Engineering's the Key: How a Long-Term Energy Sale Agreement and Bond Offering Transformed the McCommas Bluff LFG Project – The Legal Perspective," 15th Annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Project Expo, McGuireWoods Sponsored Dinner, January 2012
Speaker, "Understanding Energy Development – Market Perspective," Council for Development Finance Agencies, July 2011
Speaker, "Municipal Renewable Energy Generation: Financing Challenges and Solutions," The Bond Buyer’s Symposium on Public Financing of Renewable Sustainable Energy, May 2011
Speaker, "Best Practices: Energy Finance in Action – Municipal Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy – Financing Considerations and Structures," Council for Development Finance Agencies Annual Summit, May 2011
Speaker, "Examining Potential Project Scenarios - Addressing Critical Questions: What is a Qualified Conservation Purpose and Bond Financing Mechanisms for Public and Private Energy Projects," Realities of Renewable Energy Finance, CDFA –BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, September 2010
Speaker, "Bringing a Sustainable Credit to Market," The Bond Buyer's Financing Sustainable Energy and Efficiency Conference, May 20, 2010
Speaker, "Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds: Opportunities and Challenges," Clean Energy States Alliance, Webinar, March 26, 2010
Speaker, "Municipal Tax-Credit Bonds – The Evolution of a New Security," Advanced Seminar on Tax-Backed Bonds and Federal Intervention, February 12, 2010
Speaker, "Tax Credit Bonds," National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorneys Workshop, October 2009
Speaker, "Making a Market for Tax Credit Bonds, Municipal Finance in the Stimulus ERA," The Bond Buyer, September 30, 2009
Speaker, "Renewable Energy Bond Financing after the 2009 Stimulus Act: Targeting CREBs, New CREBs and QECBs," Council for Development Finance Agencies, Development Bond Finance Course, September 2009
Speaker, "The Stimulus Act of 2009: Structures, Strategies and Opportunities," Virginia Local Government Finance Officers Association, Spring Conference, June 2009
Speaker, "Renewable Energy Bond Financing after the 2009 Stimulus Act: Structures, Strategies and Opportunities," Council for Development Finance Agencies Annual Summit, May 2009
Speaker, "Economic Stabilization Act - Energy Tax Credit Bond Provisions," 12th Annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Project Expo, January 2009
Speaker, "General Rules for Governmental and Private Activity Bonds," Council for Development Finance Agencies, The Industry Primer: Development Bond Finance Course, September 2008
Speaker, "Clean Renewable Energy Bonds," Council for Development Finance Agencies Annual Summit, April 2008
Speaker, "Comprehensive Agreement from the Developer's Prospective," Public Private Partnerships Seminar, February 2008
Speaker, "Financing Alternatives," Public Private Partnerships Seminar, February 2008
Speaker, "Clean Renewable Energy Bonds - The Next Steps," 11th Annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Project Expo, January 2008
Speaker, "The Latest on Clean Renewable Energy Bonds," 10th Annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Project Expo, January 2007