Kate Watlington Senior Counsel

Kate Watlington serves as a strategic advisor to project sponsors, investors and financiers in all aspects of the development and financing of power, oil and gas, petrochemical and infrastructure projects globally.

Kate has led projects in various stages of development from initial bid, through financial close and into commercial operation. In addition to advising clients on the financing arrangements for these projects, Kate has extensive experience drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements (PPAs), engineering procurement and construction (EPC) agreements, long-term supply agreements, and operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements.Kate also has experience advising on corporate matters including joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

From 2012 to 2018, Kate was a finance attorney at global law firms in Hong Kong and Singapore where she worked with multinational consortiums, infrastructure funds, financial institutions and state energy utilities to develop and finance infrastructure projects – predominantly in the energy sector. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry E. Hudson of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

Experience

Representation of a fund in the development, financing and acquisition of a portfolio of distributed solar projects in Massachusetts.

Representation of a renewable energy fund as the lender in a facility loan to a renewable energy developer to finance and acquire solar energy projects.

Representation of sponsor in the project development and financing of a 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant in West Java, Indonesia.*

Representation of development banks, export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders in the financing of the 300 MW geothermal power project in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.*

Representation of a state-owned oil and natural gas company in connection with a refinery master development plan and joint venture agreement.*

Representation of the commercial bank lenders in the US$2.97 billion financing of a 1,878 MW coal-fired mine-mouth power project in Laos.*

Representation of development banks, export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders in the financing of a 2,000 MW coal-fired expansion project in Indonesia.*

Representation of a consortium of project sponsors in a bid for the development of a 1,600 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant and floating storage regasification unit in West Java, Indonesia.*

Representation of a project owner and developer in the US$2.63 billion development, financing and restructuring of a petrochemicals project in Singapore.*

Representation of a consortium of project sponsors in a bid for the development of a 2,000 MW coal fired power plant in West Java, Indonesia.*

Representation of a solar power producer in connection with the development and financing of numerous solar power facilities worldwide.*

Representation of underwriters in connection with a US$675 million initial public offering for a solar focused yieldco.*

Representation of an international energy consortium in connection with the operation and financing of a 660 MW coal-fired power plant in Indonesia.*

Representation of the subsidiary of a hydroelectric power generation company in connection with the development and financing of a 450 MW natural gas combined-cycle power plant in the Philippines.*

Representation of the subsidiary of a hydroelectric power generation company in connection with the development and financing of a 450 MW natural gas combined-cycle power plant in the Philippines.*

Representation of a Philippine power company in connection with a joint venture agreement with a local off-taker.*

*The above matters were handled by Kate while at previous law firms.
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Managing Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law, 2011
  • Johns Hopkins University, MSE, Environmental Engineering, magna cum laude, 2007
  • North Carolina State University, BA, Science, Technology and Society, summa cum laude, 2006
  • North Carolina State University, BS, Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2006
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