Working primarily in the electric power and natural gas industries, Tom Warren helps his clients manage risk and strategically negotiate complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, energy commodity transactions and project development.
Tom’s clients are electric cooperatives, independent power producers, other strategic investors, power marketers, private equity funds, other institutional investors and investor-owned utilities. Tom represents buyers and sellers in business combinations in the energy industry, including acquisitions and dispositions of all types of electric generation and transmission assets, mergers, stock and other equity purchases, and structured alternatives such as power pooling arrangements. Tom also counsels clients on all aspects of renewable energy project development, construction and operation including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydro assets. He has extensive experience advising on construction agreements and operations and maintenance agreements. He regularly handles physical and financial power purchases and sales. This work includes structured and financeable long-term power supply and hedging arrangements, energy management agreements, asset management transactions, and trading of physical and financial products under master agreements, including ISDA, EEI, NAESB and WSPP agreements.
Tom also helps clients structure and negotiate transactions throughout the liquefied natural gas (LNG) value chain, including long-term LNG sale and purchase agreements, master sale and purchase agreements, import and export terminal use agreements, multiuser (intershipper coordination) agreements and downstream arrangements.
A long-time champion of renewable energy and sustainability, Tom serves as Sutherland’s Sustainability Partner and leads the firm’s multidisciplinary Sustainability Committee in administering the firm’s commitment to promote environmentally friendly business practices.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of energy (2014-2016)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of energy law (2013-2017)
Named a “Rising Star” by Energy Law360 (2010)
Member, Clean Tech Leadership Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Member, MAC Environmental Policy &Sustainability Committee, Infrastructure Council
Member, LNG Sales Agreement Subcommittee, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Member, Contract Drafting Committee, Edison Electric Institute