J. Michael Cavanaugh

J. Michael Cavanaugh co-chairs Holland & Knight's Energy & Clean Technology Team. His practice includes representation of clients in project development transactions, principally in the areas of technology and infrastructure, including energy and utilities, transportation and communications. He represents both buyers and sellers in corporate and asset acquisitions and restructuring transactions. He also assists clients with international commercial transactions, including sales and distribution, joint ventures, trade regulation and establishing overseas branch operations.

Mr. Cavanaugh's recent projects include:

assisting a public power authority with long-term purchases of electric energy and capacity and development of a 600 MW undersea electric transmission facility
assisting liquefied natural gas importers with deepwater port facility licensing application
representing the developer of a new U.S. petroleum refinery
representing a public power authority on development of an offshore wind turbine facility
representing clients in purchase and sale of gas pipelines and collection systems, system operating agreements and joint ventures
advising utility clients on integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) facilities
representing clients with wind generation projects and sales of environmental attributes and swaps and other market hedging transactions
representing a public entity in contracting for savings-incentivized energy efficiency improvements to major facilities
representing buyers and sellers of railroads and advising on railroad investment and recapitalization
advising a utility client on the purchase and resale of two nuclear power plants (2000 MW)
representing state public power authorities in the privatization of two nuclear power stations (1825 MW) and development of new peaker turbine facilities
advising a U.S. electric utility in connection with power purchase agreements and fuel supply contracts for a turbine project in Latin America
assisting a municipal electric utility in Asia in connection with privatization transactions, advising lenders on a geothermal energy project in East Africa

Before entering private practice, Mr. Cavanaugh served as Attorney-Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Commerce/Maritime Administration from 1974 to 1977 and was the agency's Great Lakes Region Counsel from 1976 to 1977. He was responsible for vessel finance, ship construction and subsidy contracts, and litigation involving government contracts.

Mr. Cavanaugh served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Law, teaching International Commercial Law (1997- 2006).
Mr. Cavanaugh has also:

assisted cruise lines with new vessel financing, port facilities development and U.S. regulatory matters
represented the government of an African nation with respect to ocean transportation and infrastructure projects
advised U.S. shipyards, financial institutions and ship owners in connection with vessel financing transactions
advised a U.S. wireless telecommunications company on international sales issues
represented a Low Earth Orbit ("LEO") satellite operator in connection with venture capital financing, licensing and negotiation of gateway agreements
represented energy and transportation clients in regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Surface Transportation Board, Federal Maritime Commission and U.S. Coast Guard

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Mergers and Acquisitions, 2) Corporate Services, 3) Energy, 4) Maritime, 5) Maritime: Energy, 6) LNG/LPG and Cables, 7) Maritime Regulatory, 8) Government and Security, 9) Maritime Transactions, 10) Project Finance, 11) Renewable and Alternative Energy, 12) Freight Rail and 13) Korea Practice
Law School Stanford Law School (J.D.)
Education The Ohio State University (B.S.)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Holland & Knight LLP
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