Leading Project Finance Tax Lawyer John Marciano III Joins Akin Gump

(Washington, D.C.) – John Marciano III, a noted transactional tax lawyer with particular experience in the financing and development of energy and infrastructure projects, has joined Akin Gump as a partner in its global project finance practice at the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Marciano joins Akin Gump from Chadbourne & Parke.

Mr. Marciano focuses his practice predominantly on the power and infrastructure sectors, where he counsels clients on the tax and financing aspects of solar, wind, geothermal and biomass power generation facilities. He regularly advises businesses on capital raising and deployment strategies involving these assets, with particular emphasis on buying, selling and financing portfolios of assets. Mr. Marciano works with a wide range of clients, including businesses in the rapidly expanding distributed solar generation market.

“For clients seeking to sell, acquire or develop large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, having someone of John’s depth and caliber available to advise on the host of tax and finance issues that arise is invaluable,” stated Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “His perspective from many groundbreaking transactions strengthens our top-tier global project finance team, and I am excited to welcome him to the firm.”

Added global project finance practice head Edward Zaelke, “Particularly with Congress’ passage of the extension of the tax credits for wind, solar and other renewables and the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, the renewable power sector is poised to remain a major driver of our economy for several years to come. John is a tremendous addition to our expanding team and will be a great asset to our clients as they seek perspective to capitalize on opportunities and develop projects in the wind, solar, geothermal and biomass space.”

Mr. Marciano is a frequent writer and speaker on debt and equity structuring issues related to renewable power and infrastructure assets and has been recognized for his innovative work in the renewables space. He will assume primary responsibility for Akin Gump’s renewable energy blog, the “Tax Equity Telegraph”.

“Akin Gump has clearly established itself as one of the nation’s preeminent law firms in the project finance and renewable energy arena,” stated Mr. Marciano. “That, combined with its expansive global platform, made this move an opportunity I could not pass up. I look forward to working alongside others on the Akin Gump team and helping our clients continue to succeed in this exciting and rapidly changing field.”

Mr. Marciano received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a tax LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his B.A. from Canisius College.

About Akin Gump’s Global Project Finance Practice

Akin Gump is one of the world’s leading law firms in the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. The lawyers in the firm’s global project finance practice—more than 40 attorneys working in eight offices worldwide—work with project sponsors and developers, commercial and investment banks and other financial institutions, investors, manufacturers, technology companies, contractors, tribal governments, sovereign nations and other participants in the sector.

The firm’s depth in the energy sector includes traditional energy projects—including natural gas, coal, nuclear and other fuels—and renewable energy projects, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, landfill gas, biomass and biofuel. The team also handles a wide variety of infrastructure projects, including industrial facilities, sports stadiums, roadways, ports and similar projects, helping clients develop, finance, construct, operate, and buy and sell energy and infrastructure projects and companies throughout the world.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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