20th Annual Conference of Energy Infrastructure Investors and CEOs - Energy Infrastructure Council (2023)

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sam brown, Socio – Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

As a former attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Sam uses his agency compliance, regulatory and practical experience to help his clients navigate environmental, energy, resource, sustainability, and climate issues associated with the US and international. facilities and operations based.

Sam's practice focuses on three main areas: navigating federal and state environmental laws, implementing climate-related sustainability and decarbonization strategies, and minimizing legal and reputational risks associated with project development and operations. international. He is a former attorney for the EPA, in the Office of Regional Counsel in San Francisco (Region 9) and in New York (Region 2), and in the Office of General Counsel in Washington, DC.

In the US, helps clients comply with federal and state environmental laws, including compliance advice, obtaining regulatory clearances, corporate and facility audits, project and transactional due diligence, citizen lawsuits, advocacy administrative and civil and litigation. His clients trust his expertise in navigating the Clean Water Act (CWA); the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Clean Air Act (CAA); the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA); the Endangered Species Act (ESA); and environmental, natural resource, health and safety, and consumer product laws equivalent to those of the state.

Sam is also focused on developing and implementing climate change related corporate strategies on the path to decarbonization and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This includes the development of projects focused on climate mitigation and climate-related adaptation focused on existing infrastructure and applicable legal frameworks. He is also attentive to identifying the opportunities associated with decarbonization and avoiding unintended consequences in the short and long term. Sam advises clients on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, strategies and forecasting on emerging US CSR/ESG trends and related non-financial disclosure requirements affecting multinational corporations. Sam also advises clients on emerging trends associated with environmental justice and human rights, in the context of ESG, but also in relation to permitting, rulemaking and agency enforcement.

For international affairs, Sam works to ensure corporate and facility consistency with national laws, international legal frameworks, and industry-specific standards. Assists with the development and compliance of facility-specific Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) and with advice on consistency with the Equator Principles, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards established by the World Bank and other international environmental, health, safety and social standards. (EHSS) standards. It is often difficult for her to assess and calibrate proper EHSS protocols, especially in developing countries, and she works cross-teaming with other Hunton attorneys abroad to carefully manage legal, business, and reputational risks.

Sam frequently organizes, moderates, and participates in programs, conferences, and other events for clients and organizations such as the ABA's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and the Environmental Law Institute. She often speaks and writes on trending environmental, energy, climate, natural resource and sustainability topics, and is a regular contributor to the company's report.Nickel Report Blog, which focuses on trends and developments in energy and environmental law.

Sam is on the editorial board of ABA magazine.Natural resources and environment. He was also an adjunct professor and visiting lecturer, including at the University of San Francisco, where he taught environmental law; the Taras Shevchenko kyiv National University Faculty of Law in Ukraine, where he lectured on issues related to extractive industries in Europe; Pace University School of Law; Golden Gate University School of Law; and The George Washington University Law School, where he taught on environmental, energy and land use issues.

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jason colina,Socio – Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Jason Hill advises clients through complex natural resource litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters arising under a wide range of federal natural resource and energy statutes and regulations.

With more than 20 years of experience in the natural resources and environmental space, Jason provides clients with strategic solutions to the business and operational challenges posed by intricate natural resource laws. In particular, those statutes and regulations related to federal public lands, the extraction of mineral resources, environmental justice, and the preservation and protection of sensitive resources.

With a background in administrative law, as it relates to energy and mineral resource issues, Jason provides guidance on compliance with the Surface Mining Control and Recovery Act (SMCRA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA), Mineral Leasing Act (MLA), and Outer Continental Shelf Land Act (OCSLA).

Jason's understanding of regulations and the agencies that enforce them stems from his experience in government. He served in a number of senior DOI positions, including former Immediate Chief Administrative Judge of the Interior Board of Land Appeals, former Assistant Attorney General for Energy and Mineral Resources, and former Senior Counsel for the Bureau. of Land Management (BLM). Jason also served as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Natural Resources Section of the Division of Environment and Natural Resources for a decade, where he was lead counsel defending numerous challenges brought through the Law of Administrative Procedure (APA), with a particular emphasis on cases brought under various land and natural resource management regulations. Jason implements this expertise as he helps clients navigate federal agency programs, operations, and regulatory developments.

Jason approaches client issues holistically while recognizing the unique factors and internal operations of federal agencies to develop strategic solutions for his clients. You are familiar with the regulatory frameworks used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Compliance (OSM), Office of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Environmental Safety and Compliance ( BSEE), Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) and Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA).

After earning his Juris Doctor degree, Jason completed his Master's in Environmental and Natural Resources Law at Lewis & Clark.

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david lowman, Socio – Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Mr. Lowman's practice focuses on tax matters related to clean and renewable energy, and federal tax dispute proceedings.

David Lowman's practice focuses on federal income tax law, with an emphasis on energy-related tax credits, clean and renewable energy-related tax issues, and federal tax audits and tax dispute proceedings. . Mr. Lowman represents investors and developers in various types of energy and renewable energy projects, including projects that qualify for tax credits for the production of electricity from wind, solar, geothermal, landfill gas, open-loop biomass , hydroelectric municipal waste and other renewable resources. Mr. Lowman also represents clients in matters related to the hydrogen tax credit, carbon capture and sequestration, alternative fuels produced from biomass, including renewable natural gas, renewable diesel fuel, biodiesel fuel, ethanol, and other clean fuels. . Mr. Lowman regularly works with clients to obtain guidance from the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department through private letter resolutions, technical advice, and published guidance such as IRS notices and announcements.

Mr. Lowman received his ML&T and JD from William & Mary Law School, and his AB from The College of William & Mary, with honors.

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Courtney's Butler, Socio – Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Courtney is co-head of the firm's Capital Markets practice group, having advised clients on securities-related transactions with a total value exceeding $100 billion.

A trusted advisor to her clients, Courtney represents Fortune 10, Fortune 100, and Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries in connection with their capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

As an experienced capital markets attorney, Courtney advises corporations, investment banks and private equity firms on all forms of capital raising transactions. Her practice includes registered offerings and private placements of debt securities, including green bonds, takeover bids, exchange offers and commercial paper (CP) programs; registered offerings of equity securities, including initial public offerings (IPOs), on-the-market (ATM) programs, secondary offerings, preferred stock offerings, registered purchased and direct deals; and private investments, including PIPEs and private equity investments.

Courtney also advises public and private companies in structuring a wide range of strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, complex joint ventures, and corporate restructurings. A cornerstone of his practice also includes working hand in hand with public companies and their boards of directors on a variety of general corporate matters, including Stock Exchange Law reporting, proxy and shareholder matters, NYSE and Nasdaq listing, and compliance matters. , insider trading, ESG Disclosures, SEC compliance matters, including Regulation FD, Section 16 and Rule 144, and corporate governance matters.

In addition to her extensive experience working with clients throughout the energy sector, Courtney has also had the pleasure of representing an impressive list of companies in a variety of industries, including consumer products and retail, electrical, banking, mining, distribution , technology and air. transport.

Courtney received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, Member of the National Moot Court Team, Certificate of Advanced Study in Maritime Law, Tulane Magazine of Maritime Law, Senior Editor of Notes and Comments 2005, and her BA in Marketing from the University of Texas.

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