Energy - Mergers & Acquisitions


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Verrill Dana’s Energy Group represents energy developers, regulated utilities and other investors in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions. From purchase and sale agreements to regulatory approvals, our Energy Group provides all the services needed to take a merger or other acquisition from start to finish.

The following are examples of mergers and acquisitions matters handled by our Energy Group:

  • Emera's Acquisition of Swans Island Electric Cooperative - Emera in its 2017 acquisition of the Swans Island Electric Cooperative, a local utility serving two remote Maine islands. The transaction involved identifying and acquiring hundreds of assets of the Cooperative, including numerous utility easements that had been used by the Cooperative for decades. The Verrill Dana team was led by Mark Googins, Tony Calcagni and Bill Harwood
  • Emera Ownership Of Generation - The Group represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of e a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval of two acquisitions: 25% ownership of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and a joint venture with First Wind to develop new wind projects in the Northeast. The acquisitions generated extensive litigation before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Maine Supreme Judicial Court both before and after Emera closed the transactions. Ultimately, Emera decided to unwind both transactions.
  • Merger Agreement and Shareholder Class Action - When Emera Inc. acquired Maine Public Service Company in 2010, our Energy Group was actively involved in drafting the merger agreement and securing regulatory approval from the Maine PUC. Further, Verrill Dana defended Emera in a shareholder class action suit in U.S. District Court resulting from the proposed merger.
  • Emera Maine: Maine PUC Approval of Merger - Verrill Dana successfully obtained Maine PUC approval for the 2014 merger of Maine Public Service Company and Bangor Hydro Electric Company into a single corporation, Emera Maine.
  • Iberdrola: Acquisition of Energy East and Central Maine Power - In 2007, Verrill Dana served as local counsel to Iberdrola in its acquisition of Energy East and Central Maine Power Company


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