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Speaker Biographies

Scott Chalmers
Scott Chalmers practices in the area of construction law, specializing in transactional construction work, with an emphasis on large and complex international infrastructure and construction projects. In the past few years, he has advised on projects with an aggregate worth exceeding US$150 billion. He has drafted and advised upon purpose-drafted and standard form construction contracts including EPC, EPCM, DBOM, Convertible LSTK, D&B and construct-only contracts, as well as a wide variety of consultancy, supply, O&M and related contracts and procurement documents. Mr. Chalmers has advised sponsors, owners, lenders and contractors from pre-contract negotiation through contract administration and post-contract dispute resolution.

George E. (Ned) Crady
Mr. Crady represents energy companies and strategic investors in acquisitions and divestitures, project development and finance, and related joint venture planning and corporate governance matters. Additionally, Mr. Crady advises clients in the purchase, transport, storage and sale of various energy commodities. He has extensive experience in the oil, gas and power sectors of the energy industry, and has worked on energy projects or transactions throughout the United States as well as throughout North and South America, the Caribbean, Kenya, India and Spain. He is ranked as one of the leading energy project attorneys in the United States and Latin America by Chambers Global 2011.

William T. (Todd) Holleman
Todd Holleman’s practice focuses on representing arrangers and borrowers in debt financings, including syndicated credit facilities on both a leveraged and investment grade basis; first and second lien financings; acquisition financings; project financings; and workouts and restructurings. His clients include leading financial institutions and funds, energy companies, private equity sponsors and project developers. Mr. Holleman has specific industry expertise in energy finance and commercial real estate finance.

Penn C. Huston
Penn Huston is an experienced business litigator. He has extensive courtroom experience, including first-chair trial experience. He has also tried several cases before arbitration panels and argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The vast majority of his cases involve contract interpretation issues and related tort claims. Mr. Huston frequently handles energy-related disputes and is recognized by The Legal 500 as a recommended energy litigator. The Legal 500 describes Mr. Huston as “attentive, results oriented, knowledgeable and dedicated.”

Neil L. Levy
Mr. Levy serves as co-chair of the firm’s Global Energy Practice and is a partner in the Global Transactions Practice Group. He represents independent power producers, electric power and natural gas marketers, merchant transmission developers, interstate pipelines, LNG developers and local distribution companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public utility commissions, and the courts of appeal with respect to all regulatory, administrative litigation, and transactional issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Mr. Levy also represents private equity clients in M&A transactions in the energy sector. In each year since 2006, Chambers USA has selected Neil as one of America’s leading lawyers for business in Energy. In 2010, Chambers Global named Neil a “band one” lawyer for electric energy (regulatory and litigation).

Peter M. Oxman
Mr. Oxman is a member of the Capital Transactions and Real Estate Practice Group and leads the firm’s Latin American Real Estate team. He has a broad range of experience in the purchase, sale, development, leasing and financing of office, shopping center, industrial, healthcare and residential projects in the U.S. and Latin America. He has considerable experience in negotiating domestic and international joint ventures and multi-jurisdictional portfolio transactions. In addition, Mr. Oxman regularly represents energy industry clients in the real estate aspects of transactions involving liquefied natural gas terminals, chemical plants, underground storage facilities, and wind and other renewable energy projects.

Cynthia A.M. Stroman
Ms. Stroman represents a range of clients in environmentally sensitive industries on regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. She advises energy-intensive companies on a range of environmental issues important to their operations, including stationary source permitting and control (including air toxics and new source performance standards), federal, regional and state climate change regulation, and environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. Ms. Stroman further concentrates on environmental and technical issues pertinent to project development and transactions, particularly for energy, energy-intensive industries, and alternative and renewable energy projects.