Ben Huffman is a partner in the Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance Team and the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Chicago office.
Areas of Practice
Ben helps developers, utilities, infrastructure funds, banks and institutional investors finance, buy and sell infrastructure projects, and advises the companies that develop and own those projects, across the United States. While his experience spans asset classes and transaction types, he focuses on tax credit monetization transactions and renewable energy generation facilities.
Ben advises his clients on all aspects of financing infrastructure development and operating companies, including enterprise and project-level debt financings, tax, cash and operating interest equity investments, and purchase/sale of operating projects and portfolios of projects. He has particular experience with construction, term, asset-based, acquisition and working capital debt facilities, passive tax and cash equity investments and secondary market purchase and sale of debt and equity financing products. Ben also advises clients in the purchase and sale of infrastructure projects at all stages of development and operation.
Ben leverages his breadth of experience with financing transactions at all levels of the capital stack, his in-depth understanding of the development, construction and operation of infrastructure projects and his experience representing a diverse group of institutions with varying institutional needs and business strategies. He brings these advantages to bear to help clients understand their needs and those of their transaction counterparts, and create and implement solutions that mitigate risks, balance the competing demands of flexibility and certainty and overcome barriers to closing.
- National bank; $250 million term loan for a combined cycle gas plant in Alabama.
- National bank; $200 million term loan for combined cycle gas plants in Ohio and Indiana.
- Domestic wind energy developer; $568 million term-convertible construction debt and tax equity financing for a wind generation facility in Michigan.
- Domestic wind energy developer; $650 million term-convertible construction debt and tax equity financing for a wind generation facility in Nebraska.
- Domestic wind energy developer; $96 million term loan refinancing for a wind generation facility in West Virginia.
Tax and Cash Equity Investments
- Global banks; $450 million tax equity investments in public-utility-owned wind farms.
- National bank; $84 million tax equity investment in a joint wind and solar generation facility in Arizona.
- National bank; $13 million tax equity investment in multiple solar generation facilities in Massachusetts.
- Global wind energy developer; $430 million tax equity financing for a wind generation facility in Indiana.
- Global wind energy developer; $336 million tax equity financing for a wind generation facility in Texas.
- Global bank; $59 million sale of tax equity interests in a wind generation facility to original developer.
- Global bank; $137 million sale of tax equity interests in a portfolio of wind generation facilities to a holding company jointly owned by tax equity investor and original developer.
Asset and Cash Flow Lending
- Domestic wind energy developer; $190 million equipment loan.
- Vertically integrated oil and gas company; $2.2 billion senior secured revolving credit agreement and $250 million private placement of notes.
- Development and construction company; Multiple-term loan facilities to finance acquisition of solar energy facility portfolio.
- Regional bank; $25 million term loan secured by cash flows from coal treatment facilities.
- Global bank; $100 million tax equity backleverage loan.
- Global bank; $300 million tax equity backleverage loan.
- Global bank; $25 million partial sale of tax equity in a construction-phase solar and wind generation facility.
- Global wind energy developer; multiple sales of 80% and 90% of cash equity interests in operating wind generation facilities.
- Global bank; Purchase of several portfolios of LIHTC-generating properties from multiple originators, including acquisition of direct ownership of limited partner interests as well as acquisition of interests in multi-investor funds.
- Global banks and national insurance company; Sale of remainder cash interest in multiple tax equity investments in wind generation facilities
- Global wind developer; $340 million sale of cash generating interests in a portfolio of wind generating facilities to a holding company jointly owned by developer and investor.
- Global wind energy developer; $800 million joint venture for a wind generation facility in Texas.
Recommended Lawyer - Renewable & Alternative Energy, Legal 500 US, 2020-2021
- Green Tech Media, 05.22.2020
- Tax Notes Federal, 03.16.2020
- "Federal Preemption of State Labor Laws in the Context of Workers Compensation for Undocumented Workers," 32 Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, 83, Fall 2010
Energy Law Blog
- "Corporate Offtake Agreements are a Driving Force Behind the Shift Toward Renewable Energy in the United States," July 7, 2021
- "Six Key Items to be Aware of Regarding the Social Loan Principles," June 22, 2021
- "Six Key Things to be Aware of in the Development of Floating Offshore Wind in California," May 27, 2021
- "Six Key Items to be Aware of Today Regarding the Equator Principles IV," April 28, 2021
Real Estate, Land Use, & Environmental Law Blog Posts
- Moderator, "OurEnergyPolicy Energy Leaders Webinar Series: Bringing Offshore Wind to Market," July 14, 2021
J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 2010, summa cum laude
B.A., DePauw University, 2007, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Management Fellow