LEI was contracted by a major international law firm to serve as an expert on the power industry in Asia. The arbitration matter revolved around a major international energy company’s purchase of a set of independent power projects. Subsequent to the close of the transaction, amendments to certain power purchase agreements (PPAs) were discovered, which the acquiring company deemed to have resulted in material damages to the company.
LEI was asked to assess the damage claim made by the acquiring company. In developing a case strategy, LEI met with the client’s attorneys to consider and develop arguments to be used in the arbitration proceeding. Below is a list of the some of the tasks completed by our firm in the matter:
- LEI created a financial model to value damages arising from the undisclosed contract amendments.
- LEI conducted an analysis of load trends in Asia
- We have examined key trends in the industries of selected PPA counterparties.
- We analyzed the potential impact of the introduction of a competitive power pool on damage claims.
- LEI reviewed due diligence documents and developed arguments in support of claims.
Other Indicative Work
- Provided statistical analysis to demonstrate that a Material Adverse Change had occurred
- Showed that alternative indices to an index no longer available did not exist, underpinning an argument for contract frustration
- Utilized knowledge of European power markets to provide foundation for arguments regarding economic substance of transactions challenged by tax authorities
- Reviewed documentation and estimated value of services associated with procurement of renewable energy offtake agreements
- Created detailed price impact model to prove that a proposed transaction would result in an increase in market power
- Testified regarding cost of capital issues and appropriate discount rates to be used when valuing an independent power company