When the private sector undertakes large scale and complex infrastructure projects, the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction agreement (EPC) is the most common form of contract. For both owner-developers and general contractors, having a mutually agreed upon and legally sound document that will stand up to the tests of timing, quality, and commitment is critical to successful outcomes.
Farella’s multi-disciplinary infrastructure development attorneys take a holistic approach to draft and negotiate EPC agreements and can initiate claims or defend disputes that arise. Our robust work in this regard is proven, time and time again, to protect the interests of our clients and deliver desired results.
Experience Across Infrastructure Project Types
At the forefront of complex infrastructure development, Farella attorneys help private clients who develop, own, construct, or operate large scale energy generation, storage, and transmission projects navigate the dense documentation attached to them. We work with owner-developers and general contractors to draft and negotiate EPC agreements and also guide them through daily business discussions and decisions, as necessary, while project construction progresses.
With experience that spans projects from renewables, such as solar and wind, to traditional power plants and public-private partnerships in rail, airport, and military base redevelopment, our cumulative knowledge provides valuable benefits for clients. We can ensure that our clients understand, completely, all terms and the potential risks involved, and that EPC agreements allocate such risks in an appropriate and market-standard manner.
Representing the Routine to the Extraordinary Challenges
While complex infrastructure projects unfold over the years, the likelihood of unforeseen disruptions, changes, or disagreements among parties is almost inevitable.
From the every-day to the extraordinary, our attorneys have resolved a myriad of issues. We work in areas related to land use, zoning ordinances, and environmental regulations, such as the Endangered Species Act, as well as construction, sub-contractor, collection systems, and more. With this experience, we can offer knowledgeable guidance and a range of strategies and tactics to diffuse disagreements and avoid costly litigation.
Although we work to mitigate litigation in most cases, we will aggressively represent clients in courts or before administrative agencies, when necessary. Our litigation team has seen nearly every type of sub-contractor claim and has successfully handled both minor and significant challenges brought by owners or general contractors under EPC agreements.
Collaboration and Responsiveness Are the Foundation of Our Services
Our clients not only benefit from our vast experience in handling significant infrastructure projects; they appreciate our attention to providing the best value for their dollar—we treat their projects as if they were our own. At Farella, we are extremely sensitive to the business side of significant infrastructure developments and work to minimize costs and disruptions to business operations.
While we won’t bring a big team to the table when a lean one will do, we will collaborate with our Farella partners who excel in other disciplines when questions or challenges need specific experience and talent.