Biography

Michael Ginsburg represents energy project developers in a wide range of transactions, including development, acquisition, disposition and project financing of both traditional and renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, and other technologies. Michael has extensive experience negotiating and drafting a wide range of contracts and agreements in the industry, including power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement and construction agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, project management agreements, and other project contracts.

Any transaction involving an asset as large, complex and multifaceted as an energy production facility inevitably requires extensive documentation and preparation of detailed contracts of all kinds. Michael has over fifteen years of experience in drafting and negotiating the agreements these documents memorialize on behalf of project developers, PPA providers, and EPC contractors.

Michael also has expertise in the preparation of loan documentation related to energy project finance, and the extensive due diligence on project documents associated with project financed energy projects. Whether the underlying transaction is project development, project financing, or a project purchase or sale, Michael will negotiate and prepare the full array of required documents, including project contract consents to collateral assignment and estoppels, in addition to providing legal opinions as appropriate.

In addition to his expertise with respect to energy-related projects, Michael also represents lenders in connection with financing for wineries and bridge loans to private equity funds. This work includes preparation of loan documents for lenders providing financing, including working capital loans, and acquisition financing.  Among other documents, Michael drafts loan agreements, security documents, guaranties and related loan documentation.

Distinctions

  • Legal 500 US in 2013 and 2014 in the area of Project Finance

Firm Highlights

Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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Publication

Changing Climate, Changing Laws: Addressing CEQA’s New Wildfire Risk Requirements in Project Development

Wildfires pose an increasingly serious threat to the public and environment in California. So it should be no surprise that the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) amended Appendix G of California Environmental...

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San Francisco COPA Program Rules Released

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) released program rules for the Community to Purchase Act (COPA) on September 3, 2019. The recently enacted COPA program (codified in Chapter 41B of the...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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News

A Major Victory for hiQ Labs, Ninth Circuit Upholds Its Right to Access Publicly Available LinkedIn Data

In a blockbuster ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed startup hiQ Labs, Inc.’s preliminary injunction (PI) against LinkedIn granted by Judge Edward Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern...

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California Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies That the Notice-Prejudice Rule Is a Fundamental Public Policy That May Override Choice of Law Provisions

In  Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company , the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule [1]  is a fundamental public policy...

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Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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News

Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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