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Elisabeth Yandell McNeil

Partner
+1.206.370.7824
Fax +1.206.370.6132

Elisabeth Yandell McNeil represents a variety of U.S. and international clients. Her practice focuses on energy and infrastructure transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and investments in wind, solar, biomass, and other energy projects and services. She also advises clients in transactions involving clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Ms. McNeil is recognized on the Washington Rising Stars list (2016-19).

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates, Ms. McNeil practiced as an associate in a Seattle-area law firm where she represented public and private clients. Before attending law school, she served as an intern in the office of the Vice President of the European Parliament.

Achievements

  • Selected to the Washington Rising Stars list, 2016-19
  • Acritas Stars – independently rated lawyer

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association, Partnership and LLC Law Committee, Business Law Section, Co-Chair
  • WRISE (Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy), Co-Director, Seattle Chapter
  • Washington Women Lawyers, Past President
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Speaking Engagements

  • ”Energy Seminar: Renewables 3.0,” May 2019
  • “Identifying and Innovating through Points of Resistance in Renewables,” April 2018
  • “The New Tax Bill Workshop: Impact on the Renewable Energy Industry,” January 2018
  • “Navigating Changes in Energy Attitudes Coast to Coast,” May 2017
  • “The New Washington LLC Act,” Washing Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Course, January 2016
  • "Around the World of Business Law: 80 Things Every Washington Lawyer Must Know," Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Conference, May 2013
Energy Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Representing Municipality of Anchorage in the sale of its Municipal Light and Power utility to Chugach Electric Association, Inc.
  • Represented ENGIE Contracting Services LLC in the acquisition of Donnelly Mechanical Corp.
  • Represented ENGIE Contracting Services LLC in the acquisition of Unity International Group, Inc.
  • Represented Gulf Pacific Power, LLC (a joint venture of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and Harbert Power, LLC) in the acquisition of an indirect 80% cash equity interest in in Rocky Caney Wind, LLC, the owner of a 200 MW wind project in Kansas and a 150 MW wind project in Oklahoma.
  • Represented ENGIE Energy Services Holdings Northeast LLC in the acquisition of subsidiaries of Talen Energy Services Northeast, Inc.
  • Represented Gulf Pacific Power, LLC (a joint venture of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and Harbert Power, LLC) in the acquisition of ownership interests of Sumitomo Corporation of Americas in Desert Sunlight Investment Holdings, LLC, the owner of a 550 MW solar power project in Riverside County, California.
  • Represented ENGIE North America Inc. in the acquisition of OpTerra Energy Group, Inc.
  • Represented TransAlta Corporation in the acquisition of distributed solar power projects in Massachusetts and the 50 MW Lakeswind wind project in Minnesota from Rockland Capital.
  • Represented Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) and John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York in investment in Enviva Wilmington Holdings, LLC.
  • Represented GDF SUEZ Energie Services S.A. in the acquisition of Ecova, Inc.
  • Represented TransAlta Corporation in the acquisition of a 144 MW wind project in Wyoming from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.