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Jennifer B. Abbey

Associate
+1.202.778.9486
Fax +1.202.778.9100
Jennifer Bruneau Abbey is an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office where she is a member of the oil, gas & resources and banking & asset finance groups. She represents energy and financial services companies on a variety of regulatory and finance matters primarily related to the natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil industries.

Ms. Abbey advises clients on a range of matters related to the development of natural gas pipeline and LNG export infrastructure pursuant to the Natural Gas Act (NGA). She assists clients with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) policies on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the terms and conditions of service included in pipeline tariffs as well as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) LNG licensing requirements. She assists investors exploring M&A opportunities with federal regulatory due diligence and those interested in the impact of the federal regulatory process on the development of energy infrastructure.

Ms. Abbey also represents lenders and borrowers in oil and gas financing transactions for onshore and offshore upstream and midstream oil and gas companies. She has worked on transactions for unsecured, secured, and borrowing base credit facilities, including financing the acquisition of distressed assets.

Professional Background

Prior to law school, Ms. Abbey held a variety of roles at a multinational bank. She spent four years in the bank’s London office covering European insurance and real estate corporations. She then spent two years covering middle-market companies in Southern New England.

Energy Regulatory
  •  Represents LNG export project developers through the FERC and DOE approval processes, including with interagency coordination among FERC, PHMSA, and USFWS, among others.
  • Assists LNG export project developer with the NEPA pre-filing process, including the development of resource reports.
  • Conducts regulatory due diligence for potential U.S. LNG export facility offtakers.
  • Assists clients with drafting comments in FERC and DOE policy proceedings.
  • Monitors and analyzes regulatory developments for clients interested in natural gas pipeline projects and related litigation.
  • Conducts regulatory due diligence for clients interested in acquiring companies with FERC regulated natural gas pipeline assets.
  • Represents natural gas pipeline customer in FERC Section 4 rate proceedings and other FERC proceedings related to the terms and conditions of service on interstate natural gas pipelines.
Energy Finance
  • Represents lenders and borrowers in the negotiation and documentation of secured and borrowing base credit facilities.
  • Assists multinational bank with the review and negotiation of oil and gas upstream and midstream loan documents.
  • Conducts review and negotiation of loan documents on behalf of secured interest rate and commodity swap counterparties.
  • Represents specialty lenders in loans to distressed E&P companies.