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James G. Goettsch

Jim Goettsch is a partner in the firm’s Power practice group and is located in our Kansas City office. Jim has worked closely with clients in the energy sector for over 25 years, with a primary focus for more than a decade in renewable power generation and, more recently, the broader energy transition economy.

In the renewable power sector, Jim has assisted clients in the acquisition of more than 25 utility-scale wind and solar projects that are now in commercial operation. He has led over $5 billion in construction loan and tax equity financings, and helped structure several of the first tax equity transactions undertaken by subsidiaries of regulated public utilities. Drawing upon earlier experience in energy trading, Jim also has structured and negotiated energy hedges, as well as both physical and virtual power purchase arrangements for renewable energy facilities. 

As the energy transition has accelerated, Jim has represented sustainability-focused special purpose acquisition companies in their initial public offerings and business combinations, including with an electric vehicle manufacturer and an autonomous trucking software company. He also has represented clients in the purchase or sale of significant electric, gas, and water utilities in 15 states across the country, and has significant experience with acquisitions and joint ventures involving major natural gas and related infrastructure.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim was a partner in the Energy and Natural Resources group at a large U.S. law firm.

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2008-2021
  • IFLR1000, Project Finance and M&A (Missouri), Highly Regarded, 2018-2019
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