Sarah A. W. Fitts advises clients on private mergers and acquisitions, development projects, joint ventures, financings, sustainable investing, and restructurings, with a focus on the energy and infrastructure industries.
She represents U.S. and global clients, including Japanese companies doing business in the United States and around the world. Her clients include power developers, investors, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity across a broad range of industries, such as power generation, publishing, biotech and medical devices, and automotive.
Enjoying both business and the practice of law, she often acts as outside general counsel for clients without legal departments, in addition to advising on transactions.
A recognized leader in her field, Sarah has received numerous industry accolades from her peers and clients. In addition to her corporate practice, Sarah has long been committed to public service and she actively lends her expertise to pro bono initiatives. She reads and speaks Japanese.
- Represented Chugoku Electric Power America, LLC in its acquisition of a 16.2 percent interest in Kleen Energy Systems, LLC, a 620-megawatt, Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant located in Middletown, Connecticut.
- Advised Footprint Power LLC in the acquisition, operation, and demolition of the existing coal power plant located in Salem, Mass., and the subsequent development, financing, construction, and sale of a combined cycle gas power development project located at the same location. This project was recognized as a PFI Deal of the Year in 2015.
- Advised Toyota Motors in connection with its collaboration with Air Liquide to construct hydrogen fueling stations at several locations in the Northeast.
- Advised Marquis Energy LLC in securing a $228 million loan from AgCountry Farm Credit Services, including a construction loan, term loan, revolver, and refinancing of existing indebtedness. On completion of the expansion of its ethanol facility in Hennepin, Ill., Marquis Energy will be the largest dry mill ethanol producer in the United States.
- Advised Tenaska Power Fund II in a $1.6 billion term loan to repay acquisition and project-level debt at seven electric-generating facilities in the U.S., plus additional construction and term loan facilities. The transaction was recognized as an IJ Global North American Portfolio Deal of the Year in 2015.
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1990
- University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1987
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
- New York
- Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2017-present)
- ABA RADER, Various Vice Chair Rolls (2008-2014, 2017-present)
- International Bar Association, Power Law Committee, Vice Chair (2016-present); North American Representative (2015-2016)
- Women’s Infrastructure Network, New York Steering Committee (since 2016). WIN is a global professional organization for women working in infrastructure.
- American Bar Association, Renewable Alternative Distributed Energy Resources Committee, Chair (2014-2017); Various Vice Chair Roles (2008-2014)
- New York City Bar Association, Chair; Asian Affairs Committee, Chair (2007-2010)
- Council on Foreign Relations, Member (1998-present)
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