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Legal Counsel, Renewable Energy

  • A member of TotalEnergies Renewables USA, LLC (“TRUSA”) providing legal support and other key services to TotalEnergies’ U.S. renewable power generation businesses (such as solar and or wind projects).
  • Reporting to the Assistant General Counsel, Renewable Energy.

Job Dimensions
  • Support TotalEnergies’ U.S. renewable power generation businesses, including drafting and negotiating agreements and documents relating to strategic cooperation, acquisitions, project developments, project financings, engineering, procurement and construction, offtake and operations
  • Provide legal advice and support to business managers relating to all legal aspects of renewable power generation; including compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Coordinate with tax advisors to ensure TotalEnergies obtains maximum legal protection of and efficient monetization of renewable energy tax benefits
  • Coordinate with the Finance team in connection with the financing of the projects (including debt and tax equity financings)
  • Coordinate with subject matter specialists such as HSE, energy regulatory, and compliance
  • Manage legal due diligence of projects;
  • Negotiation, drafting and closing of complex commercial agreements relating to development of renewable power generation projects, financing and operation; including in the following areas:
  • M&A;
  • joint venture formations and strategic cooperation;
  • corporate formations, restructurings, and governance documents;
  • project financings, including debt and tax equity financings;
  • engineering, procurement and construction;
  • supply agreements;
  • grid interconnection agreements;
  • power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other offtake agreements;
  • development services agreements; and
  • shared facilities agreements;
  • operation and maintenance agreements; and
  • other standard commercial contracts and corporate documents
  • Advise business managers on general corporate, commercial, and regulatory legal matters, including but not limited to, risk mitigation, corporate structuring and governance, and compliance.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, statutes, and regulations; identify areas of compliance and potential vulnerability and risk.
Context and environment
Context and Environment
  • Fast-paced, rapidly expanding area of TotalEnergies’ business;
  • Involves evaluation and transfer of complicated tax benefits and specialized legal documentation of such transactions;
  • Independent legal counsel requires sound judgment, high ethical, legal and compliance standards, and self-motivation;
  • Rapid growth and complexity of the business requires business oriented attorney, comfortable working with a team, seeking practical solutions; excellent negotiating and communication skills; and a high level of organization and attention to detail;
  • Complex commercial transactions, administrative proceedings and corporate matters
  • Material legal, commercial and financial consequences of activities
  • Coordination of legal activities with Compliance team
  • Confidential and proprietary transactions and information
Candidate profile
Qualifications/ Required Experience
  • Passion for renewable energy;
  • Juris Doctorate from ABA accredited law school;
  • Admission to practice law in at least one U.S. state and the ability to practice law in Texas;
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience negotiating and drafting agreements relating to M&A, financing and other complex commercial agreements;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in legal matters relating to renewable power generation;
  • Strong communication skills and a proven ability to advise business managers on complex legal matters