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WASHINGTON, September 19, 2016 - Over the next 15 years, 50% of all Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydroelectric projects will begin a relicensing process - representing 30% of all the licensed hydroelectric capacity in the United States.

“This concentrated period of relicensing activity could present substantial challenges to existing licensees who currently own and operate hydroelectric projects, as well as significant opportunities for competitors," said Jay Ryan, a partner in Baker Botts' Washington D.C. office.

"It is not well-known that marketplace participants can compete for hydroelectric assets as part of the relicensing process; there is no guarantee that the current licensee will maintain the FERC license necessary to operate the project. Moreover, applicable law enables competitors who wrest a license from an existing owner to potentially pay something less than fair market value for the hydroelectric asset," added Mr. Ryan.

Jay Ryan is available to discuss the implications of competition in the relicensing process both for hydroelectric asset owners and their competitors.

Mr. Ryan is a partner in Baker Botts' Washington D.C. office and an expert in the electric industry. His practice focuses on counseling electric utilities, private equity firms, project developers, hydroelectric owners and operators, and renewable resources on transactional, regulatory and litigation matters.

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Baker Botts Named 2016 Energy Litigation Department of the Year from Texas Lawyer

HOUSTON, September 22, 2016 - Baker Botts L.L.P, a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm’s Energy Litigation practice was named the 2016 Energy Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer

“This marks the 4th straight year that our firm has been ranked by Texas Lawyer in their “Litigation Department of the Year” category and this recognition speaks to the expertise and deep bench strength of the firm’s litigation team, both in Texas, as well as across the country and internationally,” said David Sterling, a Houston-based partner and Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. 

“Bakers Botts lawyers are outstanding litigation strategists and tacticians who try cases. Our clients see those skills and expertise on a daily basis be it in energy , technology, IP, corporate, white collar, antitrust or tax,” added Mr. Sterling. 

Over the past four years, Baker Botts has been awarded “Litigation Department of the Year” honors for IP Litigation in 2013 and 2015 and for Energy Litigation in 2014 and 2016. 

Texas Lawyer will officially announce the winners at a dinner scheduled on November 1st in Dallas and detailed profiles of the winners will be released following the event. 

To view the full list of Texas Lawyer’s Litigation Departments of the Year winners, please click here

For more information on Baker Botts' Energy Litigation practice, please click here

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Baker Botts' White-Collar Criminal Defense, FCPA Practice Earns Global Recognition

MOSCOW, 21 September 2016 - Baker Botts, L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Ivan Marisin and Vasily Kuznetsov have joined the firm’s Moscow office as Partners. 

“Both Ivan and Vasily are outstanding lawyers and highly regarded litigators with a wealth of experience, representing both Russian and international clients. They have a deep seated understanding of the Russian legal system,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. 

“They will both add significant value for our Russian and international clients and their arrival also speaks to the commitment that we have made to continue to grow our international network,” added Mr. Baker. 

“Vasily and Ivan are terrific lawyers with a great deal of trial and international arbitration experience. Their addition highlights the growing strength of our global litigation and dispute resolution capabilities,” said David Sterling, Chair of the firm’s Litigation department. 

"Upon joining the firm, Ivan becomes Co-Chair of the firm's International Disputes Resolution (IDR) Practice while Vasily will play a key role in managing our Russian IDR Practice," added Mr. Sterling. 

“We are delighted to welcome Ivan and Vasily as our new Partners in Moscow. Their extensive experience in dispute resolution, both international and domestic, will complement our already strong Russian law offering in Moscow,” said Maxim Levinson, Partner-in-Charge of the Moscow office. 

“Ivan and Vasily’s expertise will enable us to build upon the services we offer our clients in areas such as energy, technology, banking and finance, real estate and construction, and aviation,” added Mr. Levinson. 

Mr. Marisin has represented Russian clients in matters across the globe, as well as international clients in disputes in Russia. He has also advised Russian and foreign clients on corporate, banking and foreign investment matters. Mr. Marisin obtained his law degree from Moscow State University in 1986. Chambers Europe described Mr. Marisin as "a star disputes lawyer." 

Mr. Kuznetsov has been representing domestic and international clients in major litigations and arbitrations since 2002. Chambers Global describes Mr. Kuznetsov as “a rising star.” He is a graduate of Moscow State University. 

Mr. Marisin and Mr. Kuznetsov join Baker Botts from Quinn Emanuel. 

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50% of All FERC Licensed Hydroelectric Projects are Up for Review in the Next 15 Years