Jeff Kayes is a partner at Baker Botts, practicing in the firm's Global Projects Department in the Energy Projects and Transactions Section.
Mr. Kayes has extensive experience in leveraged acquisition finance and project finance, including the development and financing of manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects. He advises financial institutions, other institutional lenders, and borrowers in connection with bilateral and syndicated facilities, asset- and cash-flow-based facilities, domestic and cross-border loans, letter of credit financings, vendor financings, private placements of debt securities and bankruptcy-related financings.
Mr. Kayes also has significant experience representing clients in acquisitions of energy projects in all phases of development, including investments in individual or portfolios of projects. He advises clients in connection with such transactions for wind, solar, biomass, hydro and natural gas facilities.
In addition to his renewable energy and energy project experience, he has represented clients operating in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, clean technology, finance, gaming, semiconductors and software, among others.
Mr. Kayes is recommended as a leading lawyer in the 2013-2017 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. in the areas of Project Finance and Renewable/Alternative Energy. In addition, he was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the 2012-2014 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers, an honor recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Kayes practiced at a Bay Area-based Am Law 25 firm for seven years. He previously served as Senior Legal Counsel for Solar Trust of America / Solar Millennium, a solar developer, addressing financing issues concerning the construction of the world's largest solar field. Mr. Kayes previously served as a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.