David Schwartz is a partner in the finance department of Latham & Watkins’ Washington, DC office. He serves as global chair of the energy regulatory and markets practice, is a member of the project finance group, and is co-chair of the firm’s global power industry group. He has extensive experience representing entities involved in electric generation, transmission and distribution, electric and gas marketing and trading, and gas transportation and distribution.
Mr Schwartz has been active in the formation of the developing electricity markets in the United States; led transactional and regulatory teams in mergers and acquisitions and divestitures of energy companies and assets; litigated contract, rate and transmission access disputes; and drafted federal and state energy legislation. He also has extensive experience in negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, electric transmission agreements, natural gas transportation agreements, energy management agreements, and electric and gas interconnection agreements.
Mr Schwartz regularly advises clients on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, various state public utility commissions, the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Department of Energy.
Mr Schwartz is regularly named as a leading energy lawyer in Corporate Counsel magazine, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 United States and both the global and the US Chambers & Partners guides to leading business lawyers. Mr Schwartz is a member of the American Bar Association and has held leadership positions in the Energy Bar Association.
In our ninth year of writing and publishing this book the most pressing global concerns have revolved around the covid-19 pandemic. Accordingly, many of our contributing authors have emphasised concerns associated with the effects of the crisis on energy demand and consumption, and delays in the development of infrastructure. Beyond this crisis, we have seen many other significant geopolitical changes that have added uncertainties to global energy policies.