David Schwartz is a partner in the finance department of Latham & Watkins’ office in Washington, DC. He serves as global chair of the energy regulatory and markets practice, is a member of the project finance group and has served as co-chair of the firm’s global power industry group. He has extensive experience in representing entities involved in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, electricity 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, has led transactional and regulatory teams in mergers and acquisitions and divestitures of energy companies and assets, has litigated contract, rate and transmission access disputes, defended market participants in enforcement investigations, and drafted federal and state energy legislation. He also has extensive experience in negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, electricity transmission agreements, natural gas transportation agreements, energy management agreements, and electricity and gas interconnection agreements.
Mr Schwartz regularly advises clients on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, various state public utility commissions 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 and 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.
The Energy Regulation and Markets Review offers an insightful survey of the key features of energy regulatory regimes worldwide, along with analysis of their impact on commercial practice. Focusing on the most consequential recent developments in the electricity, oil, natural gas and renewable energy sectors, the review covers (among many other things) the major licensing requirements, market access restrictions, distribution regulations and regulatory enforcement activities.