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Scott W. MacCormack

Co-chair, Energy Practice

Scott MacCormack focuses his practice on business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance for medium to large enterprises. Scott serves as principal outside counsel to several Northwest-based businesses. He has significant experience in project finance and project development for energy, infrastructure and maritime projects. His experience includes: debt and equity security offerings; borrower representation in large syndicated credit facilities; acquisitions and mergers involving financial institutions and other regulated businesses; planning and structuring real estate acquisitions/dispositions of property portfolios; and providing general corporate and business advice to commercial ventures.

Scott is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Representative Experience

Commercial financing for American Seafoods

Negotiation and documentation of a $500,000,000 demand credit facility, with revolving and term loan borrowing and letter of credit facilities, to fund operations of commercial fishing company. (Ongoing)

Commercial financing for Avista Corporation

Negotiation and documentation of a $320 million demand credit facility, with revolving and term loan borrowing and letter of credit facilities, to fund operations of regulated electric and gas utility. (Ongoing)

Commercial financing for Darigold Corporation

Representation of large dairy cooperative in connection with the negotiation and documentation of its financial derivative hedging programs. (Ongoing)

Counsel for Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP)

Project counsel to the Texas Clean Energy Project (TECP), a "NowGen" coal gasification carbon capture facility that will incorporate Carbon Capture and Sequestration technology in a first-of-its kind commercial power plant. (Ongoing)

Development - renewable for Newberry Geothermal

Representing project developer in the development and sale of power from a 120 MW geothermal project located near Bend, Ore. (Ongoing) Read more

Energy contracts for Clark Public Utilities

Represent and counsel regarding compliance with Dodd Frank legislation and regulations, review of physical and financial energy transactions, assistance with compliance reporting and contract amendments related to Dodd Frank legislation and regulation. (Ongoing)

Outside legal counsel for American Seafoods

Outside legal counsel to American Seafoods, a large integrated commercial fishing company involved in operations in the Bering Sea/Alaska, Massachusetts and Alabama, providing counsel on matters of corporate governance, commercial finance, vessel acquisition and finance, and labor/employment. (Ongoing)

Outside legal counsel for Avista Corporation

Outside legal counsel to Avista, a large regulated electric and gas utility involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy and other energy-related businesses, including regulated electric and natural gas utilities in the Pacific Northwest. (Ongoing)

Outside legal counsel for Summit Power Group

Outside legal counsel to Summit Power Group, an independent developer of power generation facilities, including traditional thermal power plants (coal and natural gas), wind power facilities, and developing clean energy technologies (solar, gasified coal). (Ongoing)

Project development

Negotiation and documentation of engineering, procurement and construction contracts for electricity generating projects in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Texas. (Ongoing)

Sale of American West Bank

Sale of American Westbank branch in Palm Desert, California. (2014)

Acquisition for Avista Corporation

Representation of Avista Corporation in the acquisition of Alaska Energy and Resources Corporation, including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alaska Electric Light and Power, the electric utility providing electric service to the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska; $170 million all-stock deal. (2013)

Corporate finance and securities for American Seafoods Group

$475 million five-year senior secured credit facility with revolving and term loan facilities. (2010)

Corporate finance and securities for American Seafoods Group

Issuance and sale of $275 million senior subordinate notes. (2010)

Corporate finance and securities for American Seafoods, L.P.

Redemption of $44.3 million of preferred limited partnership interests. (2010)

Corporate finance and securities for American Seafoods, L.P.

Redemption of $100.3 million of preferred limited partnership interests in exchange for distribution of assets including four fishing vessels and related commercial fishing rights. (2010)

Corporate finance and securities for ASG Consolidated

Issuance and sale of $125 million in senior notes and 125 million warrants to purchase common stock. (2010)

Corporate finance and securities for ASG Consolidated

Tender offer to purchase $251 million outstanding senior discount notes. (2010)

Development - electric for Summit Power Group

Representation of developer of a 400 MW IGCC (coal gasification with carbon capture) power plant near Odessa, Texas; a $1.5 billion greenfield power project funded in part with a significant DOE demonstration stimulus grant. (2010)

Transactions - energy for Alaska Power & Telephone

Representation of regulated investor-owned Alaska utility in the development of run-of-river hydroelectric generating facilities in Alaska. (2010)

Transactions - energy for U.S. Renewables Group

Representation of established private equity fund in joint venture formed to develop new hydroelectric generating facilities at existing nonpowered dams in the United States. (2010)

Transactions - renewable for Summit Power Group

Representation of developer in joint venture formed to develop utility-scale photovoltaic solar generating facilities in the Western U.S. (2010)

Acquisitions for Leaf Clean Energy Company

Represented Leaf Clean Energy Company in the acquisition and redevelopment of an existing power plant in Telogia, Fla. (2009)

Corporate transactions for American Seafoods Group

Represented American Seafoods Group/DH Ports in the financing, development, and construction of a $150 million marine terminal and cold storage facility in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (2009)

Corporate transactions for Darigold

Represented Darigold in the negotiation and documentation of various interest rate and dairy commodity forward swap transactions using ISDA Master Agreements and an auction-based selection process to identify counterparties. (2009)

Development - electric for ArcLight Capital Partners

Representation of institutional investor in potential greenfield power plant development in California. (2009)

Resolution of commercial dispute for EPCOR Utilities

Representation of Canadian electric utility in connection with negotiation, settlement and resolution of commercial disputes resulting from a high-voltage transmission line failure affecting the operations of large electric generating facility. (2009)

Energy trading for Avista Energy, Inc.*

Negotiation of a $150 million demand credit facility, in U.S. and Canadian dollars, to fund the operations of a national power marketer. (2008)

Loan credit facility for Avista Corporation

Represented Avista Corporation in negotiation and documentation of a syndicated $200 million revolving loan credit facility to provide additional liquidity for operations. (2008)

Vessel acquisition for American Seafoods*

Representation of American Seafoods in the acquisition of fishing vessels active in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. (2008)

Development - renewable for Summit Power Group*

Representation of Summit Power, which served as the project developer and manager for the 205 MW White Creek Wind Project in Washington. (2007)

Project financing for AEW*

Formation of a real estate investment vehicle for AEW, a large institutional investment advisor, and the continuing representation of the development entity, including the acquisition, construction and operation of senior housing and healthcare properties throughout the West Coast. (2004)

Power plant acquisition and development for Avista Power*

Representation throughout the acquisition and development of a 280 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Boardman, Ore. (2003)

Representation of a developer for Martin Smith Development Corporation*

Representation of the developer of a 20-story Class A office and residential development in downtown Seattle. (2002)

Project financing for Alaska Electric Light & Power*

Privatization of a federally owned hydroelectric dam in Alaska, transferring operation and output of the facility to an investor-owned utility using the proceeds of a $100 million tax-exempt bond facility. (1998)

Project financing for Davidson Plastics*

Representation of plastics manufacturer in the acquisition, development and tax-exempt, private activity bond financing of a new industrial manufacturing site. (1998)

Loan representation for SeaFirst Bank*

Representation of SeaFirst Bank in a multi-facility loan for the redevelopment of the downtown Seattle retail corridor. (1995)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, ArtsFund, 2001-2013 
  • Urban Environment Committee, Downtown Seattle Association, 1995-2001 
  • Business Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections, Washington State Bar Association
  • Chair, Legal Opinions Committee, Washington State Bar Association
  • UCC Committee, Washington State Bar Association
  • Association Advisory Board, ABA Working Group on Legal Opinions
  • Executive Editor, Washington State Bar Deskbook on Partnership Law
  • Editor, Washington State Bar Deskbook on UCC Revised Article 9

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers, 2013-2015
  • Named as one of the "Lawyers of The Year" by Best Lawyers, 2015
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