CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that it has finalized the recapitalization with $850 million of funded and committed capital to refinance the existing capital structure and fund future development for its client, Altus Power America, Inc., a market-leading solar power company.
Altus Power America, which provides clean electricity to commercial, industrial and municipal clients across the United States, was represented by Freeborn Partners Cynthia A. Bergmann, Karen A. Hayes, Gary A. Jungels, Jordan H. Peters, Michael J.W. Rennock, Brian A. Smith, and Christopher J. Townsend; Freeborn attorneys Fielden A. Fleming and Zachary K. Iacovino; and firm paralegal Leslie A. Schmidt.
“This is a highly significant recapitalization that will allow Altus Power America to grow its portfolio to more than $1 billion of commercial and industrial solar assets,” said Mr. Jungels, who led the Freeborn team that represented Altus Power America. “We are incredibly proud of our attorneys and staff who worked diligently over many months to complete this deal, also coordinating with nearly 100 attorneys at other firms representing various parties in the transaction.”
The recapitalization consists of preferred and minority equity and investment grade-rated debt financing provided by GSO Capital Partners LP and a consortium led by Blackstone Insurance Solutions, respectively, and a construction-to-term loan facility from a syndicate of commercial banks. The initial phase of the transaction closed in late 2019. The remaining phase relating to future assets closed this month.
The recapitalization includes one of the first-ever privately rated investment-grade financings made up solely of commercial and industrial distributed solar assets.
Founded in 2009 and based in Greenwich, Conn., Altus Power America is experiencing significant growth in demand from its private and public clients for locally sited solar arrays – in many instances in combination with battery storage – that are capable of producing energy savings for off-takers, creating rent payments for real estate owners, and helping its clients meet corporate sustainability goals. To meet this demand, Altus Power and Blackstone created a partnership that solidifies Altus Power’s position as one of the most competitive solar power companies in the industry.
More information about Altus Power America is available at www.altuspower.com.