Overview

Ronnie Dabbasi is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston office. Mr. Dabbasi helps buyers and sellers negotiate complex mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and advises partners on joint ventures and project development across the energy industry.

Mr. Dabbasi has a broad range of experience advising on corporate and commercial matters in the energy sector and has been a corporate/M&A lawyer since 2007. He advises clients on all aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A, auction processes, joint ventures and co-development structures, project development and financing, private equity and venture capital investments, and governance matters. Mr. Dabbasi regularly represents a wide variety of clients, including renewable and oil and gas project developers and sponsors, commodity trading firms, diversified public companies, chemical and petrochemical producers, oilfield service companies, electric and gas utilities, private equity firms and other strategic and passive investors. He has experience developing and implementing creative deal structures to navigate disparate interests of the various stakeholders in transactions.

Mr. Dabbasi's practice spans the energy spectrum. He has experience with the acquisition and development of utility-scale and customer-sited energy projects, including combined heat and power, wind, biomass and solar facilities. He also represents clients in upstream oil and gas matters, as well as midstream projects and deals involving natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids gathering systems, pipelines, processing facilities and storage assets. Mr. Dabbasi's downstream practice includes advising on refining, marketing and distributing refined products and related structured commodity transactions.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Dabbasi was an attorney for a global law firm in its Houston office.

During law school Mr. Dabbasi was staff editor for the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law and for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Shell New Energies in its 50/50 joint venture with EDF Renewables to co-develop offshore wind projects having a capacity of 2,500 megawatts (MWs)
  • Advised Castleton Commodities International in respect of a broad range of capital structuring transactions and related matters involving a project company that manufactures recovered carbon black and liquid chemicals
  • Advised Chesapeake Utilities Corp. in its acquisition of Planet Found, which owns proprietary poultry waste technology, to expand its waste-to-energy capabilities
  • Advised the founders of Element Markets LLC in the sale of their majority equity interest to TPG's The Rise Fund and subsequent merger with Bluesource LLC to form Anew, the largest marketer and originator of carbon and environmental credits in North America and one of the largest in the world
  • Represented Bluesource Sustainable Forests Co. in its acquisition of a 1.7 million acre timberland portfolio from The Forestland Group, one of the largest private forest carbon investments in the United States
  • Represented CIM Group in a significant investment in an affiliate of MAS CanAm, the holding company for all of the renewable natural gas (RNG) activities undertaken by MAS Energy
  • Represented a leading RNG marketing and environmental commodities company in its venture capital investment into a software company developing carbon removal solutions

  • Advised Castleton Commodities International in respect of its initial acquisition and subsequent sale of NorTex Midstream Partners, which operates two depleted natural gas reservoir storage facilities that serve the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with 850 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/day) of maximum deliverability
  • Represented Freepoint Commodities LLC in connection with its participation in the equity financing and corporate restructuring of the Limetree Bay refinery restart project in St. Croix
  • Advised Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment in respect of the global restructuring, the acquisition of minority interests in one of its project companies and various governance issues related to its well completion technology project companies
  • Advised LyondellBasell regarding post-merger integration issues related to its acquisition of A. Schulman Inc., a leading global supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites and powders
  • Advised ARM Energy LLC in respect to commercial arrangements for hedge advisory services and the physical marketing and transportation of natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Represented Chesapeake Utilities Corp. in the mid-Atlantic region in the acquisition of all assets of a regional propane distribution business
  • Advised Shell TapUp in various commercial arrangements to provide mobile delivery of high-quality fuels to fleet vehicles

  • Advised SNC-Lavalin Inc. in the sale of its minority interest in a 550-megawatt (MW) combined cycle plant located in New York City
  • Advised Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. in the liquidation of a joint venture with Tyr Energy Inc. and Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. to operate a 635-MW dual-fuel combined cycle, power generation facility in Rensselaer, New York

Credentials

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • Texas
Memberships
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Energy Practice Group

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