Tia Barancik is a member of Sullivan & Cromwell’s General Practice Group and serves as co-head of the Firm’s Power and Utility Group. She has over 35 years of experience advising U.S. and non-U.S. companies, private equity firms and financial institutions on structuring and executing complex strategic M&A, investments, financings and credit transactions, with a particular emphasis on structuring and executing transactions that are subject to regulation and oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions.
Most recently, Ms. Barancik has represented private investors in several acquisitions to establish new joint ventures to own and develop renewable energy projects and related investments as part of the energy transition, a series of transactions that arose, in part, from her practice advising on energy legislation, regulatory reform efforts and the impact of energy and utility regulation of the conduct of business transactions on the energy industry and in wholesale energy markets.
Ms. Barancik’s practice at the Firm focuses on transactions in the energy and regulated utility sector that require an inter-disciplinary approach in which regulatory knowledge and deal know-how are combined. Her recent transactions include:
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Barancik advised E.ON in its acquisitions of gas utility Ruhrgas and British electric utility Powergen; Dominion Resource in its merger with Consolidated Natural Gas; National Grid in its acquisition of New England Electric System; United Water in its sale to Suez; and National Grid in its transmission joint venture with GridAmerica.
Ms. Barancik also advises financial institutions and other wholesale energy market participants regarding energy trading activities and in connection with the acquisition or disposition of energy trading businesses, physical assets and contracts and on specific energy industry and regulatory issues impacting credit decisions.
Ms. Barancik is a frequent speaker and author on topics of interest to energy and utility companies and their shareholders, including most recently the co-author of “Corporate Governance Feature: Shareholder Activism in the Regulated Utility Sector,” The M&A Lawyer (2022). She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Energy, by New York Super Lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy & Natural Resources and by Chambers Global and Chambers USA as one of the world’s leading energy and natural resource lawyers, with clients noting she is “really commercial” and “very good at guiding clients to practical solutions.”
Prior to joining S&C, Ms. Barancik was a corporate partner in the New York office of Atlanta-based King & Spalding LLP, prior to which she had been a partner of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP.
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