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Energy Project Finance Considerations

Speaker(s): Andrew S. Levine, Randall D. Holmes, Robert G. Rusk
Recorded on: Sep. 21, 2018
PLI Program #: 256594

Rob Rusk is Co-Founder and Partner of Orion Energy Partners, primarily responsible for originating, structuring and executing investment transactions as well as managing the Senior Advisory Board and the co-investment syndication process. Rob is Chair of the Valuation Committee and a member of the Management Committee and the Investment Committee.

Orion Energy Partners is a private equity firm with over $1 Billion in investable capital providing creative debt solutions to middle market energy infrastructure businesses across North America and select international markets in the downstream, midstream, electric power, renewable energy and storage, asset-heavy energy services and other energy infrastructure segments.

Prior to co-founding Orion Energy, Mr. Rusk was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Cypress Associates, a middle-market investment banking advisory firm based in New York.  He has over 30 years' experience in leveraged finance, M&A, leveraged buyouts, capital markets, private equity, distressed investing and restructuring, and has led teams executing energy transactions with a value in excess of $30 billion.  Previously Mr. Rusk was a Managing Director in the Power and Utilities Investment Banking Department of CIBC World Markets, and an Investment Banker at Bear Stearns & Co. and Bankers Trust Company, where he completed its Management and Credit Training Program.

Mr. Rusk has been qualified as an expert in leveraged finance in federal bankruptcy court.  He is an observer to the Tiger Rentals Group and American Natural Supply Boards of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors of Goodway Technologies Corporation as well as several other industry and charitable boards and associations.

Mr. Rusk earned a B.A. from Hamilton College and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School Business of the University of Pennsylvania

As co-chair of the firm’s environmental practice group, Andy Levine is focused on cultivating and expanding the energy economy in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Having started his career litigating multimedia enforcement cases against refineries, pipelines and solid waste companies, he was soon recruited by Waste Management to implement the very types of programs at issue in many of these cases. While at Waste Management, Andy oversaw landfill and transfer station expansions, permitting and compliance throughout the Eastern Seaboard, and also developed the strategic landfill gas-to-energy program that formed the basis for his current energy practice in natural gas.

As an experienced deal architect he maximizes his clients’ ROI in constructing and operating energy and environmental infrastructure projects, obtains the best possible financing and tax treatment, and evaluates the most advantageous deal and organizational structure. He also finds the most strategic means for environmental compliance and permitting, with a keen focus on the clients’ business development plans, and most of all, the bottom line.

Industry executive with broad experience in the development, financing, construction and operation of a variety of renewable energy and infrastructure projects, including landfill gas, hydro, biomass, CHP and water desalinization.


B.A.—Texas Tech University

J.D.—University of Michigan Law School