Ram Sunkara represents electric and gas utilities, independent power producers, project developers, cooperatives, commodity trading firms, private equity funds, refineries, industrials and other energy industry participants in commercial and transactional matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development, renewable energy projects, project financings and develop-build-own-operate-maintain (DBOOM) and design-build-transfer (DBT) arrangements. He negotiates and finalizes acquisition and disposition agreements, structures transactions (single generating units or portfolios) and auction processes, and manages all related aspects of a transaction. Ram leads Sutherland's Liquefied Petroleum Gas practice.
In addition, Ram advises on electric generation specific matters including negotiating and documenting power purchase agreements (PPAs), engineering, procurement and construction contracts (EPC), operation and maintenance agreements (O&M), steam, chilled water, compressed air and other offtake contracts, purchases and sales of environmental attributes and trading agreements involving physical and financial purchases and sales of energy commodities.
Recent representative transactions include advising Oglethorpe Power Corporation in its $529 million dollar acquisition of a gas-fired combined cycle facility with an approximate nameplate capacity of 1,250 MW and an international oil and gas company in its acquisition of a 50 MW solar PV generating facility which is now commercially operational and represents the single largest solar generating facility sited on federal lands to date.
Ram also chairs the Energy Practice Group's Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Fuel Cell and Cogeneration team and represents both industrial and commercial end users in structuring and negotiating CHP projects to benefit their manufacturing, data center or other on-site plant operations. He assists consumers in fashioning competitive solicitation processes to ensure clients receive the best risk adjusted pricing for their electric and thermal load needs.
Sutherland is representing Lime Energy in a joint venture with an Israeli company.
Sutherland advises energy distributor on Silver State North acquisition.
Sutherland represents Element Markets in its acquisition of a landfill gas facility in North Carolina.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: renewable/alternative (2015)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2012-2014)
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of energy (2014) (Also at Atlanta, Georgia Office)