Using Partnership Flips to Finance Renewable Energy Projects: Evaluating Tax Risks, Navigating IRS Safe Harbors

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Course Materials

This CLE course will guide counsel to parties involved in financing energy projects using partnership flip tax equity structures. The webinar will be a deep dive into partnership flips and current issues in such transactions. The webinar will also cover broader trends in renewable energy financing.

Description

Partnership flips are a financing tool wherein a developer forms a partnership with a tax equity investor, allocating 99 percent of taxable income and loss to the investor until the investor reaches a target return. After that, the investor's interest drops, usually to 5 percent, and the developer has an option to purchase the investor's interest. Cash is shared in a different ratio. There are many variations in flip structures, including yield-based flips, time-based flips, and pay-go, depreciation-only, and cash-strip structures.

The IRS has guidelines for flip transactions for renewables that may be relied upon by taxpayers. It also issued a series of benchmarks for tax equity transactions in the historic tax credit market in the wake of the Third Circuit's decision in Historic Boardwalk. Most deals stay within the parameters set by the IRS guidelines, while some stray.

The market is having to adapt to potential tax law changes, falling electricity prices, corporate power purchase agreements, various forms of hedging arrangements, the addition of large batteries to many large projects and other developments. Renewable energy tax equity was a $12 to $13 billion market in 2019. It is expected to hit $15 billion in 2020.

Listen as we provide a detailed look at flip transactions for both neophytes and experienced counsel. Webinar participants will come away with a good understanding of the basic flip structure and the main variations. They will also have a good feel for what issues are currently taking up the most time in deals.

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Outline

  1. Current data points
  2. Structuring flip transactions
  3. Current issues that are coming up in deals
  4. Best practices for developers and counsel

Benefits

Webinar participants will come away with a good understanding of the basic flip structure and the main variations. They will also have a good feel for what issues are currently taking up the most time in deals.

Faculty

Martin, Keith
Keith Martin

Co-Head of Projects
Norton Rose Fulbright US

Mr. Martin is a transactional lawyer whose principal areas of practice are tax and project finance. He acted for 178...  |  Read More

Medina, Jorge
Jorge Medina

Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Mr. Medina’s practice focuses on tax aspects of energy investment and financing transactions, including tax...  |  Read More

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