Feb 17, 2012

Worldwide Development and Investment Opportunities in China

CHICAGO, IL — February 17, 2012 — Marathon Capital, LLC will co-sponsor the first Outbound Renewable Energy Projects: Worldwide Development and Investment Opportunities conference in Beijing and Shanghai, China. The executive sponsor of this event is Chadbourne & Park, LLP, with other sponsors including the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA) and Global Law Office.

Presenting on behalf of Marathon Capital will be Chief Investment Officer, Gregg Elesh, and Managing Director, Buz Barclay. The presentation will address the "Sourcing of Renewable Energy Business Opportunities in North America."

The conference will take place on February 21 at The Ritz-Carlton - Pudong and on February 22 at The Ritz-Carlton - Beijing. The areas of focus will be learning about trends and opportunities while sourcing projects, gaining clarity on various jurisdictions' renewable energy laws, learning how to mitigate political risks, as well as avoiding mistakes by researching previous case studies.

"Marathon Capital is constantly exploring new ways to expand our knowledge and services across the globe and we are confident that our presence in China will be a step in the right direction. We are honored to have been invited to co-sponsor with such a prestigious group and we look forward to educating, as well as learning from, the prominent list of attendees," says Ted Brandt, CEO, of Marathon Capital.

About Marathon Capital, LLC

Marathon Capital is a leading financial advisory and investment banking firm focused on delivering financial products and services to the global energy and infrastructure markets. We specialize in the sale and financing of companies, projects and assets in these markets. Marathon Capital's team of senior professionals has a combination of investment banking, project finance, commercial banking, commercial finance, oil field and power plant engineering expertise. Among Marathon Capital's noteworthy transactions are the restructuring and ultimate sale of Middlesex Generation to General Electric (landfill gas to electric); Steamboat II/III to Ormat Technologies (Geothermal); the sale of Greenlight Energy to BP, plc (Wind), AMP Resources to Enel (Geothermal), CPV Wind to Iberdrola (Wind), SkyPower Corp. to Lehman Brothers (Wind and Solar) and Ridgeline Energy to Veolia Environment (Wind). Marathon Capital has been one of the most active North American advisors in the power generation space, with execution of over twenty-five (25) transactions in the past three years.

Chadbourne& Parke

Chadbourne & Parke has long been recognized as one of the best projects firms in the world. In addition to possessing a first-rate conventional power practice, it is also considered a go-to firm for the development and financing of renewable energy projects. With experts spread across the firm's worldwide network of 13 offices, Chadbourne assists numerous industry participants, including utilities, IPPs, developers, commercial and other lenders, and private equity funds, in transactions across the globe.
Chadbourne’s project finance practice gets results — and those results are recognized by leading publications and directories. The US$1.2 billion financing of Phases II-V of Alta Wind Energy, which included a US$579.9 million Rule 144A offering, the first capital markets sale-leaseback transaction for a wind project, was recently named “Bond Deal of the Year in The Americas” by Project Finance International and "North American Wind Deal of the Year" by Project Finance. The US$148.5 million financing of the US$254 million Maple Energy ethanol project in Peru was recently named the "Latin American Biofuels Deal of the Year" by Project Finance.

Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA)

Established in 2000, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) works to bring together a variety of stakeholders to accelerate the development and deployment of renewable energy in China. In particular CREIA focuses on three areas: 1) bringing together regulatory agencies, research institutes and industry professionals to promote debate and advise on government policy; 2) bringing together national and international project developers and investors and raise awareness of renewable investment opportunities through regional networking, training and online forums and 3) providing a platform for its members to voice their collective concerns.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office is the first and one of the leading law firms in the People's Republic of China, with offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It started providing legal services in 1979 and was formally established as a law firm by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade 1984. It was converted into a private partnership at the beginning of 2001. A leading firm for projects, infrastructure and energy work in China, Global Law Office is highly visible in Asia and advises on a range of matters, including power plant investment and clean energy projects financing. It also handles construction and infrastructure work. Clients include banks, large Chinese power companies and foreign investors.