Haynes and Boone Counsels Panda Power Funds in Financing of Sherman Gas-fired Power Plant

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Panda Power Funds Secure Financing for New Plant in Sherman, Texas

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP attorneys advised, as Texas counsel, Panda Power Funds on the completion of secured financing to develop a natural gas-fired power plant in Sherman, Texas.

Dallas Partner Jan Sharry led the firm’s efforts. Other attorneys assisting were San Antonio Partner Diana Liebmann, Austin Partner Mary Mendoza, Dallas Partner Sue Murphy, New York Partner Gil Porter, Dallas Of Counsel Steve Wilson and Houston Associate Austin Elam.

The Panda Sherman Power Project is a clean natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle facility consisting of two combustion turbines and one steam turbine. Once built, the plant is expected to supply the power needs of about 750,000 homes and should infuse an estimated $1,700,000,000 into the area's economy during the facility’s first 10 years of operation.

This transaction marks only the second time in six years that a capital-intensive, greenfield construction project has been financed with a term loan. The other financing was for Panda's 758-MW Temple, Texas generating station which occurred in July. Panda Power Funds is supplying equity for the Sherman project along with several other institutional co-investors.

This generation will be important to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) power region in adding much-needed new capacity as a result of rapidly declining reserve margins.

The Panda Sherman generating station will employ the latest in proven technology and will be one of the cleanest power plants in the nation. Air emissions at the facility will be controlled to among the very lowest of any power plant in Texas, a state which possesses some of the country’s most stringent air quality standards.

The generating station will be located on a 200-acre site at Sherman’s Progress Industrial Park. Construction will take about 24 months.

About Panda Power Funds, LP
Founded in 2010, Panda Power Funds is a private equity firm located in Dallas, Texas, which has the ability to internally source and develop, acquire, invest in, and operate large-scale, natural gas-fueled power generation facilities. The company recently built a utility-scale, 20-megawatt solar farm in Pilesgrove, New Jersey -- one of the largest solar farms in the northeast United States. Additional information on Panda Power Funds can be found at http://www.pandafunds.com.

About Haynes and Boone
Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C. and Mexico City providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 525 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal and has been named a "Top Corporate Law Firm in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2012).

Haynes and Boone Projects Practice Group attorneys have successfully represented clients in major domestic and foreign industrial and infrastructure projects. They have broad experience in all major disciplines that affect a client’s investment in a project throughout the project’s life – from early-stage development and regulatory issues through mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and public offerings. For the past two years, Best Lawyers in America has rated the practice with its highest national, Tier 1 ranking.

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