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Lori H.Jones

Lori H. Jones

Lori H. Jones

Of Counsel
Email: lhjones@mercerthompson.com
Direct Dial: 404.577.4213
Fax: 404.577.4206
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Ms. Jones is Of Counsel in the law firm of Mercer Thompson LLC.  She has concentrated her law practice on a variety of corporate, finance and securities transactions.  She has particular experience in the following:

  • representation of borrowers in project finance transactions for renewable energy projects;
  • commercial bank financings and capital markets offerings of securities registered, and securities exempt from registration, under the Securities Act of 1933;
  • representation of public and private companies, both purchasers and sellers, in mergers and acquisitions including drafting and negotiating acquisition agreements and, with respect to public companies, preparing proxy statements and Form S-4 registration statements;
  • representation of public companies in preparing Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 filings including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, proxy statements on Form 14A, registration statements on Forms S-3, S-4 and S-8 and press releases;
  • advising public companies, board of directors and audit committees in corporate governance matters;
  • advising public companies with respect to Rule 10b5-1 plans, insider trading policies, corporate compliance programs, stock splits, share repurchase programs and take-over defenses;
  • assisting clients with the filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976; and 
  • representation of companies and individuals in connection with corporate reformation, reorganizations, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, raising private equity capital, shareholder disputes and other general corporate matters.


 Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel, Mercer Thompson LLC, June 2009- Present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2000- 2009

Representative Transactions

  • Counsel to large investor-owned utility company in the acquisition of numerous renewable energy project companies, including wind and photovoltic solar gernerating facilities, throughout the United States totaling in excess of 750 MW.
  • Representation of an international private equity clean energy investment fund in a bridge credit facility related to its investment in a 470 MW natural gas-fired, combined cycle power generation facility in North Carolina in 2016.
  • Representation of an international private equity clean energy investment fund in project financing transactions (including construction and back leverage financing) for two (2) separate wind generating facilities in Texas in 2015.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE:WEC) in its registered offering of $1.2 billion in Debentures in June 2015.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Gas LLC in its private placement of $200 million in Debentures in September 2015.
  • Representation of an international private equity clean energy investment fund in a project financing transaction (including construction and back leverage financing) for a 150 MW wind generating facility in Texas in 2014.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Electric Power Company in its registered offering of $250 million of Debentures in May 2014.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Electric Power Company in its registered offering of $250 million of Debentures in June 2013.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Electric Power Company in its registered offering of $250 million of Debentures in December 2012.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas in the negotiation and documentation of its revolving bank credit facilities in the approximate amount of $1.2 billion in December 2012.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Electric Power Company in its registered offering of $300 million of Debentures in September 2011.
  • Representation of an owner of a proposed new nuclear power expansion in connection with drafting and negotiating loan guarantee terms and conditions pursuant to the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program in 2011.
  • Representation of Elm Road Generating Station LLC (a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corporation) in its offer and sale in the capital markets pursuant to Rule 144A of $420 million of notes secured by a collateral assignment of a long-term lease of the Oak Creek Unit 2 generating facility in January 2011.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Energy Corporation and its regulated operating subsidiaries in negotiating and documenting revolving bank credit facilities of $1.2 billion in December 2010.
  • Representation of Elm Road Generating Station LLC (a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corporation) in its offer and sale in the capital markets pursuant to Rule 144A of $530 million of notes secured by a collateral assignment of a long-term lease of the Oak Creek Unit 1 generating facility in February 2010.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Electric Power Company in its registered offering of $250 million of Debentures in December 2009.
  • Representation of Wisconsin Electric Power Company in the remarketing of its Pollution Control Refunding Revenue Bonds ($147 million aggregate principal amount) in September 2009.  
  • Representation of Matria Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATR) in connection with its $1.18 billion sale to Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. in 2008.
  • Representation of PNM Resources, Inc. (NYSE: PNM) in its $640 million divesture of its natural gas utility operations to New Mexico Gas Company, an affiliate of Cap Rock Holding Corporation in 2008.
  • Representation of special committee of the board of directors of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: XPRSA) in connection with a $192 million cash tender offer by the founders in a ”going private” transaction in 2007.
  • Representation of SEMCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SEN), a Michigan natural gas utility, in its $867 million sale to Cap Rock Holding Corporation in a going-private transaction in 2007.
  • Representation of a special committee of the board of directors of Thomas Nelson, Inc. (NYSE: TNM) in connection with its $475 million sale to a private equity firm in 2006.
  • Representation of Matria Healthcare, Inc. in its $122 million sale of Facet Technologies, Inc. to a private equity firm in 2006.
  • Representation of Georgia Pacific Corporation (NYSE: GP) in its $810 million divestiture of its building products distribution division to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management L.P. in 2004.
  • Representation of Spectrum EBP, L.L.C., a joint venture owned by JPMorgan Chase Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Wachovia Bank, National Association, in the sale of its on-line bill payment technology to Metavante Corporation in 2002.
  • Representation as underwriter’s counsel in connection with City of Atlanta’s issuance of $900 million in water sewer bonds in 2002.
  • Representation of the City of Atlanta in connection with the issuance of tax allocation district bonds in order to facilitate the redevelopment of a 138-acre brownfield site in Atlanta, Georgia commonly known as “Atlantic Station” in 2001.
  • Representation of Securicor plc in its acquisition of all the outstanding stock of Argenbright Security, Inc. in 2000.

Education

  • Georgia State College of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1995)
  • University of Georgia, (B.B.A., Finance, Cum Laude, 1991)

Bar Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia