• Duke University, B.A. public policy studies (1984) magna cum laude
  • Columbia Law School, J.D. (1987) Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Patrick W. Lynch, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2540
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Patrick Lynch is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office where his practice concentrates on infrastructure project development. He also focuses on general corporate and finance matters, with a particular emphasis on project financing, and mergers and acquisitions in the energy and water industries. He has represented private sector developers, governments, lenders, and equity investors in the development and financing of energy and water projects domestically and in numerous foreign countries. In the financing of infrastructure projects, he has represented borrowers, lenders, and equity investors in connection with senior and subordinated construction and term credit facilities, equity investments, and taxable and tax-exempt bond offerings.

Project Development

In his practice, Patrick has assumed lead responsibility for negotiating all types of project agreements, including the following:

  • Energy Projects: power purchase agreements, fuel supply and transportation agreements, interconnection agreements, water supply and disposal arrangements, and construction and operating arrangements.
  • Water Projects: water purchase agreements, wastewater service agreements, water exchange agreements, and construction and operating arrangements.
  • Public/Private Sector Ownership: treaties, host government and concession agreements, joint ventures, shareholder and partnership agreements, development-stage funding arrangements, and administrative services agreements.

Project Finance

Patrick has negotiated project finance and ownership structures with domestic and foreign governmental agencies, commercial and institutional lenders, and multilateral institutions. He is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of documentation for financings involving senior and subordinated facilities, commercial banks, institutional lenders, joint use of taxable and tax-exempt debt, and the capital markets.

Mergers and Acquisitions/Privatizations

Patrick has represented buyers and sellers in numerous energy sector transactions, including utility divestitures and acquisitions of gas pipeline systems. He also has represented clients in energy and water project acquisition transactions in the United States and overseas. He has advised clients in single and multiple project acquisitions, competitive auctions, and privatizations, representing clients in transactions in the United States and overseas. He is experienced in negotiating and drafting acquisition and merger agreements, structuring partnerships and joint ventures, and supervising due diligence investigations.

General Corporate Practice

Patrick's corporate experience includes advising clients on issues related to structuring corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and joint ventures; providing counsel on governance issues; and ongoing general corporate and commercial representation.

Representative Engagements

  • Project counsel in the development and financing of a 50 MGD desalination facility in Carlsbad, California. The transaction, identified by Bloomberg as the largest U.S. project financing of 2012, was named the North American Water Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine, the North American Infrastructure Deal of the Year by Infrastructure Investor, the Desalination Deal of the Year by Global Water Intelligence, and a Deal of the Year by the Bond Buyer.
  • Project counsel in the development and financing of a utility-scale solar generating facility in California.
  • Representation of a major U.S. energy company in its acquisition and development of over 30 solar projects with an aggregate capacity of over 150MW.
  • Buyer's counsel in the acquisition of two natural gas pipeline systems, including related bridge and capital market financing.
  • Project counsel in the refinancing of a portfolio of wastewater treatment facilities serving refineries of Mexico's state-owned oil company. The transaction was named the Latin American Water Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine.
  • Counsel to the Government of Turkey in the development and structuring of the Baku-Tbilisi¬Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.
  • Project counsel in the development and financing of a 25MGD desalination facility near Tampa, Florida.
  • Project counsel in the development and financing of a 234 MW power project near Cali, Colombia.
  • Project counsel in the development and financing of the first independent power projects in Jamaica and the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Patrick is a member of the American Bar Association (Section of Corporation, Banking, and Business Law). He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the Federal Energy Bar Association, having served as a member of the Finance and Transactions Committee and the International Energy Transactions Committee.

Patrick is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he earned a B.A. in public policy studies (1984). He received his J.D. from Columbia University (1987), where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and New York

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Quasi-Merchant Plants and the Available Financing Markets," Infocast Projects & Money, New Orleans, LA (January 16, 2014). Moderator: Patrick W. Lynch.
  • "The Tampa Bay Desalination Project," Joint Meeting of New York City Bar Association Committees on Project Finance, Environmental Law, and International Environmental Law (December 5, 2002). Presenter: Patrick W. Lynch.
  • "The Completion and Acceptance Process of Vertically Integrated Projects," American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (October 12, 2001). Presenter: Patrick W. Lynch.
  • "Legal Challenges of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and TransCaspian Pipeline Projects," 19th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations (March 30, 2000). Presenter: Patrick W. Lynch.


  • "Recruiting Diverse Attorneys," The National Law Journal (April 18, 2005). Co-Author: Patrick W. Lynch.
  • "Design-Build for Water and Wastewater Projects," Design/Build in the Public Sector, Aspen Publications (2002). Contributor: Patrick W. Lynch.
  • "Legal Challenges of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Project," Russia/Central Europe Executive Guide (June 15, 2000). Author: Patrick W. Lynch.
  • "PEMEX's Cadereyta and Madero Wastewater Treatment Plants: A New Development for Project Financing in Latin America," Latin American Law and Business Report (June 30, 1998). Co-Author: Patrick W. Lynch.
  • "Fiducia Structure Supports 144A Financing of TermoEmcali," Project Finance International (September 24, 1997). Co-Author: Patrick W. Lynch.

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In the News

  • Dealmakers Q&A: Crowell & Moring's Patrick Lynch
    September 11, 2014 — Law360

    Washington, D.C.-based Energy Group partner, Patrick W. Lynch, took part in Law360's "Dealmakers Q&A" series featuring dealmaking movers & shakers. As part of this series, Lynch shared his perspective on five intriguing questions pertaining to the most challenging deal he has worked on and other dealmakers who've impressed him. When asked about what advice he would give to other aspiring dealmakers, Lynch shared, "When negotiating the complex web of contracts that are part of a large infrastructure project, try and ask yourself "what if" for as many eventualities as could practically (or perhaps not so practically) occur."

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