Paul Tanaka is a partner in the Firm’s Environmental Transactional Practice and leads the Practice on the West Coast. Paul focuses his practice on managing environmental compliance and liability issues, primarily as they arise in the context of corporate and real estate transactions, both in the United States and around the world.
Paul’s work has included hundreds of successfully closed deals, which have involved a wide range of commercial transactions from small venture capital investments to large multi-national acquisitions and divestitures. He routinely conducts and coordinates environmental due diligence assessments, retains and supervises consultants and technical experts, counsels clients on liability and risk allocation issues, drafts and negotiates contracts and agreements, assists in procurement of environmental insurance and other risk-mitigating solutions, and pursues post-closing resolution of environmental issues. The Practice maintains a worldwide network of environmental consulting and insurance and legal professionals to provide clients with all necessary resources during or following their transactions.
Paul also has experience on a full range of environmental regulatory compliance and remediation matters, enforcement actions and civil litigation.
Paul is proud to serve as a member of Kirkland’s Firmwide Diversity Committee and Racial/Ethnic Minority Subcommittee, and as City Lead in San Francisco for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program.
Represented an investor consortium led by client Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the environmental aspects of the pending $4.7 billion take-private acquisition of Cleco Corporation, a publicly traded power utility company in Louisiana.
Represented Fleur de Lis Energy, LLC on the environmental aspects of its pending $350 million acquisition of LINN Energy’s Wolfberry positions in Ector and Midland Counties in the Permian Basin.
Represented the Blackstone Group and Vine Oil & Gas LP on the environmental aspects of their acquisition of the Haynesville assets of SWEPI LP and Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., affiliates of Royal Dutch Shell plc.
Represented KKR on the environmental aspects of its agreement with Riverstone Holdings LLC to merge the existing assets held by KKR Natural Resources Funds with the assets of Legend Production Holdings, LLC, a portfolio company of Riverstone, to create a new oil and gas company called Trinity River Energy, LLC.
Represented an investor on the environmental aspects of an acquisition of a 50 percent interest in a 725-megawatt combined cycle natural gas-fired power plant.
Represented Exelon Corporation on the environmental aspects of its pending $7 billion acquisition of Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Represented Advance Auto Parts on the environmental aspects of its $2 billion acquisition of General Parts International.
Represented KKR on the environmental aspects of its approximately $1 billion acquisition of the Crosby and Acco divisions of Melrose Industries PLC.
Represented Southwire Company on the environmental aspects of its $786 million acquisition of Coleman Cable, Inc.
Represented Danaher Corporation on the environmental aspects of its $685 million sale of its Pacific Scientific Aerospace business to Meggitt PLC.
Represented National Grid on the environmental aspects of the sale of its Seneca-Upshur shale gas business.
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
Sustaining Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
City Lead, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentorship Program, San Francisco
Member, Firmwide Diversity Committee
Member, Racial/Ethnic Minority Subcommittee
Member, California State Bar Environmental Law Section
Prior ExperienceKelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, NY, 2001-2004
Other DistinctionsKirkland’s Environmental group was named “Environmental Law Group of the Year” in 2010, 2011 and 2013 by Law360
United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
United States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New York