Joanne Katsantonis Partner

Joanne is the firm's deputy managing partner for industry teams. Prior to this role, she served as chair of the firm's Energy Industry practice, served on the firm's Executive Committee and was a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. She has practiced in the Chicago and Brussels offices, and now practices in Richmond, Virginia. She has concentrated her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, energy transactions and financing.

M&A Practice

Joanne devotes a significant portion of her practice to advising purchasers and sellers of business organizations, representing both strategic and financial purchasers. She assists clients in the structuring, financing, negotiation and consummation of business acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, reorganizations, spin-offs, and joint ventures, including leveraged and management-sponsored buyouts. She has been involved in transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to in excess of several billion dollars, and involving diverse industries globally.

Energy Transactions and Finance

Joanne concentrates her practice on energy transactions and financing. She is a key strategic advisor to energy companies of all kinds, from public utilities and independent power producers to financial investors, such as infrastructure funds. Her transaction experience includes large public company mergers, structuring transactions, ensuring protection of pro formas, running auction processes, and negotiating and finalizing commercial transaction documents. She has led transactions involving gas, gathering and storage assets, coal, oil, solar, wind, nuclear and other alternative fuels. She has also advised clients on the commercial aspects of EPC contracts, power purchase agreements and supply contracts. Joanne's practice also includes financing transactions, including project finance, debt and equity offerings, large syndicated loans and hybrid transactions. She acts as the general corporate advisor to her clients on matters including corporate structuring, governance issues, partnership and joint venture issues, and compliance and risk management advice.


Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. in the $14.6 billion proposed merger with SCANA Corporation.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. in the $4.4 billion acquisition, plus the assumption of debt for an enterprise value of approximately $6 billion, of Questar Corporation.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Carolina Gas Transmission for approximately $492.9 million.

Representation of Morgan Stanley in the PEPCO-Exelon merger, including advising on all transactional documents and the fairness opinion.

Advised one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the United States in the company’s separation from its pipeline subsidiary.

Representation of a national energy company in its $780 million sale of its Pennsylvania natural gas distribution companies to an affiliate of an infrastructure fund that owns and manages utilities and other infrastructure assets.

Representation of the seller in the sale of three gas-fired generation facilities to a private equity group for approximately $685 million.

Representation of multiple companies and utilities in all aspects of solar and wind transactions.

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BS

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Corporate Law, The Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018

Named an, "MCCA Rainmaker," Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Project Finance: Advice To Lenders; M&A: Middle Market, 2017-2018; Energy Renewable/Alternative, 2017; Virginia, Legal 500 US

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, Oil and Gas, Legal 500 US, 2016-2018

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2017-2018

Named a "Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2016

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2019

Named a "Recognized Practitioner" in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Energy: Electricity (Transactional), Nationwide, Chambers USA, 2015

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy & Natural Resources, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2013

Recognized by clients for "Superior Performance in Corporate M&A Work," The BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Corporate Transactions, October 2007

Named to "Legal Elite," Mergers & Acquisitions, 2006; Business Law, 2014, Virginia Business

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