Serena Rwejuna

Partner, Washington, DC

Biography

‘Serena Rwejuna can do heavy lifting on corporate transaction related issues. She has a masters in business and really shines on heavy duty corporate related work. When she worked with me, she helped us with difficult dividend issues, accounting and Board of Director and Officer issues too. She pays a lot of attention to detail and that is very much appreciated.’

‘Serena Rwejuna is a star. She is particularly good at energy regulatory work that has a corporate overlay - work related to financings, for example.’
Legal 500 Client Testimonials

Overview

Serena is a partner and helps lead the Energy Markets & Regulatory practice. As a member of the Energy, Infrastructure and Project Development and Finance Group of White & Case, Rwejuna's practice focuses on advising energy companies on a range of regulatory, compliance, administrative litigation, and enforcement issues. She also has experience with a variety of clean energy technologies, including solar, wind, hydro and waste-to-energy. She counsels utilities, generators, pipelines, natural gas distribution companies and other energy industry participants on compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations, and advises them on project development, mergers and acquisitions, and administrative litigation and dispute resolution, and state regulatory compliance.

She also has experience working with regulatory agencies such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), state public utility commissions (PUCs), and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs). Serena regularly counsels clients in high-stakes non-public and public audits, inquiries, investigations, and enforcement proceedings before these regulatory agencies.

Serena also assists clients in a broad range of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and energy transition matters. Serena is regularly invited to speak on issues related to ESG and Sustainability, Energy Transition, Enforcement and Compliance, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Advancement (DEIA).

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
Virginia State Bar
Education
Juris Doctor
Duke University School of Law
Graduate Certificate
University of Massachusetts

Boston

Master of Arts
Wake Forest University
Bachelors of Arts
Wake Forest University
Languages
English

Experience

Representation of Onward Energy, a portfolio company of J.P. Morgan Asset Management Infrastructure Investments Group, in its acquisition of two combined-cycle, gas-fired power generation facilities located in South Carolina and Maryland.  

Representation of TotalEnergies Renewables USA in its acquisition from Austin, Texas-based Core Solar, LLC of 4GW of utility-scale solar and energy storage development projects across several U.S. states and power markets.

Representation of U.S.-based university in the formation of a comprehensive energy management program worth approximately $1.165 billion in connection with the concession for its energy and water systems in a public-private partnership (P3).*

Representation of investment company in connection with obtaining FERC approvals and other energy regulatory submittals for the company’s asset acquisition of a portfolio of six generating plants with a combined generation capacity of 972.5 MW.*

Representation of energy holding company in preparation of FERC regulatory submittals, including Federal Power Act Section 203 authorization, for the revised stock-for-stock merger of equals transaction creating a company with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion, and with nearly 13,000 MW of generation capacity and more than 51,000 miles of distribution lines.*

Representation of multinational utility company in energy regulatory matters and related assignments (before the FERC and the FCC) regarding its sale of 1.2 GW of pumped storage hydro assets and 0.2 GW of conventional hydro assets.*

Representation of holding company and project company in connection with regulatory matters for $1.3 billion project financing and equity arrangements for the construction of a 1,182 MW combined-cycle natural gas electric generating facility.*

Representation of a leading independent solar asset manager and developer and a Fortune 100 financial services and property & casualty company in launching a joint venture with the objective of acquiring, developing, building, and owning several hundred MWs of utility and commercial solar assets throughout the United States.*

Representation of a power trader in a FERC Enforcement investigation into whether the trader's physical and financial natural gas trades violated FERC's anti-manipulation rule. After extensive discovery and preliminary findings, FERC declined to take action against the trader.*

Representation of natural gas traders, power traders, and other market participants in FERC and CFTC market manipulation investigations.*

Representation of market participants in inquiries led by FERC Enforcement's Division of Analytics and Surveillance.*

Provided anti-market manipulation and FERC and CFTC compliance training to natural gas and power traders, generators, and natural gas pipelines.*

Representation of natural gas and power market participants in connection with FERC self-reports.*

Representation of electric utilities in the negotiation of settlements in FERC transmission rate cases. The matters represented comprehensive settlements of highly-contested rate issues, including return on equity, tax issues, and the protocols governing annual rate adjustments.  Represented the utilities’ successful transition from stated rates to forward-looking formula transmission rates.*

Representation of companies in successfully obtaining Department of Energy electricity export authorizations for Canada and Mexico.*

*Matters prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Capital and Climate: The Impact of ESG on the Energy Industry and the Role of Regulators and Ratings Agencies," Energy Bar Association, Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting and Conference (Boston, MA June 8, 2022)

Lecturer, Energy Law Academy 201: Energy Finance, "Regulatory Implications of Financing Structures," Energy Bar Association (June 3, 2022)

Virtual panel "ESG Reporting, Investing, Litigation and Shareholder Activism: What Lies Ahead," American Bar Association (March 10, 2022)

Virtual panel "Best Practices in Board Recruitment," The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington (February 24, 2022)

Virtual panel "How ESG Can Be a Source of Competitiveness," Wake Forest University School of Business and Graduate Program in Sustainability (February 10, 2022)

Podcast, "Empowering Women Experiencing Homelessness and Leading with Intention," Madam Policy (January 4, 2022)

The Silent "G" in ESG: How is DEI Being Incorporated into Governance as Companies Renew Their Focus on ESG, Energy Bar Association (October 12, 2021)

FERC Enforcement: Recent Developments & What Lies Ahead in a New Administration, Energy Bar Association (June 15, 2021)

The Future of ESG Reporting and Investing, Duke Houston Alumni Association (June 2, 2021)

Making the Most of a Virtual Start, Duke University School of Law, Alumnae Leadership Council (December 2, 2020)

A Year Unlike Any Other – 2020 and Women in the Workplace, DukeDC (October 14, 2020)

Refugee Entrepreneurship, Business Ownership, and the Right to Work in Host Communities, Tent Partnership For Refugees with the Thomson Reuters Foundation (September 22, 2020)

Share the Mic: Diversity in the Energy Field, Association of Energy Engineers and American Association of Blacks in Energy (August 29, 2020)

The Business Benefit of Diversity and Inclusion, Energy Bar Association (October 15, 2019)

Guest Professor, "Concurrent Policy and Regulatory Issues," The Transmission Business School (May 2, 2017)

Publications

"Excelling as an Energy Associate: Tips for Ensuring You're Indispensable," American Bar Association, Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee (Dec. 3, 2021)

"What We Learned From Barclays Market Manipulation Case," Law360 (Dec. 7, 2017)

"Newly Affirmed FERC Approves Nearly $12M Anti-Manipulation Settlement," Electric Light & Power (Aug. 25, 2017)

"Another Victory for Defendants' Rights in FERC Case, Legal Firm Writes," Electric Light & Power (May 23, 2017)

"Time For FERC To Re-Examine Its Hydropower License Policy," Law360 (May 3, 2017)

"California Ruling Gives Discovery Hope to Challengers of FERC Rulings," Electric Light & Power (April 13, 2017)

"Another Year of Enforcement at FERC and CFTC," Law360 (Jan. 5, 2017)

"FERC Denies Request for Discovery by Respondent in FERC Enforcement Case," Electric Light & Power (May 12, 2016)

Awards and Recognition

The Legal 500 US, 2022 Rising Star – Energy Regulation: Conventional Energy

Chambers and Partners, 2022 Chambers USA, USA – Nationwide Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)

Chambers and Partners, 2021 Chambers USA, USA – Nationwide Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation): Associate to Watch

The Legal 500 US, 2021 Rising Star – Energy Regulation: Conventional Energy

Thomson Reuters, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Star – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 – 2020, 2021, 2022

The Best Lawyers In America: Ones to Watch, 2021 and 2022

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2021 Fellow

President, Washington, DC Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy

Chair, American Bar Association, Alternative Energy Subcommittee of the Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee

Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, Energy Bar Association

Vice Chair, Energy Bar Association Young Lawyers Council

Inaugural Councilmember, Duke University School of Law Alumnae Leadership Council

Co-Chair, DukeDC Regional Board of Directors

President of the Board of Directors, Calvary Women's Services