Vincenzo Franco’ represents utilities, generation owners and developers, energy traders, private equity firms, financial institutions, and other investors on transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and advises clients on the requirements of the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Vincenzo provides regulatory counsel on project development, M&A and financing transactions, participation in energy and capacity markets, and complex structured transactions, including renewable corporate power purchase agreements. Vincenzo also assists clients in developing, maintaining, and auditing effective compliance programs and represents energy companies and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions involving alleged violations of FERC’s anti-manipulation rule, FERC’s duty of candor or RTO/ISO tariff requirements.
Between 2014 and 2019, Vincenzo served as Assistant General Counsel – Wholesale Trading Compliance and then Associate General Counsel at Exelon Corporation, where he led the compliance function for Constellation—the Exelon business unit responsible for wholesale and retail sales of power, gas, and energy products. In that role, Vincenzo managed Constellation’s compliance program, developed policies and procedures, responded to regulatory inquiries, and reviewed proposed trading strategies. He also advised senior leadership on regulatory issues associated with structured transactions and offsite renewable solutions, and counseled on federal and state approvals and antitrust issues associated with M&A activities. Vincenzo assisted Constellation with the establishment and setup of its UK energy trading subsidiary and managed compliance with registration and reporting requirements under the UK and European laws.
Vincenzo originally joined Van Ness Feldman in 2001 as an associate and was a partner at the firm between 2010 and 2014.