DANIEL ALLISON’s practice focuses on debt financings, including sponsor-backed acquisition financings, securitizations, and other complex commercial finance structures in the energy industry. Daniel’s practice is at the forefront of the energy transition, advising clients on the complex financing of low-carbon and de-carbonization projects, including transactions named first-of-their-kind or deals-of-the-year. He is a member of the team recognized in Band 1 in Energy Transition in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA.
Daniel’s primary expertise is representing private equity sponsors in acquisition financings in energy transactions and infrastructure projects in a variety of infrastructure sectors including renewable natural gas, rail, midstream, hydrogen, battery storage, waste gathering, terminal facilities and data centers. He has extensive experience with term loan A, term loan B, revolvers, bridge to high-yield and multi-tranche financings for such acquisitions. In connection with these sponsor representations, Daniel has also worked on facility expansions and accordions with committed financing for add-on acquisition transactions.
Daniel has extensive experience in oil and gas securitizations, having worked on many of the initial such transactions and having developed the first multi-tranche oil and gas securitization. This work has been recognized by Law360’s inclusion of such deal in awarding Sidley Structured Finance “Practice Group of the Year.” Daniel has represented issuers, placement agents and hedge providers in more than a dozen oil and gas securitization transactions. Daniel also has extensive experience in other structured finance transactions related to the energy industry.
Daniel also regularly represents corporate clients on both investment-grade and leveraged finance matters, in a variety of industries and sectors, with extensive experience in infrastructure, oil and gas, midstream companies, and consumer goods.
Daniel has consistently been recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers.
Before becoming a lawyer, Daniel worked, while attending university, for the exploration and production subsidiary of an international “oil major” as a reservoir engineer. As a reservoir engineer, he used his chemical engineering knowledge to model reservoirs in order to analyze and project production levels for a field of producing natural gas wells. Based on his reservoir models, he also identified wells for fracture treatment and determined which wells could efficiently augment production by perforating and completing a new sand in a producing well.
Daniel also worked in Brazil as a design engineer at a cotton-seed oil production facility. His primary task was developing and testing a computerized analysis of production and efficiency based on measurable variables and input levels. By analyzing trends from the computer analysis, he was able to recommend adjustments to set values that increased efficiency.