Frederick R. Fucci acts as Special Counsel for the firm in connection with corporate transactions (M&A, joint ventures, LLC agreements), commercial contracting and infrastructure development and finance matters.
On corporate transactions, Mr. Fucci has led teams of lawyers to the successful closing of over $3 billion of merger and acquisition transactions over the course of his career. He has deep experience in all steps of transaction execution, including structuring letters of intent, organizing due diligence and reporting results, negotiating and drafting stock, asset purchase and merger agreements and bringing deals to completion, either in simultaneous or staggered closings. He is well versed in acquisition techniques and mechanics, such as earn-outs, holdbacks and escrows for liabilities and purchase price adjustment mechanisms, and he is accustomed to working in coordination with in-house counsel and tax attorneys on transaction structures.
Mr. Fucci’s infrastructure and project finance experience is in energy (electricity, oil and gas), telecommunications and ports. It encompasses organization of project consortia and companies, project development agreements, offtake (power purchase agreements [PPAs]), land-use, concessions, construction, operations and maintenance (O&A) and fuel supply. He has focused on both big ticket projects, such as utility scale, and on small-scale cogeneration projects, such as combined heat and power or solar PPAs for on-site supply of electric and thermal energy (distributed generation) for industrial and commercial users. He has workedon the acquisition or greenfields development of a number of wind and solar power projects in the last ten years. He is experienced in contract drafting and negotiation of equipment supply agreements, design build and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.
As part of Mr. Fucci’s general transactional experience, he has represented companies in numerous commercial contracts, including sales of goods, supply of commodities and industrial equipment, energy and commodities training, distribution and sales agency agreements and service and consulting contracts.
Mr. Fucci also maintains an independent practice as a neutral arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, either ad hoc or under AAA, ICDR, ICC and LCIA Rules, and in representing parties to disputes being resolved by commercial arbitration or mediation. He is available to apply that expertise to clients of Reavis Page Jump.
Mr. Fucci can do business in several languages. In addition to his native English, he speaks near-native French, having been educated in part in France and lived there for some years. He has represented both U.S. clients in enforcing judgments and arbitral awards in France and French clients in doing business in the U.S. He has also represented investors in projects in several other French-speaking countries, including Morocco and the Ivory Coast. He also speaks fluent Italian and German, having studied and lived in both Italy and Germany. By virtue of having done business in several Latin American countries, he has a strong working knowledge of Spanish and is able to read legal documents in Spanish with full comprehension. He can also read Portuguese.
Mr. Fucci is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. He is also qualified as a solicitor of the Bar of England and Wales and is a member of the Paris Bar (avocat au barreau de Paris).
Mr. Fucci received his B.A. in European Studies from Amherst College (cum laude, 1981), his M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (with distinction, 1987) and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Lead Articles Editor for the school’s publication Law Review: The Tax Lawyer. During his undergraduate course, he spent time abroad studying at the Université de Paris IV/la Sorbonne in Paris, France, and at the Università di Firenze per Stranieri in Florence, Italy. He was awarded the Forris Jewett Moore Fellowship in History and the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship for Legal Studies.
Mr. Fucci is an active member of several bar associations, including the International Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association, for which he was previously the Chair of the Energy Committee. He is a member of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) Committee on Arbitration and the Chair of its Transactional Lawyers Subcommittee. He is a guest lecturer of the International Business Transactions course at Fordham Law School and frequently speaks on panels and presents to professional associations.
Mr. Fucci incorporated and continues to advise on a pro bono basis the Emergency Shelter Network of Faith-based and Community Organizations, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources to religious and community sites that shelter homeless persons in New York City. He also volunteers at one of the member shelter sites.
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