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Stephen R. Hunting

Partner
Charlotte | 704.335.9492
Fax | 704.334.4706
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Steve Hunting is a seasoned business lawyer who counsels clients on commercial, corporate, and transactional matters, including project development, complex commercial arrangements, technology licenses, joint ventures, and acquisitions. He has particular experience with energy, information technology, and manufacturing projects and transactions. His experience as in-house counsel at a large electric utility helps him provide practical, effective advice.

His energy clients include electric utilities, electric power cooperatives, universities, commercial and industrial companies, resorts, independent power producers, renewable energy developers, and contractors. He advises them on combined heat and power, energy storage, and microgrid projects, as well as electric generation projects involving biogas, biomass, landfill gas, solar, and wind, and electric transmission projects.

Steve's technology clients in the automotive industry include a large dealership group, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), a finance company, and a data analytics company, and his health care clients include hospitals and other providers. Steve has helped those clients launch telematics and GPS technologies, dealership management systems, electronic health record systems, cloud-based patient portals, and other IT solutions.

Steve’s manufacturing clients include domestic and international companies that produce automotive parts, resin products, and high tech equipment. He has assisted those clients with, among other things, acquisitions, joint ventures, economic development incentives, and supply agreements.

Representative Experience

Energy

  • Represented university in combined heat and power and microgrid project.
  • Represented electric utility in energy storage project.
  • Represented electric power cooperative on wheeling agreement for solar photovoltaic (PV) facility.
  • Represented developer of combined heat and power projects fueled by poultry litter and digester biogas.
  • Advised clients in transactions to develop and operate landfill gas electric generating facilities, including operations and maintenance agreement.
  • Drafted engineering, procurement and construction contracts for solar PV and energy storage projects.
  • Advised developers of solar PV electric generating facilities on engineering, procurement and construction contracts, operations and maintenance agreements, power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, and other project agreements.
  • Advised owner of fuel cells on power purchase agreement.
  • Represented solar thermal energy developer in a series of rooftop installation transactions.
  • Represented buyers in multiple transactions to acquire equity interests in companies developing solar PV generating facilities.
  • Represented electric utility with respect to joint venture developing transmission line.

Technology

  • Advised automotive OEM and automotive finance company on many aspects of telematics and GPS technologies.
  • Advised large automotive dealership group on information technology and cloud agreements for more than 16 years.
  • Represented hospital systems negotiating license and support agreements for electronic health records and other software.
  • Represented hospital systems negotiating licenses, cloud arrangements and agreements to establish online patient portal, clinical trial record system, and other information technology systems.
  • Represented owner of extended care facilities in negotiating license of voice-assisted workflow software.

Other Transactions

  • Represented majority investor in connection with technology joint venture involving investors from, and operations in, several countries.
  • Represented majority owner in sale to public company of equity interest in transportation and logistics joint venture.
  • Represented international public company in establishing U.S. joint venture and its U.S. advanced manufacturing facility.
  • Represented public automotive manufacturing company in acquisition of forging business.
  • Represented wind energy developers, automotive manufacturing company, beverage manufacturer, and other manufacturers in establishing new facilities and negotiating economic development grant agreements.
  • Represented county in negotiating economic development grant agreements for data center and several manufacturing companies.
  • Advised manufacturing client on production equipment purchase contracts with suppliers in several countries.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2012-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Information Technology; Renewable Energy; Energy & Utilities; Economic Development; Commercial Contracts; Business Law; Intellectual Property        

Memberships

  • World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • UNC at Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Association, Alumni Engagement Subcommittee, 2010-2015
  • Hospitality House of Charlotte, Board of Directors, 2001-2004