Adds in-house expertise on renewable energy project development
Jeff Russell has joined Baker McKenzie's North America Banking, Finance and Major Projects Practice as Counsel, bringing extensive experience as a senior in-house lawyer focused on real estate and project development matters related to renewable energy facilities. Based in San Francisco, he will also be a member of the Firm's Global Real Estate Practice.
Jeff has supported the development and financing, including debt and tax equity, of approximately 3,000 megawatts of energy projects over the past decade. He has experience representing both regional and national developers in projects primarily in California, as well as in numerous renewable energy markets across North America. He has also led several transactions of renewable energy facilities and portfolios in the region on both the seller and purchaser sides.
"Jeff has a deep knowledge of the specific real estate and land development issues that impact the development of renewable energy projects, particularly solar energy facilities," said Jose Moran, Chair of the Firm's North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice. "Jeff's project development experience in the renewable energy space and unique perspective as a former in-house lawyer will provide significant value for our clients. It is a priority for the North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice to continue growing our project finance capabilities and energy practice in California and across the US."
Most recently, Jeff served as Assistant General Counsel of Global Asset Management at SunEdison, where he managed legal work related to asset management, operations and maintenance for operational solar and wind assets across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Prior to joining SunEdison, Jeff was Counsel at Silverado Power, a California-based utility scale solar developer. He managed Silverado's legal affairs and land holdings portfolio, which included the company's successful effort to acquire site control and entitlements and perform title curative work for the real estate necessary to host an approximately 400-megawatt portfolio of solar photovoltaic projects.
"I am thrilled to join Baker McKenzie and work with its talented practitioners in the areas of energy, real estate and insolvency," Jeff said. "I look forward to employing my in-house experience to provide clients with valuable insights as they develop new energy projects and manage their businesses."
With 330 real estate lawyers in more than 45 countries, Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice has the local market presence to serve as a single point of contact for executing real estate transactions and providing the range of services it takes to manage global portfolios. The practice spans the entire spectrum of real property law, and Euromoney has named Baker McKenzie as the No. 1 Global Law Firm for Real Estate for the past eight consecutive years.
Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 lateral partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to strengthen its presence in key markets and practice areas. Jeff joining the Firm follows the arrival of renewable energy project finance lawyer Evelyn Kim in San Francisco, as well as energy-related transactions attorney Denmon Sigler in Houston and international project finance attorney Margarita Oliva in New York.
Jeff received his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law.