Freedman, Robert N.

Robert N. Freedman


Lauded by clients for his “superb business acumen and legal understanding,” Robert Freedman is recognized as a “highly respected” and leading lawyer in project finance by Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers in Project Finance and The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers. His practice focuses on finance and development, asset acquisitions and dispositions and complex work-outs and restructurings of infrastructure assets, internationally and in the United States. He represents developers, lenders and other parties across the breadth of infrastructure sectors, including power, renewables and sustainable development, oil and gas (upstream and downstream) and transportation. Mr. Freedman has been widely quoted in industry, national and international publications, including The New York Times and the Financial Times, on matters relating to renewables and other infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Mr. Freedman was a Managing Director and Counsel with GE Energy Financial Services, the energy investment business of the General Electric Company. Mr. Freedman is co-head of the firm’s global Sustainable Development Group and is the firm’s former co-hiring Partner.

Selected Experience

  • Citigroup, as arranger, and the note purchasers in a financing for four California solar projects owned by subsidiaries of Consolidated Edison, Inc.
  • GE Energy Financial Services in its 144A senior secured notes financing for the Caledonia power plant in Mississippi, in its investment in a utility scale solar project in the US and in its sale of a remaining stake in Southern Star Central Corp.
  • Borealis Infrastructure in its acquisition of a 49% equity shareholding in a portfolio of wind farm assets in the US from EDP Renováveis
  • The lead arrangers in the financing of Sempra’s Copper Mountain Solar 2 project
  • EQT Infrastructure Limited and FORTISTAR in the financing of its acquisition of the Midland Cogeneration Venture Limited Partnership, in its 144A bond refinancing and in its sale of the asset
  • The multilateral/export credit agency lenders in the financing of the Phase II expansion of Ram Power’s San Jacinto-Tizate geothermal project in Nicaragua
  • Bank of America, N.A. as administrative agent in a DIP credit facility for Synagro Technologies, Inc.

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, “Finding 'Success': A New Equilibrium In the BigLaw Marketplace,” New York Law Journal, August 18, 2014
  • Co-author, “Financing Green: The Rise Of The Green Bond,” Law360, June 26, 2014
  • Co-author, “New Horizons In Solar Financing,” Law360, May 15, 2014
  • Co-author, “Prepping for Project Bonds,” Law360, August 28, 2013
  • Co-author, “Obama Unveils New Climate Plan,” June 27, 2013
  • Co-author, “Master Limited Partnership Parity Act Reintroduced in U.S. Senate and House,” May 1, 2013
  • Co-author, “Toward the Future of Federal Surface Transportation Funding: An Overview of the House and Senate Reauthorization Bills,” cited in Transportation Finance Intelligence, February 29, 2012
  • Co-author, “US Solar: Of PPA Securitisations, horizons & hurdles,” Infrastructure Journal, November 11, 2011
  • Co-author, “Closing the gap: Proposals for rebuilding US infra,” Infrastructure Journal, June 14, 2011
  • Co-author, “Industry Current: U.S. Renewable Energy – Continuing to Push Ahead,” Power Finance & Risk, June 10, 2011
  • Co-author, “If It’s Built, Will They Come? Analyzing Issues in Renewable Energy Transmission,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Sustainable Energy, November 2010
  • Co-author, “United States,” Getting the Deal Through - Project Finance 2011, September 2010
  • Co-author, “Energizing Green Energy Financing: Analyzing the Stimulus Package’s Jolt to the Green Energy Sector,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Sustainable Energy, October 2009
  • Co-author, “Putting the Wind (Back) to Work: Fostering Project Development in a Credit Crisis,” New York Law Journal, July 6, 2009


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1996, cum laude
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S., 1993, summa cum laude
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