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

  • Designated lenders’ and underwriters’ counsel in the financing of the $5.7 billion acquisition of ITR Concession Co., concessionaire and operator of the Indiana Toll Road; advised Allianz Global Investors in private placement bonds to finance part of acquisition
  • Designated lenders’ counsel and counsel to private placement noteholders in financing of $2.8 billion acquisition of Skyway Concession Company, which operates, manages and maintains the Chicago Skyway
  • Lead placement agents, letter of credit facility administrative agent and special counsel to purchasers in connection with ConEd’s Alamo 5 and Alamo 7 Projects, two solar farms in Texas
  • GE Energy Financial Services in selling 50% of its interests in the Linden Cogeneration Facility to affiliates of Highstar Capital and on the sale of its remaining 50% interest to Ares EIF Group
  • Lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in financing for the St. Joseph Energy Center, an electric generation facility in Indiana

Selected Publications

  • Co-Author, “Natural-Gas Fired Electric Generation in PJM, ISO-NE & NYISO Lead the Way for Project Finance in First Part of 2016; Renewable Energy Projects Receive Encouragement,” Corporate LiveWire Expert Guide:  Opportunities & DevelopmentsEast Coast USA 2016,  April 2016
  • Co-author, “Paris Climate Accord Implementation: United States”, Law360, March 11, 2016
  • Co-author, “Capturing Value in the Solar Industry”, New York Law Journal, May 18, 2015
  • Co-author, “New Horizons in Solar Financing”, Law360, May 15, 2015
  • 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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