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Kenneth W. Hansen


Kenneth Hansen’s practice involves representing bilateral, multilateral and commercial lenders as well as project developers in structuring, negotiating and implementing domestic and international project financings, particularly in the energy sector.  He leads Chadbourne’s extensive practice in connection with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Programs for innovative and alternative energy projects.  His sectoral experience ranges from power generation, transmission and distribution projects to oil and gas, transportation, and telecommunications infrastructure projects, as well as a range of industrial and commercial projects.  Mr. Hansen is also experienced in debt work-outs and the settlement of investment disputes, including political risk insurance claims. 

Representative Matters

Cross-border Transactions

  • Represented the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) in the financing of the 450MW open cycle gas-fired Azura Power Project in Nigeria.
  • Represented the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO) and Banco Internacional del Perú S.A.A. (CAF) in their $140 million project financing of Maple Energy's $254 million ethanol production facility with an associated 37 MW power plant and sugar plantation.
  • Represented Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in:
    • the restructuring of the Dabhol Power Project (India) and in related political risk insurance claims;
    • the development of a guaranty against devaluation risk for $300 million in project bonds for the AES Tiete Hydropower Projects (Brazil);
    • settlement of the Alliant Kyiv expropriation claim against the Government of Ukraine pursuant to which OPIC recently reopened its investment-promotion programs in Ukraine and
    • the updating of its form of political risk insurance contract for equity investors.
  • Represented the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in connection with:
    • the development of a "guarantor-of-record” political risk guaranty which supported financing for the Phu My 2.2 power project (Vietnam);
    • political risk guaranties provided jointly with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) to support financing for the Phu My 3.0 power plant (also in Vietnam); and
    • the formation of its standard partial (political) risk guaranty.
  • Represented Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. E.S.P. in:
    • its successful bid to purchase in a privatization the controlling interest in Companhia de Transmiss o de Energia Eletrica Paulista SA (CTEEP), the São Paulo state power transmission company, Brazil’s second-largest power transmission company, and in a related interim financing package and its replacement with a $554 Rule 144A/Regulation S offering; and
    • the financing by the IDB and CAF of an expansion of the electrical transmission system in Bolivia.
  • Represented Endesa (Chile) in the monoline-insured bond financing of two toll roads, Autopista del Sol S.A. and Autopista Los Libertadores (Chile).

U.S. Department of Energy Project Financings

  • Represented the following project sponsors that successfully closed DOE loan guarantees for solar power generation projects:
    • BrightSource Energy in connection with the $1.6 billion financing of the 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which, when completed, will be the largest solar project in the U.S.;
    • Sempra Generation in connection with a $359 million loan guarantee for the construction of the 150 MW Mesquite photovoltaic solar power project in Arizona;
    • Cogentrix of Alamosa LLC for a $90.6 million loan to support one of the first, and the largest, utility scale, concentrating photovoltaic energy generation facilities in the U.S.; and
    • Prologis in a partially DOE-guaranteed $1.4 billion loan to support the installation of approximately 733 MW of photovoltaic solar panels on industrial buildings across the U.S.
  • Represented the following project sponsors that successfully closed DOE loan guarantees for wind power generation projects:
    • Caithness Energy and GE Energy Finance in the multi-phase development and approximately $2 billion financing of the 845 MW Shepherd’s Flat wind project in Oregon;
    • FirstWind Energy in connection with a $117 million financing for the 30 MW Kahuku wind project in Hawaii; and
    • Yale University and Wagner Wind Energy LLC in the $102 million financing of the 50 MW Record Hill wind power plant in Maine.
  • Represented in other successfully closed DOE-guaranteed financings:
    • Credit Suisse as lead lender in the $937 million partially DOE-guaranteed financing of NextEra’s 250 MW Genesis solar thermal project under construction in Riverside County, California, including a $702 million offering of pass-through certificates issued under Rule 144A, a $150 million bank loan facility and an $85 million letter of credit facility;
    • Grupo ACS and Banco Santander S.A. as equity investors in the 110 MW Tonopah thermosolar electric generation project being developed by SolarReserve in Nevada; and
    • Abound Solar Inc. in connection with a $400 million DOE-guaranteed financing for its construction of photovoltaic panel manufacturing facilities.


Mr. Hansen is listed in Chambers Global 2006-2015 for projects and energy in Latin America and Chambers USA 2005 - 2015 for projects.  He is cited in The Legal 500 US 2015 and previous years for project finance. He is also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2015 in project finance. Mr. Hansen is also the 2011-2012 recipient of the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award for the Graduate Program at Georgetown University Law Center.

Activities and Affiliations

  • Member: American Bar Association; American Society of International Law; Washington Foreign Law Society (president, 2004-2005) 
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991-present 
  • Professorial Lecturer, the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, 2000-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Boston University Law School, 1992-1999 
  • Adjunct Professor, the National Law Center at The George Washington University, 1992-1994 
  • Adjunct Professor, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, 1993 


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Speeches and Events

  • Turkey Infrastructure and Energy Finance Seminar, May 29, 2014, London
  • "The Arab Spring: Dawn or Sunset for MENA Project Financings," (moderator), Focus on Emerging Markets: Energy Explosion, Washington, D.C., January 10, 2013
  • Seminar on Multilateral Agency Project Finance and Political Risk Insurance, Istanbul, Turkey, March 20, 2012
  • Solar Power in Emerging Markets: A Tutorial, San Francisco, CA, December 7, 2011
  • "U.S. Distributed Solar Markets: Outlook and Analysis," (panel moderator), Infocast's Distributed Solar West Summit, San Diego, CA, November 30, 2011
  • Second Annual Focus on Emerging Markets Conference, Washington, D.C., November 16, 2011
  • "Mexican Energy: New Developments in Renewable Energy, Independent Power Projects and Natural Gas Supply," (panel moderator), Platts 15th Annual Mexican Energy Conference, Houston, TX, November 15, 2011
  • "DOE Loan Guarantee Program," (panelist), Infocast Solar Power Conference, Newark, NJ, June 10, 2011
  • "DOE Loan Guarantee Program," (speaker and panelist), Energy Bar Association's Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, December 9, 2010
  • "Changing Perceptions of Risk in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis," (moderator), Seventh Biennial MIGA-Georgetown Symposium on International Political Risk Management, Washington, DC, October 28, 2010
  • "Kyrgyz Opportunities Forum 2: Stabilizing Today, Prospering Tomorrow," with H.E. Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, (chairman), Washington, DC, September 23, 2010
  • "KPMG Conference on Solar Energy," (panelist), Jersey City, NJ, September 22, 2010
  • "What Makes Green Energy Different," Focus on Emerging Markets, Washington, DC, September 16, 2010
  • "Negotiating the DOE Loan Guarantee Process," (speaker; moderator), Infocast's 4th Annual Carbon Capture & Sequestration Summit 2010, Washington, DC, July 13, 2010
  • "DOE Loan Guarantee Program," (moderator), Infocast Conference, Washington, DC, March 29, 2010
  • "Status Report - The Loan Guarantee Program," (speech), Infocast’s Projects and Money Summit, New Orleans, LA, January 10, 2010
  • "Thin Film Finance and Legislation," (moderator and panelist), Thin Film Summit, San Francisco, CA, December 1-2, 2009
  • "Using Loan Guarantees in Renewable Energy Finance," (moderator and panelist), Infocast Renewable Energy Summit, Washington, DC, November 10, 2009
  • "DOE Loan Guarantees - The Window to Apply for Guarantees for Mainstream Renewable Energy Projects is Open," (panelist), Infocast Webinar, October 15, 2009
  • "$30b DOE Loan Guarantee Rounds 3 &4 SOLICITATIONS - Application Procedures and Strategies for Commercial Energy Efficiency, Alternative Energy, Advanced T&D and Transmission Infrastructure Projects," (panelist), Infocast Webinar, August 19, 2009
  • Webinar on the DOE Loan Guarantee Program sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association, August 4, 2009
  • Webinar on the DOE Loan Guarantee Program sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association, July 21, 2009
  • "The New Energy Financing Mechanisms Created by ARRA--Status and Outlook for Game-Changing Structures," (panelist), Infocast Webinar, June 18, 2009
  • First Annual OPIC Investor Conference, (program moderator), May 19, 2009
  • "DOE Loan Guarantee Program Update," American Wind Energy Conference, Chicago, IL, May 6, 2009
  • "Aftermath of the Dabhol Settlement," (panelist), International Bar Association conference on International Project Finance, Washington, DC, April 24, 2009
  • "DOE Loan Guarantee Program: Issues and Update," Nuclear Energy Institute’s annual meeting of the “Lawyers’ Committee", Washington, DC, March 3, 2009
  • "DOE Loan Guarantee Webinar," (panelist), Infocast Webinar, March 5, 2009
  • "How the Stimulus Bill Will Affect the Market: Opportunities - New Projects, New Sources of Money," (panelist) Chadbourne webinar, February 19, 2009
  • "Briefing on the Economic Stimulus Bill Moving through Congress," (Speaker), Infocast Webinar, Jan.30, 2009
  • "Emerging Issues, Opportunities and Challenges for the Political Risk Insurance Industry," commentator, MIGA-Georgetown Symposium, Washington, DC, December 4, 2008
  • "Project Finance – Private Perspectives," (panelist), Egypt-U.S. Finance Conference, Cairo, Egypt, November 12, 2008
  • "Petroleum Politics: The Squeeze on Foreign Operators," (panelist), LatAm Oil and Gas Congress, Houston, TX, October 15-17, 2008
  • "Private Investment in Power Projects," (panelist), US-Africa Infrastructure Conference, Washington, DC, October 7, 2008
  • "DOE Loan Guarantee Program Update," (speaker), Chadbourne & Parke, 2008 Project Finance Conference, Amelia Island, FL, May 15-16, 2008
  • "Euro 2012: Infrastructure Needs and Investment Opportunities," (panelist), Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, NY, March 17-18, 2008
  • EDC Legal Symposium, sponsored by Canada’s Economic Development Corporation, Ottawa, Canada, January 18-19, 2008
  • "Emerging Political Risks and Options in the Southern Cone," Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Regional Conference, Santiago, Chile, November 12, 2007
  • "Insuring Political Risk in Oil and Gas Projects," Marsh’s Oil, Gas and Energy Investments Seminar, Houston, TX, June 19, 2007
  • "Update on the DOE Loan Guaranty Program for Novel Technologies," Chadbourne Global Energy and Finance Conference, Deer Valley, UT, June 14-15, 2007
  • "Risk Mitigation Case Studies from the MDB's Private Sector Arms: Emerging Markets and Public-Private Partnerships," (moderator), Banking on Development Conference 2007, The U.S. Commercial Service and the World Trade Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, March 16, 2007
  • "Global Sourcing and the Global Lawyer," (moderator), Georgetown Journal of International Law 2007 Symposium, Washington, DC, January 24, 2007
  • "Bolivia and Beyond – Breach of Contract and International Expropriation," American Society of International Law Seminar, Washington, DC, May 2006
  • "Lessons from Recent PRI Claims, Near Claims and Non-Claims," Seventh Annual Structured Trade & Export Finance in the Americas, Miami, FL, February 23-24, 2005
  • "Tales from the Dark Side -- Political Risk Lessons Learned from Recent Investment Disasters," International Political Risk Management: Looking to the Future: Identifying and Managing the Critical Challenges Facing the Market, Washington, DC, November 12, 2004
  • ADB-IBC Political Risk, Project/Trade Finance & Export Credit Summit 2004, Shanghai, People's Republic of China, November 2004
  • "Increasing Capital Flows to Africa," Corporate Council on Africa and U.S. Export-Import Bank Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2004
  • "Why Your Arbitration Agreement Matters: Anticipating Disputes in International Transactions," D.C. Bar Program, Washington, DC, May 2004
  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank’s Middle East Roundtable, Washington, DC, April 2004
  • United Nations Business Council’s Workshop on Emerging Market Finance, New York, NY, March 2004
  • Sixth Annual Structured Trade and Export Finance in the Americas Conference, Miami, FL, February 2004
  • Issues in Structuring International Project Financings, Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2003
  • "Tales from the Dark Side: Lessons Learned from Recent Investment Disputes," Fourth Annual Political Risk, Trade Credit & Project Finance Summit, Manila, Philippines, November 3, 2003
  • "Legal Issues in Structured Export Finance in the Americas," Fifth Annual Structured Trade and Export Finance in the Americas Conference, Miami, FL, February 26, 2003
  • "The Role of the Multilateral and U.S. Financial Agencies," The Decline of Financial Capital in Latin America, Washington, DC, November 13, 2002
  • "The Role of the Multilateral and U.S. Financial Agencies," The Decline of Financial Capital in Latin America, New York, NY, November 2002
  • "International Political Risk Management: The Brave New World," MIGA-Georgetown University Symposium, Washington, DC, October 25, 2002

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Practice Areas

Project Finance

Political Risk


Private Funds

Next Generation Vehicles

International Arbitration



Oil & Gas

Agency Finance

Infrastructure, Transportation and P3s


North America

Latin America




Middle East and North Africa



  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1974
  • Yale University, M.A., 1976
  • Harvard University, M.P.A., 1979
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1983

Professional Background

  • Associate General Counsel for Investment, Assistant General Counsel, Senior Commercial Counsel and Counsel, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), 1986-1995 
  • General Counsel, U.S. Export-Import Bank, 1995-1999



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