Frank C. Shaw is a project finance and energy attorney whose practice has focused for more than 25 years on the development and finance of international and U.S. power and infrastructure projects, and on the acquisition and sale of power projects and independent power companies.


Mr. Shaw’s project experience includes conventional and renewable electric power projects, professional sports arenas, manufacturing facilities, solid waste and other environmental facilities, and other large, capital-intensive infrastructure projects. He is experienced in all facets of transactional finance and infrastructure development, representing not only lenders and developers, but also equipment manufacturers, equity investors, offtakers and governmental agencies.

In addition, Mr. Shaw has counseled companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations on general corporate matters, including loan documentation, equity investments and commercial contracts.

In recent years, Mr. Shaw has counseled:

  • Enel Green Power North America in the sale to GE Energy Financial Services of an interest in a 760 MW portfolio of wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power projects, as well as related ownership arrangements.
  • First Solar in its:

    • sale to MidAmerican Energy of the 550 MW Topaz solar project in California;
    • investment in a solar technology and development company;
    • construction and sale to Next Era of the 250 MW Silver State South solar project in Nevada;
    • sale to Southern Power Company of the 150 MW Solar Gen 2 solar project and the 32 MW Lost Hills/Blackwell solar projects in California; and
    • development of the 141 MW Luz del Norte project in Chile and the financing of the project by OPIC and IFC.
  • an investor in its purchase of convertible preferred stock in an energy storage technology company.
  • a wind developer in the development and sale of a large wind power project in Texas.
  • three Caribbean utilities in the development of solar, wind and geothermal power projects.

Mr. Shaw recently was reappointed by the U.S. secretary of commerce to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, advising the secretary on improving the international competitiveness of the U.S. clean energy industry.

Mr. Shaw is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, and has published articles on topics as diverse as corporate procurement of renewable electric power, structuring energy projects for university campuses and legal reform in Latin America, in journals such as the Georgetown Journal of International Law and Public Utilities Fortnightly.



  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1988 (cum laude; Associate Editor and Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review)
  • A.M., Harvard University, 1985
  • A.B., Harvard College, 1985 (cum laude)


  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Frank C. Shaw

Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure Projects