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Irving L Rotter

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Irving Rotter is co-leader of the firm’s Energy practice. He has represented sponsors, lenders, equity participants, contractors and offtakers in project finance and infrastructure transactions and buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions.

Irv’s project finance experience includes representing the construction contractor and provider of contingent subordinated indebtedness for the FLAG project, the first project financing for a transoceanic fiber-optic telecommunications network, and representing a consortium of developers of two lignite-fired electric generating facilities using a structure that resulted in the project debt being off balance sheet to both the developer and the utility acquiring the facilities. Irv has also represented developers, lenders and equity investors in traditional and alternative energy solar, wind and biomass projects, biofuels projects and natural resources projects, and lenders and equity participants in industrial project finance projects.


Irv frequently lectures on project finance and has taught seminars on project finance in the United States, China, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Italy, Greece and Israel. He served as a consultant to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in connection with the development of Principles of Conduct for Nuclear Exporters, a code of social responsibility adopted by the major exporters of nuclear power plants.