Herbert Glaser is a project development and finance lawyer to whom governments, international organizations, lenders and project sponsors turn for their most demanding infrastructure projects. Herb is able to bring disparate actors and viewpoints together to achieve a common goal and has the talent for developing novel project structures that overcome obstacles previously thought to be insurmountable.
Herb has the rare combination of significant prior experience as both a legal executive and a senior government official. With this broad background, Herb brings to clients practical and actionable insights that can lead to real breakthroughs. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone as head of the Projects practice, Herb was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of OptiGlobe, Inc., the leading Internet infrastructure company in Latin America. In that role, Herb was responsible for completing more than $1 billion in equity and debt transactions (including project financings) in less than two years. Herb also served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Edison Mission Energy, a leading global independent power producer with over 24,000 megawatts of capacity at 40 plants in 10 countries. At Edison Mission Energy, Herb was responsible for overseeing the company’s international project financings and global governmental affairs activities. Previously, Herb served for more than eight years at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. At OPIC, Herb rose from staff attorney to Associate General Counsel responsible (at different times) for all of OPIC’s structured finance, political risk insurance and investment fund transactions.
In addition to completing projects in the principal infrastructure sectors – power generation, energy, telecommunications, toll roads and other social infrastructure – Herb has used project finance techniques to implement a variety of other types of transactions. These have involved manufacturing, mining, tourism and process industries such as production of petrochemicals, carbon black and glass and fly ash beneficiation. Herb has represented clients and in emerging markets throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe as well as throughout the United States.
Herb is passionate about legal education and strengthening the bar to make it more responsive to the needs of clients and the communities it serves. Since 2008, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also active in the American Bar Association, having served as Co-Chair of the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Herb completed his service as head of the Projects practice in 2008.