Gilbert D. Porter

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J.D., University of Denver, 1977, Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Denver Law Journal, 1975-1976; Editor-in-Chief, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, 1976-1977

B.A., Clark University, 1974

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New York

Solicitor, England and Wales

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Profile

Gilbert "Gil" Porter is a partner with an international financial practice who is known for being a pioneer when it comes to handling innovative 'first-of-its-kind' transactions. Whether constructing and financing infrastructure projects in difficult markets, deploying and financing new energy technologies, seeking novel financing solutions for large-dollar exposures or high-risk customers, considering large-scale multinational joint ventures in evolving markets or with novel technologies or planning investment in emerging markets, clients have reached out to Gil for his guidance for more than 40 years. Gil is dual-qualified as a lawyer in New York and as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Gil’s reputation as an innovator in the financing world arose early in his career with his development of a number of structured credit products, including unique products used to support the independent candidacy of John Anderson for President of the United States in 1980, to fund the emerging growth of the computer industry in the 1980s, and to pioneer the project financing model that is now used by energy, power and infrastructure developers in the United States and throughout the world. He has continued throughout his career to be engaged in cutting-edge transactions for lenders, investors and major sponsors. Gil’s experience spans a broad range of industries and financial products, including a number of remarkable industry-leading precedents. Since 2001, six of his deals have been recognized as “Deals of the Year” by industry publications.

Co-chairing Haynes and Boone’s Projects Practice Group, Gil has led more than 200 project development and finance transactions and has advised on hundreds of others; projects he has led have required careful review and coordination of legal and commercial issues in more than 30 States in the United States and more than 35 other countries throughout the world (including projects in Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa), involving dozens of major international agency and export agencies. His experience includes the full life-cycle of projects, from early-stage development (including structuring of the special-purpose entity, EPC and construction contracts, feedstock and offtake contracts and O&M agreements), financing (including bank debt, institutional and private investor debt, equity and mezzanine investments, strategic alliances and international political risk insurance products), mergers and acquisitions and workouts. Among his many innovations in the course of his project finance practice has been the introduction of so-called “common agreements” (which are now considered the foundation for multi-Agency project finance transactions), “roll-up” facilities for warehousing and pooled refinancing of small scale renewable energy projects, representation in various projects involving the use of nuclear power and other innovative technologies, the adoption of master cooperation agreements (now in common use for most joint-contractor arrangements) and the design of synthetic lease products for the power industry.

While best known for his leadership in the project finance industry, Gil’s practice also includes joint ventures, emerging market investment, workouts, financial product development, structured lending, negotiated mergers and acquisitions, and mezzanine and venture financing.

Many of Gil’s transactions have developed and established precedents for current financial products, including early derivatives and securitization models, tax-efficient and bankruptcy-optimized structures under U.S. and foreign law, pioneering production payment and equipment trust products, leasing and synthetic leasing products, market-leading energy finance transactions, equity monetization products and other products providing clients customized access to capital markets monetizing unusual assets and addressing unique challenges in overseas legal regimes. He has also acted for early-stage technology companies, including companies in renewable energy, bio-fuels, data storage, energy efficiency and related industries.

Gil’s leadership in the projects and financial sectors is such that he is a frequent speaker on topics related to the projects and infrastructure industries and the banking sectors. He has served on the advisory board of financial institution clients and on the Board of a number of prominent financial publications. He served as the Editor of Project Finance Monthly from 1991-2001, as a member of the Board of Editors of Euromoney's Project Finance from 1992-2003, and as a member of the Board of Advisors to the Institute for Infrastructure Finance from 1995-1997. He is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory and has been recognized as a leading attorney in the Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC for several years. His practice group has also been recognized as a National Tier 1 (the highest available rating) Project Finance Law practice in Best Law Firms 2019 (and prior years) by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. Gil was also recognized in the 2016 edition of Latin Lawyer 250, Law Business Research Ltd.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "The Impact of the U.S. Energy Revolution: From the Americas to Japan," speaker, Japan Society, December 5, 2018. Watch the video.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales

Featured Event

Gilbert D. Porter

Gilbert Porter Participates in Japan Society Panel Discussion About U.S. Energy Revolution

At a Japan Society event in New York, Haynes and Boone Partner Gilbert Porter participated in a panel discussion titled “The Impact of the U.S. Energy Revolution: From the Americas to Japan.” The three-person panel discussed energy infrastructure in the Americas and the effect of U.S. energy abundance on Japan. The speakers explored opportunities and challenges in natural gas and renewable energy infrastructure development in North and South America.

Industry Experience

  • Gas and coal-fired cogeneration plants and other fossil-fueled power plants.
  • Solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and other alternate-fuel and renewable-resource power plants.
  • Nuclear fuel trusts, synthetic lease trusts and similar financial products.
  • Early-stage technology companies, including companies in clean-tech, data storage, energy efficiency and related industries.
  • Wireless and wireline telecommunications, data communications and media projects.
  • Bio-crude and bio-fuel plants (including ethanol and other algae-based and cellulosic-based fuels) and plants for synthetic and re-refined lubricants.
  • Specialty chemicals and petrochemicals plants.
  • Pulp and paper facilities.
  • Natural resource development, mining and mineral processing facilities and transactions involving oil and gas exploration and development (including production payments).
  • Agricultural and food-processing facilities.
  • Marine terminal facilities, related loading and warehousing facilities and vessel charter and financings,.
  • Toll-roads, stadiums and other public infrastructure. 

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