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Paul D. Durbin

Senior Counsel




University of Illinois Law School, J.D., 1994

Marquette University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Paul Durbin represents financial institutions, international and domestic corporations, and governments in financings, energy development projects and other corporate transactions. 

Paul has represented numerous energy companies in their efforts to find suitable sites and financing required to build generation and manufacturing facilities in the United States. He advises on compliance with federal and state securities laws in private placements and public debt offerings. He has also represented corporate borrowers and financial institutions in the negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured loans and private placements.

He has experience drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements, EPC agreements and renewable energy credit documentation. He is well-versed in the regulatory issues facing renewable energy developers and power purchasers. He has substantial experience working on international energy development projects and negotiating with energy equipment suppliers. 

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

Counsel to global financial institution in innovative bond offering to finance energy efficiency improvements. 

Represented underwriter on compliance with securities laws in financings to construct large electrical generating facility. 

Counsel to financial institutions and governmental issuers in refinancing and restructuring of outstanding debt portfolios.

Advised private equity funds on formation, investment and sale of fund assets.

Assist companies in negotiations with investors to secure equity investment and structure debt financing.

Represent European and Asian companies entering the United States market.  Focus on entity formation, joint ventures and securing governmental financial incentives.


Marquette University, B.A. in Economics and Business Administration; Marquette Scholarship

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Executive Education Program, International Finance and Capital Markets

Professional Activities

Illinois State Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Institute for Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research and Edu-Training, Advisory Board Member

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

SOS Children’s Villages USA, Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee

Canada–United States Law Institute, Presenter


"Boost for Solar Energy in Illinois

"Renewable Energy Financing," McGuireWoods Illinois Renewable Energy Bulletin, November 2006

"Improving Hospital Access to Capital Financing," Chicago Hospital News, June 2003

"Bonding Agencies Consolidated into Illinois Finance Authority," Ross & Hardies Public Finance Legal Update, June 2003