James J. Salerno - McDermott Will & Emery


Jim Salerno focuses his practice in all stages of development for constructing and financing domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects. He represents developers, sponsors, investors and lenders in structuring and negotiating renewable power, energy storage, carbon capture, renewables, geothermal, hydro and nuclear generation projects, including the drafting and negotiation of project documents and related financing. Jim also represents lenders in domestic PPPs and clients in the mining and metals industries.

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  • Represented KeyBank, as left-lead arranger, and FSB, in its financing of a 80 MW wind farm in Oregon developed by D.E. Shaw’s energy affiliate, DESRI*
  • Represented Starbucks in its first direct investment in a solar utility-scale project*
  • Represented a private equity fund in financing the development of an RNG portfolio across the United States

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  • Chambers Global, Banking and Finance: USA and Latin America-wide, 2012-present
  • Chambers Latin America, Banking and Finance: Latin America-wide, 2012-2019
  • Chambers USA
    • Banking and Finance: Nationwide, 2011
    • Banking and Finance: New York, 2010

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Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1991
Union College, BS, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980

New York