Edward Zaelke - McDermott Will & Emery


Edward (Ed) Zaelke is the co-head of the Firm’s Global Energy Project Finance group. He focuses his practice on project finance and private equity in renewable energy transactional matters. With more than 30 years of experience, he advises clients on all elements of alternative energy development and finance, including equity and debt financing, merger and acquisition transactions, equipment purchase and sale agreements, power purchase agreements, siting and other real property issues, governmental approvals, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.

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  • Represented Quinbrook Infrastructure Fund, its subsidiary, Scout Clean Energy, and certain of its affiliates in the debt and tax equity financing of the Ranchero Wind farm in Texas*
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), as co-counsel, in connection with its acquisition of the renewable energy business and renewable energy assets of NRG, together with NRG’s interest in NRG Yield*
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and its affiliates in structuring and implementing a long-term offtake and shareholder arrangement with third-party financing through a combination of competitive bid processes and negotiations for what currently will be the world’s largest solar energy facility*

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  • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Projects, Renewable and Alternative Energy, Band 1, 2014 to 2018 (One of only four lawyers in the US to receive a Band 1 ranking in Projects-Renewables and Alternative Energy in the US)
    • Projects, Renewable and Alternative Energy, 2010 to 2018
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal Top 100 Lawyers in California, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • A Word About Wind Top 100 Legal Power List, 2018

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  • American Wind Energy Association, former board member and former president
  • Wind Solar Alliance, founding board member


University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, 1983
California State University, Long Beach, BA 1980