Energy & Climate Solutions Counsel/Senior Associate – Project Finance

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Salary:
$390,000 - $435,000
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Wilson Sonsini’s market-leading Energy & Climate Solutions (ECS) Practice group has an exciting opening for a renewable energy project finance counsel or senior associate with 6-8 years of substantial transactional experience at a major law firm with a focus on project finance and/or structured asset-based finance and non-recourse lending transactions. 

The ideal candidate will have experience representing sponsors, borrowers, lenders, or investors in the renewable energy industry, including asset backed securitization or asset backed lending expertise.  Experience in tax equity in solar, wind, and energy storage project assets is preferred, but experience in adjacent project or structured financing areas such as asset-based debt or securitizations, back-leverage or other credit facilities will suffice if the candidate has an interest in developing a broad expertise in financing in renewable energy projects and portfolios. 

Wilson Sonsini’s ECS Practice group is unique in its mission-driven focus on clean energy and climate-friendly related projects, technologies, and business models, representing disruptors and innovators and those who finance them.  Attorneys in the ECS group pioneered the utility-scale wind and solar industries, helped create residential solar, energy storage, and EV industries, and are working with project developers and sponsors in a broad range of clean technologies from solar, wind and battery storage to nuclear, hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration projects throughout the United States and abroad. 

We do not represent the oil and gas industry, LNG terminals or pipeline owners, or vertically-integrated utilities that resist the energy transition, competition, or the climate imperative.  Our ECS team is located in our Boston, DC, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle offices and would welcome attorneys who want to join the team in those offices and advance our mission.  We may consider other office locations.

Associates and counsel will have an opportunity to work closely with experienced partners and senior lawyers who can provide active mentoring and to be part of a collaborative team of attorneys focused on clean energy and climate solutions sectors. You will be given the opportunity to assume a high level of responsibility and client contact with companies ranging from start-ups to the world’s leading international infrastructure investors. You will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of project and structured finance experience (as well as renewable energy development experience if you would like) working with some of the industry’s leading and most innovative companies. Strong drafting and negotiating skills, as well as superior academic credentials, and excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, are required.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary range of $390,000 – $435,000, based on year classification.
  • Discretionary merit bonuses may also be awarded.
  • Our benefits include:
    • Monthly wellness reimbursements
    • 24/7 emotional and behavioral health support and virtual counseling
    • Healthcare coverage for you and your same- or opposite-sex spouse/domestic partner and children up to age 26
    • Family-building benefits including IVF, adoption, surrogacy, and egg-freezing
    • Paid parental leave
    • Parenting support concierge and telemedicine
    • Parents and caregivers resource group
    • Career coaching for working parents
    • In-home and center-based back-up childcare
    • Tutoring and college coach for older children
    • Health Savings Accounts with firm contribution
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • 401(k) retirement plan
    • Pretax commuter and parking benefits
    • Basic and supplemental life insurance
    • Short and long-term disability
    • Voluntary long term care insurance
    • Voluntary critical illness, hospitalization, and accident insurance
    • Voluntary ID theft protection
    • Voluntary pet insurance
    • Medicare consulting
    • Firm-paid CLE, bar review fees, and bar dues
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