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Jeffrey F. Rector

Special Counsel


  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • Master of Pacific International Affairs, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego
  • California
Thought Leadership


Jeff Rector is a global project finance partner, Co-Team Leader of the firm’s Japan team, and a member of the firm’s Energy industry team.  He is based in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office.  Jeff helps Sheppard Mullin clients develop, build or acquire, finance, and operate energy and infrastructure projects domestically and internationally.  Jeff has particular expertise helping clients where sustainability is a core objective of a project.

Japan Practice

Jeff is a fluent speaker of Japanese and has more than ten years of experience assisting Japanese investors and lenders in their outbound investment and lending.  To date, he has represented Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsui and Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toyota Tsusho, Sojitz, among others on many high profile project financings in Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East.  Before completing his law degree, he was based in Tokyo for the engineering and construction giant Bechtel, where he supported business development and financial operations of its Japanese civil construction business.

Jeff’s areas of special focus include foreign direct investment, export credit agency financings, EPC agreements, project offtake agreements, and limited recourse secured financings.


  • Jeff was recognized as a notable Projects and Energy Expert (Japan Experts Based Abroad) in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of Chambers Global, ranked in the 2015 edition of Legal 500, and an "Up and Coming" attorney in the 2012 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific.

Thought Leadership


  • "Insolvency-Related Implications for the Oil & Gas Industry in the U.S.," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, March 2015
  • Perspectives from Northeast Asia, Project Finance International (PFI Yearbook 2013), January 2013
  • Caserones – Copper Co-Operation, Project Finance International, January 2012
  • FIT for Purpose (Japan’s Feed in Tariff), Project Finance, October 2011
  • Bilateral Emission Offset Mechanisms Might Eclipse CDM, Electric Light & Power, April 2011
  • A Review of the Economic Substance Doctrine, Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance, Autumn 2004
  • The IPP Investment Experience in Malaysia, Stanford University Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #46, 2005