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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 Special Counsel and a member of the Energy, Infrastructure, and Project Finance Team.  He is based in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Rector is a sustainability-focused project finance lawyer who enables Sheppard Mullin clients to develop, invest, or lend to socially beneficial projects and earn good financial returns.  He represents project developers, investors and lenders on domestic and international transactions involving new investments and financings of clean energy, water, and other infrastructure projects.  Areas of special focus include EPC agreements, project offtake agreements, limited recourse secured credit agreements, and export credit agency financings. 


  • 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 and 2016 editions of Legal 500
  • Recognized as an "Up and Coming" attorney in the 2012 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific.


Recent representative transactions include advising

  • The lender in connection with multiple loans funding the development of community solar projects in the state of Minnesota. 
  • The company and its investors in connection with a secured lending facility for an enterprise that builds, owns, and operates compressed natural gas filling stations.
  • The investors in connection with the purchase of an equity investment into a facility that captures carbon dioxide from the exhaust stream of a cement manufacturing plant.
  • The EPC contractor and battery systems supplier for one of the nation’s largest utility scale energy storage projects.
  • A leading financier of distributed generation renewable energy projects for the debt and tax equity financing of a portfolio of solar power projects in California, including negotiation of tax equity financing agreements and review of PPA and EPC Agreements.
  • The lender to a portfolio of projects in California utilizing incentives available under the California Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program.
  • The project owner and developer of a wind project in Hawaii in connection with its refinancing of the project company’s long term debt.
  • The provider of construction and long-term financing in connection with the development and financing of three 5 MW solar electric projects located in North Carolina.
  • The project developer of a 30 MW solar farm in North Carolina in connection with the negotiation and documentation of the EPC contract and the project purchase and sale agreement.
  • The lender who provided acquisition financing for a portfolio of solar electric projects in Tennessee.
  • The project sponsors in connection with the sale-leaseback financing of a portfolio of distributed generation solar facilities located in Hawaii.
  • The lender to a portfolio of commercial distributed generation projects based in California.
  • The lender under a master credit facility for the financing of solar hot water heating systems and solar electric systems in connection with Louisiana state solar tax credits.
  • The lender to a portfolio of solar electricity projects located on public schools on the Islands of Oahu and Kauai.
  • Google Inc. in its acquisition of and tax equity investment in a 69 MW portfolio of solar power projects in California.
  • The Export Credit Agency lenders to a proposed US$5 billion expansion project financing of a petrochemical complex located in Saudi Arabia.
  • JBIC, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, and a consortium of commercial banks in the US$1.1 billion project finance loan for the development of the Caserones copper mine in Chile. (Project Finance International Americas Mining Deal of the Year 2011)
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in a multi-year representation in connection with the proposed three billion dollar financing of housing, to be structured in accordance with the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, and related water (potable and waste) and power infrastructure in support of the relocation of U.S. Marines from     Okinawa to the Territory of Guam, U.S.A.
  • The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, UFJ and other commercial bank lenders in the refinancing of the borrowing-base working capital facility for PT Smelting, a copper smelting and refinery based in Indonesia.
  • Hongsa Power Company Limited in connection with the US$2.7 billion project financing for a 1,878-MW Power Plant Project in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic that exports a majority of its power to Thailand under a power purchase agreement with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. (Project Finance Magazine Asia-Pacific Power Deal of the Year 2010)
  • JBIC and a consortium of commercial banks as lenders to the project company in Central Java Power, a 2,000 MW power plant project under development in Indonesia.
  • A consortium of Japanese investors in their negotiations for the investment in a nuclear power project under development in the United States.
  • A leading solar power project developer in their long-term strategic supply agreement with a Chinese supplier.
  • A state-owned utility in its negotiation of a CDM Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with a developer and broker of tradable carbon credits.
  • Calpine Corporation in their negotiations with a leading EPC contractor for the EPC Agreement for the turn-key construction of a 600 MW gas fired power plant in California.
  • The developer of distributed photovoltaic solar projects in its negotiations of PPAs with various commercial and government purchasers located in California and other western states.
  • The export credit agency lender group in connection with the financing of the US$4.7 billion liquid natural gas facility in Yemen (Yemen LNG) and related facilities. (Infrastructure Journal Global Deal of the Year 2008; Project Finance Middle East Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2008)
  • The Export-Import Bank of Korea, JBIC and commercial banks on the financing of the US$850 million Cirebon Power Project, a 660 MW power plant located in Indonesia.
  • The developer of a 1200 MW power project in northern Vietnam in its negotiation of a BOT Agreement, PPA, EPC Agreement and Fuel Supply Agreement.
  • The developer of a 1200 MW power project in southern Vietnam in its negotiation of a Government Guarantee and Undertakings Agreement, PPA, and EPC Agreement.
  • JBIC (and co-financing banks) for the US$2.3 billion project financing of Tanjung Jati B the 2 x 660 MW unit power project expansion located in Indonesia. (IFLR Asia Project Finance Deal of the Year 2008)
  • BNP Paribas in the political risk guarantee-backed financing of the construction, operation and maintenance of a portion of the Interoceanica Sur toll road project in Peru. (Latin Lawyer Magazine Deal of the Year 2007)
  • The developer of a 50 MW wind farm in Mongolia in its PPA negotiations and government guaranty negotiations.

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

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter: “Financing of Renewable Energy,” 2nd Mozambique Power Infrastructure & Renewable Energy Investment Conference, February 9, 2017
  • Moderator: "Role of OEMs in Assuring Project Viability and Financeability in the PVS Space," Distributed Solar, November 15, 2016
  • Moderator: "The Value of Adding Storage to Operating Assets," Solar Asset Optimization Summit, September 29, 2016
  • Moderator: "Executive Roundtable: Revolutionizing Storage Funding – Financing Mechanisms of Tomorrow," IBESA US Storage Day at Solar Power International, September 12, 2016
  • Moderator, "The Potential Energy of Indian Country," NAFOA's 34th Annual Conference, April 18, 2016
  • Moderator, "The California Market: SB 350, the CPUC and other Market Drivers," Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit 2016, March 22, 2016
  • Moderator, "Mexico's Solar Market Today and Tomorrow," Solar Mexico 2015, November 10, 2015
  • Presenter, "Accountability and Sustainability: Views from Practice on Regional and Global Environmental and Social Performance Standards," November 3, 2015
  • Presenter, "Termination for Convenience and Project Financing," 5th Defense Renewable Energy Summit, April 8, 2015
  • Moderator, "Perspectives on Monetizing the Value of Energy Resiliency and Security," 5th Defense Renewable Energy Summit, April 8, 2015
  • Moderator, "Financiers’ Perspectives on Improving the Financeability of DoD Renewable Energy Projects," 5th Defense Renewable Energy Summit, April 8, 2015
  • Moderator, "The ITC Step Down—what will be the impact on business development opportunities?" Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit 2015, March 25, 2015
  • Moderator, "Solar/Storage Business Models for Eastern Markets," Distributed Solar East 2014, May 20, 2014
  • Presenter, "Termination for Convenience and Project Financing," 4th Defense Renewable Energy Summit, May 19, 2014
  • Moderator, "Large Energy Users' Perspectives on Energy Savings and the Role of Distributed Solar," Distributed Solar Summit 2013, November 19, 2013
  • Presenter, "Termination for Convenience and Project Financing," 3rd Defense Renewable Energy & Military Microgrids, April 8, 2013