May 11, 2009 – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Robert S. Goldberg has joined its Houston office as a partner in the Global Projects group. Previously, he was a partner in the Houston office of Chadbourne & Parke, which office he helped open in 2002.

Mr. Goldberg advises lenders, investors, sponsors, developers and other participants in domestic and international project finance and corporate matters, including acquisition and divestiture work. He also has considerable experience in the restructuring and refinancing of project finance and other debt outside of bankruptcy. 

“Mayer Brown presents a great opportunity for me to continue to build my practice on a global scale,” Mr. Goldberg said. “The projects work the firm has done is highly sophisticated. I look forward to working with the other partners to grow the group and deliver the best legal counsel to clients.”

Mr. Goldberg’s practice focuses on the energy sector. One of his largest transactions was the representation of Tenaska Power Fund on a $1.645 billion first and second lien acquisition financing for the acquisition of a portfolio of natural gas-fired power generation facilities in the U.S.  Mr. Goldberg has represented lenders, tax equity investors and developers in numerous transactions during the past several years for the financing, purchase and sale of several thousand megawatts of renewable power.

His work in the project finance space also has earned him accolades from leading trade publications. For example, his representation of international lenders in connection with the financing of the $1.4 billion Cross Israel Highway, Israel’s first toll road, garnered “Deal of the Year” awards from both Project Finance and Project Finance International.

“Rob brings to Mayer Brown a proven track record of accomplishment in project finance that will help us grow our service offerings in Houston and further strengthen our Global Projects group,” said Michael Niebruegge, former partner in charge of the Houston office. 

Mr. Goldberg joined Chadbourne & Parke’s New York office in 1997 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He relocated to Houston in 2002 to participate in the development of Chadbourne’s office there.

“Despite the financial markets crisis and credit crunch, project finance remains a very busy area both domestically and globally,” said Mayer Brown partner Barry Machlin, co chair of the firm’s Global Projects group.  “Rob’s knowledge of and extensive experience in this field will be a real asset to our current and future clients.” 

Mayer Brown’s Global Projects group continues to be involved in innovative projects around the globe in a variety of sectors, including conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, mining, telecom, roads and motorways, ports, petrochemicals, wind, water and industrial manufacturing.  The group also has a particular strength in Latin America. The firm advises U.S. and European companies and financial institutions with business interests in the region, as well as a wide range of corporations and financial institutions headquartered in Latin America.