Mr Paul Kaufman > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > San Diego (Downtown), United States > Lawyer Profile

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
United States

Work Department

Real Estate, Land Use and Environment


Paul Kaufman is a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environment Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office.


Mr. Kaufman has been an energy lawyer since 1984. Over a career of almost 30 years, he has negotiated all manner of project contracts, including power purchase agreements, hedges, interconnection and transmission agreements, and equipment procurement and construction contracts. He regularly represents parties in M&A transactions involving development and operating wind and solar generating projects. He has worked with renewable energy technologies, including on large wind, solar and biomass projects, and on conventional power plants using fossil fuels, as well as gas storage projects. In addition, he has negotiated joint ventures, development agreements, and precedent agreements for renewable energy project investors and developers and represented lenders in the review and analysis of project agreements for renewable generation projects in Central America, the United States, and the Caribbean. Mr. Kaufman returned to private practice in 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President of Transactions with enXco, Inc., now EDF Renewable Energy. At enXco, Mr. Kaufman was responsible for the company’s commercial transactions, implementation of its projects, and risk analytics. As EVP he was involved in the marketing of output from wind and solar projects, the sale of those projects in “turn-key” transactions, as well the acquisition of projects for renewable technologies. As enXco’s General Counsel, he was responsible for all legal and regulatory affairs of company and communications on legal matters with its French parent company. He managed the legal aspects of the regulatory matters affecting the company as well as, project development, commercial transactions, corporate governance, corporate structure, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kaufman was the lead lawyer on large complex transactions. As both EVP and General Counsel, Mr. Kaufman participated in board and other management meetings involving risk review, strategic direction, litigation strategy, transaction origination and transaction approvals. Prior to joining enXco, Mr. Kaufman was General Counsel for Iberdrola Renewables, the North American renewable energy subsidiary of Iberdrola. At Iberdrola (which was formerly known as PPM Energy, Inc.), Mr. Kaufman’s responsibilities were similar to those undertaken at enXco. However, in addition to its wind generation business, Iberdrola also operated gas storage and power and gas trading businesses. Mr. Kaufman is a frequent speaker on energy topics, focusing on the acquisition of operating renewable energy projects. He is a member of the California and Oregon bars.


J.D., Lewis and Clark Law School, 1984; B.S., Cornell University, 1981

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

According to one client, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has some of ‘the market’s most knowledgeable attorneys‘ and is able to always get deals done quickly and in a way that protects the client‘. Jointly headed by San Diego-based Tony Toranto and Chicago-based Katherine Gillespie, the ‘exceptional‘ energy department advises on tax equity financing, project development, regulatory compliance, power purchase and sales contracts, and corporate and M&A transactions. Acting alongside Chicago-based tax specialist Andrew Ratts, Gillespie assisted E.ON Climate & Renewables with the negotiation of commitment and credit support documentation and an operating agreement in relation to a tax equity investment facilitated by JP Morgan in the Bruenning’s Breeze 228MW Texas wind farm. Other key figures include San Diego-based Paul Kaufman and Chicago-based Laurette Petersen, who are rated as ‘experts in their field, who consistently plan ahead to prevent issues from arising and are always able to quickly devise a solution that’s palatable to all parties‘. In the Washington DC office, Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, and Joseph LoBue joined from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, while Matthew Bonovich joined the Chicago office from an in-house role at Invenergy. Los Angeles-based Michael Distefano took a position at Avangrid Renewables.