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Kenneth W. Hansen

Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Kenneth Hansen’s practice involves representing bilateral, multilateral and commercial lenders as well as project developers in structuring, negotiating and implementing domestic and international project financings, particularly in the energy sector.  He leads Chadbourne’s extensive practice in connection with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Programs for innovative and alternative energy projects. His sectoral experience ranges from power generation, transmission and distribution projects to oil and gas, transportation, and telecommunications infrastructure projects, as well as a range of industrial and commercial projects. Mr. Hansen is also experienced in debt work-outs and the settlement of investment disputes, including political risk insurance claims. 

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO) and Banco Internacional del Perú S.A.A. (CAF) in their $140 million project financing of Maple Energy's $254 million ethanol production facility with an associated 37 MW power plant and sugar plantation.
  • Represented Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in:
    • the restructuring of the Dabhol Power Project (India) and in related political risk insurance claims;
    • the development of a guaranty against devaluation risk for $300 million in project bonds for the AES Tiete Hydropower Projects (Brazil);
    • settlement of the Alliant Kyiv expropriation claim against the Government of Ukraine pursuant to which OPIC recently reopened its investment-promotion programs in Ukraine; and
    • the updating of its form of political risk insurance contract for equity investors.
  • Represented the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in connection with:
    • the development of a "guarantor-of-record” political risk guaranty which supported financing for the Phu My 2.2 power project (Vietnam); and
    • political risk guaranties provided jointly with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) to support financing for the Phu My 3.0 power plant (also in Vietnam); and
    • the formation of its standard partial (political) risk guaranty.
  • Represented Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. E.S.P. in:
    • its successful bid to purchase in a privatization the controlling interest in Companhia de Transmiss o de Energia Eletrica Paulista SA (CTEEP), the São Paulo state power transmission company, Brazil’s second-largest power transmission company, and in a related interim financing package and its replacement with a $554 Rule 144A/Regulation S offering; and
    • the financing by the IDB and CAF of an expansion of the electrical transmission system in Bolivia.
  • Represented Endesa (Chile) in the monoline-insured bond financing of two toll roads, Autopista del Sol S.A. and Autopista Los Libertadores (Chile).


Mr. Hansen has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and PLC Which Lawyer. Mr. Hansen is also the 2011-2012 recipient of the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award for the Graduate Program at Georgetown University Law Center.

Activities and Affiliations

  • Member: American Bar Association; American Society of International Law; Washington Foreign Law Society (president, 2004-2005) 
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991-present 
  • Professorial Lecturer, the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, 2000-present


Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1974

Yale University, M.A., 1976

Harvard University, M.P.A., 1979

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1983

Professional Background

Associate General Counsel for Investment, Assistant General Counsel, Senior Commercial Counsel and Counsel, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), 1986-1995 

General Counsel, U.S. Export-Import Bank, 1995-1999


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