C. Baird Brown
Partner, Environment and Energy Practice Group
C. Baird Brown is a partner in the firm’s Environment and Energy Practice Group. His practice includes the development and financing of electric generating facilities, waste disposal and recycling facilities, water and wastewater facilities, and other infrastructure projects. Baird currently focuses on renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable infrastructure.
He represents state and local sustainability agencies charged with promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and green infrastructure. Baird serves as a program counsel to the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment working on initiatives in Arizona, California, New York and Pennsylvania. He is also active in climate change issues, including trading of renewable energy credits and carbon credits.
He handles mergers and acquisitions of energy and environmental companies, including restructuring and workouts of troubled projects. Baird has counseled clients in connection with taxable and tax-exempt, rated and unrated, and registered and unregistered financings, credit enhancements, and leveraged leases. He has acted as underwriter’s counsel, bond counsel and borrower’s counsel on complex project financings and pooled clean energy financings. He has worked extensively on public/private partnerships and privatization of public services.
Baird has represented a regional transmission organization on market design issues and has assisted in the establishment of a private energy trading platform. He provides corporate advice to emerging energy technology companies and assists with venture and private equity investments in such companies.
He began his legal career in the Office of General Counsel of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Baird has been recognized by his peers as an AV Preeminent® lawyer in the Philadelphia market.
American Bar Association (Member, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; past Co-chair, Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources Committee; past Co-Chair, Energy and Carbon Trading and Finance Committee; serves as Co-chair of a joint effort between these two committees, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and the Environmental Markets Association that drafted a model Master Renewable Energy Purchase and Sale Agreement and is working on a Master Verified Emissions Reduction (VER) Purchase and Sale Agreement for use in the U.S. voluntary carbon market; also serves as an adviser on environmental law to the Program Committee of ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education); International Bar Association (Member, Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law; past Co-chair, Power Law Committee); and Philadelphia Bar Association (Member, Business Law and Public Interest Sections).