American Bar Association
Project Finance and Development Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Project Finance and Development Committee

Who We Are

The mission of the Project Finance and Development Committee is to serve as the Business Law Section's forum for discussing and disseminating information about the development and financing of industrial, infrastructure and other projects.

Committee Facts

  • The Committee has a diverse international membership of over 300 members
  • The Committee meets at the Section’s Spring and Annual Meetings
  • We address not only the legal substance of project finance and project development transactions, but also the process of negotiating and documenting those transactions
  • We sponsor a dinner at each Spring and Annual Meeting which is open to all meeting attendees
  • We sponsor and present education programs on topics related to project finance and project development
  • We prepare and publish model agreements (with commentary), practice manuals and other reference works
  • We serve as a resource for materials relating to project finance and project development transactions
  • Our Committee members represent a wide cross-section of the parties involved in project finance and project development transactions: project sponsors (developers), governments, EPC contractors, equipment vendors, providers of operations and maintenance services, commercial and investment banks, export credit agencies, regional and national development banks, multilateral financial institutions, credit enhancers, and other arrangers and providers of financing

Area of Expertise

  • Non-recourse, limited recourse and full recourse financing transactions
  • Bank, bond and lease financings
  • Commercial arrangements relating to large projects, such as concession agreements, EPC contracts, off-take agreements, operations and maintenance arrangements, and long-term supply contracts
  • Transactions in industry sectors including power, oil & gas, airports, mining, ports, toll roads, bridges and tunnels, national defense, healthcare, heavy manufacturing facilities, sports facilities, and telecommunications
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Secured transactions

Committee Publications

The model Consent to Assignment and accompanying commentary, published in the August 2012 Issue of the Business Lawyer, have been prepared by the Project Finance and Development Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law as a reference available for use by practitioners when negotiating and documenting the terms of a project finance transaction requiring such an agreement. The commentary is intended to provide an understanding of the constituent elements of the model Consent to Assignment, how those elements work together as a whole, and, where appropriate, why they are used.

Committee Leadership

Project Finance and Development Committee:

Chair: Lewis T. Smith

Vice-Chairs: Sylvia Chin, Arthur A. Cohen and Alison R. Manzer


Subcommittee Leadership:

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ABA Spring Meeting

Thursday, April 10th

PFAD Committee Dinner

Friday, April 11th

PFAD Committee Meeting

Program: Latest Trends in Renewable Energy Projects

Model Document Subcommittee Meeting

Saturday, April 12th

CLE Program: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Current Issues in Transportation Projects”

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events
April 23, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 23, 2014 - April 25, 2014

Format: Live/In-Person

April 24, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

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Other Links of Interest

Harvard Business School Project Finance Resources Site - Renewable Energy Project Finance Site
ABA Young Lawyers - Practice Series on Energy (link to series on Finance also available on page)

Programs and Materials

PDF Committee Meeting Presentation - Annual Meeting 2013
Presidio Parkway Financing - Annual Meeting 2013
Public Private Partnership Issues and Considerations - Annual Meeting 2013
2013 Annual Meeting Materials
Project Finance and Development Committee Presentations (2008-2010)
2012 Spring Meeting Materials
Mining Project Presentation - Business Law Section Spring 2013
Project Finance and Development Committee Program Materials
Public Private Partnerships Presentation - Business Law Section Spring 2013 Meeting

Modified by Christina Hsiang on March 28, 2014

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