Mark A. Barnett

Partner - Boston

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617.832.7000

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As Co-Chair of Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech Industry Group, and head of the firm’s Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development Practice, Mark Barnett has an extensive business law practice focused on the energy and clean technology and infrastructure sectors. Mark works closely with clients developing innovative technologies and business approaches to solving energy and sustainability challenges, advising these emerging and high growth companies in all aspects of strategic development, financings and acquisitions, intellectual property and industry-specific regulatory and policy matters. He also leads the firm’s renewable energy project finance practice with a particular focus on solar energy project development and finance, working with a broad range of developers, project sponsors and investors in this dynamic and growing sector.

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Education:

  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A.

Languages:

Hebrew, Spanish

Representative Experience

  • Represented True Green Capital Management LLC, an institutional asset manager specializing in distributed power generation with a current focus on distributed commercial PV solar, in the closing of its $113M fund, the True Green Capital Opportunity Partnership, L.P.
  • Represented AEGON USA Realty Advisors (an affiliate of Transamerica) in connection with its $27 million tax credit investment in the development and financing of 30MW of solar energy facilities. The development included six ground-mounted photovoltaic electricity generating systems located in North Carolina. The project financing included a mix of bank debt and tax credit equity. The project utilized federal renewable energy tax credits and an inverted lease structure.
  • Represented Greenwood Energy in US solar financing activities, including a hybrid construction and permanent lending facility with a large national financial institution.
  • Represented BlueWave Capital on joint venture with a Morgan Stanley affiliate to fund and jointly develop a portfolio of 30 MW of community solar assets in Massachusetts.
  • Represented SolidEnergy, developer of the “anode-free” battery, in its $12M Series B financing round.
  • Advised Soltage, LLC on numerous financings, including a $70 million joint venture between Soltage, LLC and Greenwood Energy.
  • Advised a leading residential energy efficiency provider in its $25 million Series D financing.
  • Advised Black Coral Capital, LLC on its investment in Clean Energy Collective, LLC, a leader in community solar solutions.
  • Advised Sun Catalytix on various financing and sale to Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Honors

  • Listed as a ‘Rising Star’ in Super Lawyers' Massachusetts Rising Stars: A Comprehensive Listing on the Best Young Lawyers in Massachusetts (2009, 2013-2014)

Involvement

  • The Food Project, Board Member
  • PRIME Coalition, Pro Bono Counsel
  • Cleantech Open, Mentor
  • MassChallenge, Mentor
  • New England Clean Energy Council, Policy Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Ceres Clean Trillion Project, Advisor
  • Boston Bar Associations, Member

  • Panelist, "Breaking Through Moving Forward and Stepping into Markets," 2016 MIT Sustainability Summit (April 15, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Clean Energy After COP21,” NECEC (February 10, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Enabling Clean Energy Implementation Through Policy, Technology/Innovation and Finance,” 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), (November 30-December 11, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Investing in Solar," Sustainatopia Conference, Boston, MA (November 17, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Development and Financing Issues,” Novogradac Financing Renewable Energy Conference (November 6-7, 2014)
  • Panelist, “Navigating Climate Risk and Investing for Impact,” Ceres, Black Coral Capital and PRIME Coalition (November 4, 2014)
  • Panelist, "Creative Solar Financing Matching Funds & Projects, "Solar Power Mid-Atlantic Conference presented by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), (September 9-10, 2014)
  • Panelist, “Drivers of Cleantech Innovation: Policy, Capital, and IP,” Boston Bar Association Roundtable (February 7, 2014)
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  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut