Chadbourne & Parke has announced that two project finance lawyers will join the firm as partners on Aug. 1.
Paul J. Kaufman and Evelyn Lim, who are both veteran renewable energy lawyers, will be based in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Kaufman is currently executive vice president for transactions at enXco. He joined enXco as general counsel in 2008. Kaufman began his career as a regulatory lawyer for the Public Power Council, a trade group of 118 public utility districts, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives, and then practiced for 11 years as a lawyer with a firm in Oregon, where he acted for one of the two big coalitions of independent power companies active in California.
In 1997, Kaufman moved to Enron, where he directed government and regulatory affairs in the western U.S. for five years. After Enron, he became general counsel of what was then PPM Energy.
Lim comes to Chadbourne from Element Power, a global renewable energy company headquartered in Oregon, where she served as senior vice president and general counsel. Before that, she was general counsel of First Wind, an independent North American wind development company. Lim spent eight years as an associate with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York and Los Angeles, and then was a partner with McDermott Will & Emery in Los Angeles and London before being recruited to the general counsel position at First Wind.
While at Milbank, Lim worked mainly for underwriters in private and public offerings of debt and equity securities, including Rule 144A and Reg. S, high-yield and structured debt offerings, monetizations of energy contracts and other structured products.