Roger Cohen is acting Assistant General Counsel for Structured Finance at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he is co-head of the Structured Finance Practice Group. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, prior to joining Ex-Im Bank in 1994 he clerked for a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey and then worked for seven years at the New York, Budapest and London offices of a major international law firm. Mr. Cohen is also an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where he has taught a course on international project finance since 1997. His practice is concentrated in the areas of project finance and structured trade finance. Prior to his current position he served as Counsel. Lead Counsel and Senior Finance Counsel at Ex-Im Bank where, among other financings, he has worked on the first Shari’ah-compliant (Islamic financing) ever undertaken by a government export credit agency, the first successfully completed financing under Ex-Im Bank’s Oil and Gas Framework Agreement, the first asset-backed financings for the national airlines of Russia, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and project financings involving the oil and gas, mining, power (nuclear, gas-fired, coal-fired, biomass-fired, oil and gas-fired, hydroelectric, solar and wind), telecommunications and transportation sectors. Representative transactions include the $334 million Ryazon Refinery project financing in Russia, the $1.035 billion Pueblo Viejo Gold Mine project financing in the Dominican Republic, the $190 million EVM wind power project financing in Mexico, the $750 million Reliance Infocomm financing in India, the $31 billion structured financing of the Barakah nuclear power project in the United Arab Emirates, and the $591 million New Quito International Airport project financing in Ecuador.
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