Saghar Khodabakhsh

International Law Clerk, New York



Saghar is a dual qualified (England and Wales and California) attorney in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance group based in New York. Saghar also practiced in our London, Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt offices. Before joining White & Case, Saghar was a Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, where she spent over five years developing a new class of Photovoltaics materials using nanotechnology.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
California State Bar
Legal Practice Course
BPP Law School
Grad Dip. Law
BPP Law School
Chemical Physics
Imperial College London
Imperial College London
Not admitted to practice in the State of New York. Only admitted in the State of California and England and Wales.


Renewable energy sector:

  • Representation of Avangrid Renewables, LLC, a leading sustainable energy company:
    • on the US$2.448B construction and term loan financing for its joint venture in offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind 1. "Global ESG Deal of the Year" PFI 2021
    • in connection with tax equity financing for a 548 MW portfolio of wind projects, New York, New Mexico, and Colorado
  • Representation of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners on its investment in SolMicroGrid, a developer/operator of solar-enabled microgrid systems (ongoing)
  • Representation of Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and KDB on a US$184M financing for a solar photovoltaic power plant with an energy storage system, US territory of Guam
  • Representation of the Lenders on the proposed construction and back-leverage financing of the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a portfolio of three solar projects, Texas
  • Representation of The United States Department of Energy on the proposed ATVM financing for:
    • an electric vehicle related company (ongoing)
    • a battery recycling company (ongoing)
  • Representation of East West Bank as:
    • sole arranger and lender in connection with a portfolio term financing for two biomass electric generation projects , California and Quebec
    • tax equity investor in a fuel cell project located on the US Navy Submarine Base in Groton, CT
  • Representation of Zorlu Enerji on the US$815M combined refinancing of a portfolio of existing power plants and the financing of new geothermal project, Turkey
  • Representation of International Finance Corporation on a series of seven solar power projects, Jordan. "Middle Eastern Renewables Deal of the Year" and "Overall Deal of the Year" IJ Global 2015
  • Representation of the Lenders in connection with financing of Shams 1 solar power project, UAE. "Middle East Renewables Deal of the Year" Project Finance Magazine 2011

Energy and infrastructure sector representations:

  • Representation of the Prysmian Group as an equity investor in connection with the US$900M SOO Green HVDC Link Project
  • Representation of Terna SpA in connection with the establishment of a US subsidiary and entering into a joint venture agreement relating to the development, construction and financing of transmission line projects in the USA (ongoing)
  • Representation of affiliates of LS Power in the sale of an interests in an owner of a coal-fired power generating plant in Texas, in connection with the restructuring of approx. US$1B of secured funded debt
  • Representation of the Lenders to ST EIP Holdco LLC, a jointly owned subsidiary of Shinhan Investment, Samtan, EIP Investment, and KDB KIAMCO, in the financing of its acquisition of an indirect 50% equity interest in the Utopia pipeline
  • Representation of the Beal Bank as sole lender in a US$250M senior secured term loan to U.S. Well Services, a leader in electric hydraulic fracturing services and technology
  • Representation of the Sponsors on US$990M project financing of the LNG import terminal, Bahrain. "LNG Deal of the Year" PFI 2017
  • Representation of the International Finance Corporation and other lenders on the project financing of the first ever LNG facility in Port Qasim, Pakistan
  • Representation of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority with respect of procurement of a 2.4 GW clean coal power project in Dubai. "Middle East and Africa Power Deal of the Year" PFI 2016
  • Representation of the Lenders, including commercial banks and export credit agencies in connection with the financing of the US$10B Emirates Aluminum Project, UAE. "Middle East Industrial Deal of the Year" PFI 2013
  • Representation of the Lenders on US$1.2B financing of Indorama's nitrogenous fertilizer complex in Nigeria. "African Petrochemical Deal of the Year" PFI 2013
  • Representation of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on the US$180M refinancing/expansion of Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Port, UAE
  • Representation of the Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill LLC, on its commercial banks/export credit agency financing, UAE
Awards and Recognition

Recognized individual for The Legal 500 USA 2022 - Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power