PAUL McBRIDE is counsel in the Energy and Infrastructure practice group in the New York office. Paul’s practice focuses on power, environmental products and related transactions, with a particular emphasis on development and operational matters associated with renewable energy projects. He regularly advises clients in connection with the negotiation and structuring of complex physically and financially settled commodity and hedging transactions, the establishment of energy management services relationships and the application of ISO/RTO market rules to project operations. In addition, Paul has experience negotiating EPC agreements, turbine supply agreements, long-term service agreements, O&M agreements and other key project documents for both conventional and renewable generating facilities. Paul also routinely represents clients in a wide range of commodity trading matters, including negotiating structured trading facilities, advising on OTC derivatives regulations and structuring of transactions for ISO/RTO-specific products.
In addition to his experience as external counsel, Paul worked as in-house counsel at EDF Trading North America, where he provided key legal support for all aspects of the company’s wholesale and retail energy market activities and related asset management business. While at EDF, Paul routinely served as the sole legal representative on cross-functional teams responsible for various business and regulatory matters and was directly involved in the commercial structuring and decision making process. Ultimately, Paul’s support of EDF’s activities provided him with firsthand exposure to the business aspects of energy and related transactions, giving him a special appreciation for the needs of the clients he represents and the ability to provide them legal advice grounded in a commercial understanding of their business and related requirements.
Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Paul served six years as an active duty Army officer. While on active duty, he had the privilege of serving with units located in the United States and Europe and completed a one-year deployment to Afghanistan as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
Prior to joining Sidley, Paul was an associate at another prominent international law firm.