Eric Cesnik

Eric Cesnik is counsel in Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance and Public Finance group. Eric is focused on renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and other infrastructure projects. He has a wide variety of experience with domestic and international project finance transactions including power plants, transmission lines, LNG facilities, and greenhouse gas emission reduction projects. Eric’s perspective is informed by his law firm experience and his time working in-house with a private equity firm investing in projects and environmental assets (e.g., CERs and RECs).

What do you focus on?

I help developers, investors, and lenders structure, negotiate, and execute energy and other infrastructure financings. Some of my recent experience includes:

  • Represented a tax equity investor with respect to a variety of solar portfolios, including community solar gardens
  • Represented an investor in connection with a $100 million syndicated warehouse loan facility supporting multiple residential rooftop programs
  • Represented a developer in the debt financings (approximately $800 million total) of two gas-fired generating facilities, one in North Carolina and the other in Ohio

As a project finance attorney, much of my work involves tapping the expertise of the firm’s wide array of talented attorneys to assist with both the expected and unexpected issues that arise over the course of a transaction.

What do you see on the horizon?

The energy industry continues to transform. We are lurching toward cleaner fuels and new technologies that change how we generate, distribute, and store power and even how we think about it. Carbon capture and sequestration technologies await large-scale deployment and offer hope for net negative greenhouse gas emissions. New companies are emerging; regulators and many traditional players are reevaluating their roles. No one knows how things will shake out but energy finance is more interesting than ever as it evolves with the industry.


Eric Cesnik


New York

Phone: 212-940-3069

Fax: 844-828-0323

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude

Dartmouth College, A.B., magna cum laude

New York

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