An energy and infrastructure attorney has left Skadden to take up a senior in-house legal role at First Solar, a long-time client of the firm.
The lawyer, Frank Shaw, started in his new role as chief counsel, business development for the Americas, this month.
He replaces Alina Zagaytova, who held the same job title and was a vice president at the developer until she left in November. Zagaytova has left the renewable energy industry, having moved to payments processing startup Marqeta. She had been with First Solar for almost six years, having previously worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Hogan Lovells.
Shaw had been with Skadden for 27 years, most recently as counsel, energy and infrastructure projects.
His work with First Solar included advising on the financing of the 141 MW Luz Del Norte plant in Chile and the sales of the 280 MW California Flats and 250 MW Moapa units in the U.S. to Capital Dynamics (PFR, 5/22/16, 8/22/17).
He began his career in 1988 with a four-year spell at Nixon Peabody (then Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle).