Laurae Rossi, Winston & Strawn’s project finance powerhouse in Los Angeles, had another impressive year in 2019, cementing her position as one of the leading project finance lawyers in the US.

Laurae Rossi
Laurae Rossi
While Rossi represents both sponsors and lenders, she is best known for her work on the side of the latter.

“On the lender side, we think she’s the best,” says a finance official at a renewable energy developer. “She’s incredibly commercial, incredibly fast and very to-the-point.”

Other market participants agreed, describing her as “super efficient” and “fast, responsive and thoughtful.”

The judges highlighted Rossi’s work on non-traditional transactions such as equipment supply loans and letter of credit facilities for development-stage renewable energy projects.

Winston & Strawn has also advised on financings for community solar portfolios and solar projects with energy hedge offtakes, giving Rossi and her team insights into the full range of cutting edge structures and the latest industry norms.

“I feel like she does half the debt deals in the US,” says a tax equity attorney at a rival firm. “It’s a 50% chance, if they’re doing debt, it’s her on the other side of the table.”

See all of the 2019/2020 awards

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