J. Paul Forrester

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7366

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Practice Areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Banking & Finance
  • CDOs and CLOs
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Emerging Markets
  • Leveraged Finance
  • Projects
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Social Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Energy
  • Sectors
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Renewable Energy
  • Services
  • Energy Finance
  • Energy Regulation and Government Affairs
  • Energy Transactions
  • Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
  • Investment Management
  • India
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Financing/Projects
  • Infrastructure Funds
  • Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships
  • Insurance
  • Transactions
  • Bermuda & Other Offshore Reinsurance
  • Complex Reinsurance Transactions
  • Insurance Linked Securities
  • Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance Outsourcing & Information Technology
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • Insurance Tax
  • Life Insurance & Reinsurance Transactions
  • Pension De-Risking & Longevity Solutions
  • Reinsurance Run-off and Insolvency
  • Latin America
  • Mining
  • Private Investment Funds
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7366
Fax: 312 706 8133
University University of Sydney, B.A., 1974
Law SchoolUniversity of Sydney, LL.B., 1976; Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 1985
Admitted1978, New South Wales, Australia; 1984, New York; 1988, Illinois


American Bar Association, Sections of Business Law, Public Utility Law and Environment, Energy and Resources Law


Praised for being 'at the leading edge of any issue facing the market,'Paul Forrester specializes in structured credit, project development and energy financing. One client enthuses: 'He is very responsive and his knowledge of the space is as good as anyone's.'

Chambers USA

Paul Forrester is a respected corporate finance and securities lawyer whose practice is especially focused on structured credit, including collateralized loan obligations, energy (including oil and gas, utilities, shipping, refinery and pipeline) financings and project development, and financing (especially concerning renewable energy, industrial, petrochemical, power and transportation projects and infrastructure).

Chambers USA 2012 notes that Paul has etched out a niche for himself in renewable energy transactions and power project development. Chambers USA 2009 noted that Paul has a diverse expertise [which] encompasses a variety of derivatives, CLOs, CDOs and bond financing. Chambers USA recently described Paul as 'Outstanding' . . . [he] has a practice split between CDOs, structured credit products and project finance. Clients praised his deep technical knowledge. An 'excellent understanding of where businessmen are coming from' and 'a problem-solving attitude' give Paul . . . a 'critical perspective,' instilling in clients 'a high degree of confidence' in him. He also produces great work every time. Legal 500 2009 stated that Paul is always looking for solutions, and generally finds them, and that Paul has established an interesting niche in securitized products within the environmental sector. The Legal Media Group's Expert Guide series recommends Paul as one of the world's leading lawyers in Project Finance.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 1980, Paul was associated with a law firm based in Sydney, Australia. He served as Director of Bildakit Homes, an Australian enterprise, between 1986 and 1987, subsequently resuming his career with Mayer Brown later in 1987.


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Revisions to Basel Securitisation Framework—Final Rules
J. Paul Forrester,Kevin Hawken,Carol A. Hitselberger,Jason H. P. Kravitt,Stuart M. Litwin, February 27, 2015
On 11 December 2014, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) published a final Basel III Document (BCBS d303) on changes to the international model rules for banks’ calculation of credit risk capital requirements for exposures to securitisation transactions (Revised Framework). The...

The US Department of Energy Releases Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Up To $12.5 Billion for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects
J. Paul Forrester,Cameron S. Hamrick, February 26, 2015
The US Department of Energy (the “DOE”) has released a solicitation for new loan guarantees under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act for up to $12.5 billion for innovative nuclear energy projects in the United States that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases....

US Banking Regulators Issue Further Frequently Asked Questions for Leveraged Lending Guidance
J. Paul Forrester, December 4, 2014
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has released its 2014 Shared National Credits (SNC) review (the 2014 SNC review).

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J. Paul Forrester

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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