Tom Hoffmann
Tom Hoffmann

R. Thomas Hoffmann

Tel 202.661.2215
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

R. Thomas Hoffmann is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Energy and Project Finance Group. Mr. Hoffmann is known for his work on energy industry transactions, including project development, investments, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Hoffmann frequently represents developers and investors in the development and financing of greenfield and brownfield projects, including solar, wind, and biomass projects, as well as coal-fired, gas, nuclear, and cogeneration projects. In addition, he represents major users of renewable energy power generation. Mr. Hoffmann has represented electric utilities, including cooperatives, in various transactions, and has represented both private purchasers and sellers of electric power assets.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Hoffmann was president of International Energy Partners LP (IEP), a development and investment business. In that role, he led the development of generation projects both in the United States and abroad. He negotiated numerous project and financing agreements and closed several international nonrecourse financings. He also led the structuring of the first private project to utilize the commercial loan guaranty programs of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, projects: renewables and alternative energy (national ranking), 2012-2016

Chambers Global, projects: renewables and alternative energy (USA), 2013

The Legal 500 US, energy – renewable/alternative, 2015


Co-author, "Public-Private Partnerships for Solar Development: Notes from the Field," Solar Industry Magazine, September 2010

Speaking Engagements

Panel moderator, "Capital Markets Access for Solar – Impact on Utility-Scale, Securitization, and Tax Equity," 10th Annual Ballard Spahr Wall Street Energy Briefing, New York, November 13, 2012

Panel moderator, "Solar Transaction and Financing Trends,"Novogradac & Company's Financing Renewable Energy Conference, Washington, D.C., November 8, 2012

Panel moderator, "Valuation of Utility Scale Solar Projects and Assets," Infocast 5th Annual Utility Scale Solar Summit 2012, San Diego, October 10, 2012

Panel moderator, "Alternatives for Long-Term Financing of Utility Scale Projects," Infocast for Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit, San Diego, February 27-March 1, 2012

Panel moderator, "Alternative Sources of Finance: Filling the Void Left by Decreasing Appetite for Dollar Funded Assets by Traditional PF Lenders," Euromoney – US Power and Renewable Finance Conference, New York, February 14-15, 2012

Panel moderator, "Utilities Perspectives on the Changing Power Market Landscape," Infocast – Projects and Money 2012, New Orleans, January 18-20, 2012

Panel moderator, "Solar Industry Trends," Novogradac & Company, LLP Financing Renewable Energy Conference, Washington, D.C., November 17-18, 2011

Panel moderator, "Are We in a Generational Shift for Power Generation? Is it a Crisis or an Opportunity?" Ninth Annual Wall Street Energy Briefing, New York, November 3, 2011

Panel moderator, "The Future of Financing Ventures in the Renewable Energy Arena," 13th Annual Platts Financing US Power: The State of Public/Private Capital, the Uptick of M&A, and the Financial Outlook on Renewable Ventures, New York, October 27-28, 2011

Panel moderator, "Risk Allocation and Performance Guarantees," Infocast Utility Scale Summit 2011, San Diego, September 13-15, 2011

"Sources of Financing," Infocast Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit 2011, San Diego, March 21, 2011

Panel moderator, "Managing Risk – The 'Track Record' Barrier for New Technologies," Eighth Annual Ballard Spahr Wall Street Energy Briefing, New York, November 17, 2010

Panel moderator, "DOE Loan Guarantees – Supporting the Clean Energy Economy," Platts Financing U.S. Power Conference, New York City, October 29, 2010 

Panel moderator, "Private Equity Perspectives on Investing in Solar Projects," Infocast Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit 2010, San Diego, March 19, 2010

New York University School of Law (J.D.)
Root-Tilden Scholar

Oxford University (Law M.A.)

Georgetown University (B.A.)

District of Columbia