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Brian Farnen

Welcome & Overview
Wednesday December 12 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Understanding PACE
Wednesday December 12 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Revisiting Day 1
Thursday December 13 12:00 - 12:15 PM

General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer
Connecticut Green Bank

As General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank, Brian directs all legal, legislative and regulatory affairs for the nation’s first green bank established in July 2011, a global leader in renewable and energy efficiency financing and winner of the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School of Government Ash Award for innovation in 2017. Brian’s counsel is helping the Green Bank realize its mission of leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects. In fact, the Green Bank has mobilized over $1 billion of total clean energy investment since 2012.

Directly prior to the Green Bank, Brian was a Senior Attorney with United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft business unit, providing legal counsel for strategic international campaigns, as well as all of Sikorsky’s global environmental, energy, health and safety legal matters. Brian also has worked as an attorney for MassMutual Financial Group and Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.

Brian was awarded by the Connecticut Law Tribune as the “Best In-House Counsel” of the Year in 2018 and previously named a “New Leader in the Law” in 2013. He is passionate about the renewable energy space, teaches ethics and finance as an adjunct professor, is a board member of the Council of Development Finance Agencies and the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association, and is a former member of the CT Judicial Review Counsel.

Brian obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Masters of Business Administration (Finance) and Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut.



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  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • MuniCap, Inc.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • Petros PACE Finance
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Stern Brothers
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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