Former co-chair of the global energy group at leading law firm Milbank, Doug has spent much of his 40-year career at the center of major and often ground-breaking transactions involving energy companies, utilities, and investors. In 2009, he shifted his focus to a different opportunity: helping utilities, and the communities they serve, to benefit from a return to local and regional bank borrowing. Since then, Doug and his CFSD partners have helped utilities to close on more than $1 billion in financing from Main Street banks.
Dedicated to the continued success of every CFSD client’s transaction, he lends a steady hand throughout, with special emphasis on structuring – including mirroring money center bank pricing and liquidity – and closing. Most often, clients rely on Doug to coach the company’s counsel and treasury professionals, and as a “virtual” staff member when needed.
Doug’s ability to work effectively with clients and participating banks arises from comprehensive experience through many market cycles and regulatory developments. He spent 23 years guiding energy and utility clients at Milbank, where he advised on mergers and acquisitions and large-scale infrastructure build-outs, provided guidance to corporate boards, and represented a wide range of hedge funds and equity investors. Prior to joining Milbank, he spent 13 years at prominent New York law firm Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts.
Inspired by his mentors at Milbank, Doug has consistently devoted time to professional boards as well as charitable organizations. In recent years, he has served on the operating board of Gotham Equity Partners and the board and audit committees of Green Leaf Power. Doug has also served on the board of the American Scottish Foundation, as president of the National Council for the Vanderbilt University Law School, and as a ruling elder of the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church.
Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
University of Michigan, B.S