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Kenneth Hansen

Kenneth Hansen

Adjunct Lecturer


Professor Hansen joined the Law Office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP in 1999 as a Partner in the firm’s project finance group. (Chadbourne combined with Norton Rose Fulbright in 2017.) Prior to joining Chadbourne, Professor Hansen was the General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he served as chief legal counsel to the Chairman and to the Board of Directors of the Agency and headed the Agency’s legal office. Prior to joining the Export-Import Bank, Professor Hansen spent nine years with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. agency that provides project financing and political risk insurance for private-sector projects in emerging markets. At OPIC, he was, among other positions, Associate General Counsel for Investment. He represents bilateral, multilateral and commercial lenders, and project developers, in structuring and implementing international project financings and project workouts and in the settlement of expropriation, political violence and currency inconvertibility claims on political risk insurance policies. He leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s extensive practice in connection with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Programs for innovative and alternative energy projects.

Professor Hansen has taught economics and finance at a number of institutions, including Wellesley College, Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University National Law Center, and Boston University Law School's Morin Center for Banking Law Studies as well as at SAIS.
  • "FOIA: Keeping Information Confidential," Project Finance NewsWire, August 2019
  • "World Bank Guarantees for Private Projects," Project Finance NewsWire, April 2016
  • "Next Generation Vehicles: Opportunities and Obstacles," Bloomberg Law Reports, November 8, 2010
  • "A BIT of Insurance," International Political Risk, Moran, West and Martin, editors, The World Bank Group, 2008
  • "The Dabhol Power Project Settlement: What Happened and How?," Infrastructure Journal, December 2005
  • "Tales from the Dark Side: Lessons Learned from Troubled Investments, International Political Risk Management: Looking to the Future," The World Bank Group, 2005
  • "Political Risk Insurance and Project Workouts,” Cross-Border Debt Restructurings, Euromoney, 2005
  • "Managing Political Risks in Emerging Market Investment," The Transnational Lawyer, 2004
  • "The Rise (and Fall) of Private Investment in Public Infrastructure," International Political Risk Management: The Brave New World, The World Bank, 2003



  • Energy Resources and Environment
  • International Development
  • International Economics
  • International Law and Organizations
  • International Political Economy