Brian R. Chappell

Brian R. Chappell


Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 410 659 2770

Fax +1 410 659 2701

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Brian Chappell is uniquely positioned to advise clients in the renewables space and is recommended for providing 'considered and commercial' advice from a purely legal as well as business perspective.

Legal 500 US

Brian Chappell has been an active part of the ever-evolving energy industry for over 25 years. As Global Co-Head of the Energy and Natural Resources industry sector, Brian continues to drive innovation in the energy industry.

Brian has been a registered professional engineer since 1996. His background as an electrical engineer allows him to bring a rare perspective to the table with insight and experience to assist clients in solving commercial, technical, and legal challenges in order to successfully achieve their goals – whether it is an M&A transaction involving an international portfolio of assets, structuring new and innovative joint ventures, investments in new technologies, or the development and financing of energy projects in emerging markets.

Brian is listed in Chambers Global, Projects; Chambers USA, Projects; and Legal 500 US, Energy. The Chambers Global Guide notes that Brian's clients have described him as "hard-working, responsive and he doesn't over-lawyer the deal."

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Brian spent 10 years in the electric utility industry holding a variety of positions, including Director of System and Reliability Planning and Director of Contract Administration for BGE.

Awards and recognitions


Finance: Project Finance
Legal 500 US

2013-2018, 2020-2021

Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power
Legal 500 US


Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy (Nationwide)
Chambers USA

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, with honors, 1999

B.S.E.E., University of Maryland, 1990


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Representing clients in connection with the purchase, sale, development, and financing of over 25,000 MWs of wind and solar projects.

Representing clients in the financing of over US$3bn of renewable energy projects.

Representing Harbert Power, UBS, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company as co-investors in connection with the acquisition and financing of 13 operating natural gas power plants.

Representing a leading energy storage developer in connection with equity investor and joint venture arrangements regarding energy storage projects located throughout the United States.

Representing NextEra Energy in the auction and sale of a 2,200 MW portfolio of natural gas generation facilities.

Representing Gulf Pacific Power as a majority equity investor for a portfolio of over 800 MW of wind energy projects located in the United States and Canada.

Representing Exelon Corporation in connection with a strategic equity investment in a portfolio of 75 fuel cell projects.

Representing SolarCity in connection with the acquisition of a 100 MW portfolio of community solar projects.

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