Trinity International are delighted to announce that Eric Filipink has joined us as Counsel in our newly opened DC Office. He joins Head of DC Office Tom Eldert as another senior emerging markets-focused project finance attorney in our growing DC practice.
Eric focuses on project finance in the energy and renewable energy sector and impact investing transactions. Before joining Trinity, Eric spent two years at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development finance institution. At OPIC, Eric worked on a range of project finance transactions across sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Power Africa Program, including in Senegal, Burundi, Malawi, Chad and Nigeria. Eric will also form part of the Trinity Francophone team, which is currently spread across both London and Paris offices.
Eric began his legal career in New York at Baker McKenzie before moving to Haynes and Boone LLP. At both firms he worked on cross-border lending transactions, trade finance and project finance in the United States and Latin America. While at Baker McKenzie, Eric was seconded to Standard Chartered Bank and helped expand the bank’s pre-export finance portfolio in Brazil and led a team in setting up a specialised global banking services platform across 19 emerging market countries.
Prior to his private sector experience, Eric spent 14 years in international development in south-eastern Europe and Central Asia. He served as a Political Officer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Albania. Having worked very closely with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Monetary Fund in connection with these projects, Eric has a good understanding of international financial institutions and the complexities of working with host governments.
Eric received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 2011.