Michael Whalen, a seasoned industry and financial professional, offers more than thirty years of global experience in advising, structuring, and raising in excess of $20billion for capital-intensive infrastructure projects.

He leads BRG’s energy and infrastructure finance practice across a variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas production, refining, and midstream; liquefied natural gas (LNG); petrochemicals; power and renewables; and other energy and infrastructure sectors. 

Mr. Whalen has served in several commercial, financial, and public-sector leadership roles, including head of a global bank’s regional project finance division, head of international structured finance divisions at two US government agencies (OPIC and Ex-Im Bank), and chief financial officer of a renewable energy company. Additionally, Mr. Whalen has served in lead roles at a major bank, an international oil corporation, and the US Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau. In these positions, he has structured and advised on risk allocation for companies and projects in the global LNG, renewable energy, transportation and core infrastructure, petrochemicals, and industrial process sectors. He was part of OPIC’s (now US DFC) investment committee responsible for approving substantial political risk insurance exposures, finance commitments, and fund investments.

As a lead advisor and banker, Mr. Whalen has provided strategic, commercial, and financial counsel to clients such as leading global energy market participants, national energy companies, energy and core infrastructure investors, utilities, state agencies, independent developers, and financial institutions. 

As an independent expert, Mr. Whalen has testified in US and international arbitrations before tribunals organized under ICC, ICSID, and JAMS and has provided expert analysis in other forums. He has been accepted as an expert witness in matters before the US District Court of the Southern District of New York and the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta. 

Mr. Whalen’s professional experience spans more than twenty-five countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, and Asia.

Employment History

Build America Bureau, US Dept. of Transportation
Senior advisor to executive director
2017 – 2018

Export-Import Bank of the United States
VP and head of project and structured finance
2015 – 2017

Overseas Private Investment Corporation
VP and head of structured finance
2013 – 2015

Chief financial officer
2008 – 2013

HSBC Securities (USA)
MD and head of project and export finance americas
2002 – 2008

Bank of America Securities Limited
Co-head of EMEA energy and power finance
2000 – 2002

BA Asia Limited
1997 – 2000

Mobil Corporation
Finance professional (HQ, London, Singapore)
1990 – 1997

Community/Civic Involvement

Frequent guest lecturer on project finance, emerging markets projects, and US public agency engagement in development finance and overseas economic engagement, including Johns Hopkins University, SAIS; Columbia University, Graduate School of Business; US State Department, Foreign Services Institute.

Areas of Expertise


University of Texas at Austin
MBA, Information Systems Management, 1990
BA, Plan II Honors, 1987


Multiple “Deals of the Year” Awards from Infrastructure Journal and Project Finance Magazine and Project Finance International