Former GC of International Development Finance Corporation and Export-Import Bank Kevin Turner Joins Holland & Knight
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2021) – Holland & Knight has added Kevin Turner, most recently vice president and general counsel of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), as a partner in its Washington D.C., office. He will be a member of the firm's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group.
Prior to serving as DFC vice president and general counsel, Mr. Turner held the same position at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) before its transformation to the DFC. He previously served as senior vice president and general counsel for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) and as chief of staff for former U.S. Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama. Before moving to Washington, he was the chief deputy attorney general of Alabama. He began his career in private practice assisting clients with corporate transactions.
Mr. Turner's practice will focus on international financing transactions, particularly within emerging markets and developing nations, through representation of project sponsors and developers, state-owned enterprises and private equity funds in connection with the development and financing of projects in various industry sectors such as energy, infrastructure, financial services, manufacturing, microfinance, healthcare and telecommunications. He also will assist clients in structuring financing solutions involving export credit agencies and development finance institutions.
"As the first GC of the DFC, Kevin has experience in and understanding of U.S. government-backed international financing that is unique in the private sector. Having served as general counsel for the two main U.S. government international financing agencies, he will provide our clients with a perspective that others in the finance space do not have," said José Sirven, the leader of Holland & Knight's Business Section.
"The intersection of global finance and government involvement is more relevant than ever in the current COVID era," said Mr. Turner. "Private sector businesses, both in the U.S. and abroad, and host countries have a unique opportunity to leverage both the strategic and financial resources of export credit agencies and development finance institutions for project development and financing solutions. I am eager to work with my new colleagues across the firm to find immediate ways to share my insights and services with existing clients."
Mr. Turner received a J.D./MBA degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and Manderson Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. degree from Hampden-Sydney College. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Alabama.