Paul Freedman

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Paul leverages a unique breadth and depth of knowledge in traditional and alternative energy across multiple markets to bring new projects and partnerships to life for our customers. Over his 14 years at AES he has advanced numerous transformative initiatives to position AES as a global leader in the acceleration of a cleaner energy future. 

Paul leads our global legal team, serves as a principal advisor to the Board and oversees our ethics and compliance functions.  He previously served as Chief of Staff to the CEO and in several positions in AES’ legal group, working on M&A, joint ventures, project development and regulatory matters.

Legal 500 named Paul a Corporate Counsel 100 U.S Rising Star in 2014, standing out for his legal and business acumen to foster some of the most complex, cross-border billion-dollar transactions to make meaningful impacts across global communities.

Today, he brings his unique expertise to our U.S. utility businesses as a board member of IPALCO and Dayton Power and Light.  He also serves on the Boards of the Business Council for International Understanding and the Coalition for Integrity, organizations that promote global economic cooperation and combat corruption, respectively.  Since 2006, he has partnered with the International Law Institute as a course advisor and lecturer, training government officials from developing countries on Capital Markets Development and Regulation.

Prior to AES, Paul spent five years as the chief legal advisor of the US Agency for International Development worldwide credit guaranty program, driving the portfolio from $100M to $1B to foster sustainable development and stimulate the economy in developing countries. He began his career working as a project finance lawyer at the law firms of White & Case and Freshfields.

Paul earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center.  In his free time, Paul loves traveling with his wife and two daughters and has a life long passion for tennis.