Leyline Renewable Capital, the leading provider of development-stage capital for renewable energy projects, is building out its origination team with the addition of Christy Searl. In her new role as a managing director, Christy is responsible for creating and nurturing relationships with renewable energy project developers and connecting them to Leyline's capital solutions.
"Christy brings a unique and valuable skillset to Leyline," said Erik Lensch, CEO of Leyline. "With her experience on both the front and back end of deals, Christy understands the importance to developers of supportive, flexible capital and having the right deal structure in place."
Christy started her career as a lawyer, before transitioning her focus to business development, origination and investing. As an attorney at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Christy worked on project finance arbitration matters relating to waste-to-energy facilities in North Carolina.
While Christy served as in-house legal counsel at Lehman Brothers, part of her work was with the commercial real estate, real estate private equity and energy investment banking groups on cases involving development projects and energy-related financing investments. Christy subsequently worked for the Lehman Bankruptcy Estate for nearly a decade, assisting in the workout and sale of Lehman's legacy real estate portfolio.
Christy later helped manage a pipeline of investments at alternative capital provider Burford Capital, while originating and underwriting deals. Most recently, she served as the head of U.S. sales and senior vice president for bankruptcy and restructuring at GLAS Americas.
"I was drawn to the Leyline team members' expertise as former renewable energy developers and to their dedication to environmental and social justice," Christy said. "I'm looking forward to providing access to capital to those who need resources to get to the next phase of a project and those who are traditionally underserved by the market, among others."