Matthew de Bernardo is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. de Bernardo represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, financings, development contracts, and other corporate and commercial transactions.

Mr. de Bernardo advises strategic investors, lenders, borrowers, and developers on a broad range of matters relating to M&A transactions within the energy and infrastructure industry and the development, financing, and sale of energy and infrastructure projects.

Mr. de Bernardo maintains an active pro bono practice, most recently representing individuals seeking asylum and other immigration relief, veterans with disabilities, and non-profit organizations in various business matters.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. de Bernardo served as a civil engineer officer in the US Air Force for five years.

Mr. de Bernardo’s experience includes advising:

  • Brookfield Renewable in:
    • Its US$540 million acquisition of Standard Solar Inc.*
    • Its acquisition of a portfolio of development-stage solar projects in MISO from Origis Energy*
    • in the US$1.5 billion sale (enterprise value) of a 49.9% equity interest in an 852 MW portfolio of wind generating assets in the US to a group of South Korean infrastructure investors comprised of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., Alpha Asset Management, Sprott Korea Investment, Hana Financial Investment Co., Ltd. and Korea Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.*
  • Intel in connection with a first-of-its-kind US$30 billion joint investment arrangement with Brookfield relating to two new chip factories in Arizona*
  • Bank of New York Mellon in a tax equity investment associated with the repowering of three wind projects owned by Enel*
  • First Solar in its sale of four development-stage solar projects to Longroad Energy Holdings*
  • Clearway Energy Group in connection with the sale of the Wildflower Solar project*
  • FTC Solar in connection with its US$100 million revolving credit facility*
  • The US Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency in numerous transactions in which they acted as lenders under the TIFIA and WIFIA programs*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • JD, Columbia Law School, 2019
    James Kent Scholar
  • MBA, Indiana University, 2015
  • BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2011