Managing Director - Energy, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Paula Swain is a managing director in the Structured and Project Finance Group of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), the official export credit agency of the U.S. She rejoined Ex-Im’s Structured and Project Finance Group in 2011 and specializes in large energy projects. Prior to rejoining Ex-Im Bank, she was with El Paso Corporation (Fortune 500) for ten years where she financed El Paso’s energy projects in Mexico, Panama, Brazil and China, U.S. regulated pipelines and an LNG facility in addition to support of M&A, project development and treasury activities. She was with Ex-Im Bank in Washington for nine years prior to returning to her hometown and joining El Paso Corporation. She has financed or raised financing for several of Project Finance Magazine’s Deals of the Year.
Paula began her career in middle market banking to the Texas oil patch in the mid 80s. She has a sound understanding of the energy value chain, and has financed projects in Mexico for over 25 years.
Ex-Im Bank’s total authorizations for fiscal year 2015 are supporting an estimated $17 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 109,000 American jobs in communities across the country. Ex-Im Bank transferred more than $431.6 million in deficit-reducing receipts to the U.S. Treasury’s General Fund for fiscal year 2015. Almost 90% of the transactions directly supported U.S. small businesses.