Our Advisors

David McGann

McGannHeadshot2011Mr. David McGann has over 28 year of finance experience and has focused on the renewable energy sector since 2009.  As an investment banker, he developed expertise in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate and project finance.  Mr. McGann’s renewable energy capabilities center around solar PV solutions and include all aspects of developing, structuring, risk managing, financing, building, operating and maintaining solar PV projects.

Mr. McGann currently leads strategic business development at Panasonic Eco Solutions North America developing utility scale solar PV projects and establishing a distributed generation platform.  Prior to joining Panasonic, he was President of Davis Hill Development where he developed and commissioned distributed generation portfolios of renewable energy projects with commercial and municipal clients in the US and Caribbean integrating solar PV, energy storage and electric vehicle charging stations.  He was also President of Skychargers where he managed the installation, operation & maintenance of electric vehicle charging stations serving the hospitality industry in partnership with Hilton Worldwide, General Electric & Hertz.  In addition, Mr. McGann was the Founder and Managing Partner of Green Solar Finance, a project finance advisory firm collaborating with developers to structure, fund and risk manage solar PV projects to ensure long term viability and optimize economics to achieve investor returns.

Mr. McGann tenure in investment banking was with PaineWebber, Prudential Securities, Smith Barney and Dean Witter where he managed more than 200 advisory assignments and closed approximately 300 transactions representing over $7.7 billion in total financings.  He has assisted public, private and non-profit organizations in structuring and financing mergers, acquisitions, sales, divestitures, capital raising, joint ventures, restructurings, spin-offs and leverage buyouts.  Mr. McGann has worked with companies across a broad range of industries with depth in the renewable energy, real estate and healthcare sectors.

David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, completed a year abroad at Wadham College, Oxford University and graduated from Philips Academy. Mr. McGann resides in Greenwich, CT with his wife of 28 years and is the proud father of twin boys.


Keith M. Allen-Niesen

Keith Allen-Niesen is a paKeith Allen-Niesenrtner in Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’s Los Angeles office. He is the Chair of the Alternative Energy Practice and Co-Chair of the Infrastructure Practice. He has a broad range of transactional experience and oversees major business litigation, business transactions, land use and development matters. Mr. Allen-Niesen has extensive experience in the acquisition, development and sale of hotels, resorts, golf courses, restaurants, office buildings, residential subdivisions, shopping centers and industrial sites, including transactions involving contaminated real property. In addition, he represents landlords on both leasing and management issues for office buildings, mixed-use developments and shopping centers. Mr. Allen-Niesen is also well-versed in the areas of public/private development, land use and loan workouts involving real estate collateral.

Mr. Allen-Niesen’s clients include Simon Properties, JP Morgan Investment Management, Playa Capital, Hydrogen Energy International, SCS Energy, The Apparel Group, Hydrogen Energy California, the Bill Hannon Foundation, Fandango, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, PNC Bank, Aerolease, Decron Properties and Integrated Capital.

Mr. Allen-Niesen is the former director of the firm’s Southern California Business & Transactions unit as well as a former national hiring partner, chair of the Real Estate & Land Use Division and member of the Compensation Committee. He is repeatedly recognized as one of the top real estate attorneys in Southern California.

Mr. Allen-Niesen graduated from University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., in 1989, where he was the Managing Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review. Mr. Allen-Niesen also achieved his M.A. in Chinese Law from the University of London in 1986, and a B.A. with departmental honors from University of California, San Diego in 1984. He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California.


Tim F Brick

Tim F Brick

Mr. Brick is an organizational consultant, currently serving as Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the protection and promotion of the Arroyo Seco watershed, a major tributary of the Los Angeles River. He has previously held prominent positions in the water industry and served as an executive and consultant for a wide variety of business, governmental and nonprofit organizations such as the Hahamongna Operating Company, Pasadena AIDS Community Coordinating Committee, Hospice of Pasadena, the Pasadena Health Department, USA for Africa and others.

Mr. Brick served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest drinking water utility, from 1985 to 2012 was elected Chairman of the Board in 2006 and served two terms in that position. Among other accomplishments he led a delegation of US water leaders to Australia and appointed a Blue Ribbon Committee to shape MWD’s strategic development for fifty years.  He also served as vice-chair in 1998-2000, and chaired the Water Planning & Resources Committee (1995-1998) as well as the Headquarters Committee, which developed MWD’s Union Station Headquarters.  He has also chaired the Water Education Committee, the Water Quality Committee, and the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. Mr. Brick also played a key role in the development of MWD’s World Water Forum program, which provides grants to Southern California colleges for educational efforts addressing world water problems, and fostered the development of new approaches for the water industry through an innovative technology program.

Mr. Brick served 14 years on the Pasadena Utility Advisory Commission, which directed the municipal water and power department, including four terms as chair. He is a member of the Colorado River Water Users Associations, American Water Resources Association and a member of the board of POWER (Public Officials for Water & Environmental Reform.) He also belongs to the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy.

Previous appointments have included the California Energy Commission’s Residential Standards Advisory Committee, the Joint Public Utilities Commission/Energy Commission Committee on Marginal Cost Pricing and the advisory committee for the Rand Corporation/Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Peak Period Pricing Experiment.

Mr. Brick graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.  In 2008, Mr. Brick was named Alumnus of the Year of the School of Arts and Letters at that university. He has pursued further studies in water resources, broadcast journalism and resource economics.  Mr. Brick has also been award the Community Leadership Award of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership and the 2008 Engineering Achievement Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors Organization of California.