Mark Safty

Adjunct Faculty

University of Colorado Law School
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 409

Educational Background:
LL.M.   Boston University   1978  
J.D.   University of Montana   1977  
B.A.   University of Montana   1974  
For more than 30 years, energy companies operating on five continents have turned to Mr. Safty for virtually every type of development and financing transaction. In transactions involving $2 million to those exceeding $2 billion, clients trust his extensive experience developing and financing energy projects. Mr. Safty provides the counsel clients need to clear regulatory, financial, and operational hurdles so they can keep pace with industry changes and demands.

Since the 1980s, Mr. Safty has served as lead counsel in the development, acquisition, financing, and refinancing of dozens of power generation facilities across the spectrum of energy technologies. Since the late 1990s, Mr. Safty has focused his practice on development, construction, financing and M&A activity in the renewable energy industry. His earlier years of experience as general counsel and COO of a bank holding company, and his time as outside director and chairman of the board of a $2.5 billion financial institution, help him understand his clients' interests from the business side of any matter.

As a complement to his energy practice and an additional service to his clients, Mr. Safty handles general corporate and transactional matters. He advises multinational clients on the sale and acquisition of mining and oil and gas properties, and has helped them successfully complete corporate reorganizations including spin-off transactions and mergers. His clients span industries including mining, manufacturing, power generation, health care, education, transportation and water and waste treatment, among others.

Mr. Safty currently serves as the practice group leader for Holland & Hart's Energy & Infrastructure Group, and served from 1994-2001 as the chair of the firm's Business Department. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for project finance law. Mr. Safty is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, where he teaches Renewable Energy Development and Regulation and Finance, and he is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on renewable energy topics.

Mr. Safty has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, and the Colorado Forum, a statewide public policy group; he is active in a wide variety of other public policy endeavors at the local, state and national level.


Fall 2017 Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development LAWS 6732-801
Fall 2017 Law and Economics of Utility Regulation LAWS 8351-801
Spring 2016 Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development LAWS 6732-001
Spring 2015 Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development LAWS 6732-001
Spring 2014 Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development LAWS 6732-001