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Paula Swain

Structured & Project Finance Division Export-Import Bank of the United States


Paula Swain is in the Structured and Project Finance Group of EXIM Bank and her career focus is energy and the oil and gas value chain. She has financed or raised financing for many Project Finance Magazines Deals of the Year and specializes in Mexico, large energy project financings and national oil companies.  Her office is in Houston.

Paula originally joined EXIM Bank in 1992 and was in the newly formed Project Finance Division before her return to the private sector in Texas in 2000. Prior to rejoining EXIM Bank in 2011, Paula was with El Paso Corporation (former Fortune 500, acquired by Kinder Morgan) for ten years where she financed El Paso’s power and pipeline projects in Mexico, Panama, Brazil and China, U.S. regulated pipelines and a U.S. LNG regas facility in addition to supporting merger and acquisitions, implementation of a Master Limited Partnership (MLP), project development and treasury activities.

Paula earned a B.S. Political Science degree from the University of Houston. She is a native Houstonian and a crazed Astros Baseball fan.



EXIM Bank (The Export-Import Bank of the United States) is the nation’s official export credit agency with the mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports. Since 1995, the Structured and Project Finance Division has provided $58 billion in financing to energy projects which includes $15 billion for 13 different LNG projects. Please visit: for more information.