Public-Private Partnerships



As an early participant in the development of the public-private partnership (P3) model in the U.S., we’re experienced and uniquely positioned to help clients implement P3s and other alternative procurement methodologies. Our attorneys worked on most of the major U.S. P3 transactions of recent years, representing public owners, private-sector consortia, construction companies, operators, underwriters, lenders and bond issuers.

Our approach

Our long history of financing public sector infrastructure gives us a deep understanding of the motivations behind the P3 model, as well as its benefits and pitfalls.

With one of the nation’s largest and most respected Public Finance practices, we know how to access municipal bond financing in P3 projects and how to address the myriad tax issues that arise in this context.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in the P3 space’s active sectors, including transportation (roads, bridges, tunnels and airports), water and waste-water, student housing and social infrastructure and solid waste. We stay abreast of the issues and challenges facing our clients in these sectors and actively engage in a wide range of industry groups, allowing us to propose innovative solutions to our clients’ issues on a real-time basis.

Who we work with

  • Private sector sponsors
  • Underwriters
  • Lenders
  • States and local municipalities
  • Design-build teams
  • Operators

Relevant experience

Projects on which our attorneys have worked include:

  • Issuer’s counsel on LAX Automated People-Mover Project in California
  • P3 counsel to the public owner on the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona
  • P3 counsel to the public owner on the Westchester County Airport in New York
  • Issuer’s counsel in the financing of the $4B LaGuardia Terminal B Project in New York (one of the largest P3s in the U.S. to date)
  • Lenders counsel for a short-listed bidder on the I-70 Project in Colorado
  • Issuers counsel for the I-66 Outside the Beltway Project in Virginia
  • Lenders counsel for a short-listed bidder on the Indiana Courthouse Project
  • Lenders counsel for a short-listed bidder on the Purple Line Project in Virginia
  • Financing parties in the Long Beach Civic Center Project in California
  • Financing parties’ counsel for a short-listed bidder on the $1.2B University of California Merced Campus Expansion P3 in California
  • Financing parties’ counsel to a short-listed bidder on the Long Beach Courthouse P3 in California
  • P3 counsel to a short-listed consortium on the South Port P3 Project in Pennsylvania
  • Acting for lenders in connection with a proposal to Pennsylvania’s Northampton County for its Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement P3 Project
  • Lenders’ counsel for a short-listed bidder in the financing of Harbor Bridge in Texas
  • Lenders’ counsel for a short-listed bidder on the SH 288 Project in Texas
  • Represented the lenders to a short-listed bidding team in connection with the I-285 & SR 400 Reconstruction DBF Project in Georgia
  • Equity counsel in the financing for the I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida
  • Lenders counsel on shortlisted bidding team for Denver FasTracks P3 Project in Colorado
  • Lenders’ counsel to the successful bidder on Goethals Bridge P3 in New York (awarded Infrastructure Journal’s “Deal of the Year”)
  • P3 counsel to the public owner in connection with the Rialto Water Project in California
  • Acted as underwriters’ counsel, and subsequently as bond counsel and disclosure counsel, in connection with the Dulles Toll Road in Virginia

New York State's over $2.1 PIT bond sale should see demand, analysts say

The Bond Buyer | December 14, 2020

This article mentions the firm as co-bond counsel to Empire State Development Corporation’s scheduled issuance of PIT bonds on behalf of New York State in a competitive deal to fund capital projects, for the work by New York City partner Chris Reitzel, counsel Abbie Olsen and associates Adam Gordon and Kate Stack, and Washington, D.C. partner Bruce Serchuk and associate Joel Swearingen, all in the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

Contacts

Kenneth C. Lind

Partner
Team Leader, Project Finance and Public Finance

klind@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-940-3005

Roderick N. Devlin

Partner

rdevlin@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-940-3737

Scott R. Singer

Partner

ssinger@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-940-3182

Virginia Wong

Partner

vwong@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-940-3028

Elizabeth M. Columbo

Partner

ecolumbo@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-940-3183

  • Named by by U.S. New/Best Lawyers 2021 as ‘Law Firm of the Year’ for Public Finance Law
  • Recognized by U.S. New/Best Lawyers 2020 as a National Tier 1 leader for Public Finance Law
  • Recognized by U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2020 as a Metro Tier 1 leader for Public Finance Law in Chicago, Los Angeles, Rochester, and Washington, DC
  • Recognized by U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2019 as a National Tier 1 leader for Public Finance Law
  • Consistently ranked Top 10 in bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, and special tax counsel by Thomson Reuters
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