Mayer Brown LLP

Projects Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Best known as one of the leading PPP teams in the country. Offers superb representation to numerous public bodies as well as private sponsors and lenders. Highly capable across all major infrastructure areas including roads, ports, airports and general transit, as well as social infrastructure projects. Also provides clients with strong knowledge of the renewables and tax equity space, with particular strength in Latin America. Notable expertise in government subsidies and incentive programs for renewables projects.

Strengths Market commentators note: "They do a really good job in the PPP space, particularly on the sponsor consortium side. They have a very solid core of senior and junior partners."

Sources highlight: "They are very thoughtful in their approach and can act as a bridge between the private and public sectors. They can brainstorm bespoke solutions that are useful for both sides of the table."

Interviewees say: "They are great to work with and very good at what they do. They can turn things around fantastically, even on a tight time line."

One source note: "They are responsive, diligent and pay close attention to detail."

Market commentators report: "They are incredibly thorough, know the industry really well and do a terrific job for their clients."

Work highlights Advised Morgan Stanley and Fortress Investment Group in connection with the issuance of $2.7 billion in surface transportation private activity bonds for the Brightline/Virgin Trains passenger rail project.

Represented Wells Fargo in an approximately $116 million tax equity investment in a portfolio of distributed generation fuel cell projects being developed by Bloom Energy.

Notable practitioners

Barry Machlin
represents a strong choice for banks looking to invest in energy infrastructure. He is equally adept at handling both domestic and international matters.

One source says of
David Narefsky
: "He's a veteran in the field; people respect his input on critical issues." He has depth and breadth of experience in the transportation sector, where he handles PPP matters for a strong roster of clients on both the developer and investor side.

One source says
Eric Pogue
is "extremely practical and a problem solver," while another notes: "He's a good negotiator who takes a targeted and reasonable approach to effectively reach a compromise." He expertly represents renewables sector clients on the development, financing, acquisition and sale of single projects or portfolios.

Jeffrey Davis
has a robust renewables sector practice, where he frequently represents sponsors in tax equity and other forms of structured finance. One source says: "He's very thorough and very knowledgeable on all aspects of tax."

One source says
Joseph Seliga
is "levelheaded and gets deals done effectively," while another highlights: "He is knowledgeable, personable and understands the commercial aspects very well." He is an impressive attorney sought after for his advice on the development and financing of transportation infrastructure. His PPP expertise is frequently looked to by both public sector clients and private investors.

One source says
Nadav Klugman
is "technically very proficient," and another adds: "He comes up with solutions that consider all stakeholder needs. Negotiations go much better because of his constructive, effective approach." He advises clients in the renewables space on project development and portfolio investments, particularly involving solar generation assets.

One source says
Robert Goldberg
is an "efficient lawyer who is enjoyable to work with," while another highlights: "He's very responsive and accessible as well as straightforward and to the point." He has considerable expertise in the financing and development of wind energy projects as part of a broad renewables sector practice.

Stephanie Wagner
is an impressive attorney who handles the financing and development of PPP projects, with a particular focus on transportation infrastructure. One source says she is "very practical, solutions-oriented and works in a collaborative and productive way," while another notes: "She can quote different precedents from other transactions, rather than going back to the book."