Infrastructure and Transportation > Public Private Partnerships

A demonstrated ability to assess the political landscape, reach out to key decision makers and advise on regulatory requirements means Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s public private partnerships (PPP) practice adds significant value to the transportation and other infrastructure projects on which we advise. Our professionals assist with structuring and securing financing and expediting the project development process, all while providing general legal and strategic counsel. We deliver a team with knowledge and experience tailored precisely to the needs of the client and the project.

Our PPP practice is led by our global project finance lawyers who team regularly with lawyers and policy advisors throughout the firm to ensure that every discipline required to complete a successful project contributes toward that end. Our global project finance practice has extensive domestic and international experience with governments and regulators and represents clients involved in transportation, construction and other development projects. Drawing on these resources, our project finance lawyers engage in complex projects by diffusing political risk, addressing the interests of diverse stakeholders, resolving regulatory hurdles, ensuring that the project development is bankable and creating innovative financing structures. The capabilities of our PPP practice are highlighted below.

  • Transactional, Financing and Projects. Our lawyers represent clients during all phases of the PPP process, from the initial concept to the bid process, to permitting and construction, and, finally, financing of the project.
  • Legislation and Lobbying. Our public law and policy practice provides full-service representation by helping clients assess the political landscape for a project and develop strategies for securing the necessary support at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Government Contracts. Our government contracts lawyers regularly advise our domestic and international clients on contracting with all levels of government.
  • Environmental Permitting and Approvals. Our firm’s environment and land use practice advises public- and private-sector clients on compliance with the environmental laws that are a critical component of the federal and state approval process for transportation and other major infrastructure projects.
  • Transportation Laws and Regulations. Our firm’s transportation practice advises clients on compliance with Department of Transportation regulations applicable to PPPs.
  • Tax. Our lawyers have developed effective tax strategies for a range of clients including multinational corporations, banking institutions, foreign taxpayers and those involved in cross-border transactions.

Our PPP practice draws upon lawyers and policy advisors that have direct experience with a wide range of infrastructure projects in the United States and worldwide.

  • Construction Law. The lawyers in our construction practice represent geographically diverse public- and private-sector clients on a wide range of issues related to the development of major infrastructure projects.
  • Transportation Projects. We focus primarily on major projects that involve federal funding and/or federal permits or approvals, including highways, toll roads, bridges, airports, intermodal facilities and transit projects.
  • Military and Homeland Security Projects. Our national security practice includes a distinct range of former federal policymakers and oversight committee members whose combined experience guides clients seeking counsel on military and homeland security infrastructure projects, including housing, research facilities and development at and around military bases.
  • Energy Projects. The firm has a sophisticated, diverse and full-service energy law practice, encompassing project development, transactional and regulatory matters.
  • Public-sector Projects. Lawyers involved in the firm’s PPP practice have significant experience representing public sector clients, which is critical for private sector partners who must evaluate the federal laws and regulations applicable to a project to assess whether a public private partnership is financially viable.