Getting creative: how P3s can be part of the solution to deliver America’s essential infrastructure
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Allen & Overyhttps://www.allenovery.com/en-gb/global
Allen & Overy is a global law firm that helps the world’s leading businesses to grow, innovate and thrive. For almost a century, we have built a reputation for our commitment to thinking ahead and bringing original solutions to our clients’ most complex legal and commercial challenges.
We are one of a few top-tier international law firms with dedicated private credit capability across all the major US, European and Asia-Pacific markets. We are unmatched in being able to offer our clients expert support on all stages of the lending lifecycle and across the full spectrum of private credit products – including both middle-market and large-cap senior secured financings, revenue and pre-profit deals, first loss / second loss and other super senior structures, second lien / mezzanine, holdco financings, hybrid equity solutions, NAV and other fund financings, real estate, asset finance, special situations, distressed and quasi-distressed matters.
Our clients include performing and distressed credit funds, sovereign wealth funds, bank-affiliated direct lending teams, and a wide range of other alternative capital providers.
We have a strong track record in both the middle-market and large-cap spaces. The strength of our local practices gives us a comprehensive view of the activity and latest deal terms in the markets in which we operate, as well as the challenges our clients may encounter, that few firms can match. In addition, our private credit practice benefits from being able to call on the expertise of product and sector specialists from across our network, including our market-leading syndicated leveraged finance / high yield and restructuring practices and our private equity, fund formation, real estate, infrastructure, regulatory, healthcare and tech sector teams.
Assured Guaranty, the leading provider of U.S. municipal bond insurance and financial guarantees for essential-purpose infrastructure financings, has helped municipalities and public-private partnerships reduce the cost of financing essential public infrastructure for more than three decades, while assuring timely payment of principal and interest to investors in the bonds it guarantees. Assured Guaranty bond insurance can make P3 financings more cost-efficient because it offers investors strengthened security and the potential for greater market liquidity. Investors prize not only the unconditional and irrevocable promise of payment but also Assured Guaranty’s credit selection, underwriting, negotiated terms and surveillance.
Active in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and other developed countries, Assured Guaranty’s project finance experience spans many infrastructure sectors. Among these are roads and highways; rail transportation; electric, water and other utilities; solar energy; public and private schools and colleges; affordable housing; public buildings; prisons; seaports; airports; and stadiums.
For additional information, visit https://assuredguaranty.com/
With a history of legal innovation dating back to the firm’s founding in 1919, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has built a national reputation for capital markets prowess and high-stakes litigation excellence. Cahill’s Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure practice focuses on project development and financings and mergers and acquisition transactions in connection with conventional energy, renewable energy and infrastructure projects in the Americas for project sponsors, developers, banks, institutional lenders, direct lenders and alternative debt providers. In addition, our team focuses on U.S. public-private partnerships for energy, telecommunication, transportation and social infrastructure projects. Our practice leverages off our leading Banking & Finance and Capital Markets practices where we have long been recognized as the leading law firm in leveraged finance and non-investment grade debt securities. The firm is based in New York with additional offices in London and Washington, D.C.
Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary, and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise.
Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, Fitch Solutions, Fitch Learning and Sustainable Fitch. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.
For additional information, please visit fitchratings.com.
John Laing is an international originator, active investor, and manager of infrastructure projects. John Laing has invested in more than 150 projects, including delivering major transportation, social and environmental infrastructure projects procured under public-private-partnership (P3) programs across a range of international markets including North America, the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
Some of our notable North American P3 projects include Denver Eagle (Colorado), I-77 HOT Lanes (North Carolina), Transform 66 (Virginia), I-75 (Michigan), MBTA Automated Fare Collection (Massachusetts), I-4 Ultimate (Florida) and Hurontario LRT (Ontario).
Mazars is a global tax and accounting advisory firm with 30,000 professionals, in 300+ offices, and a presence in 90+ countries. The firm works with clients in a variety of industries ranging from Fashion, Manufacturing and Distribution, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Food and Beverage, and Energy and Infrastructure.
The Energy, Infrastructure & Environment practice at Mazars works with a wide range of clients including project developers, sponsors, financiers and lenders, funds, government agencies, utilities and advisors. We have deep sector expertise across all asset classes, including renewables: battery storage, hydrogen, solar, wind, hydro, and infrastructure: telecoms, social and higher ed, airports, transportation, mining, loil and gas, and more. Our comprehensive service suite includes: Financial Modeling, Model Audit (#1 Model Auditor Globally), Public & Private Training Courses, Tax & Accounting Advisory, Valuations, Transaction Support & Due Diligence, as well as Sustainability & ESG consulting.
Moody’s Investors Service (MIS)https://www.moodys.com/
Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) is a leading global provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. A rating from Moody’s enables issuers to create timely, go-to-market debt strategies with the ability to capture wider investor focus and provides investors with a comprehensive view of global debt markets through our credit ratings and research. Moody’s trusted insights can help decision-makers navigate the safest path through turmoil and market volatility.
Winston & Strawnhttps://www.winston.com/en/
Winston & Strawn LLP is well regarded for its deep and broad experience working on infrastructure transactions, including several award-winning deals and projects. Our practitioners have led on many of the sector’s most complex projects, within aggressive time frames, while employing inventive solutions to help manage risk. Our clients—which include project developers and sponsors, lenders and investors, project owners and operators, governments and their agencies, and other project counterparties—consistently rely on our practitioners’ innovative thinking and deep understanding of the market standards and commercial factors that impact all aspects of infrastructure projects.
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Jillian is a Partner in our Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure (PENRI) group and head of the U.S. China Group in the New York office. Jillian has significant experience representing investors, sponsors, developers and lenders on the acquisition, financing and development of major projects around the world in a wide range of sectors, including airports, rail, power generation (renewable and traditional) and distribution, water, ports and roads. She also has extensive experience advising on the structuring, formation, marketing and financing of private investment funds in the infrastructure, energy, real estate and mining sectors, including representing lenders and funds on subscription line, NAV and hybrid financings for funds. Chambers USA has noted Jillian as “Up and Coming” in PPP market.
Jillian has recently returned to Allen & Overy after serving as an Executive Director with J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Infrastructure Investments Group, where she advised on the legal, compliance and risk aspects of all matters related to the Group’s private infrastructure investment fund, including fund structuring, investor onboarding and global financing and M&A transactions.
As head of the U.S. China Group, Jillian has particular experience advising Chinese clients on their projects in the Americas, and advising US clients on transactions related to China, in close coordination with Allen & Overy’s China offices.
Jillian attended both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, graduating with honors of summa cum laude and magna cum laude. Jillian is fluent in Mandarin.
Amanda leads development and operations in Virginia for end-to-end customer operations―including network enhancements, road operations, maintenance and dynamic pricing―across the Express Lanes.
Amanda has over two decades of experience in both public and private sectors leading, developing, and managing complex transportation and infrastructure projects working directly for the owner agency and as owner’s representative. Proven leader in strategic development, negotiation, commercial/financial close and delivery of Public Private Partnerships (P3) within transportation. Amanda has expertise in policy, planning, design, permitting, implementation, construction and operations of major multimodal surface transportation initiatives.
Amanda is a graduate of George Mason University and currently a EMBA Candidate, Class of 2023, at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
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As the Director of North America Business Development, Ricardo Bosch leads Cintra’s business development and bid development efforts in United States, Canada and Mexico. He has over 20 years of global experience and expertise in developing, structuring and financing PPP projects.
Prior to his current position, he served as Cintra’s Global Head of Project Finance, being responsible for leading the structuring and negotiation of financing for infrastructure projects in North America, Europe and LATAM markets.
Among other deals, Ricardo has led the execution and financing of the $2.7 billion LBJ Express and the $2.1 billion North Tarrant Express Managed Lanes in Texas or the $3.5 billion I-66 Express Lanes in North Virginia.
Ricardo holds a master’s degree in Finance and Management from the University of Exeter in UK. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Chile.
Joshua Broder serves as CEO of Tilson, a national leader in telecom consulting, design, and build services, which under his leadership, has grown from less than 10 employees to over 800, earning a top spot on the Inc. 5000 list for the past twelve years. He is also the founder of Tilson Infrastructure, which develops, owns, and leases back 5G infrastructure including poles, towers, and fiber to carriers nationwide. Josh cut his teeth in leadership as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan designing, building, and operating the communications network for US forces. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and is a graduate of AT&T’s Operation Hand Salute at JFK University with a certificate in entrepreneurial studies. Josh is on the boards of Versant Power, an investor-owned T&D electric utility, VETRO FiberMap, a fiber network mapping software tool, Kleinschmidt Associates, a multi-national engineering firm, The Jackson Laboratory, a global biotech firm, Skowhegan Savings Bank, and INCOMPAS, the competitive carrier association.
Natriece Bryant is the Public Private Partnership (P3) Director for the Department of Personnel and Administration. She oversees the development, construction, planning, design, and expansion for State P3 projects that accommodate some of Colorado’s foundational needs. The project(s) scope includes increased affordable housing, broadband expansion, behavioral health capacity, and child care services. The project work is specific to the utilization of the State’s unutilized and underutilized properties to develop, build, finance, operate, and maintain quality-cost effective public projects that provide economic and social value for Colorado.
She has served as the Deputy Chief Customer Officer for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology where she managed planning, and integration of technology strategies for the State of Colorado.
She has served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs where she oversaw budget, finance, communications, accounting, procurement, executive communications, public relations and outreach for the department. She was also in charge of operationalizing disaster recovery, housing, local government, board of assessment and appeals and property taxation for the State.
She also served as the States’s designee appointed by former Governor Hickenlooper as the Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Chair for the State of Colorado.
She has also worked for the State of Colorado focusing on major governmental policy issues such as financial literacy, marijuana business licensing, and driver’s vehicle license access for undocumented immigrants. Prior to joining State government, she worked at the Denver City Attorney’s Office.
Natriece holds a BA in Communications; Master of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Criminal Justice (MCJ) from the University of Colorado – Denver; and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University.
Julie Burger is a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking, where she serves as Co-Head of Public Finance. Within this role, she is responsible for leading the origination arm of the Municipal Products Group, with a particular focus on transportation, P3 and infrastructure clients. She is a 16 year veteran of the municipal industry, having begun her career at Bank of America in 2007.
Within her current role, Ms. Burger helps oversee the firm’s national P3 practice, where she has led a wide range of P3 financings across multiple products and sectors. During her career, she has helped lead the execution of over $6.0 billion of P3/project financings, including: $1.76 billion for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Major Bridges Project, $160 million for the District of Columbia DC Smart Street Lighting project, $125.0 million for the Gilcrease Expressway Project, $309.1 million for the Miami-Dade County Courthouse P3 Project, $610.3 million for the I-75 Improvement Project in Michigan, $273.9 million for the Port Newark Container Terminal, $2.4 billion for the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building Redevelopment, and $721.4 million for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
Ms. Burger graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Duane Callender manages the Credit Programs Office within the Build America Bureau which houses the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit program and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) credit program. Callender directs a staff responsible for all aspects of underwriting, portfolio monitoring and risk management. Callender oversees a portfolio that encompasses over USD 28bn in Federal credit assistance to intermodal, highway, transit and rail projects totaling more than USD 92bn of infrastructure investment in the U.S. Prior to his current position he held positions in DOT’s Office of Budget and Programs; where he was responsible for oversight of the Maritime Administration budget; in DOT’s Inspector General’s Office and the Budget Office of the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department.
Emeka Chinwuba is a project finance partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and his practice focuses on project development and financing transactions, particularly for renewable energy and infrastructure projects in the Americas. His practice also includes US public private partnerships for transportation and social infrastructure projects, as well as general bank finance transactions, including acquisition financings, investment grade financings and asset-based lending transactions.
Emeka previously worked in the United Arab Emirates advising on the development and financing of renewable energy projects (including offshore wind) in the MENA region and in Europe.
Emeka has also served as a volunteer prosecution attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda located in Arusha, Tanzania, in connection with the trials of genocidaires involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Jensen Clarke is a senior member of the Fengate Infrastructure investment team and is responsible for P3 partnering and project development across Canada and the US. As the firm’s business development and teaming lead, Jensen is focused on a strategic roster of high-profile P3 pursuits across North America. His most recent resume includes the LAX Consolidated Rent-a-Car Facility, Macdonald Block Reconstruction project, Prince George’s County Public Schools project, and Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor Long-Term Care Homes project.
Prior to joining Fengate in 2013, Jensen was a senior member of the transaction finance group at Infrastructure Ontario, a Crown agency with a mandate to build and modernize vital public infrastructure and maximize the value of government-owned buildings and land.
Jensen holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Eimear Connery Heads up Aviation Technical Advisory Services at Infrata. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 18 years' of experience in the industry. She joined Infrata in 2016, from Aecom whom she was with for over 11 years through their legacy companies URS and Scott Wilson, bringing with her, her broad range of airport project experience and skills including master planning, feasibility assessments, due diligence studies, design and monitoring of major airport developments worldwide including on the design of the New Istanbul Airport. Since joining Infrata she has been involved in over 50 transaction projects across all infrastructure classes with her main focus in recent years being airports and the aviation industry. Her remit is a global one from small regional airports to major international transport hubs. Eimear leads Infrata’s LTA services for both the US$9.5 billion, New Terminal One Project at JFK and the US$1.25 billion expansion project at Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima both of which closed in 2022.
Shylene De Jesus currently serves as General Counsel of the Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Authority (P3A), the agency in charge of promoting collaboration between the public and private sectors with the goal of promoting sustainable economic impact, improve public services, and establishing Puerto Rico as a global competitor in infrastructure development. The P3A was recently presented with the Organization of the Year-Public Sector award at the P3 Awards 2021 international awards ceremony.
Through her role in the P3A, Ms. De Jesus is in charge of overseeing all legal processes within the organization, which has a track record in leading large-scale projects in the public-private partnerships (PPP) industry, including the recent transfer into private hands of the operation and maintenance of Puerto Rico’s electric transmission and distribution system, one of the largest remaining public utilities in the United States, in what is considered one of the biggest PPPs in the history of the country.
Prior to joining the P3A in 2021, Ms. De Jesus worked as a litigation attorney in complex commercial litigation, specializing in secured transactions, debt restructuring, creditors rights, and intellectual property. Ms. De Jesus was a partner at Adsuar, Muniz Goyco Seda & Perez-Ochoa, P.S.C. from 2012 to 2021. She also worked at O’Neill & Borges, LLC from 2003 to 2011, where she became partner in 2007. Ms. De Jesus career began in 2001, when she served as clerk for Hon. Baltasar Corrada del Rio, former judge at the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.
Ms. De Jesus graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 2001.
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Mr. Ebie is the CEO and founder of the Phoenix Infrastructure Group, an infrastructure investor based in Washington, DC. He has over fifteen years in infrastructure, municipal finance, and public-private partnerships investment banking and advisory experience. Phoenix, founded in 2015, is one of the few minority-owned infrastructure investor/developers in the United States, and is an investor in the Washington, DC Smart Streetlights System, Charlotte Gateway Train Station, among other regional-defining infrastructure projects.
Prior to founding Phoenix, Mr. Ebie has served as an investment banker and financial advisor on both innovative public-private partnerships (P3s) for transportation, energy social and infrastructure projects across the United States, in projects totaling over $8 billion. Mr. Ebie has also advised commercial, federal, state, and local agencies on developing programs designed towards the analysis and procurement of P3s.
Mr. Ebie holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an JD from Tulane Law School.
Edward is Managing Director for National Bank Financial and Co-Head of US Investment Banking Power, Utilities & Infrastructure. Edward has more than 25 years of infrastructure investment banking and advisory experience in sectors that include water, wastewater, transportation, power/energy, and social infrastructure. Edward’s water-related experience includes: the concession/divestiture of Lower Colorado River Authority’s water assets; Carlsbad Desalination; Rialto Water/Wastewater P3; Enertech Rialto Biosolids Project; San Juan Capistrano Desalination Project; and New Haven WPCA restructuring. Edward held similar leadership positions at Deloitte, BMO Capital Markets, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays. Prior to investment banking, Edward worked for a multi-national consulting firm specializing in large water, wastewater and other environmental-related projects.
Edward has degrees from The Cooper Union (BE), Manhattan College (ME), NYU’s Stern School of Business (MBA). Edward is a CFA charter holder and a licensed professional engineer.
Dr. Morteza Farajian has served as a senior executive leading the Build America Bureau at USDOT (the Bureau) since April 2019. He is responsible for credit programs and loan guarantees (approximately $100 billion in lending capacity and $25 billion in existing portfolio) that support development of large-scale and multimodal transportation infrastructure. The Bureau also promotes innovative project financing solutions and helps state and local governments develop and finance Public-Private Partnership (P3) transactions for transportation facilities.
Prior to this position, Dr. Farajian was serving as acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Office in Virginia. Over a period of 7 years, he led procurement, financing and contract negotiation of multiple multi-modal transportation projects totaling $10 billion in value. Under his leadership, the P3 program in Virginia was reformed to promote competition, engage stakeholders and increases accountability. He established the first strategic program to manage a portfolio of P3 contracts post-procurement totaling $14 billion in project value.
Dr. Farajian is also an entrepreneur who has co-founded a crowd-financing platform that provides local and small investors the opportunity to invest in infrastructure projects as equity or subordinate debt. He has proven experience in successfully leading multi-disciplinary teams and diverse expertise in P3 transaction structuring and negotiation, organizational transformation, business development, public policy, stakeholder management and project planning/finance.
Dr. Farajian has received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Project Management from University of Maryland. He also has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as a board member on ARTBA’s P3 Division and TRB’s Revenue and Finance committee.
Adam is the CEO of the SH130 Concession Company, a toll-road P3 between Austin and San Antonio, Texas, where he oversees the Company’s operations and business development pursuits. He was previously the Company’s CFO and still retains direct oversight of the financial reporting, financing and valuation functions.
Adam has 20 years’ experience and has held leadership roles in some of the largest and most innovative P3 transactions in the world. Adam has worked on executed toll road development and M&A transactions totaling more than US$10 billion and successfully closed more than US$5 billion in infrastructure financing, the majority of which involved creative and complex structures utilizing a variety of US infrastructure funding programs such as TIFIA and Private Activity Bonds.
Before joining SH 130, Adam was a Managing Director with KPMG‘s infrastructure advisory practice based in Washington DC, where he advised public sector clients on their key infrastructure priorities, with an emphasis on surface transportation, street lighting and broadband. Prior to KPMG, Adam held executive roles at Transurban, including Vice President of North American Development and CFO, North America. In addition to leading the development and finance functions, Adam’s responsibilities included a number of Board and Committee positions overseeing the company’s multi-billion dollar express lanes network.
Adam is a registered chartered accountant and holds Commerce and Information Systems degrees from the University of Melbourne.
John Hibbard is the Operations Division Director for Georgia DOT. His responsibilities include the oversight and direction of several Georgia DOT Offices. He’s championed the development of the Department’s statewide communications plan, being implemented at this time. John’s 37-year career includes engagements with several engineering consultancies as well as the public sector.
Jorianne Jernberg is the director of the WIFIA Management Division. In this capacity, she is spearheading the implementation of a Federal infrastructure bank at EPA – overseeing the origination, underwriting, negotiation, and monitoring of water, wastewater, and stormwater projects around the country. Prior to joining EPA, Jorianne served as the head of risk management and financial operations at the TIFIA program within the Department of Transportation where she was responsible for a team conducting a wide range of financial, programmatic, and credit functions.
Jeffrey Lack is a Senior Director in Fitch Ratings’ Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group (GIG) and the group’s analytical lead for North American Public Private Partnership (P3) transactions. He is also the group’s analytical lead for the Austin, TX office and the sector lead for North American airport ratings within GIG covering international gateways, hubs, and regional airports. Jeff has responsibilities for credits spanning airports, availability payments, toll roads, and sports sectors, including P3 transactions. He was named one of The Bond Buyer’s Class of 2020 municipal finance Rising Stars.
Since joining Fitch Ratings in 2011, Jeff has analyzed numerous billion dollar public and private P3s and rated municipal credits such as Atlanta International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, San Francisco International Airport, the Grand Parkway in Texas, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Some examples of his public P3 work include rating both Purple Line light rail project financings in Maryland, the Moynihan Station Redevelopment in New York City, and he was the lead analyst for the single agency rating on the LAX Automated People Mover transaction in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Fitch, Jeff was a Vice President with Alix Partners in its Financial Advisory Services group. Responsibilities included providing litigation consulting and valuation services with a concentration in financial and intellectual property matters. Jeff would complete detailed economic damages analyses in complex commercial disputes and author the correlated expert reports.
Jeff received his BSBA in both Finance and International Business from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating magna cum laude. Jeff grew up playing ice hockey on the East Coast, having the opportunity to compete on the 1980 ‘miracle on ice’ rink in Lake Placid, NY and remains an avid NY Rangers fan. He became a coronavirus groom during the pandemic and is a new dad to his first baby girl.
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John is a Vice President - Senior Credit Officer in Moody’s Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Team covering a diverse portfolio of project financings, publicprivate partnerships (PPPs), and municipal infrastructure issuers in the transportation, energy and social infrastructure sectors. John chairs Moody’s Global PPP Task Force and is the sector lead for US toll roads, PPPs and generic project financings. John authors research across multiple sectors and annually leads several new rating assignments for new PPPs and project financings in the US and Canada. John was selected as one of the Bond Buyer’s 2017 Rising Stars. Before joining the Infrastructure and Project Finance Team in 2010, John spent two and a half years as a lead analyst for local governments and enterprises in the Eastern Regional Local Government Ratings Team where he was the lead for municipal issuers in Pennsylvania and New York while also covering New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida. Prior to joining Moody’s, John worked as a risk management analyst, a property and casualty insurance account manager, and a health care claims auditor. John is a founding member and was the first co-chair of Moody’s NY Multicultural Employee Resource Group and is a founding steering committee member of Moody’s NY LGBTA Employee Resource Group. John earned his BA degree in Health Care Economics and Policy from Stanford University and his MPA in Health Care Public Finance from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Mansi Patel is a Managing Director at MetLife Investments Management in the MetLife Private Capital group. She is the Head of the U.S. Infrastructure and Project Finance debt, responsible for transaction sourcing, origination, underwriting and portfolio management across core infrastructure sectors.
Prior to joining MetLife Investment Management in 2006, Ms. Patel held roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their advisory and consulting tax divisions. She holds a B.S. degree in Statistics and a B.S. degree in Finance from Rutgers College and a M.B.A. in Finance from Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Lorne Potash is a Managing Director at Assured Guaranty based in New York where he isresponsibleforitsProjectFinance/InfrastructurebusinessacrosstheAmericas. Withwiderangingexperience, his transactions involve transportation, social infrastructure and energy projects acrossthe U.S. and Latin America.
Lorne joined Assured Guaranty in 2006 as part of the Structured Finance group where he workedon whole-business securitizations and esoteric asset-backed transactions before working on theacquisition of FSA and transitioning into project finance in 2009. Prior to joining AssuredGuaranty he was with Ambac (New York) and involved with the lease financings of aircraft,rolling stock and electric utilities, Andersen Corporate Finance (New York) where he was involvedwith the financings of energy turbines and Arthur Andersen in Toronto, Curaçao and New Yorkin various capacities.
Lorne has been involved in the financial markets for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degreein Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of WesternOntario in London, Ontario, Canada. Lorne is a CFA charter holder, Certified Public Accountantand member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and Municipal Analysts Group of NewYork.
Amit Rikhy has over 25 years of airport development, investment and management experience and has led over 50 airport projects globally. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of CAG Holdings, LLC, Carlyle Group’s dedicated arm for airport infrastructure development and investment opportunities globally. Under Amit’s leadership, CAG lead the sourcing, structuring, development and financing of the landmark $9.5 billion New Terminal One at JFK — the largest, privately financed aviation infrastructure project ever undertaken in the United States., After closing the transaction in June 2022, Amit is helping transition NTO to new management. During this period, he is responsible for all elements of airline and passenger revenue and customer experience elements for New Terminal One. These include creating and delivering a world-class (Skytrax 5-star) experience for NTO’s airline partners, passengers, retail & catering partners and visitors. At the core of this world-class experience, Amit has also been collaborating with NTO’s stakeholders in spearheading an efficient and scalable operating environment for NTO’s airline partners, implementing frictionless passenger journeys through technology innovation, developing a world-class, New York centric experience in duty free, retailing and catering and designing sustainability into NTO’s commercial operations.
He also serves on the operating board of London Southend Airport in the UK, where he is working closely with airport management to grow passenger traffic, increase and diversify revenues and plan for future development.
Prior to founding CAG, Amit was President and CEO of CCR USA, CCR Group’s international subsidiary, where he served as the lead board director for the transformation of Total Airport Services, an airport services company operating in key US gateway markets, such as LAX, SFO, ORD and EWR. Prior to CCR USA, Amit was Senior VP at Airports Worldwide, where he led the acquisition of TBI Airports and served as a Director on all of AW’s airport boards, including as Chairman of TBI US Operations. In this capacity, Amit worked with each of AW’s portfolio of 10 airport management teams in growing their businesses, through additional air service, non-aeronautical revenue, and efficient operational and capital planning. His experience also includes leading airport development and asset management globally for Vantage Airport Group, where he served as VP, Business Development.
Amit resides in Washington DC and also serves on the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Real Estate/Infrastructure Advisory Board and on the Economics and Finance Committee of the Transportation Research Board.
Jorge Roberts is the CEO of Avports (formerly Pan Am World Services), America’s most experienced airport operator and manager. Avports is wholly owned by WSIP III, an infrastructure investment fund managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Jorge’s global airport management and public-private partnership (P3) development and investment career spans over 15 years, including leading the $150 million New Haven Airport P3 and co-originating the $9.5 billion JFK Terminal One P3.
He is currently a proud Board Member (Advisor) of ACI’s Latin American and Caribbean region, a member of the President’s Advisory Board for NY’s Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, member of A.A.A.E.’s National Leadership Committee, volunteer for the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), and Board Trustee of the University of Washington’s Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program.
He holds an International Airport Professional accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) and ICAO’s airport management program (AMPAP), and two bachelor’s degrees in economics and business from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
David Roy is the Chief Financial Officer for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA), which is responsible for the development, financing and management of toll roads across the state of North Carolina. NCTA owns approximately $3 billion in facilities that are either open and operating or under construction, with an additional $6 billion in various stages of development. Since joining the Authority in 2013, Mr. Roy has been responsible for overseeing all finance, budget, debt and cash management, treasury, audit and financial risk management functions of the Authority. Prior to joining NCTA, Mr. Roy spent seven years in investment banking, serving in various fixed income and valuation risk capacities. Mr. Roy is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with a second major in Economics, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
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Suhrita is the Founder and Principal of Infrastructure Advisors, a platform devoted to development, planning, and financing of infrastructure including the unique multidisciplinary needs of P3s. She advises national and international leadership in public private partnerships in roles as varied as financial advisor, strategic advisor, and technical advisor. Suhrita is an advocate for entrepreneurism, innovation and diversity in infrastructure.
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Pablo Villanueva is the current Manager of the US Operations at Atlas Arteria, leading M&A activities, improving the operational performance and capital structure in P3 projects in North America. Pablo has extensive experience in project finance, having worked on several major complex P3 projects across North & South America, Europe, and Australia from their origination to their operational phase. Prior to joining Atlas Arteria in 2022, Pablo worked at Cintra, where he led the screening and execution of bidding, M&A transactions, capital structure optimization, including issuing bonds, and financial model preparation for Managed Lanes projects. Pablo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Law from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) in Spain.
Jamie Wilhelm oversees ACC’s public-private partnership division and is responsible for all on-campus business development efforts, including our American Campus Equity (ACE) program. Under Jamie's leadership, his team has developed and/or completed more than 75 on-campus transactions totaling approximately 65,000 beds and approximately $6.1 billion in total project cost. These transactions have been completed as third-party, tax-exempt bond finance projects, conventional leasehold mortgages, university general obligation bonds and direct investments under the ACE program.
Prior to joining ACC, Jamie specialized in higher education and related non-profit finance. During an investment banking career that spanned nearly two decades, he participated in the origination of more than $2 billion of debt and derivative transactions for more than 80 higher education institutions and non-profits. He also served as the investment banker for more than $350 million of ACC projects. Jamie joined ACC from RBC’s public finance department where he served as the managing director of the higher education sector. Prior to RBC, he was a managing director with Banc One Capital Markets (currently JPMorgan Capital Markets) and held positions at McDonald & Company Securities (currently KeyBanc Capital Markets) and The Ohio Company (currently Fifth Third Markets). Jamie is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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Jim is a Principal at Rebel, where he focuses on advising federal, state, and local government and private sector entities on the funding, financing, procurement and operation of infrastructure assets. His experience includes Public-Private Partnerships (P3), project financings, municipal financings, project prioritization, benefit-cost analysis, and long-term funding analysis, particularly in the transportation, energy, and social infrastructure (government facilities) sectors. He has over 30 years of experience in US municipal finance, project finance, and management consulting as a financial advisor, investment banker, derivatives marketer, and management consultant. Recently, Jim has worked on transactions and projects for the Miami-Dade Beach Corridor, the University of Houston at Sugar Land, Howard County, MD, and the Clackamas County Courthouse P3, which won the 2022 IJ Global Social Infrastructure P3 Deal of the Year.