We are pleased to announce a four-part webinar series based on developing best practices for US public-private partnerships (P3s). P3s are coming into their own across the US with high expectations as to how federal and state infrastructure funds can be leveraged when partnered with the private sector. Partnerships are complex on a good day and parties often must readjust expectations based on market risk, interest rates, contractor and supply shortages and recognition that risk has to be allocated on a reasonable basis, acceptable to both the private and public sector.

Our series is designed to help smooth the rough edges for parties working on P3 projects in the US by taking into consideration what the UK, UAE and Australia do well and the issues unique to implementation of any P3 project in the US. We hope you will join us for each webinar and that you will feel free to submit questions ahead of time or ask during the webinar.

We are thrilled to announce that Sandra McQuain, CEO of the McQuain Group will moderate each webinar. Her infrastructure experience and quick wit will make for good conversation with our panelists.

Register here.

Best P3 Practices in the UK, UAE, and AU – Takeaways for the US
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Noon – 1:30 pm ET

Karol Denniston, our global projects partner, is excited to welcome Sandra McQuain, James Duckworth and Brent Henderson to our first webinar panel. The panel will cover how public-private partnerships (P3s) are governed and implemented in the UK, UAE, and Australia. The panelists will discuss why the P3 process may be easier than the US experience and highlight some of the differences, including the government’s role, standardized documents, the business case for a P3 and risk allocation vs. risk sharing.

About the Panelists

Sandra McQuain is the founder and CEO of The McQuain Group LLC. She is a passionate advocate for the utilization of the P3 model for building and improving transportation and social infrastructure in the US. Through her media and public relations firm, she provides private and public sector clients with guidance on community engagement strategies for their P3 endeavors. Sandra also serves as director of programs for the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI), is the national master of ceremonies for P3C Media’s seven infrastructure conferences and is a contributing writer to P3 Bulletin, an international publication reporting on P3 projects and trends across the globe. Click here to read more.

James Duckworth is a consultant to the firm’s Infrastructure Group. He specializes in the procurement of international infrastructure projects and has substantial experience of doing so across many sectors, typically on a P3 or project financed basis. He also has substantial experience of advising various governments, in particular in the GCC region on P3 legislative, regulatory and institutional reform. Click here to read more.

Brent Henderson has more than two decades’ experience advising on high-profile and complex construction and infrastructure projects, including those in roads, rail and water. This experience includes advising major contractors and project proponents on their contracting arrangements and project delivery for P3 projects. Click here to read more.

Karol Denniston is a member of the Global Board and the firm’s global projects partner, responsible for our ongoing expansion of global infrastructure projects. Karol is a key component of the firm’s commitment to P3 representations and other infrastructure work in North America and around the world. Karol has a long history in infrastructure finance and development, and has broad knowledge regarding project structuring and financing. She is a deeply experienced restructuring lawyer familiar with righting struggling infrastructure projects and putting them back on track. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Webinars in this Series
P3 Best Practices in the US – State Legislation and Developing US P3 Practices

October 17, 2023
Noon – 1:30 pm ET

  In our second webinar, we look forward to an active discussion on emerging public-private partnerships (P3) practices in the US.

Speakers include Sandra McQuain, Karol Denniston, Natriece Bryant, Greg Johnson, John Thomas, Austin Harrison, Kara-Marie Urban, James Duckworth and Brent Henderson.

P3 Best Practices in the US – Developing Procurement Practices, Documentation and Getting to Financial Close

November 21, 2023
Noon – 1:30 pm ET

  In our third webinar, we look to what it takes to get to a successful and timely financial close.

Speakers include Sandra McQuain, Karol Denniston, Greg Johnson, Scott Rafshoon, Sue Lee and Thomas Sherman.

P3 Best Practices in the US – Dispute Management, Mitigation and Resolution

December 12, 2023
Noon – 1:30 pm ET

  The last webinar in this series focuses on dispute management, mitigation, and resolution.

Speakers include Sandra McQuain, Karol Denniston, Jonathan Taunton, Ann Russo and Graham Thomson.