Daniel A. Mathews

Dan Mathews,

a partner in the New York office and co-chair of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure Group, represents sponsors, lenders and investors in the development, construction and financing of complex infrastructure projects and the acquisition and sale of projects and companies in the infrastructure sector.

Mr. Mathews is one of the leading experts on the structuring and documenting of Public-Private Partnerships in North America and has been involved in many of the U.S. PPP transactions that have achieved financial close over the past several years. He “not only has all the technical knowledge but also the innovation and work ethic to make him stand out” and is “the first guy you would pick for PPP deals,” according to Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Through more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Mathews has acted as lead counsel in numerous project financings, acquisitions, divestitures, privatizations and restructurings in the United States and abroad. These transactions have involved, among other assets, toll roads, airports, port facilities, generation assets (including large-scale gas-fired and coal facilities, as well as wind, geothermal and other renewable facilities), transmission lines, telecommunications infrastructure, water and waste facilities, and companies owning portfolios of infrastructure assets. He also has significant experience in corporate and asset acquisitions and divestitures and other investment-related transactions, debt restructurings and commercial finance.

The following are some of his notable recent engagements.

The sponsors for the I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes Project in Virginia, financed in part by tax-exempt private activity bonds and by a TIFIA Loan (2012).
The senior bank lenders for the Presidio Parkway Project in California, financed in part by a TIFIA Loan (Project Finance Magazine 2012 “North American PPP Deal of the Year” Project Finance International 2012 “Americas P3 Deal of the Year”).
The sponsors for the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Freeway Extension Project in Virginia, financed in part by tax-exempt private activity bonds and by a TIFIA Loan (Project Finance Magazine 2012 “North American Toll Road Deal of the Year”).
The senior bank lenders in connection with the restructuring of loans and bankruptcy involving the owner and operator of a toll road on State Route 125 South running south from San Diego to the Mexican border, and the subsequent sale of the project (2012).
The sponsors for a concession granted by the Regional Transportation District for the construction, financing and operation of a commuter rail network for the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area (Euromoney “Project Finance Deal of the Year” - 2011 “Americas Transport Deal of the Year,” and The Banker magazine 2011 “Infrastructure and Project Finance Deal of the Year”), financed in part by tax-exempt private activity bonds.
The underwriters for the tax-exempt private activity bond financing for the North Tarrant Express Facility in Texas, the first PPP project in the United States financed by unwrapped bond debt (2009).
The sponsors for the development, construction and financing of the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes in Virginia, involving the largest private equity investment to date in a U.S. greenfield toll road project and the first use of tax-exempt private activity bond financing for a transportation facility under authorization granted by the 2006 federal transportation act (Project Finance Magazine 2008 “Americas’ Overall Project Finance Deal of the Year” and 2008 “North American Bond Deal of the Year” Infrastructure Journal 2008 “Transportation Deal of the Year”; and The Bond Buyer 2008 “Non-Traditional Deal of the Year”).
The senior bank lenders for the financing of the construction and operation of the SH130 Toll Road Project in Texas, the first major greenfield PPP in Texas (Project Finance Magazine 2008 “North American Toll Road Deal of the Year”).
An infrastructure fund in the acquisition and financing of port terminal facilities in the United States (2007).
A bank syndicate for the financing of acquisition and operation of the largest portfolio of FBO airport facilities in the United States (2007).
The sponsor for the acquisition and financing of the Pocahontas Parkway in Virginia (International Financial Law Review 2006 “Americas’ Project Finance Deal of the Year”) and for the TIFIA refinancing of term debt and financing of an expansion of the project (2007).
A bank syndicate for the financing of the Indiana Toll Road concession and lease transaction (Project Finance Magazine 2006 “Americas’ Overall Project Finance Deal of the Year” and 2006 “North American Transport Deal of the Year”).
A bank syndicate for the financing of the acquisition and operation of the Hawaiian State gas distribution utility (2006).
A bank syndicate for the financing of the Chicago Skyway concession and lease transaction (Project Finance Magazine 2004 “North American Transport Deal of the Year”) and of mandated lead arrangers for subordinated debt placement upon the bond financing (International Financial Law Review 2005 “Project Finance Deal of the Year”).
The financial insurer for the bond financing of a portfolio of U.S. and Canadian toll bridges, tunnels and roads (2006).

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Energy & Infrastructure, 2) Public Private Partnerships, 3) Infrastructure, 4) Transportation Finance and 5) Japan
Law School J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1975
Education A.B., Occidental College
Bar Member / Association State bar of New York
Most recent firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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