Firm also advises on transaction that wins “Projects Grand Prix” and “Best Road Project” awards

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, won the Silver Award in the “Best Legal Adviser” category of the Partnerships Awards 2014, an annual awards series hosted by Partnerships Bulletin and PPP Bulletin International that recognizes outstanding contributions to the forward progress of public-private partnerships (PPPs) around the globe. The “Best Legal Adviser” category honors excellence among legal advisers in the delivery of PPP projects and programs in 2013.

Mayer Brown partners John Schmidt and David Narefsky accepted the honor at the Partnerships Awards ceremony in London on June 5, which was attended by more than 750 individuals from investment firms, operators, financial advisors, law firms and others active in the PPP world. At the awards banquet, the publication noted Mayer Brown’s “key role in opening up the US market to PPP activity in major transactions.”

Mayer Brown also provided legal counsel on the US Ohio River Bridges Project – East End Crossing deal, which received the prestigious “Projects Grand Prix” award and was also named “Best Road Project.” Mayer Brown represented WVB East End Partners as sponsors’ counsel on WVB’s public-private partnership with the Indiana Finance Authority to fund the project. The financing for the toll bridge and roadway was achieved through the sale of more than $675 million in tax-exempt private activity bonds, the largest issuance to date of surface transportation private activity bonds (PABs) under authorizing legislation enacted in 2005. The team included partners David Narefsky, Joseph Seliga, Joanna Horsnail, George Miller and John Lawlor, counsels Richard Ziegler and Joseph Organ, and associates Stephanie Wagner, Mitchell Holzrichter  and Sandy Zhang.

Partnerships Bulletin is a UK-based monthly magazine and PPP Bulletin International is an affiliated subscription news website, both of which provide in-depth updates on international PPP legislation, regulation and partnerships between the public and private sector to procure, build and manage public infrastructure.