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Peter W. Denton

Peter W. Denton

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An attorney “with a flourishing railroad practice, considered by clients to be a ‘breath of fresh air’ in the market.” “‘The extremely detail-oriented’ Peter Denton is described as ‘an excellent writer’ by impressed sources.”

Chambers USA

Peter Denton is counsel in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown. Peter has extensive experience in both railroad industry matters and the development and financing of infrastructure projects.

Peter advises railroads and other railroad industry clients on various regulatory and legislative issues, business transactions, arbitrations, court actions, disputes before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), and appeals in federal court. Peter’s clients in the railroad industry have included major Class I railroads, regional and short line railroads, intercity passenger railroads, commuter railroads, public transportation agencies, public authority owners of rail property, rail service providers, rail equipment suppliers, and various financial institutions and funds. Peter assists these clients on the regulatory implications of mergers and acquisitions involving rail carriers or railroad property, on obtaining STB regulatory approval for rail line leases or trackage rights agreements and the construction, abandonment, or discontinuance of service over rail lines, and on a variety of financing transactions. Peter specializes in disputes related to federal preemption of state and local regulation under the ICC Termination Act of 1995 (ICCTA) and on structuring the acquisition of rail property to limit STB jurisdiction. Peter also advises clients on the scope of federal rail safety laws administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and federal rail labor laws administered by the Railroad Retirement Board.

Peter’s infrastructure practice involves advising clients on the innovative financing, delivery, and procurement methods to develop path-breaking infrastructure projects, including major road, bridge, tunnel, railroad, port, and mass transit projects. Peter’s clients on these public-private partnership (P3) projects have included government agencies, private developers, lenders, bond underwriters, and contractors. Peter advises clients on a variety of P3 transaction structures combining some elements of design, construction, financing, operations, and maintenance, including both availability payment and revenue-risk concessions, and both greenfield and existing asset transactions. Peter also counsels clients on federal government financing programs used in infrastructure projects, including TIFIA loans, RRIF loans, and private activity bonds. Additionally, Peter advises clients on federal and state legislative and regulatory matters related to infrastructure projects, including federal surface transportation authorization bills and requirements attached to federal funds.

In 2016 and 2017, Chambers USA named Peter an “Associate to Watch”. From 2014-2018, Super Lawyers named Peter to its Washington DC “Rising Stars” list.

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