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Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

Creating public-private partnerships that matter.

Husch Blackwell structures public-private partnership (P3) transactions for critical infrastructure projects that fuel growth and serve lasting public needs. Our experienced team deftly navigates the span of P3 project delivery, from team formation to initial feasibility analysis and beyond project completion. 

We draw from a deep appreciation of how complex political dynamics can drive high-stakes outcomes for P3 projects that may coalesce over years rather than months. From airports to higher education campus facilities, and from wastewater facilities to courthouses, our P3 team is adept at balancing the public and private sector interests that must come together to make a P3 delivery successful. 

Husch Blackwell professionals recognize that P3s are not a magic bullet for infrastructure challenges – but when structured correctly, for the right projects, they are an ideal vehicle for driving success. We work closely with financial and technical advisors to help both private and public sector clients structure partnerships that unlock innovation, harness efficiencies, and reduce life cycle costs, while accessing capital that makes these significant infrastructure projects a reality.

Our guidance to clients in the public-private partnership (P3) sector includes:

  • Contracts for design, development and construction
  • Dispute resolution
  • Financing model evaluation
  • Governmental affairs
  • Insolvency protection
  • Legal structuring
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Performance specifications
  • Procurement
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • Real property acquisitions
  • Risk analysis
  • Third-party analysis
Case Study
Hunt Development Group

Our P3 team assisted the client in crafting a winning bid to develop a 430,000-square-foot civil and family courthouse facility to replace the Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse.

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Garney Construction

We represented the project lead in the Vista Ridge project, the largest water infrastructure P3 in the United States.

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Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District

The owner of T-Mobile Park turned to Husch Blackwell to strike a new agreement with the Mariners.

Representative Experience

  • Advised Midwestern university seeking to build new facilities on P3 finance structuring in light of barriers in the state’s enabling legislation. Utilizing a P3 delivery method enabled the development, financing, construction, and operation of an academic integrated science facility, a student union, 1,200 beds of student housing in three buildings, a dining center, and approximately 2,000 parking spaces. The project also includes a central utility plant and the necessary utility and transportation infrastructure to support the project.
  • Advised Wisconsin Center District on creation of a public-private partnership to develop, finance, own, and operate a new $524 million arena for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. We created the arrangement in which the principal parties equitably shared the liability and benefits of the private-public venture. By the end of the negotiations, the Wisconsin Center District obtained annual rent of $1 million, escalating each year, and one of the strongest non-relocation agreements in professional sports.
  • Helped Denver’s Regional Transportation District structure a public-private partnership of CDOT and RTD funds, developer equity, historic tax credits, and construction financing in order to redevelop Union Station. The station houses Denver’s AMTRAK station, a 110-room hotel, restaurant and retail space, and a 12,000-square-foot great hall.
  • Structured P3 arrangement and negotiated primary agreements for design, development, funding, and use of new $477 million, publicly-owned arena for the city of Sacramento and the NBA’s Kings.
  • Negotiated complex P3 development agreement for construction of a $60 million ballpark and long-term lease with the city of El Paso, Texas on behalf of MountainStar Sports Group in its acquisition of the Tucson Padres.
  • Assisted the Texas Infrastructure Council with drafting new legislation to create the P3 Center of Excellence, enabling greater use of the underutilized financing potential of P3s created by the Texas Legislature to address public infrastructure needs.
  • Crafted the P3 for the multiuse Arts District Garage parking facility in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Serving as grantor’s counsel for Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency in a potential Design Build Finance Operate Maintain (DBFOM)-P3 approach to build the Unified Southern Sarpy Wastewater System, a sanitary sewer system to serve the southern portion of Sarpy County.
  • Represented Northwestern University in an energy P3 for the campus. Negotiated a master energy-as-a-service agreement that provides for multiple service agreements on behalf of the private university, which provides for long-term energy savings, a green campus initiative.
  • Represented energy company as local counsel in a public-private partnership where client acquired a license and operating rights to the on campus electric utility system of a university.
  • Advised both private sector and higher education clients on using P3 delivery models for development of higher education facilities, including student housing and energy districts.
White Papers | March 07, 2023
2023 Public-Private Partnership Trends Report

Exploring what is possible through P3s when the spotlight is squarely on rethinking and rebuilding infrastructure in the U.S.

Legal Updates | November 15, 2021
President Biden Signs Infrastructure Package into Law
Articles | May 28, 2021
The Future of Texas Infrastructure
Articles | January 28, 2019
Inside Higher Ed: A Few Lessons About Public-Private Partnerships

As many institutions look to public-private partnerships as a financing solution for their biggest and most important projects, Charles G. Renner describes a few of the ins and outs.

Webinar | October 28, 2020
Pre-Election Webinar Series - Election 2020: Defining the Stakes

Pre-Election Webinar Series

News Releases | November 11, 2019
Kevin Kelley Named as 2019 Sports & Entertainment Law Trailblazer by National Law Journal

Kelley was recognized for his participation in some of the most high-profile sports facilities deals of the past decade.

News Releases | July 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Named as Finalist for P3 Awards 2019

The competition covers firms and projects throughout North and South America.

News Releases | March 11, 2019
Husch Blackwell P3 Report and Survey Document Growing Appeal of Public-Private Partnerships

Husch Blackwell's second report on public-private partnerships show decision-makers' increased confidence in the use of P3 agreements.

News Releases | February 05, 2019
Nikelle Meade Named to Austin Black Business Journal Top 10 Central Texas Lawyers

Nikelle Meade, partner in Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate & Development Group, has been named a 2019 Top 10 Central Texas Lawyer by the Austin Black Business Journal.

Media Mentions | February 04, 2019
Texas Lawyer Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 4 (log-in required)

Texas Lawyer reports on three new attorneys joining the Houston office of Husch Blackwell.

News Releases | January 28, 2019
Husch Blackwell Adds Three Partners in Houston

Robert Eckels, Arturo Michel and Sandy Hellums-Gomez join the Houston office of Husch Blackwell.

Media Mentions | January 28, 2019
Texas Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Adds 3 Partners to Houston Public Law Team

The lateral hires include former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, former Houston City Attorney Arturo Michel and governance and compliance lawyer Sandy Hellums-Gomez.

Media Mentions | December 12, 2018
Urban Milwaukee: Can Public-Private Deals Help County?
Media Mentions | October 26, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: See Kansas City's Best of the Bar for 2018

Four Husch Blackwell attorneys were selected to the Kansas City Business Journal's 2018 "Best of the Bar."