Our multidisciplinary Infrastructure team assists major project sponsors, governments, lenders, investors, credit agencies, construction and operating companies to ensure that the inherent challenges in delivering infrastructure projects are successfully overcome, wherever they are across the globe.
Why choose us
Our global perspective and local insights help us to apply the world’s best practice to developing greenfield projects, acquiring assets, investing in, or providing financing for infrastructure projects and managing the associated legal risk.
We provide a fully integrated service across a range of sectors, including:
- Transportation – roads and bridges, toll facilities, airports, sea ports, mass transit and rail transportation, electronic toll collection (ETC) and intelligent transport systems
- Basic Infrastructure – drinking water, wastewater and sewer systems and facilities, defense facilities, communication facilities and solid waste disposal facilities
- Social Infrastructure and Programs – hospitals and health care facilities, schools and educational facilities, governmental facilities, prisons, hotels, hospitality and entertainment, industrial development, museums, and sports and convention facilities
Bringing our experience across the full range of project financing arrangements and project structures (including BOT, BOOT, DBFO and PPP/P3), we can quickly and seamlessly draw on the support and experience of our public finance, construction, corporate, banking, real estate, planning, environmental, taxation, regulatory, competition, intellectual property, public policy and dispute resolution teams around the world, for the benefit of our clients and their projects.
Our clients represent every phase of an infrastructure project. We advise project sponsors, lenders, investors, contractors and subcontractors, operators, public parties and technical advisors on the full life cycle of projects from inception and planning, through to financing, developing and operation, including:
As one of the leading law firms representing the construction, design and engineering industries, we have extensive experience in advising on all aspects of the procurement and construction of major projects internationally. Our lawyers work on complex and high-value projects and are used to developing and implementing innovative solutions to enhance timely project delivery.
We are familiar with the wide range of documents used in the construction of complex projects, including the different Construction contracts (including DB, BOO, BOOT, EPC and EPCM); “Drop down” agreements in PPP/P3 projects; Joint venture and teaming agreements among sponsors, contractors and equity providers and Subcontracts.
Our Corporate practice has extensive experience acting for public and private companies in all areas of corporate activity related to infrastructure projects including structuring, due diligence and acquisitions, private placements, partnership structures, joint ventures and project support. Our team acts for all types of investors and investment companies in the primary and the secondary infrastructure markets.
Whether the financing is from the bank debt market or capital markets, project finance transactions are a core area of our financial services practice. Our expertise covers the entire range of bank debt and bond finance solutions acting for sponsors, commercial lenders, development banks and multilateral agencies. We have financed projects in the primary and secondary markets from straightforward capital lines to multi-tiered, multi-currency, cross-border syndications. Finance specialists in each jurisdiction work as part of the multidisciplinary team bringing their particular local finance expertise to the project including specialized areas such as Public Finance in the US, development bank finance, export credit finance and capital markets expertise across all the offices in which we do business.
Operation and maintenance
We advise clients throughout the life of a project, including in the construction and operational periods, across the full range of issues that might affect an infrastructure project and the entities involved. Examples of the work we do include contractual variations, assisting with benchmarking and market testing processes, efficiency analysis and “red flag” reviews, debt refinancing as well as advising on disputes.
In the US our public finance lawyers use sophisticated tools to achieve client goals including bond offerings, tax increment financing, urban renewal and swaps and other financial derivatives. We are experienced in the financing of every category of public infrastructure including cultural and nonprofit institutions, education and healthcare facilities, sports and entertainment venues, and solid waste, drinking water and pollution control facilities. Whether through public-private partnerships or directly on behalf of governmental bodies and are experienced in identifying the issues and overcoming the challenges in all types of tax driven financing techniques.
One of the key elements of a successful strategy in infrastructure development is a law firm that combines traditional finance and other legal disciplines with an experienced governmental affairs capacity. Governmental approvals of and financial support for public infrastructure are often essential to a successful project undertaking. For many years, we have been widely recognized as one of the preeminent public policy law firms in the United States and around the world. Our collective knowledge of “how government works” derives from the skill and experience of our attorneys and policy advisors, many of whom joined the firm from senior positions in a federal administrative or regulatory agency.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP/P3)
Our PPP experts have worked at the forefront of innovations in the use of public-private partnerships for the delivery of economic and social infrastructure since its inception over 15 years ago. Our clients are looking for the delivery of efficient and flexible outcomes through partnerships between public and private sector participants that deliver value for money and long-term benefits for the public sector. The PPP team span our network and have been involved in the delivery of PPP projects across sectors and using the differing approaches to PPPs adopted in North America, Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia.
For a number of years the team has advised infrastructure funds on acquisitions and disposals in the secondary PPP market. Whilst these transactions tend to be buying or selling equity interests in operational PPP companies, we also advise on schemes still in construction. Over the last couple of years the team has advised on some of the largest secondary market portfolio transactions to date. Significantly, as the secondary market expands out of its traditional base in the UK, we have the capability to bring together the infrastructure, corporate and finance capabilities required to advise clients across the globe but particularly in the growing secondary markets in North America, Western Europe and Australia.
Structuring and Procurement
Infrastructure projects often require a bespoke approach to their structuring and procurement. We have acted on infrastructure projects across the world and bring to our clients the experience of global best practice in procurement, tendering and bidding for projects. Our expertise includes navigating the procurement requirements of regions, countries and different regulatory regimes.
Some recent projects our teams have advised on include:
- USA - US$100 million Chicago Riverwalk Project
- Latin America - the first independently owned power project (IPP) in Mexico
- UK – 35 MW biomass renewable energy project
- Central Europe - all phases of Poland’s A2 Toll Motorway PPP (1st motorway PPP in Poland)
- Middle East - creating and capitalizing a PPP company to own and operate the first tourism destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Africa - Design Build, Operate (DBO) of an oxygen production facility for a Namibian copper manufacturer
- South East Asia - the Changi NEWater Treatment Plant PPP, Singapore
- Australia - AU$2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch, Western Australia
- P3 Bulletin, Design-build renewal slows NY P3 progress, April 9, 2015
- Partnerships Bulletin, Country Watch – Kuwait, April 1, 2015
- Partnerships Bulletin, Playing Politics, April 1, 2015
- The Bond Buyer, Pennsylvania sets precedent with P3 deal for bridges, March 30, 2015
- The Bond Buyer, Spotlight on P3, March 12, 2015
- The Bond Buyer, P3 Opportunities continue to grow, Roddy Devlin and Greg Johnson, March 12, 2015
- Practical Law, US Project Finance: Key Developments and Trends from 2014 and Outlook for 2015, Roddy Devlin, March 2015
- The Wall Street Journal, Neglected Roads and Bridges Take Toll on US Companies, February 23, 2015
- Infra-Americas, Advocates look to push WIFIA program forward, February 9, 2015
- The Bond Buyer, Commentary: Budget Proposes New Tax-Exempt Bond to Boost P3s, Mike Cullers, Roddy Devlin, and Carolyn Walsh, February 6, 2015
- Chicago Tribune, Decaying roads, bridges attract investor interest, February 1, 2015
- Partnerships Bulletin, Growing Pains, February 2015
- Partnerships Bulletin, Chinese New Year, February 2015
- Bloomberg, Decaying US Roads attract funds from KKR to DoubleLine, January 27, 2015
- Practical Law, Market Update: A Review of the US Public Private Partnership (P3) Sector in 2014, Bruce Gabriel and Roddy Devlin, Jan 22, 2015
- Practical Law, Public Private Partnership Legislation: Florida, Roddy Devlin and Barbara Alonso, January 2015
- Infra-Americas, Squire Patton Boggs makes infra hire, November 12, 2014
- Infrastructure Investor, Squire Patton hires transport policy expert , November 11, 2014
- Infrastructure Journal, “The Implications of Indiana,” November 1, 2014
- P3 Bulletin, “New York ‘well placed’ for airport P3s,” October 22, 2014
- Project Finance International, “Indiana Toll Road expected to ignite interest,” October 8, 2014
- P3 Bulletin, “Take me to the river,” September 25, 2014
- InfraAmericas, “Miami water treatment plant to study value for money,” August 27, 2014
- InfraAmericas, “US market sees social infrastructure gaining steam,” August 13, 2014
- P3 Bulletin, “WIFIA backed despite funding concerns,” August 7, 2014
- Private Funds Management, “Firm announces transportation, infrastructure, and local government practice leadership,” July 29, 2014
- InfraAmericas, “Squire Patton Boggs names group co-chairs,” July 28, 2014
- P3 Bulletin, “One way street,” July 1, 2014
- InfraAmericas, “Obama signs water resources legislation,” June 11, 2014
- P3 Bulletin, “US eyes San Fran research facility P3,” June 11, 2014
- Infrastructure Investor, “Far behind the curve,” June 2014
- Project Finance International “Global Infrastructure Report: US P3 Sector – Developing Trends in an Emerging Market,” Roddy Devlin and Greg Daniels, June 2014
- InfraAmericas, “When P3 legislation is not enough,” May 28, 2014
- The Florida Bar International Law Section, “Barbara Alonso selected as one of ‘Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers’,” May 8, 2014
- InfraAmericas, “Miami-Dade to meet with bond counsel on P3,” April 23, 2014
- Practical Law, “Market Update: US Public Private Partnership (P3) Sector,” Barbara Alonso, Gregory Daniels, and Roddy Devlin, April 15, 2014
- Practical Law, “US Project Finance: Key Developments and Trends from 2013 and the Outlook for 2014,” Roddy Devlin, Spring 2014
- P3 Bulletin, “Commentary: New Kid on the Block,” Roddy Devlin of Squire Sanders,” Spring 2014
- The Bond Buyer, “Commentary: N.Y. State Budget Omits P3s and Design-Build Procurement,” Roddy Devlin and Gregory Daniels, April 11, 2014
- Debtwire Municipals, “Private Placement investors eye P3 pipeline,” April 11, 2014 (Also covered in InfraAmericas)
- P3 Bulletin, “New York plots transport P3s as social deals stall,” April 10, 2014
- International Project Finance Association, “IPFA Poland Branch Council Announced,” April 9, 2014
- The Bond Buyer, “Debate continues about how to pay for worn out infrastructure,” April 4, 2014
- The Bond Buyer, “The Changing Face of P3,” March 24, 2014
- InfraAmericas, “Pennsylvania sees P3s as bridge to better infrastructure,” March 24, 2014
- P3 Bulletin, “Commentary: New Kid on the Block,” Roddy Devlin, March 21, 2014
- Project Finance International, “Institutional debt set for P3 refis,” February 12, 2014
- Project Finance International, “Devlin to Squire Sanders,” February 12, 2014
- The American Lawyer, “The Churn,” February 11, 2014
- Infrastructure Investor, “Squire Sanders adds new lawyer to P3 practice,” February 10, 2014
- The Bond Buyer, “Squire Sanders Hires Devlin in P3 Build out,” February 7, 2014
- InfraAmericas, “Squire Sanders makes P3 hire,” February 7, 2014
- Reuters, “Career Tracker – Lawyers on the Move,” February 6, 2014
- Infrastructure Journal, “Squire Sanders makes P3 infra appointment,” February 5, 2014
- InfraPPPWorld, “Squire Sanders adds Roderick Devlin as P3 Counsel in New York,” February 5, 2014
- PPP Bulletin International, “Super Powers,” October 1, 2013
- PPP Bulletin International, “Aussie infra to get federal injection,” September 11, 2013
- PPP Bulletin International, “Super funds to play lead role in Aussie PPPs,” September 2, 2013
- PPP Bulletin International, “Bold outlook for Western Australian PPPs,” August 15, 2013
- PPP Bulletin International, “Financing for the bigger picture,” April 12, 2013