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Nossaman LLP

Stephanie Kam

Associate

T 213.612.7867
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Stephanie is a corporate and commercial lawyer who has advised public and private sector organizations on secured transactions and issues of corporate governance, corporate law, securities law, and public-private partnerships.  In addition to assisting with incorporations, Stephanie has negotiated joint development agreements and prepared legal documentation for a landmark US-Canada cross-border class action concerning misrepresentation in the secondary capital market.

Before joining Nossaman, Stephanie was a member of the Legal Services department of Export Development Canada, where she was responsible for reviewing debt securities offerings and structuring limited recourse and senior secured transactions in various countries for assets ranging from personal and real property to aircraft and drilling rigs.

Stephanie has counseled a number of public agencies on the legal feasibility of infrastructure projects and public-private partnership procurement.  Federal and state governments around the world have relied on her global experience with their most critical infrastructure and transportation initiatives.

Representative Work

  • Illinois Department of Transportation – South Suburban Airport Project. Member of the legal team helping the Department procure a contractor to develop a new airport in the Chicago metropolitan area, which is currently approved to have a 9,500-foot runway.  The initial phase of the project is projected to cost roughly $700 million.  The Department is in the process of acquiring right of way and developing procurement and contracting strategies for the 5,800-acre airport.  Ms. Kam’s services include reviewing the enabling legislation and preparing a memorandum on the P3 procurement process.
  • California High-Speed Rail Authority – Fresno-to-Bakersfield Segment. Member of the legal team advising on key elements of the first phase of a planned 800-mile, $68 billion high-speed train system connecting the state’s major urban centers.  Among many assignments, Nossaman has assisted in drafting procurement and contract documents and overseeing the award of a nearly $1 billion design-build contract to a Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture for the first 29-mile civil works section between Madera and Fresno, as well as a $1.37 billion design-build agreement with a Dragados/Flatiron consortium to develop the next 60-mile civil works segment south of Fresno – both at prices well under engineer’s estimates.  Nossaman also has advised the Authority regarding procurement of trainsets and the feasibility of using a P3 approach to project delivery.  We have assisted the agency on a wide range of other legal issues, including Surface Transportation Board approvals for the project and state and federal environmental permitting.  Ms. Kam advised on the procurement of facilities relating to the electrification of the high-speed train system.

  • Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCAs) – Orange County Public Toll Roads.  Member of the legal team advising these agencies on all aspects of planning, developing and operating their toll road system since 1990.  The TCAs were formed by the California Legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s public toll road system.  The system was primarily financed with proceeds from toll revenue bonds, reducing the need for taxpayer investment in roadway development.  Nossaman advised on all of TCA’s contracts, including more than $2 billion in design-build contracts and operation and maintenance contracts for toll roads, facilities and systems.  Ms. Kam’s assignments have included legal research as well as review of procurement and contract documents for compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Philippine National Railways and Department of Transportation – North-South Railway Project South Line. Primary member of the technical team that advised on the largest P3 project ever tendered by the Government of the Philippines.  The $3.8 billion DBFOM project is based on an availability and revenue payment based model and has been highlighted by the World Bank as one of 15 key projects for ASEAN connectivity.  Comprised of a 56km commuter line, 478km long-haul line, and two long-haul line extensions totaling 175km, the NSRP South Line is expected to be the sole rail backbone connecting Metro Manila to currently underserved areas in Southern Luzon and will also provide a link to Metro Manila’s existing urban rail systems, bus rapid transit, and integrated transport system.  Ms. Kam participated in one-on-one meetings with potential bidders, attended the lenders’ conference, and assisted with the drafting of procurement and contract documents.

  • Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Burundi, and the United Republic of Tanzania – Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati Railway Project. Leader of the legal team that advised on the construction of a new international standard gauge railway, which will largely run parallel to the existing meter gauge railway between Dar es Salaam to Isaka and provide a new rail link between the 3 countries, connecting Isaka with Kigali and Keza with Musongati.  The $5.2 billion railway line is approximately 1,661km and is expected to unlock the vast mineral resources in the hinterland by providing lower transport costs to the port of Dar es Salaam.  Ms. Kam researched and prepared memoranda for the Rwanda Transport Development Agency and drafted procurement and contract documents for the Tanzanian segments between Dar es Salaam and Isaka.

  • Kenya National Highways Authority – Nairobi Southern Bypass Toll Road. Primary member of the legal team for the concession of the operation and maintenance of one of the first toll roads in Kenya consisting of a 4-lane dual carriageway is 28.6km in length, with 12km slip roads and 8.5km service roads.  The NSB has been identified as a high priority by the Government of Kenya to alleviate traffic congestion in its capital and the second largest city in East Africa.  The project will be procured under a P3 model whereby the concessionaire receives a blend of both availability and revenue payments.  Ms. Kam’s services included reviewing enabling legislation, assessing project risk, and producing procurement and contract documents.

  • Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development – Concession of 33 Silo Complexes in Nigeria. Leader of the legal team that advised on the concession of the operation and maintenance of 33 grain silo complexes ranging from 11,000 to 100,000 metric tons with a total combined storage capacity of 1.3 million metric tons.  These silo complexes have acted as storage infrastructure of the Strategic Grains Reserve Department to minimize post-harvest losses and provide the first line of defense during food crises.  The project will be procured under a P3 model whereby the concessionaire leases the facilities under an affermage contract that is renewable after 10 years. Ms. Kam’s services included producing the procurement and contract documents.
  • Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation – Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro Project. Key member of the legal team for the design and construction of a 750MW hydroelectric power station.  The project will increase electricity production in the country by 38% and address the growing demand for electricity in the country.  The EPC contract was awarded to Sinohydro Corporation in 2015 and is being financed by the Zambian government and foreign financial institutions including the Exim Bank of China.  Ms. Kam reviewed the enabling legislation and assessed the project risks.

  • CPCS Development International Ltd – Jigawa Solar Park. Primary member of the legal team for the development of an 80MW AC grid connected solar PV project that will provide clean power to over 200,000 households and a stable source of electricity to enable economic development.  Following the signing of a 20 year power purchase agreement with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, the project company entered into a joint development agreement with Scatec Solar.  The project is expected to reach financial close in 2017 and commercial operations in 2018.  Ms. Kam acted as general counsel on all legal matters arising from the project, including drafting and negotiating contract documents.

  • Export Development Canada – BioAmber Sarnia. Key member of both the legal and underwriting teams acting for the lead lender of a CA$20 million commercial project finance facility.  The limited recourse non-revolving term loan was used to complete the construction of the world’s largest bio-based succinic acid production facility and fund its startup and commissioning.  The Sarnia plan is a joint venture with Mitsui & Co. and is unusual in that it uses sugar instead of fossil fuel to produce a building block chemical for a variety of products.  Ms. Kam assisted with the negotiation of credit documents and developed a cash flow model to validate financial projections and evaluate coverage ratios using sensitivity analysis.

Stephanie  Kam
Stephanie  Kam

Practices

Education

J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 2011

B.Sc., University of Toronto, 2007

Admissions

Admitted only in New York, Ontario, as well as England and Wales

Professional Affiliations

Forum for International Trade Training

Organization for Women in International Trade

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