Nossaman LLP

Yukiko Kojima

Partner

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Los Angeles, CA 90017

Yukiko Kojima primarily represents public agencies on large-scale infrastructure projects delivered in the United States through innovative project delivery methods such as PPP and design-build.  She also represents private-sector participants on select projects.

Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Kojima was a partner in a leading PPP practice of a Canadian law firm in Vancouver and Tokyo.  At this firm, she acted on behalf of successful and shortlisted bidders on numerous award-winning PPP projects in Canada.  She also was named a "Leading Expert – Project Finance (Japan)" by Global Law Experts in 2010.

As a result of her experience in Canada's mature PPP market, Ms. Kojima brings a unique level of experience with the PPP model – particularly in the area of social infrastructure PPPs.  She takes an active role in Nossaman's social infrastructure PPP practice initiatives, and co-authored Nossaman's model social infrastructure PPP legislation.

Prior to focusing on PPPs, Ms. Kojima practiced mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate/commercial law at top-tier firms in the United States and Canada.  She represented corporations and financial advisers in connection with high-value public and private business combination transactions, as well as national and multinational businesses on a broad range of corporate and lending matters.

Ms Kojima speaks to industry and professional organizations on the use of PPP projects to finance and deliver high-priority transportation and social infrastructure projects.  She also contributes her insights on emerging developments to the Firm's Infra Insight blog.

Ms Kojima is conversationally fluent in Japanese.

Representative Work

  • University of California – Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project.  Key member of the Nossaman team advising the Regents of the University of California in connection with the procurement of the UC Merced 2020 Project, which involves the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of academic, administrative, research, recreational and residential buildings and associated infrastructure. The project will be located on approximately 219 acres, which includes portions of the existing 104-acre campus, and involves up to 1.85 million square feet of new facilities.  Nossaman's services include assisting with structuring the procurement, drafting and finalizing procurement and contract documents, and developing the evaluation process.
  • RATP Dev McDonald Transit – Integrated Premium Transit Project.  Lead attorney representing a member of a consortium shortlisted on the District of Columbia Department of Transportation Integrated Premium Transit Project.  The project involves the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a single-operator streetcar system in Washington, D.C.  The project includes 22 miles of dual/single-track fixed-guideway, related equipment and facilities, and potentially up to 15 additional miles of track, as well as operation and maintenance of all local bus services within the District.  DDOT released an RFQ in January 2014 and shortlisted bidders in October 2014.
  • Florida Department of Transportation – I-4 Ultimate Project.  Key member of the Nossaman team representing FDOT in the development and negotiation of contract and procurement documents for the $2.1 billion project.  The project involves the reconstruction and widening of 21 miles of the I-4 in Orange and Seminole Counties, including reconstruction of 15 major interchanges, 71 bridge replacements, 56 new bridges and the addition of four tolled express lanes.  The project is being procured as a PPP, through a 40-year DBFOM concession agreement, and is only the fifth highway PPP in the United States to adopt an availability payment structure.  A best value proposer was selected in April 2014 and commercial and financial close were achieved in September 2014.

    In 2014, Project Finance International named the project "Americas Transportation Deal of the Year."

  • New York State Thruway Authority – Tappan Zee Bridge.  Key member of the Nossaman team serving as procurement and contracting counsel to replace a three-mile-long cantilever span, said by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be the state's single most pressing infrastructure need.  NYSTA awarded a $3.1 billion design-build contract to Tappan Zee Constructors to replace the Tappan Zee with a cable-stayed, dual-span bridge to last the next 100 years.  The project is the first design-build project undertaken by NYSTA and the nation's largest to date.  Construction began in 2013.  The first span of the new bridge is scheduled to open in 2016, and the complete bridge is scheduled to open in 2018.
  • Texas Department of Transportation – Statewide Toll System Integration and Maintenance Agreement.  Lead member of the Nossaman team advising TxDOT on the procurement for the Statewide Toll System Integration and Maintenance Agreement.  TxDOT sought a single provider to develop, install, integrate, test and maintain all of its open-road tolling and cash collections systems throughout the state.  The procurement began in 2011 and the agreement was awarded to TransCore in April 2012.
  • Canadian PPPs.  Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Kojima represented private sector bidders/concessionaires on numerous transportation and social infrastructure PPP projects, including:
    • Canada Line Rapid Transit Project.  Primary member of the team that advised InTransit BC Limited Partnership in its successful bid on the Cdn $2 billion Canada Line rapid transit project connecting downtown Vancouver with Vancouver International Airport and the City of Richmond.  Ms. Kojima also acted as lead external counsel to InTransit BC following financial close on all legal matters arising in connection with the project.  In 2005, the project was named "North American Transport Deal of the Year" by Project Finance Magazine and "Infrastructure Deal of the Year-Americas" by PFI Magazine.  In 2010, it was named by Infrastructure Journal as one of the 100 most innovative and socially significant infrastructure projects in the world.
    • Golden Ears Bridge Project.  Primary member of the team that advised the successful proponent bidding on the Cdn $1 billion Golden Ears Bridge Project in Vancouver.  The project won numerous awards, including 2006 "North American PPP Deal of the Year" from Project Finance Magazine and "North American Deal of the Year" from PFI Magazine.  In 2007, the project was named Infrastructure Journal's "Global Deal of the Year."
    • Quinte Consolidated Courthouse Project.  Primary member of the team that advised the successful proponent bidding on the design-build-finance-maintain availability payment concession for the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse Project in Belleville, Ontario.
    • Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre Expansion Project.  Primary member of team that advised the successful proponent bidding on the design-build-finance-maintain availability payment concession for the Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre Expansion Project in Surrey, British Columbia.  In 2011, this project received the Canadian Counsel for Public-Private Partnerships "Gold Award for Project Financing."
    • Kicking Horse Canyon Highway Project.  Primary member of the team that advised the successful proponent bidding on the Cdn $130 million Kicking Horse Canyon highway project in Vancouver.
    • Calgary Ring Road Project.  Primary member of the team that advised the successful proponent bidding on the Cdn $650 million Calgary Ring Road Project.
    • Forensics Services and Coroners Complex Project.  Primary member of the team that advised the successful proponent bidding on the Forensics Services and Coroners Complex Project in Toronto.
    • Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement  II Project.  Primary member of the legal team that advised the successful proponent on ASAP II.
    • Northeast Stoney Trail Project.  Member of team that advised a shortlisted bidder in the Northeast Stoney Trail Project in Calgary.
    • Quebec Autoroute 25 Project.  Member of team that advised a European lending syndicate and mono-line supporting a shortlisted bidder to the Quebec Autoroute 25 Project.
    • Quebec Autoroute 30 Project.  Member of team that advised a European lending syndicate supporting a shortlisted bidder to the Quebec Autoroute 30 Project.
    • British Columbia Model Concession Agreement.  Assisted Partnerships BC with the development and drafting of the British Columbia Model Concession Agreement.
    • Vietnamese PP Framework.  Provided strategic advice to the Vietnamese government in connection with the development of its new PPP framework, based on the Canadian PPP experience

Awards & Honors

Leading Expert in Project Finance in Japan, Global Law Experts, 2010
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Practices

Education

LL.B., University of Toronto, 1997

B.A., University of Toronto, 1994

Admissions

British Columbia and Ontario, Canada

California

New York

Professional Affiliations

New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Awards & Honors

Leading Expert in Project Finance in Japan, Global Law Experts, 2010
     
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