Overview

For more than 30 years, clients have relied on Barney Allison for practical and strategic guidance in the public finance and infrastructure fields.

Barney offers public agencies unique expertise with specialized finance issues in infrastructure transactions. These include the use of public and private debt, private equity and federal credit assistance – particularly the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and Private Activity Bond (PAB) programs. He helps clients navigate through all elements of public-private partnerships (P3s) and other innovative project delivery methods.

Chambers-rated nationally and globally in the field of P3s, Barney is a nationally recognized bond counsel and has acted as bond, underwriter, disclosure, issuer and special developer counsel for public capital improvement projects payable from a wide range of revenue and funding sources. He has guided a variety of financing transactions for bridges, tunnels, highways and toll roads; transit and commuter rail systems; and government office buildings, parking complexes and criminal justice centers.

Experience

Experience

Lincoln South Beltway Project – Nebraska Department of Transportation. Leader of the legal team advising NDOT on a proposed 11-mile, 4-lane freeway with five interchanges to be built south of the City of Lincoln connecting regional state highway 2 on the east with US-77 on the west. The approximately $350 million project will reduce congestion and improve safety in the South Lincoln area for regional and interstate traffic. A FONSI was issued for the project under NEPA in March 2018. Barney is advising NDOT in connection with seeking approval for a TIFIA loan as well as drafting procurement and contract documents to facilitate the financing by the contractor for the project. The project won Bond Buyer's P3 Deal of the Year in 2020.

Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation – Purple Line Light Rail. Key member of the legal team advising on Maryland’s first transit P3 project, an approximately $2 billion light rail system to facilitate mobility between the Maryland suburbs and Washington, D.C. The project reached commercial close in April 2016 and financial close in June 2016. The Purple Line’s financing plan included an $874 million TIFIA loan, $313 million in PABs, $138 million in private equity and approximately $900 million in federal New Starts funding. We also advise on the implementation of its settlement agreement with the concessionaire and the reprocurement of a design-build contractor to complete the project. Three shortlisted teams were announced in March 2021. Barney assisted in development of the financing strategy and related contract provisions, including negotiating the agreement with the PABs issuer and formulating the TIFIA common term sheet. He also acted as lead counsel in connection with the project’s financial close.

Indiana Finance Authority – East End Crossing (Lewis and Clark Bridge). Key member of the legal team that advised on the first bridge procured via an availability payment public-private partnership transaction in the U.S. The 8.5-mile Lewis and Clark Bridge, is a key piece of the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, which provides safer, more reliable travel between Kentucky and Indiana. The project opened in December 2016 and won more than a dozen industry awards. Barney handled contract drafting and PAB-related matters. 

Orange County Transportation Authority – I-405 Improvement Project. Co-leader of the legal team engaged as part of the Authority’s program management team to advise on a project to add a general purpose lane and an express toll lane in each direction, as well as the conversion of an existing HOV lane in each direction, between SR 73 and I-605 in Orange County, California. The project, the largest highway upgrade in Southern California, will relieve pressure on one of the state’s most congested corridors. In November 2016, the Authority awarded a $1.2 billion design-build contract to a consortium led by OHL USA Inc. and Astaldi Construction Corp. Construction on the project, estimated to cost $1.9 billion overall, began in 2018. Barney’s services include drafting and reviewing contract and procurement documents for the project. He also advised the Authority in connection with the application, negotiation and closing of a $647 million TIFIA loan which is repaid from revenue derived from operation of the express lanes. Barney is also advising the Authority in connection with the procurement of a toll systems integrator and back office/customer service center provider.

City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports – Automated People Mover (APM). Key Member of the legal team advising on a $4.9 billion APM train system to ease access in and out of the Los Angeles International Airport. It will also connect travelers to a light rail, intermodal transportation facility and a rental car center. It is the first APM system to be procured through an availability payment public-private partnership delivery model and earned several national and international awards.

California Department of Transportation – Presidio Parkway. Leader of the legal team that advised on a $1.1 billion project that rebuilt a natural gateway connecting the Golden Gate Bridge with the City of San Francisco. The parkway was the first procurement under California's public-private partnership (P3) law and the third highway project developed under an availability payment P3 in the U.S. It opened to traffic in July 2015 and captured many honors.. Barney advised on the DBFOM procurement and contract documents and assisted in closing the project financing, which included a $150 million TIFIA loan.

Colorado Department of Transportation – C-470 Express Lanes. Special counsel to the High Performance Transportation Enterprise, a division of the Colorado Department of Transportation, in connection with the negotiation and closing of a $104 million TIFIA loan and the issuance of toll road revenue bonds to finance tolled managed lanes and improvements to the adjacent general purpose lanes located south of Denver, Colorado.

Texas Department of Transportation – I-35 East Managed Lanes. Advisor on the procurement of a 28-mile interstate corridor project in Dallas and Denton counties through an $845 million DBM contract with an Archer Western/Granite/LANE Construction Company joint venture. The project included managed and general purpose lanes, bridges, and collector-distributor roads. Barney advised on the procurement and commercial structure of the transaction, drafting the procurement and contract documents and facilitating the procurement and evaluations. He also advised TxDOT in connection with the negotiation and closing of a $285 million TIFIA loan to finance the project.

San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission – Altamont Commuter Express Commuter Rail Project. Bond and disclosure counsel in connection with financing this 86-mile commuter rail service that connects Stockton with burgeoning job opportunities in the Silicon Valley. In 2011, ACE began construction of a $65 million equipment maintenance and layover facility on the north side of Stockton. A portion of the financing was issued as Economic Recovery Zone Build America Bonds. Barney is currently advising ACE in connection with the refinancing of the certificates of participation that paid for a portion of the project.

Orange County Transportation Authority – 91 Express Lanes. Special counsel in connection with issuance of tax-exempt toll road revenue refunding bonds to refinance existing taxable bonds. The 10-mile stretch of four toll lanes within the median of an eight-lane freeway connects rapidly growing residential areas in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with major employment centers in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The project marked the world’s first fully automated toll road using electronic transponders to collect tolls. In 2003, OCTA bought the 91 Express Lanes from the concessionaire, a Cofiroute/Kiewit/Granite joint venture.

Insights

Publications

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

News

Organizations

Community & Professional

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Transportation Research Board, Revenue, Finance and Economics Committee

Honors

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized as one of the "2021 Visionaries” in Banking & Finance, Los Angeles Times, 2021

Ranked globally in the field of PPPs, Chambers Global, 2014-2021

Ranked nationally in the field of PPPs, Chambers USA, 2014-2020

Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for 2014-2016

"Top 30 Real Estate Attorneys," Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal, 2012

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