Overview

Yukiko Kojima offers clients unique experience with highly innovative alternative delivery strategies for large-scale infrastructure projects in the U.S. because of her deep knowledge of national best practices as well as Canada’s mature P3 market.  She primarily advises public agencies in the use of methods such as P3 and design-build, but also represents private-sector participants on select projects.  She is Chambers-rated nationally in the field of P3s.

Yukiko takes an active role in Nossaman’s P3 practice initiatives in the social infrastructure area, and co-authored the Firm's model social infrastructure P3 legislation.  Before joining Nossaman, she was a partner in the leading P3 practice of a Canadian law firm in Vancouver and Tokyo where she assisted successful and shortlisted bidders on numerous award-winning P3 projects in Canada.

Clients on major infrastructure projects also benefit from Yukiko’s expertise in business law.  Prior to focusing on P3s, she 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.

Experience

Experience

City of Los Angeles – Convention Center Renovation and Expansion.  Leader of the legal team retained by the City of Los Angeles to help negotiate and draft an implementation agreement for the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) expansion P3 project, for which the City entered into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with AEG/Plenary, as developer, in January 2019.  The resulting expansion would add at least 190,000 square feet of additional contiguous exhibit space, 55,000 square feet of meeting room space, and at least 95,000 square feet of multi-purpose space to the existing facility.  This project also includes the renovation of the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza as a pedestrian-friendly open space that can support LACC’s outdoor events and the public.

City and County of Honolulu – Neal S. Blaisdell Center.  Leader of the legal team advising the City and County of Honolulu on a P3 project involving the $772 million redevelopment of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.  The redevelopment would involve renovations to the concert hall and the arena, while the exhibition hall and parking structure would be demolished and replaced.  The project is in the early stages of procurement – the City and County issued a Request for Qualifications in July 2019, with responses due in late 2019.

Denver International Airport – Jeppesen Terminal Redevelopment Project (“Great Hall Project”).  Leader of the legal team that advised the City and County of Denver on the Great Hall Project, which involved a complex, multi-faceted upgrade of Denver International Airport’s signature Jeppesen Terminal and the development and management of a new concessions program within the terminal.  The $1.8 billion P3 project combines an availability payment structure with shared revenue risk on the concessions program.  The project reached financial close in December 2017 with Denver Great Hall LLC, the winning consortium led by Madrid-based Ferrovial Airports.  Yukiko’s services included drafting and negotiating the development agreement, and advising the City in connection with legal issues arising from the implementation of the project.

The Regents of the University of California – UC Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project.  Key member of the legal team advising the University of California on this high profile project to accommodate growth of the university system’s newest campus from the current 6,700 students to 10,000 students by 2020.  The $1.3 billion project, procured as an availability payment-based P3, will add approximately 790,000 assignable square feet of a mix of new revenue-generation and non-revenue generating facilities, including student housing, administrative and research space, classrooms and recreational centers and associated infrastructure.  As the first university campus expansion in the United States to be undertaken using the P3 availability payment model, the closely watched project is expected to serve as a template for other colleges seeking to expand or rehabilitate their campuses.  Following a best and final offer phase, which included negotiation with the ultimately successful Plenary-led consortium, the project quickly reached commercial and financial close in August 2016.  The first two phases of the project were successfully delivered on time for the 2018 and 2019 academic years.  Yukiko’s services included assisting with structuring the procurement, drafting and finalizing procurement and contract documents, and developing the evaluation process.  Following closing, she is advising the University on legal issues arising from the implementation of the project.  Project Finance International named the UC Merced 2020 Project the 2016 “Americas P3 Deal of the Year” and IJ Global honored it as the 2016 “North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year.”  In 2017, the Board of Regents and the University received the silver award in the “Government Agency of the Year” category, and the project claimed the gold award for “Best Social Infrastructure Project” at the P3 Bulletin awards ceremony.​

Florida Department of Transportation – I-4 Ultimate Project.  Key member of the legal team that advised on development and negotiation of contract and procurement documents for this innovative highway improvement and that is advising on the implementation phase of the project.  The $2.3 billion project, which will rebuild and widen 21 miles across Orange and Seminole counties, is the largest availability payment transaction ever undertaken in the United States.  As part of a 40-year DBFOM agreement with a Skanska/John Laing consortium, the I-4 Ultimate Project will rebuild 15 major interchanges, add 56 new bridges, replace 71 bridges and build four tolled express lanes.  Financing for the project, which achieved commercial and financial close in September 2014, included a $949 million TIFIA loan – the largest sum ever secured through the federal lending program.  Construction began in February 2015.  I-4 earned several awards in 2014: Project Finance International named it Americas Transportation Deal of the Year, IJ Global honored it as North American Transport Deal of the Year, and Trade Finance magazine highlighted it as Deal of the Year.  Yukiko drafted the contract documents, participated in one-on-one meetings with shortlisted proposers, assisted with the evaluation process and assisted with the negotiation and finalization of contract documents and the closing process.  She also continues to assist FDOT during the implementation phase of the project.

New York State Thruway Authority – Tappan Zee Bridge.  Key member of the legal team that advised on a project Gov. Andrew Cuomo has described as the state’s most pressing infrastructure need – replacement of an aging three-mile-long cantilever bridge over the Hudson River with a new cable-stayed, dual-span structure designed to last a century.  To help deliver the project, Nossaman drafted procurement and contract documents and assisted with the procurement, which resulted in the award of a $3.1 billion design-build contract with to a Fluor-led consortium – $800 million less than the next lowest bidder – in the first such deal undertaken by the transportation agency and the largest in the country to date.  The contractor started construction in 2013 and opened to traffic in 2017.  Yukiko’s services included reviewing enabling legislation, assessing project risk, producing procurement and contract documents, participating in meetings with proposers and contract negotiations, dealing with surety issues and assisting with closing.

New York State Thruway Authority – Tappan Zee Bridge. Key member of the legal team that advised on a project Gov. Andrew Cuomo has described as the state’s most pressing infrastructure need – replacement of an aging three-mile-long cantilever bridge over the Hudson River with a new cable-stayed, dual-span structure designed to last a century. The $3.1 billion design-build contract was awarded to  a Fluor-led consortium – $800 million less than the next lowest bidder – in the first such deal undertaken by the transportation agency and the largest in the country to date.  The contractor started construction in 2013 and opened to traffic in 2017.  Yukiko’s services included reviewing enabling legislation, assessing project risk, producing procurement and contract documents, participating in meetings with proposers and contract negotiations, dealing with surety issues and assisting with closing.

Texas Department of Transportation – Statewide Toll System Integration and Maintenance Agreement.  Leader of the legal team that advised on procurement for a single provider Statewide Toll System Integration and Maintenance Agreement.  The agreement governs highway tolling and cash collection systems throughout Texas, a national leader in number and length of toll roads.  Procurement began in 2011.  The next year, TxDOT chose Transcore – the largest provider of toll maintenance services in the U.S. – to develop, install, integrate, test and maintain its current and future systems.  Yukiko’s services included producing procurement and contract documents, participating in contract negotiations, and assisting with evaluations and closing.

Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation – Purple Line Light Rail. Member of the legal team advising MTA/MDOT on Maryland’s first transit P3 project – an approximately $2 billion (capital cost) light rail system that will significantly facilitate mobility between the Maryland suburbs and Washington, D.C. The Purple Line Light Rail System will run 16.2 miles between Bethesda and New Carrollton with 21 new stations along the route, with much of the alignment street-running. The project, Maryland’s largest P3, will provide a direct link to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange lines and connect to the MARC train, Amtrak and local bus services. In July 2014, MTA issued the final RFP for an availability payment concession to shortlisted teams. Proposals were received in late 2015 and, in March 2016, the agencies selected a consortium led by Fluor and Meridiam. The project reached commercial close in April 2016 and financial close in June 2016. Construction commenced in September 2017 and it is anticipated to open in segments starting in 2022. 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 anticipated federal New Starts funding. Yukiko’s services included preparing a written assessment of delivery alternatives and North American P3 procurement best practices for the project.

InTransit BC Limited Partnership – Canada Line Rapid Transit Project.  Key member of the legal team that advised the successful proposer led by SNC-Lavalin in its successful bid for the CAD $2 billion DBFOM rapid transit project connecting downtown Vancouver with Vancouver International Airport and the City of Richmond.  The 19-kilometer system includes 16 stations, two bridges and nine kilometers of tunnel.  The concessionaire completed the P3 project within budget and ahead of schedule before the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Following financial close, Yukiko also acted as lead external counsel to the concessionaire on all legal matters arising from project.  In 2005, Project Finance magazine named Canada Line North American Transport Deal of the Year and PFI magazine honored it as Infrastructure Deal of the Year-Americas.  In 2010, Infrastructure Journal named the line one of the 100 most innovative and socially significant infrastructure projects in the world.

Golden Crossing General Partnership – Golden Ears Bridge Project.  Key member of the legal team that advised the successful proposer led by Bilfinger Berger BOT Inc. in its bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new crossing of the Fraser River in Vancouver, Canada.  The concessionaire entered into a CAD $1 billion, 35-year P3 concession agreement with South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority.  The project, which opened to traffic in 2009, captured numerous awards including 2006 North American P3 Deal of the Year from Project Finance magazine, North American Deal of the Year from PFI magazine and North American P3 Deal of the Year from Project Finance (Euromoney).  In 2007, Infrastructure Journal named the project Global Deal of the Year.  Yukiko’s services included drafting and negotiating the design-build contract on behalf of the concessionaire.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partnerships Quinte – Quinte Consolidated Courthouse Project.  Key member of the legal team that advised the successful proposer in connection with an approximately CAD $250 million P3 project to design, build, finance and maintain a new consolidated courthouse in Belleville, Canada.  Yukiko’s services included drafting and negotiating the design-build contract on behalf of the concessionaire.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partnerships Surrey – Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre Expansion Project.  Key member of the legal team that advised the successful proposer on a CAD $90 million design-build-finance-maintain availability payment concession for the Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre Expansion Project in Surrey, British Columbia, which included the construction of 216 high-security, state-of-the-art cell expansions and renovation of an existing detention facility.  In 2011, the project received the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership’s Gold Award for Project Financing.  Yukiko’s services included drafting and negotiating the design-build contract on behalf of the concessionaire and assisting with closing.

Trans Park Highway General Partnership – Kicking Horse Canyon Highway Project.  Key member of the legal team that advised the successful proposer, led by Bilfinger Berger BOT Inc., in its bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a 26-kilometer scenic stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Yolo National Park in Vancouver.  The concessionaire entered into a 25-year concession agreement with the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the CAD $130 million project.  The project was completed ahead of schedule in winter 2008.  Yukiko’s services included drafting and negotiating the design-build contract on behalf of the concessionaire.

B2L Partnership – Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement Project II.  Key member of the legal team that advised the successful proposer on the Province of Alberta’s second bundled schools project, a 30-year P3 project providing for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of 10 schools in the Edmonton and Calgary regions.  This CAD $253 million availability payment project involved eight school boards and six municipalities.  The new schools, built to LEED Silver standards, opened in June 2012 with space for more than 7,900 students.  Yukiko’s services included managing the closing process on behalf of the concessionaire.

Stoney Trail Group – Northeast Stoney Trail Project.  Key member of the legal team that advised the successful proposer, led by Bilfinger Berger BOT Inc., in its P3 bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the northeast quadrant of the Calgary Ring Road system in Alberta, Canada.  The concessionaire entered into a 30-year agreement with the Alberta Government for the CAD $650 million project, which involves 21 kilometers of new four-lane and six-lane divided freeway and six interchanges.  Construction began in spring 2007 and the roadway opened in November 2009.  The Alberta Government has described Calgary Ring Road as the most traveled route in the Province of Alberta.  Yukiko’s services included drafting and negotiating the design-build contract on behalf of the concessionaire.

Lending Syndicate – Quebec Autoroute 25 Project.  Member of the legal team that advised a European lending syndicate to a shortlisted bidder led by SNC-Lavalin Inc. during procurement of the DBFOM Quebec Autoroute 25 Project in Canada.  Yukiko’s services included reviewing and providing comments to the RFP documents.

Lending Syndicate – Quebec Autoroute 30 Project.  Member of the legal team that advised a European lending syndicate to a shortlisted bidder led by SNC-Lavalin Inc. during procurement of the DBFOM Quebec Autoroute 30 Project in Canada.  Yukiko’s services included reviewing and providing comments to the RFP documents.

Partnerships BC – British Columbia Model Concession Agreement.  Member of the legal team that developed a model concession agreement for Canada’s Partnerships BC, a specialized P3 body responsible for helping public agencies in the Province of British Columbia deliver complex capital projects using the P3 model.

Vietnamese Government – P3 Framework.  Provided Canadian P3 best practices guidance to the Vietnamese government in connection with its development of a new P3 framework.

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Speaking Engagements

News

Organizations

Community & Professional

Design-Build Institute of America, National Board Member, Chair of P3 Committee

Board of Trustees, UC Merced Foundation

Los Angeles County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Honors

Honors & Recognitions

Individual recognition for Projects, PPP – Nationwide, Chambers USA, 2015-2018

Top Women Lawyers honoree, Daily Journal, 2018

Project Finance MVP, Law360, 2017

Most Influential Women Lawyers honoree, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2017

Most Influential Minority Lawyers honoree, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2016

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

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