Dan Mathews has over 30 years of experience and manages a leading practice in project development, asset acquisitions and financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He is currently a Partner and Global Co-Head of Infrastructure while also serving on Orrick’s Board of Directors.

Dan advises clients on Public-Private Partnerships and large-scale, complex project financings. His key clients include major strategic and financial sponsors who have been involved in many of the largest and highest profile PPP and project development transactions over the past 20 years. Dan leads a team that has the depth and breadth to deliver excellence in every phase of a project, including development, construction, financing and operations, as well as providing leading M&A, restructuring and tax advice.

Dan has long been recognized as a leading practitioner in publications such as Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and others. According to Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016), clients describe him as the "best in the business. He has an encyclopedic memory about all the deals in the market and a negotiating style that solves problems rather than creating them." Dan has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA each year since 2005.

Dan advises on projects spanning the infrastructure space, including toll roads, rail, airports, ports, thermal and renewable energy generation, transmission infrastructure, telecommunications infrastructure, and water and waste facilities.


  • The following are some of his notable recent engagements.

    • A consortium in connection with its successful bid and selection to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line light rail project in Maryland (2016).
    • The Port Authority of NY & NJ in connection with the procurement for the privatization of the Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport. The project will include the demolition and replacement of the existing terminal and operations and maintenance of the new terminal for a leased term (2016).
    • IFM Investors Pty Ltd in its $5.72 billion acquisition of 100% of the membership interests of ITR Concession Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Statewide Mobility Partners, a Cintra / Macquarie joint venture (Project Finance International’s 2015 Americas Transport Deal of the Year) (2015).
    • Kentucky Wired Operations Company for the financing of KentuckyWired, a high-speed, open access fiber optic network that will carry high-speed broadband across the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Bond Buyer 2015 Deal of the Year).
    • A consortium in connection with its bid to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the SH181/Corpus Christi bridge replacement project in Texas (2015).
    • A consortium in connection with its bid to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the SH183 project in Texas (2015).
    • A consortium in connection with its bid to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida (2014).
    • The sponsors for the I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes Project in Virginia, financed in part by tax-exempt private activity bonds and by a TIFIA Loan (2012).
    • The senior bank lenders for the Presidio Parkway Project in California, financed in part by a TIFIA Loan (Project Finance Magazine 2012 “North American PPP Deal of the Year” Project Finance International 2012 “Americas P3 Deal of the Year”).
    • The sponsors for the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Freeway Extension Project in Virginia, financed in part by tax-exempt private activity bonds and by a TIFIA Loan (Project Finance Magazine 2012 “North American Toll Road Deal of the Year”).
    • The senior bank lenders in connection with the restructuring of loans and bankruptcy involving the owner and operator of a toll road on State Route 125 South running south from San Diego to the Mexican border, and the subsequent sale of the project (2012).
    • The sponsors for a concession granted by the Regional Transportation District for the construction, financing and operation of a commuter rail network for the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area (Euromoney “Project Finance Deal of the Year” - 2011 “Americas Transport Deal of the Year,” and The Banker magazine 2011 “Infrastructure and Project Finance Deal of the Year”), financed in part by tax-exempt private activity bonds.
    • The sponsors for the development, construction and financing of the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes in Virginia, involving the largest private equity investment to date in a U.S. greenfield toll road project and the first use of tax-exempt private activity bond financing for a transportation facility under authorization granted by the 2006 federal transportation act (Project Finance Magazine 2008 “Americas’ Overall Project Finance Deal of the Year” and 2008 “North American Bond Deal of the Year” Infrastructure Journal 2008 “Transportation Deal of the Year”; and The Bond Buyer 2008 “Non-Traditional Deal of the Year”).

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