Daniel Mathews


New York

Dan manages a leading practice in project development, acquisitions, divestitures and financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He serves as a member of Orrick's leadership team and currently co-chairs the Chairman’s Advisory Board.

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

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 30 years. Dan advises clients on Public-Private Partnerships, large-scale, complex project financings, and acquisitions and divestitures of projects and project portfolios, leading teams that have 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 (every year since 2005), The Legal 500 and others. Clients describe him in Chambers as a “dean in the PPP space,” the “best in the business” and one client added that “he has an encyclopedic memory about all the deals in the market and a negotiating style that solves problems rather than creating them.”

    • An infrastructure fund for its leveraged acquisition of the Carlsbad, California seawater desalination plant and related facilities.
    • A bidder for a major stake in a transmission line subject to FERC’s ratemaking jurisdiction.
    • A private equity investor in its sale of a US-based developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects.
    • A bidder for a portfolio company owning renewable projects in non-OECD countries in Asia, Latin American and Africa.
    • 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.
    • The Port Authority of NY & NJ in connection with the procurement for the privatization of the Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport and various major projects at JFK.
    • 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 (“PFI”) 2015 Americas Transport Deal of the Year).
    • 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 SH183 project in Texas.
    • A consortium in connection with its bid to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida.
    • 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.
    • 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 (PFM 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.
    • 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 (2011 Euromoney “Project Finance Deal of the Year” – “Americas Transport Deal of the Year,” and The Banker magazine’s “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 (2008) PFM “Americas’ Overall Project Finance Deal of the Year” and “North American Bond Deal of the Year”; Infrastructure Journal “Transportation Deal of the Year”; and The Bond Buyer “Non-Traditional Deal of the Year”).