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Michael Conneran, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Payments-Based Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): Public Benefit and Private Capital

Michael Conneran, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Payments-Based Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): Public Benefit and Private Capital in 2015 Live Webcast.

New York, NY, April 22, 2015 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Michael Conneran, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Payments-Based Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): Public Benefit and Private Capital in 2015.” This event is scheduled for June 18, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Michael Conneran

Michael Conneran is a partner at Hanson Bridgett where he represents public agencies and private entities in a variety of matters involving real estate, transportation, and environmental law. He counsels public agencies with regard to transit oriented development projects and negotiates long-term ground leases, facility operating agreements, and other types of public-private partnerships. He also represents private firms entering into agreements with public entities. Michael also has extensive experience in laws that, in particular, apply to public agencies, including statutes governing procurement, public access to public records, conflicts of interest, and open meeting laws. Michael is a member of the Bay Area Council’s Transportation Committee and the Municipal Law Institute Committee of the League of California Cities.

About Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett is a law firm of more than 160 attorneys located in four offices throughout northern California. Their practices encompass traditional areas of law such as public sector law, litigation, general business and corporate law, construction, estate planning and administration, as well as major practice groups that focus on government representation, sustainable business, health care, senior housing and care, real estate, intellectual property, and labor and employment. These areas are supplemented by refined expertise in such specialized and diverse fields as product liability, eminent domain, transportation, environmental law, and insurance coverage.

Hanson Bridgett is a certified B Corp and are socially responsible members of their communities. The firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, charitable giving, pro-bono legal work and hands-on service. As a dedicated green business they strive to make sustainable choices for all of their business decisions.

Event Synopsis:

Despite its fundamental importance in economic health, infra-structure in the United States has been very inadequately maintained and poorly funded. Political dysfunction, fiscal difficulties, technological complexity and size of contracts, and other issues are forcing a re-examination of financing approaches.

Partnerships between government agencies, private firms, banks, financiers, and the public are becoming more common. Such Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are neither the ultimate solution for all projects nor an overt attempt to obtain corporate control of public funds. A PPP is a legally binding contract between a public sector entity and a private company, the concessionaire, in which the partners agree to share risks and benefits in funding and developing infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure PPPs are politically, economically, contractually, and technically challenging. However, in tax averse and politically grid-locked societies such as the United States, they can be appealing. Nevertheless, there are legitimate concerns voiced by the public and legislators including the role of private companies in managing public functions, such as prison services, traffic enforcement, and other ‘services’ that might be viewed as raising conflicts of interest.

Creating an effective, lasting, and accountable PPP requires sound legal contracts, competent public officials and skilled private expertise, the rational use of public funds, and strong cooperation among all parties in addition to the informed consent of the public.

The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders to provide an over-view and discussion of the complex issues relating to Payments-Based Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Panel members will offer their expertise and provide information to help design efficient PPP Contractual and Procurement Processes.

Key topics include:

− Fundamentals of Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
− Availability Payments-Based P3 Structure
− P3 Contractual Structures
− Design-Bid-Build (DBB)
− Design-Build (DB)
− Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM)
− Best Practices in Structuring Procurements
− Payment Mechanisms for P3s
− Debt Constraints and Debt Sharing
− Risk Sharing
− Legal Framework
− Quantifiable Public Goals
− Transparency
− Regulatory Compliance

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group, LLC was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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