Claire Watson is counsel in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Practice in the New York office of White & Case. Claire’s practice focuses on the development and financing of infrastructure assets, including public private partnerships. She represents sponsors, infrastructure funds, lenders and public authorities in connection with a range of major infrastructure projects, including airports, roads, bridges, rail and water projects. Her financing experience includes commercial bank debt, 4(a)(2) private placements and private activity bonds.
Representation of ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc., Balfour Beatty Investments, Fluor Corporation and Hochtief PPP Solutions in connection with the Automated People Mover project of the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program.
Representation of Transurban in connection with the I-395 HOT Lanes project in Virginia, an expansion of Transurban's successful I-95 HOT Lanes project, which involved renegotiation of the comprehensive agreement with the Virginia DOT, solicitation of consents from existing bondholders and the US DOT, issuance of additional parity private activity bonds and negotiation of Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank loan arrangements with the Virginia Resource Authority.*
Representation of a group of lenders supporting a bidder in the acquisition of the Pocahontas Parkway toll road project in Virginia, including project due diligence and the negotiation of financing commitments.*
Representation of the institutional investors in a private placement financing of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste's and Highstar Capital's successful bid for the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, Puerto Rico and related private placement financing.*
Representation of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in connection with the Watty Vos Boulevard project, the second P3 project in Aruba.*
Representation of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and United Water in connection with a concession of the water and wastewater systems of Bayonne, New Jersey and the related private placement and bank debt financing.*
*Matters prior to joining White & Case.