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Public Private Partnerships

Continued downward pressure on government budgets combined with mounting need for improvements to roads, sewers, schools and other public assets creates business opportunities for private companies to partner with public entities to fill that void. Public Private Partnerships (PPP or P3) are mutually advantageous arrangements allowing public needs to be met with private funding and management. 

Becker & Poliakoff established its Public Private Partnership practice team with attorneys and other professionals that have proven public and private sector knowledge, experience and contacts in order to assist governmental entities and businesses seeking to partner on public facilities to overcome dwindling government funds and ever-increasing demands for improved roads, sewers, schools and other public assets.

Becker & Poliakoff’s PPP team includes members with long standing experience representing governmental entities and governmental vendors as well as members who have worked inside government at the highest levels on various PPP and infrastructure projects. Such projects include, for example, the Port of Miami tunnel, Miami Marlins stadium, Miami International Airport terminal expansion project, People Mover rail to Miami International Airport; State Road 7 Transit Oriented Corridor Project, and the Town of Davie’s wastewater reclamation facility.  Becker & Poliakoff was lead counsel in Louisiana State University’s P3 development of the Nicholson Gateway, a residential hall/mixed use, multi-phase project estimated at approximately $400 million.  Other P3 representations include projects at the University of Central Florida and Bethune Cookman University (a private development following the P3 model).  The firm is currently engaged on P3 projects such as the Wet N Wild water park in Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County Convention Center Hotel.

Our team adds value to every engagement. We assess the political landscape, reach out to key decision makers, advise on regulatory requirements, and assist in structuring all aspects of the transaction, while continually providing general legal and strategic counsel in areas including:

  • Real Estate, Transactional, Financing.Our Real Estate, Corporate and Securities attorneys help structure, document and close transactions; they assess project feasibility, handle all contracts and draft funding agreements;
  • Legislation and Lobbying. Our Government Law & Lobbying team provides on call 24 hour/day service helping clients navigate the political landscape for a project and develop strategies for winning support with stakeholders;
  • Procurement.  Our procurement attorneys assist clients in complying with all requirements of the public contracting and procurement process; 
  • Development Reviews and Project Permitting.Our firm’s land use attorneys advise clients on compliance with laws relating to development, environment, land use and more that are needed for government approval of major infrastructure projects.
  • Contract Drafting.   Our firm handles the drafting and review of all manner of agreements necessary to implement P3s, including, but not limited to, development agreements, operation agreements, lease agreements, memoranda of understanding, and financial agreements.

    Experience 

  • The PPP team played an active role in drafting and helping win passage of the PPP law enacted in Florida in 2013 and the amendments thereto. PPP team members speak regularly about the law and the opportunities it presents.
  • The firm is a founder of the Florida Council for Public/Private Partnerships, a state-wide P3 trade association consisting of nearly 100 members from the public and private sectors.


Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
Alan S. Becker Founding Shareholder 954.985.4127 Ft. Lauderdale
George M. Burgess Senior Government Relations Consultant 954.985.4121 Ft. Lauderdale
William J. Cea Shareholder 561.655.5444 West Palm Beach
Brian Daughney Shareholder 212.599.3322 New York
Victor J. DiGioia Office Managing Partner, New York 212.599.3322 New York
Jennifer Bales Drake Shareholder 954.985.4113 Ft. Lauderdale
Bernie Friedman Shareholder 954.985.4180 Ft. Lauderdale
Lee A. Weintraub Shareholder 954.985.4147 Ft. Lauderdale