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Joe Seliga is co-lead of Mayer Brown’s Government practice and Infrastructure Investment Team. Joe advises on path-breaking road, bridge, airport, port, public parking, rail, mass transit, social infrastructure, water, wastewater and convention center infrastructure M&A and public-private partnership (P3) transactions. He has advised on many “Deal of the Year” award-winning transactions and has served as counsel to government owners, equity investors, lenders and contractors.
Joe is widely recognized as a leader in the infrastructure industry, having actively advised clients on infrastructure M&A and P3 transactions for nearly twenty years. Joe is rated in Band 1 in Chambers USA, which quoted a client highlighting Joe “for his thoroughness and his understanding and perspective on the challenges that come up in [P3] deals” and for “always willing to go out of his way to help [clients] achieve [their] objectives in a timely fashion.”
Joe chaired the first US Infrastructure Law Forum, a gathering of over 40 members of the infrastructure legal bar, in September 2016 in Washington DC, and served as Co-Chair of the North American Infrastructure Law Forum, a gathering of leading infrastructure lawyers from the US and Canada. He also is Vice Chair of a new American Bar Association committee on P3s.
Joe also represents clients in various state and local government matters, including in the areas of complex government transactions, ethics, election and campaign finance law, economic development incentives and legislative drafting and statutory interpretation.
Annie Russo joined ACI-NA in April 2008 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs. She develops and leads ACI-NA’s advocacy strategies on the many pressing legislative challenges facing the industry. She also oversees ACI-NA’s Beyond the Runway Coalition comprised of over 100 organizations that support airport legislative priorities.
Prior to working at ACI-NA, Russo worked on Capitol Hill where she served as Legislative Director for Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.) directing legislative policy and handling the congressman’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Financial Services Committee assignments.
Russo is a graduate of Smith College and also holds a master’s degree in national security studies from the Naval War College.
As Vice President of Project Finance & Development, David Bird spearheads our public-private partnership (P3) and private development initiatives, facilitates strategic partnerships with industry and equity partners, and develops solutions for Garney’s clients in need of financing for their project. Before joining Garney, David spent 27 years at a large international bank that specializes in project finance and was a lender and financial advisor for Garney’s largest P3 project to date—the Vista Ridge Water Supply Project. David is an expert in the funding and development of P3 projects and has extensive experience in infrastructure projects across a wide spectrum of subsectors. David studied Business-Finance at the University of Southern California before beginning his career in the finance world and is now based just outside of New York City.
Dolly Mirchandani's practice focuses on infrastructure and public private partnerships projects, reflecting over 20 years' of experience working on some of the most significant deals in the sector. She represents sponsors, infrastructure funds, commercial banks, institutional lenders, contractors, government agencies and secondary market investors in the development, acquisition, divestiture and financing of greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects. She has played a leading role in the introduction of private investment and finance in the infrastructure sector in North America, having advised on multiple, award-winning transactions, many of which were first of a kind.
Industry press consistently recognizes Dolly as a leading lawyer in the sector. She is ranked Band One in both Chambers Global and Chambers US for PPP projects. She was awarded Global Leader status for both 'Project Finance 2019' and 'Government Contracts 2019' by Who's Who Legal. She was recently acknowledged in Euromoney's latest Women in Business Law Expert Guide as a leading practitioner for both 'Women in Business Law' and 'Project Finance' categories. She was also featured on Law360's 2013 Rising Star list of top partners under 40.
Ed Mortimer serves as executive director of Transportation Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mortimer oversees the development and implementation of the Chamber’s transportation infrastructure policy and represents the Chamber on Capitol Hill as well as before the administration and industry organizations. He also leads the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, a collaborative effort by business, labor, transportation stakeholders, and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system. Mortimer comes to the Chamber from AECOM, an engineering and construction company, where he served as director of government relations. He was responsible for coordinating government affairs efforts with the company’s infrastructure market segment, representing AECOM’s interests before federal, state, and local officials. Prior to that, Mortimer was director of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber. Earlier in his career, he was director of government relations for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) and a legislative representative for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.Mortimer received a bachelor’s of arts in political science from American University and completed an executive management program at Georgetown University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children
Eric Daleo is Senior Vice President of Capital Programs at NJ TRANSIT. He is responsible for the Capital Planning and Programs Department where he is responsible for the development of capital projects from planning through design development, engineering, construction, and commissioning. In that role, he is responsible for an annual capital budget of over $1 billion, and manages over $2 billion in ongoing Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded projects.
He previously served as Senior Director of NJ TRANSIT’s Resilience Program, where he managed long-term repair and resilience projects for NJ TRANSIT’s commuter rail system, light rail system, and key facilities as part of the agency’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy. He joined NJ TRANSIT after serving as a Special Advisor in the State of New Jersey's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding.
Mr. Daleo was previously an attorney in private practice at the law firm Patton Boggs LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs) where he was part of the firm's international complex litigation practice. He clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice Barry Albin.
Mr. Daleo graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers School of Law, where he received the Recent Graduate Award for his professional accomplishments and commitment to the Law School. He earned an M.A. from The George Washington University.
Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was sworn in as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. In 2018, he was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term,receiving the most votes of any Maryland gubernatorial candidate and becoming only thesecond Republican governor to be re-elected in the 242-year history of the state.In his first inaugural address, Governor Hogan reminded citizens of Maryland’s history as a stateof middle temperament and pledged to advance the best ideas, regardless of which side of thepolitical aisle they come from. He is recognized nationally as a strong, independent leader whoconsistently delivers real results and achieves common sense, bipartisan solutions.After being elected by his fellow governors, Governor Hogan recently completed a successfulterm as chairman of the National Governors Association, and he consistently maintains one ofthe highest job approval ratings in the country.
Greg Kitscha is a Managing Director at John Laing based in Toronto. In his role, Greg is responsible for business development, partnering, project pursuits and transaction execution across the North American P3 market. Greg is an infrastructure development professional with over 20 years of industry experience, including in project development and investment, public sector infrastructure procurement, and asset management. Greg’s P3 experience includes transactions across multiple sectors, including transit, transportation, and social infrastructure. Greg holds two bachelor degrees from Queen’s University (Life Science and Engineering), an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and is a CFA Charter Holder.
John is a Vice President - Senior Credit Officer in Moody’s Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Team covering a diverse portfolio of project financings, publicprivate partnerships (PPPs), and municipal infrastructure issuers in the transportation, energy and social infrastructure sectors. John chairs Moody’s Global PPP Task Force and is the sector lead for US toll roads, PPPs and generic project financings. John authors research across multiple sectors and annually leads several new rating assignments for new PPPs and project financings in the US and Canada. John was selected as one of the Bond Buyer’s 2017 Rising Stars. Before joining the Infrastructure and Project Finance Team in 2010, John spent two and a half years as a lead analyst for local governments and enterprises in the Eastern Regional Local Government Ratings Team where he was the lead for municipal issuers in Pennsylvania and New York while also covering New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida. Prior to joining Moody’s, John worked as a risk management analyst, a property and casualty insurance account manager, and a health care claims auditor. John is a founding member and was the first co-chair of Moody’s NY Multicultural Employee Resource Group and is a founding steering committee member of Moody’s NY LGBTA Employee Resource Group. John earned his BA degree in Health Care Economics and Policy from Stanford University and his MPA in Health Care Public Finance from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Joe Saverino is a partner in Chapman’s Illinois Public Finance Department as well as an active member in the firm’s public-private partnership (P3) practice. He participated in Chapman’s summer associate program in 2011 and joined the firm in 2012.
Kent Rowey is a partner in the Projects, Energy & Infrastructure practice and is based in New York. Rowey represents investors, credit providers, contractors, public sector entities and other participants in infrastructure transactions across all asset classes. His global experience is unique among infrastructure lawyers. Rowey has been involved in major infrastructure financings in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. He has played a leading role in the development of private finance in the transportation infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. He has been involved in the financial closing of more than 100 infrastructure and natural resources transactions worldwide.
Mansi Patel is a Senior Director at MetLife Investments Management in the MetLife Private Capital group. She is a member of the Infrastructure and Project Finance team, responsible for transaction sourcing, origination, underwriting and portfolio management. She is primarily focused on the transportation, power, water, pipeline, energy and social infrastructure sectors.
Prior to joining MetLife Investment Management in 2006, Ms. Patel held roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their advisory and consulting tax divisions. She holds a B.S. degree in Statistics and a B.S. degree in Finance from Rutgers College and a M.B.A. in Finance from Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Michael Discenza is currently CFO-North America, for Transurban, a developer, investor and operator of technology-enabled, public-private partnership (PPP) toll roads in Australia, the U.S. and Canada. Transurban is public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) with a market capitalization of approximately $US 30 billion.
Mike is a seasoned C-suite financial executive with more than 25 years of global experience leading innovative financial, technology, development and investment fund companies, with a focus on delivering bottom-line results and demonstrating uncommon leadership abilities.
He has been CFO of 4 companies in the financial services, alternative energy, clean technology and transportation sectors, with a track record of raising debt and equity, creating value, leading restructurings, executing buy- and sell-side M&A transactions, and managing rapid growth.
As Chief Financial Officer for Transurban North America, Mike is responsible for leading and integrating the financial planning and analysis (FP&A), accounting, corporate finance, tax and treasury functions of Transurban’s North American operations. He also plays key roles in structuring, negotiating and financing new project developments and bid submissions, and has managerial and Board responsibilities for Transurban’s North American assets. In 2021, Mike was instrumental in negotiating and closing the sale of 50% of Transurban's US assets, which realized an equity valuation of more than $US 4 billion.
He serves as a Board director of portfolio companies, and as the lead financial executive officer interfacing with Boards of Directors, Audit & Risk Committees, Investment Committees, investors, lenders, auditors, financial and technical advisors, rating agencies, government and the press.
Earlier in his career, Mike held numerous financial analyst positions, including with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), MBIA and Citibank.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University and a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University (Goizueta Business School).
Nate Denny is the deputy secretary for broadband and digital equity with the N.C. Department of Information Technology Division of Broadband and Digital Equity. Previously, he was chief of staff and legislative liaison for NCDIT.
Before joining NCDIT in 2017, Denny was a presidential appointee at the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., where he served as deputy chief of staff, director of intergovernmental affairs and senior advisor for congressional affairs.
Denny graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Nuria Haltiwanger is the CEO for ACS Infrastructure Development and ACS Infrastructure Canada, the North American equity investment, financing and operations and maintenance subsidiaries of the ACS Group, focused on developing and operating infrastructure projects in North America via alternative procurement methods, such as public-private partnership (PPP) and design-build-finance (DBF).
Under her leadership, ACS Infrastructure has solidified its position as a market leader in PPP/DBF projects in North America, with a current portfolio of 14 projects totaling approximately USD 20bn, including Angels Flight in California, the SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Texas, the Portsmouth Bypass Project in Ohio, and Florida's I-595 Project, which was the first availability payment-based PPP project in the U.S. and which has been successfully operating for three years.
Sam Nakhleh is a Director at Assured Guaranty in the Project Finance / Infrastructure group covering the Americas and is based in New York. Sam Nakhleh has a wide range of experience in the infrastructure and structured finance markets where he has been a participant for the last 20 years. Prior to joining Assured Guaranty in 2007, Sam Nakhleh was with Ambac. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
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Scott Zuchorski is a ManagingDirector in Fitch’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group where heserves as head of the North American Infrastructure Team.
The team covers a variety of infrastructure project financings includingTransportation, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Sports, as well as Energy& Industrials.
Prior to joining Fitch, Scott was a First Vice President at AmbacAssurance Corporation where he was responsible for the credit oversight andremediation of a $250 billion municipal bond portfolio.
He began his career as a management consultant with Arthur AndersenLLP’s Government Services Practice in Washington DC.
Scott received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and hisMasters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at SyracuseUniversity. In addition, he is a member of the Municipal Analysts Group of NewYork (MAGNY) and currently serves on the Advisory Council for CornellUniversity’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP). Scott is also a member ofthe Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Economics and FinanceCommittee.
As a Director, Partnerships & Financial Structuring, Sean Agid works collaboratively with the nation’s most progressive municipal, utility and public leaders to create and implement innovative solutions. He structures long-term infrastructure partnerships to deliver solutions in the areas of water, energy and utilities. At Corvias, Sean is lead the financial effort for a $50 million partnership with the Stormwater Authority of Chester, Pennsylvania. He also led the financial structuring of the $110 million second phase of the Clean Water Partnership with Prince George’s County, Maryland. He oversaw the financial operations for a Corvias’ military housing portfolio consisting of approximately 25,000 units across the U.S. and created development and construction plans to ensure long-term sustainability of the military’s assets. Prior to joining Corvias, Sean was a financial analyst and consultant for companies seeking asset-based loans in the commodities industry. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2018 with an M.P.S in Real Estate Finance. He has a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, with a major in Finance and a minor in Chinese. As a 2017 Philadelphia Real Estate Council Fellow, Sean published a white paper evaluating P3 structures for transforming college campuses and stimulating economic development. He studied at Zhejiang University, one of one of China’s oldest, most selective and most prestigious universities, through a competitive Hasbro, Inc. scholarship award.