Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. has a public-private partnership team consisting of attorneys who are recognized leaders in project finance, banking, bonding, construction, energy, environmental, information technology, international law, municipal, real estate development, state and local government, sustainable energy, transportation, tax and transportation. The attorneys at Foster Swift have public-private partnership experience throughout the state.
These economic times present challenges that can be met, in part, through the use of public-private partnerships and legislation which has been enacted into law at the federal, state and local levels. Some of the firm's attorneys have utilized public-private partnerships for over 20 years.
The firm, through its attorneys, is a member of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, Associated General Contractors, National Association of Seed and Venture Capital Funds, Michigan Bankers Association, Transportation Lawyers Association, Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Plumbers and Mechanical Contractors Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.
Attorneys at the firm are knowledgeable in governmental affairs and are known to the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Department of Management and Budget, the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority, Michigan Strategic Fund, and the Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority. Attorneys at the firm have experience in design-build and finance arrangements, design operate and maintain agreements, and project finance and bond financing. Projects have been developed for water, wastewater material recovery facilities, highways and retail development. (The knowledge in the project finance arena has led to the development of water, wastewater, and material recovery facilities.) Utilizing non-cash assets in exchange for dollars was a catalyst for an expressway interchange development. The firm has also utilized installment purchase act methodology to develop municipal buildings and install water lines and wastewater systems.
Today, the use of public-private partnerships is enhanced by the State of Michigan's creation of a public-private partnership commission, the use of design-build-finance for certain projects by the Michigan Department of Transportation, and encouragement for the state, municipalities and private industry to undertake projects utilizing public-private partnerships. Public-Private partnerships are further encouraged by recent federal policy. Presently pending and working its way through the Michigan Legislature and Senate is a new public-private partnership bill intended to further the development of infrastructure.
Publications & Alerts
- A Public Private Partnership—Why Not?, April 2018 Municipal Law News, April 24, 2018
- Our Bond Counsel Practice: How We Serve Townships, April 2018 Municipal Law News, April 24, 2018
- How to Obtain Best Value for Government Projects, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, April 14, 2017
- How to Shift the Risk out of the Government for Government Projects, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, October 31, 2016
- What are Other Governments Doing?, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, August 25, 2016
- How to Get a Government Project Started, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, June 30, 2016
- The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Presents: P3Connect 2016, June 21, 2016
- New Road Maintenance Facility in Big Bay, June 12, 2015
- David Lick to present Public Private Partnerships Course at University of Western Ontario, December 20, 2012
- Dave Lick Part of Romania Leadership Exchange Project, May 14, 2012
- Foster Swift Attorney to Present at NCPPP Workshop, April 8, 2011
- P3 - What's it All About Forum, Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson, August 5, 2014