DATES: DEC 7-18, 2020    
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $4200    






Lawyers play an important role in public-private partnerships and in conflict resolution for PPPs. This course is designed specifically for lawyers to teach what they need to know about PPP design, agreements, and pitfalls in PPP. Topics covered include negotiating, drafting and implementing Public-Private Partnership agreements, as well as renegotiating agreements and alternative dispute resolution options, including investor-state arbitration. Selected sessions will be combined with the Public Private Partnerships and Infrastructure Finance seminar and will cover PPP design, finance, and structure. This course will take a thorough examination of legal issues associated with of each stage of the PPP process.



The seminar will be delivered through 10 live on-Line sessions via Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at 7:30am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the class to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.


Course Outline


Legal Topics Related to PPPs

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms for PPPs
  • International Investment Treaties
  • Overview of Investor-State arbitration
  • Drafting key provisions in concession agreements

Planning for Private Participation

  • General nature of private infrastructure finance
  • Lessons learned from the past policies and projects
  • Strategic considerations for the host government and the private sector participant
  • Identification and preparation of individual projects
  • Developing a communication strategy

Design of Concessions and Other PPP Arrangements

  • Legal and regulatory framework
  • Design of individual agreements
  • Special problems with agreements local authorities and other sub-national entities
  • Key financial considerations including the concept of bankability

Negotiation of Key Contract Clauses

  • The negotiation process
  • How to negotiate contentious clauses, including: clauses to make a concession bankable;
    termination provisions and compensation in event of termination; tariff and price adjustment clauses;
    unilateral change and economic hardship clauses; provisions for government support; transfer of assets at
    the end of the concession and dispute settlement clauses

Finance: Structure and Basic Techniques

  • The concept of project finance
  • Risk analysis and mitigation
  • Legal structures
  • Basic techniques
  • Basic project documents


Finance: Arranging the Funding

  • Sources of finance
  • Providing credit support and security for loans
  • Financial documentation


Renegotiation of Agreements

  • Most common reasons for renegotiation
  • Alternatives to renegotiation
  • Types of renegotiation
  • Clauses in the concession agreement to facilitate renegotiation


Course Advisor

John M. Niehuss is Director of ILI's Private Investment in Infrastructure Center. He has been involved in international financial and investment transactions for over 40 years as a practicing lawyer, World Bank staff member, US Treasury Department official, investment banker, and General Counsel of the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan Law School and at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.