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Joanna Horsnail

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Mayer Brown

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Government and Global Trade


Joanna Horsnail is a construction and government transactions attorney whose practice focuses on the following areas: Design and Construction. Represents public and private owners, developers, lenders, and contractors regarding the design, construction, development, financing, acquisition, and disposition of facilities, including various public-private partnership projects. Other experience includes traditional power projects, renewable energy projects, and other infrastructure projects. Joanna negotiates and prepares EPC contracts, design and construction agreements, concession agreements, sponsorship agreements, naming rights agreements, leases, service agreements, purchase agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, consulting contracts and various project-management agreements. Public and Project Finance. Represents clients in tax-exempt financings as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, issuer’s counsel, and credit enhancer’s counsel. Joanna has participated in financings for the State of Illinois (bond counsel for $10 billion pension obligation bond financing, which was named a Bond Buyer Midwest deal of the year), the City of Chicago, the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the County of DuPage, Columbia College, Loyola University, charter schools and other public and not-for-profit entities. Also works on construction-related aspects of project finance transactions, including representing lenders and sponsors. General Governmental Representation. Provides general counsel to governmental bodies engaged in activities such as construction, privatization, economic development, procurement, complex developments and special projects. She has negotiated and documented sophisticated transactions involving the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, and the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority.


Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD, 1996; Chicago-Kent Law Review, Order of the Coif University of Colorado, BS, 1993

United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)

Within: Construction (including construction litigation)

Mayer Brown’s construction group is spread across the country, with experts based in Chicago, New York and Houston. Joanna Horsnail heads the team, which advises a plethora of public and private entities, including Benteler International, California High Speed Rail Authority and the University of Notre Dame. Recent work includes Horsnail representing Garver Engineering on the procurement and negotiation of a design-build contract for a large road and bridge infrastructure project, and John Schmidt and David Narefsky advising Chicago Transit Authority on the proposed $4bn design, reconstruction, financing and maintenance of the Red Line. Senior associate Sara Hess is noted for advice on complex government transactions and construction projects, especially PPPs and alternative project delivery methods in infrastructure. Named attorneys are based in Chicago.

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