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Mayer Brown

71 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60606, USA
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Work +1 312 782 0600
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Joseph Seliga

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Work +1 312 701 8818
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Mayer Brown

Work Department

Government and Global Trade.

Position

Joe Seliga is a partner in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown and is a member of Mayer Brown‚Äôs Global Infrastructure and Government & Global Trade practices. Joe has extensive experience in complex government transactions, particularly in the infrastructure sector. Joe advises on path-breaking road, bridge, airport, port, public parking, mass transit, convention center and lottery concession and public-private partnership transactions, including many ‚ÄúDeal of the Year‚ÄĚ award-winning transactions, serving in different transactions as either government entity counsel, sponsor‚Äôs counsel or lenders‚Äô counsel. He also represents renewable energy clients, particularly on government incentives and other government-related development issues, including assisting in securing government incentives for several of the largest wind energy projects in Illinois. In addition to his transactional work, Joe represents clients in various state and local government matters, including in the areas of ethics, election and campaign finance law, economic development incentives, public utility franchise and tax issues and legislative drafting and statutory interpretation. Joe acted as counsel to the Chicago 2011 Transition Committee, the Chicago 2011 Inaugural Committee and the Illinois Inaugural Committee 2011 and is currently serving on the Illinois Campaign Finance Reform Task Force as an appointee of Governor Pat Quinn.

Education

UnderGraduate Georgetown University, BA, 1994 Phi Beta Kappa magna cum laude Graduate Leicester University, M.A., 1996 Law Northwestern University, JD, 2000 Northwestern University Law Review Coordinating Articles Editor.


United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Leading individuals: Project finance

Joseph Seliga - Mayer Brown

Within: Project finance

The ‚Äėcreative, responsive and diligent‚Äô team at Mayer Brown¬†is ‚Äėable to break down complex issues and explain them in a user-friendly manner‚Äô. The team is also praised for its ability to ‚Äėtake the time to understand the needs of the client‚Äô. Particularly experienced in PPP matters, Joseph Seliga¬†advised Purdue University, a public institution of the State of Indiana, on the development of new student housing facilities through a long-term PPP structure. Renewable energy transactions are also a key area of focus for the team; Paul Astolfi, who co-heads the global projects group, acted for Allianz Global Investors in a $760m debt financing transaction to finance a portfolio of ten solar projects in the US. Robert Goldberg¬†in Houston and Jeffrey Davis¬†in Washington DC advised GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan as equity investors on the commitment to invest approximately $192m, plus additional contributions, to finance the 200MW Persimmon Creek wind project, which is developed by Elawan Wind and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. The team is also noted for its experience in Latin America-facing mandates, where Washington DC-based Christopher Erckert¬†recently advised the note purchasers in the placement of $103m senior secured notes and $11.5m subordinated, secured notes in relation to the refinancing of the Naranjal and Del Litoral Solar power plants in Uruguay. Barry Machlin, Mitch Holzrichter, Douglas Doetsch, Nadav Klugman¬†and David Bakst, who is based in New York, are also key figures. Named individuals are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise. Tax equity specialist David Burton¬†moved to Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP¬†in April 2019.

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United States: Government

Government relations

Within: Government relations

Mayer Brown¬†is recognized not only for its ‚Äėdeep experience and strong expertise in the advancement and passage of federal legislation, including tax law‚Äô, but also its ‚Äėexcellent base of contacts in Congress and the administration‚Äô. The group handles international, federal, state and local government affairs matters. John Janicik¬†and Mitchell Holzrichter¬†are key names in the Chicago office. Los-Angeles-based Philip Recht¬†advises Bird Rides on regulatory matters in the City of Los Angeles involving the use and sharing of electric scooters, a new disruptive technology that appeared in the US and abroad in 2018. Joseph Seliga, also in Chicago,¬†excels at ‚Äėadvising governments and private sector investors in the development and execution of public-private partnerships of major infrastructure projects‚Äô. Other recommended team members include Michael Kantor, Timothy Keeler¬†and Duane Layton.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: rail and road - finance

Within: Transport: rail and road - finance

Falling under the firm's wider asset finance group, the team at Mayer Brown acts for equity and loan participants and underwriters as well as lessees and borrowers in public and private transactions. It has recently advised underwriters in railcar securitizations and has acted for lenders in lease warehouse facilities. The team is jointly led in New York by George Miller and Barbara Goodstein, who is noted for her structured finance and restructuring experience. Joseph Seliga in Chicago is also a key figure.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)

Within: Construction (including construction litigation)

The team at Mayer Brown handles construction matters primarily out of the firm's Chicago and Houston offices and provides 'high quality legal work', delivered 'in a timely fashion' by attorneys who are not only 'fun to work with' but also 'very knowledgeable regarding their practice areas'. Joanna Horsnail leads the practice from the Chicago office, and recently acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb on drafting and negotiating construction documents for a new $900m manufacturing facility in Ireland. In this, Horsnail was supported by Chicago-based associates Sara Hess and Jeffrey Edwards, who is 'very knowledgeable' and 'strong on industry-related business terms'. Hess and Edwards were also part of a team led by Joseph Seliga, and also including Stephanie Wagner and associate Rachel Smith, that acted for the Texas Department of Transportation on two interrelated projects totaling over $1.25bn, namely advising on the P3 project for the SH 183 highway and assisting with finalizing design-build agreements for the Southern Gateway project. Seliga has also advised the same client on all aspects of bidding, procuring and negotiating more than ten highway projects throughout Texas, including the SH 288 Toll Lane project in Houston; he was supported by Mitch Holzrichter, as well as a number of associates. In other work, Holzrichter and Seliga led the advice on the $2bn Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project for the Alabama Department of Transportation; associate Nicholas Vallorano was also part of the team.

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