Michael E. Pikiel, Jr. joined the New York office in 2006. As a Partner and a member of the firm's Global Infrastructure and Public Finance groups, he represents clients in a wide range of energy and infrastructure transactions, with significant experience in public-private partnerships, project finance and public finance.
Michael's experience includes:
- Representing one of the short-listed bidders for a concession to design, build, and finance managed lanes along a portion of the US 36 corridor connecting Denver and Boulder and operate and maintain the US 36 Managed Lanes and the I-25 Express Lanes
- Representing the lenders and underwriters supporting one of the short-listed bidders in connection with its bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new toll bridge across the Ohio River connecting Clark County, Indiana and Jefferson County, Kentucky as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project
- Representing Enova Energy Group, LLC and its project company, Plainfield Renewable Energy, LLC, in the development and $224.5 million project financing of a 37.5 MW (net) biomass-fired electricity generating facility to be located in Plainfield, Connecticut, which is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2013; the project was recognized by Project Finance magazine as its "North American Mezzanine Deal of the Year 2011" and by Power Finance & Risk as the runner-up for its 2011 "Best Renewables Deal"
- Representing Meridiam Infrastructure in connection with a concession to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new approximately 535,000 sq. ft. court building and certain related facilities in Long Beach, California; the Long Beach Court Building project is the first social infrastructure PPP in the United States and the first non-transportation PPP in California and was recognized by PPP Bulletin as a finalist for its "Best Accommodation Project" and was "Highly Commended" at Partnerships Awards 2012, by The Bond Buyer as its 2011 "Deal of the Year" for "an innovative financing of a traditional public finance project that did not involve municipal securities," by Project Finance magazine as its "North American PPP Deal of the Year 2010" and by Infrastructure Journal as a finalist for its 2010 "Global PPP Deal of the Year"
- Representing an oil storage company, which is a cooperative venture between private entities and the Government of Panama, in a $480 million refinancing and expansion financing to reverse the flow of the existing 131 km pipeline running across the Panamanian isthmus connecting the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean and the expansion of oil storage tank capacity on both ends of the pipeline; the transaction, the largest project financing ever in Central America, was recognized by Project Finance magazine as its "Latin American Refinancing Deal of the Year 2009"
- Representing the project company subsidiary of an electric cooperative in connection with a $600 million project financing of its 25% undivided interest in a 900 MW supercritical pulverized coal-fired power plant
- Serving as senior lenders' counsel supporting one of the short-listed bidders for a concession to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new, 12-mile toll road in the Southeastern United States
- Serving as underwriter's counsel in connection with the sale of certificates of participation by a regional water district serving approximately 675,000 people in a service area encompassing approximately 555 square miles
- Representing a 695 MW coal-fired power plant in connection with the development, construction, equipping, and installation of an overhead coal conveyor system stretching approximately 4.5 miles that will transport coal from a mining operation in Pennsylvania to the power plant in West Virginia
- Serving as finance counsel to Merrill Lynch in connection with the issuance and sale of approximately $285 million of revenue bonds relating to a public-private partnership, as part of the Department of Defense's Military Housing Privatization Initiative, between the U.S. Air Force and a major real estate developer with respect to over 1,350 end-state housing units at Andrews AFB and MacDill AFB
- Representing the New York Mets in the financing of a state-of-the-art 45,000 seat baseball stadium; initial financing was recognized by The Bond Buyer as its 2006 public finance "Deal of the Year" for "technical prowess and structure"
- International Project Finance Association
- Young Professionals in Energy
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- New York Metro Super Lawyers (2011, 2012)
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005, 2006)
- Assistant Editor, Global Infrastructure, Volume VI, Winter 2012
- Co-author, "Brazil: The Development of its Sugarcane Ethanol Industry," 2010 International Energy Law Review, Issue 2
- Co-author, "The Growth of the Ethanol Industry in Brazil," Global Infrastructure, Volume IV, 2009
- Co-author, "A Survey of PPP Legislation Across the United States," Global Infrastructure, Volume I, 2008
- Panelist, "Public-Private Partnerships – a Global Perspective," ULI New York, in partnership with RICS, New York, New York, January 30, 2013
- Panel Chair, "Where are the alternative infrastructure opportunities in the US P3 market?", InfraAmericas US P3 Infrastructure Forum 2012, New York, New York, June 19-20, 2012
- Moderator, "Public-Private Partnerships and Asset Monetization: Past Success and Future Opportunities," International Project Finance Association: Future Leaders Network, New York, New York, October 13, 2011
- "An Introduction to Project Finance," Young Professionals in Energy International Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8 - 10, 2011
- Panelist, "New Frontiers in Social Infrastructure: The Long Beach Court Building Project and the Use of PPP Techniques," a Fulbright and Meridiam Infrastructure seminar, New York, New York, March 2, 2011
- Speaker, National Association of Bond Lawyers' 34th Annual Bond Attorneys' Workshop, Phoenix, Arizona, October 28 - 30, 2009
- Speaker, The Bond Buyer's 8th Annual National Municipal Derivatives Institute, New York, New York, May 19 - 20, 2008
2002 - J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
1999 - B.A., Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Michael is admitted to practice law in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York.
- New York
- Youth About Business, a national organization that conducts educational programs and business camps for urban students (2008 - present)