United States: Cook Joins Peckar & Abramson As Partner
Last Updated: March 14 2007

Attorney Specializes in Structuring Public-Private Transactions for Major Construction Initiatives

Washington, D.C. – February 1, 2007: Peckar & Abramson, one of the nation’s leading construction law firms, has announced that Jacques Cook, an attorney with international experience in structuring financial transactions for large-scale infrastructure projects, has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner. Cook will oversee the firm’s practice in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), an area of construction law that is growing rapidly as state and local governments pursue creative means of financing infrastructure and major building projects.

Cook’s experience includes serving for more than 20 years as chief counsel at the Inter-American Development Bank, and most recently as chief counsel at a major international law firm in New York. His clients have included many prominent European construction and energy companies involved in power and transportation investments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Jacques Cook is a leading international expert on Public-Private Partnerships," says Robert S. (Bob) Peckar, founding partner of Peckar & Abramson. "PPPs have become a very successful delivery method for infrastructure projects. Jacques is clearly one of the most experienced lawyers in this field. His joining Peckar & Abramson puts us at the leading edge of this exciting new market."

Cook has served as legal counsel on projects ranging from toll highways and transmission lines to hydroelectric and geothermal power plants. His experience includes advising Concessionaria Costanera Norte, S.A., a toll road company in Chile that issued a $220-million bond guaranteed by Ambac and IDB. The transaction was recognized as the Project Finance Infrastructure Deal of the Year in 2003. Cook also advised Vespucio Norte Express regarding a $450-million toll road project bond in Chile, guaranteed by MBIA and OPIC.

In Brazil, Cook has served as counsel on such projects as the $450-million Castello-Raposo Toll Road near Sao Paulo and the $688-million Anhanguera-Bandeirantes Toll Road. His work with Novatrans Energia S.A. in connection with a $350-million financing for a 1,250-km transmission line in Brazil was recognized as the Project Finance Infrastructure Deal of the Year for 2004.

"Peckar & Abramson recognizes the value and potential of the PPP market, and the benefit to governments looking to enhance infrastructure," says Cook. "This is an opportunity that will enable me to work with major contractors and advise on important new construction transactions throughout the U.S. and overseas."

"Public-private ventures have been used internationally for some time to procure construction projects and are rapidly gaining more acceptance in the U.S. as financing for major projects becomes more difficult to obtain," adds Adrian L. Bastianelli, III, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, "Jacques’ extensive knowledge in this area will provide our clients with solid, well-informed advice and assistance on PPPs, which provides an important advantage in this expanding market."

Cook has served as an adjunct professor at several universities, teaching courses in project finance. He has also advised and trained government officials in Africa and Latin America on PPPs and infrastructure concessions. He holds a B.A. degree from Amherst College, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a J.D. from George Washington University. Cook is a member of the D.C. and New York Bars.

About Peckar & Abramson

Established in 1978 with three attorneys, Peckar & Abramson is today one of the nation’s largest law firms serving the construction industry. The firm employs 96 attorneys and offers a broad range of construction and related legal services to contractors, construction managers, developers, and government and industrial clients throughout the U.S. and overseas. Expertise also includes real estate and financial services related to construction law, and labor relations and employment law services. Clients range from Fortune 100 and privately held multinational corporations to small family-owned firms in diverse industries.

Peckar & Abramson maintains nine offices throughout the U.S. and is a member of the International Construction Law Alliance. The firm has been cited by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2006 as being in the top tier of construction law firms in New York and Florida. Peckar & Abramson also leads the profession in three of the geographic areas rated by Chambers.

The firm’s headquarters are located in River Edge, New Jersey. Additional offices are located in New York, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Cal.; Chicago, Ill.; and Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

For more information, visit http://www.pecklaw.com

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