The Practice

The Arthur Cox PPP/PFI practice forms part of the firm’s broader Infrastructure, Construction & Utilities Group. We are the only full service commercial law firm with a dedicated PPP/PFI team in each of Dublin and Belfast and have been at the forefront of the development of the sector in each jurisdiction. We deliver an end to end service for contracting authorities, sponsors, funders, sub-contractors and design teams on all aspects of delivering PPPs/PFIs.


We have advised the contracting authority, sponsor or lender on 10 of the last 11 PPPs to achieve financial close in Ireland.  Our track record is without peer.

Our team includes members with unparalleled expertise in the full range of legal disciplines required for effective and timely delivery of PPP/PFI projects including:

  • advising awarding authorities, sponsors and banks on PPP/PFI project agreements and associated contract documentation
  • drafting and negotiating principal sub contracts; design team appointments; and associated collateral and step-in agreements
  • drafting and negotiating all equity participation and shareholder documentation and devising innovative joint venture and holding company structures
  • advising in relation to private placements, funds and limited partnership participation in PPP structures
  • drafting and negotiating funding and security documents including advising in respect of the participation of multilateral funding agencies
  • navigating the procurement rules to devise robust and commercially focused procurement processes for awarding authorities, bidders and funders
  • advising and representing awarding authorities and unsuccessful bidders in relation to the management and resolution of procurement disputes
  • advising on secondary market PPP transactions for both buyers and sellers of PPP equity stakes
  • advising on multilateral funder participation in PPPs including EIB, pension funds and project bond investors; devising structures to facilitate “super senior” ranking
  • advising on all related legal issues, such as vires, governance, property, planning, environmental, construction, pensions, tax and employment law, as required

Please also visit our Procurement Law Update, in the Updates section of the site, which bring you the latest news, updates and commentary on issues that affect projects and procurement law on the island of Ireland.


  • advising BAM PPP PGGM on the Courts PPP Project
  • advising the lenders on tax issues in respect of the N25 Roads PPP Project
  • advising the lenders on the M11 Roads PPP Project
  • advising BAM PPP PGGM on the Schools Bundle 4 PPP Project (awarded Best Education Project, Partnerships Awards 2015)
  • advising Covanta on all aspects of the Dublin Waste to Energy Project (awarded Best Waste Project at Partnerships Bulletin 2015)
  • advising Natixis, the European Investment Bank, Bank of Ireland and Société Générale on the N17/N18 Gort to Tuam PPP Roads Project, for which Arthur Cox won the prestigious ‘Europe PPP Deal of the Year 2014’ awarded by Thomson Reuters’ Project Finance International magazine
  • advised the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in relation to the Schools Bundle 1 PPP Project, Schools Bundle 2 PPP Project and Schools Bundle 3 PPP Project.  Previously developed, with the NDFA, the template Project Agreement for use on all PPP accommodation projects in Ireland
  • advising SuperStop, the successful bidder on the Motorway Service Areas Tranche 1 PPP Project
  • advising DIF (Dutch Infrastructure Fund) on a number of secondary market transactions, including M50 Roads PPP and N6 Roads PPP
  • advising Cintra on its sale of an interest in the M4 PPP Project
  • advising NTR plc on the sale of a number of interests in the M1, N25 and M7 PPP Projects
  • advising BAM PPP and PGGM in relation to their procurement challenge to the award of the Grangegorman PPP Project
  • advising Applegreen plc and Tedcastles Oil Products on their procurement challenge to the Motorway Service Areas Tranche 2 PPP Project