Nossaman hires new infra partner

Yukiko Kojima will join the California-based law firm Nossaman from Davis LLP, where she was a founding member of the Project Finance, Infrastructure and PPP practice.

Yukiko Kojima has joined California-based law firm Nossaman as partner in the firm’s Infrastructure practice.

Kojima, a Tokyo-based lawyer at Davis LLP who was a founding member of the firm’s Project Finance, Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) practice, has previously advised private concessionaires on several large Canadian PPPs, including the C$650 million (€466 million; $655 million) Calgary Ring Roads Project and the C$1 billion Golden Ears Bridge in British Columbia, as well as the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse in Ontario, which closed this summer.

In a statement, Nossaman Infrastructure Practice Group co-chair Geoffrey Yarema described Kojima as “intimately familiar with the Canadian [PPP] market and thoughtful about what translates to the United States and what doesn’t”.

Yarema said he saw infrastructure deal flow across the US escalating “despite—and to some extent because of–US government budget shortfalls”.

Kojima will be based in Nossaman's Los Angeles office, according to a statement.

Nossaman is currently advising Alaska’s Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority on the proposed $715 million PPP to construct a bridge and related roads near Anchorage. The firm was also recently selected by the Washington State Joint Transportation Committee to produce a report on potential PPPs together with consultancy KPMG and engineering firm AECOM.