Social Infrastructure supports many of the basic services that modern civilized societies and governments generally strive to offer to their populations. In addition to the water & wastewater, transportation, energy and telecommunications subsectors which we address separately, "social infrastructure" generally covers publicly accessible facilities related to healthcare; education; public safety; government administration; arts & culture; parks & recreation; stadiums, arenas, expo- & convention centers; and defense. Each category of "social infrastructure" typically has many subcategories and the composition of these may differ by jurisdiction.
We not only help our clients finance, develop and efficiently operate and maintain social infrastructure assets, but we also aim to assist in developing sustainable long-term social infrastructure capital development and maintenance plans and programs and thereby aligning capital investments in social infrastructure assets and sound asset renewal and life-cycle maintenance programs. The following links provide more specific information related to our advisory coverage of the specific social infrastructure asset classes that we cover.
In the social infrastructure sector, DCS experts can add significant value through application of innovative technologies and processes, and public-private partnerships (P3). Our advisory services help our clients align the capabilities of private sector capital, innovation, "know-how", efficiencies, life-cycle operational and maintenance discipline, and management resources with the public sector objectives of most efficiently providing and ensuring adequate public access to safe, modern, well-maintained, efficient and affordable public facilities. We can also assist our clients in identifying and procuring suitable vendors, technology and service providers in the social infrastructure sector. Often, the key interest and focus of our government/public sector clients is with respect to provision of a high-level of public services to constituents. In this case turning over the role of development, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining social infrastructure facilities to a private sector contractor (through a P3 arrangement) can provide significant value. Our experts also have significant experience and competence in delivering social infrastructure assets under various development, financing, operating and ownership models, including Design-Build (D-B), Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), Design-Build-Finance (DBF), Operations & Maintenance (O&M), Design-Build-Transfer (DBT), Design-Build-Operate-Transfer (DBOT), Design-Build-Operate-Maintain (DBOM), Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM), Design-Build-Own-Operate (DBOO), Design-Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (DBOOT), and similar variations. We also have significant experience advising on Public-Private Partnership (P3), privatization and M&A transactions within the infrastructure/social infrastructure space. Our broad and global experience also includes all forms of P3 models, under a regulated or deregulated user fee regimes, long-term availability payment, user-fee and hybrid concession and/or lease transactions as well as stock/share, trade and asset sales/acquisitions, joint-ventures (JVs) and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) with respect to infrastructure/social infrastructure companies and assets.
Within the social infrastructure sector DCS experts maintain relationships with related project consultants and participants including: both international and local legal advisors; technical, engineering and environmental/social advisors, economic/market consultants; contractors, vendors and technology providers; strategic and financial equity sponsors; lenders (including commercial lenders, international/development financial institutions (IFIs/DFIs), Export Credit Agencies and Export-Import Banks (ECA/Ex-IMs), institutional lenders, bond funds and investment banks) and credit rating agencies (if applicable). We are always prepared and highly experienced in taking on a lead transaction advisory or project/program management role where we coordinate and manage (in some cases, procure and retain via subcontract) various technical, legal and other consultants required for the project. On behalf of our clients we are also prepared and accustomed to leading and concluding negotiations with governmental/public sector or equity sponsors, contractors and vendors, lenders, rating agencies and regulators, as may be relevant for a given project.
In many client cases, there may also be a significant nexus between social infrastructure assets and facilities and other sectors that we specialize in, such as technology and telecommunications (urban transport, intelligent transportation systems), transportation (parking facilities and systems, rail and bus systems), real estate (mixed-use, shared-use, transit-oriented development, co-location), hospitality & tourism (hotels, resorts and tourism-related development and commerce), and others. We are prepared to bring our complementary expertise in these other sectors to our social infrastructure sector clients, as their specific project may benefit. There may be many collaborative partnership opportunities between diverse companies and public and private service providers, who may also have synergistic objectives and opportunities related to social infrastructure assets and systems. We can help our clients expand the horizons of their project and analyze and understand synergistic economic and commercial impacts related to social infrastructure assets and public services. This will help forge potential new innovative partnerships with both private and public sector parties, where significant added-value can be realized.
Please click on the below links to learn more about the specific services related to the social infrastructure sector that DCS experts can offer:
DCS focuses on providing the above services in the social infrastructure sector to the following categories of clients: