Port of Oakland
O’Melveny represented the Port of Oakland (the Port), the third busiest port on the US West Coast, in connection with developing, negotiating, and implementing its landmark 50-year concession with Ports America Outer Harbor Terminal, LLC, a joint venture consisting of Highstar Capital’s Ports America Group and Terminal Investment Group. The transaction marked the first public-private partnership arrangement of its kind in the US ports sector. We also advised the Port in connection with a separate proposed concession to redevelop its portion of the former Oakland Army Base into an intermodal rail transportation center supporting the Port’s maritime terminals and facilitating the movement of container cargo into and out of the Port. Additionally, we represented the Port in its efforts, together with the San Francisco, California Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, to develop an aerial “connector” guideway between Oakland International Airport and a nearby station on a public-private partnership basis.