Monday Afternoon Learning Opps

Public-Private Partnerships: Navigating Structure, Risks, and Outcomes

  • Monday, July 31
  • 03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Minneapolis Conv Ctr
  • 208C
  • MS


Michael Baird

Managing Director

RBC Capital Markets

Baltimore, Maryland

Peter Isaac

Vice President

Brailsford & Dunlavey

Austin, Texas

Dan Layzell

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration & CFO

Louisiana State University

Patrick Martin

Assistant Vice President for Real Estate, Public Partnerships & Compliance

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana


The speakers will explore the decision-making process for engaging in a public-private partnership and the intricacies within complex deal structures. They’ll examine how key strategic drivers—including financial realities, risks, and desired student outcomes—help define a project and the best way to achieve it. In addition, the speakers will share insights on how careful and deliberate project definition and the solicitation and negotiation phases led them to successful outcomes, while maintaining university control within a politically complex environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain insight into the strategic process behind the choice to engage in a public-private partnership structure.
  • Understand the various complexities in public-private partnership deal structures and why there is no “one size fits all” approach.
  • Consider ways to balance institutional control with developmental risk throughout the deal-structuring process.