We are pleased to present the sixth edition of The Public-Private Partnership Law Review.

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly becoming a solution to a gap in public investment that derives from natural budgetary constraints all over the world. Therefore, combining private and public efforts by means of a long-term contract becomes essential for tackling infrastructure matters that require massive investment for upgrading and expanding services' networks.

PPP contracts are a way of delegating the provision of public services and utilities to the private sector. Such practice induces effectiveness by bringing private sector solutions, technologies and investments, without excluding public sector oversight.

The formation of well-adjusted PPP contracts is no simple task, as they are marked by substantial complexity. In a single contract there are elements revolving around engineering, construction, financing, legal and regulatory aspects that must be addressed for the success of a given PPP.

A comparative study comprising practical aspects and different perspectives and viewpoints on PPP issues serves to spread knowledge of this contractual model around the world in the hope of consolidating a relevant benchmark worldwide. For instance, the United Kingdom is known as one of the pioneers regarding the use of PPPs and has structured projects ranging from telecom, power (electricity and gas), water and waste, and logistics (airports and railways). This experience, as well as the experience of other countries, certainly may serve as useful guidelines for the implementation of PPP projects

Therefore the purpose of this edition is to clarify and explain legal and other practical aspects involved in the formation of PPP contracts for disseminating best practices used by private professionals and governmental entities that rely on PPP projects for the provision of key infrastructure and public services and utilities. A comparative study is always useful for anyone who wants to know more about some phenomenon, and this edition will help those interested in PPPs.

The sixth edition brings chapters regarding PPP practices prepared by distinguished law firms from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

We hope you enjoy this sixth edition and that it serves as a definitive and comprehensive guide for topics related to PPPs.

André Luiz Freire, Thiago Luís Santos Sombra and Raul Dias dos Santos Neto
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
São Paulo
March 2020