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We have a nationally recognized public finance practice serving as bond counsel to governmental entities issuing tax-exempt debt, as well as underwriters’ counsel, disclosure counsel and special tax counsel for public debt issues.  We are continually ranked among the top 20 bond counsel firms nationally.  Each year our firm is involved with hundreds of separate issues of tax-exempt bonds and notes totaling billions of dollars. This high volume of public finance work spans the full range of tax-exempt debt issues, including work with all different types of:

  • Governmental issuers (from states to school districts to special independent authorities)
  • Public purposes (from schools to sewers, stadiums to solid waste facilities, convention centers to commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities, housing to hospitals, arenas to airports, and colleges to charitable organizations)
  • Credits and security structures (from high rated state or university borrowers to unrated small towns or manufacturers, general to special obligation debt, and credit enhancements from bond insurance to letters of credit)
  • Debt instruments (from short-term notes to long-term bonds, fixed or variable rate interest to derivative instruments, and capital leases to commercial paper programs)

We are frequently asked to draft legislation relating to the establishment of and the issuance of debt by governmental entities.  Members of the firm also play a lead role in nationally organized efforts of bond lawyers and other industry participants to stay informed about and involved with changes in federal tax law, securities law and other aspects of the issuance of public debt, including two past Presidents of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.


 
 
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

EU: European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) Reports on the Need for Regulatory Scrutiny of the ILS Market
Jane Elphick, December 19, 2013
In its latest report on the financial stability of the continent's insurance and pensions industry, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has expressed the need for close regulatory scrutiny of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market to ensure it does not threaten...

California Adds New Hazardous Financial Condition Regulations
Barry Leigh Weissman, December 16, 2013
Effective January 1, 2014, the California Department of Insurance has added six new regulations to Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations. These can be found at Title 10, Chapter 5, Article 22 Sections 2598 through 2598.6. The purpose of the new regulations is to provide the Insurance...

China FCPA Case Shows That A Deferred Prosecution Agreement May Not Cap Reputational Risk And Expensive Legal Fees
Gregory W. Carey,Stephen G. Huggard, November 06, 2013
In January 2011, Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a San Diego-based manufacturer of energy storage and power-delivery products, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and paid $13.65 million in penalties to the Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission in connection with...

Update on Federal Budget Sequestration Affecting Direct Pay Bonds
Joe E. Forrester,Christie Lombard Martin,Antonio D. Martini, October 07, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the office of Tax Exempt Bonds within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS-TEB) released a statement entitled Update: Effect of Sequestration on Certain State & Local Government Filers of Form 8038-CP, providing details regarding the continued implementation of the...