Practice Areas & Industries: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.


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Our Public Finance practice has earned a reputation for taking a client-oriented, problem-solving approach to this specialty field of finance. The firm conducts its bond practice through a core group of approximately 20 professionals from its offices in Boston, Washington, and New York, which is supplemented as necessary by lawyers in the firm's Real Estate, Health Law, Commercial Law, Environmental, Federal Regulation, and Litigation Sections. Our comprehensive public finance practice includes:

  • structuring and documenting primary offerings;
  • counseling issuers and other participants in both the primary and secondary public markets, and
  • representing bondholders, bond trustees, bond insurers and borrowers in restructuring or resolving troubled transactions.

In combination with the firm's other practice areas, our public finance attorneys also counsel clients with respect to public pension funds, legislative matters, and transactions involving other capital markets.

As a national leader in the area of public finance for over 25 years, Mintz Levin has established a network of long-standing client relationships with issuers, underwriters, institutional investors, borrowers, and other market participants, and has developed an unsurpassed reputation for quality, creativity and responsiveness. We are committed to maintaining a leadership role in the public finance field, while building on our experience and skills to assist participants in a variety of new capital markets transactions.

In addition to its prominence as bond counsel and underwriters' counsel in public offerings, our Public Finance practice is actively involved in private placements of tax-exempt securities, not only as bond counsel but also as purchaser's counsel for institutional investors on transactions throughout the country.

Other major components of our work in this area include acting as borrower's counsel and general counsel for bond market participants such as hospitals and universities. We also have an active practice in legislative drafting for our clients. We represent clients in connection with interest rate swaps and other synthetic or derivative financial products used in conjunction with tax-exempt instruments, as well as the securitization of loans. We also provide comprehensive representation to state sponsors, program managers and other participants in the development and operation of "section 529" college savings plans and prepaid tuition programs.

Our expertise in debt transactions is applied in a variety of contexts other than tax-exempt municipal bond financings. We have participated in registered debt offerings, securitizations of various assets, senior/subordinated debt transactions, Rule 144(A) offerings and a variety of other taxable corporate and student loan transactions. We have substantial experience structuring innovative privatization projects for both public sector and private sector clients.

Our extensive experience with a variety of financing techniques from all perspectives and our expertise in the myriad of legal issues, including federal tax law, securities law, and state statutory and constitutional provisions, enable us to assist our clients in meeting their financing goals.

Group Presentations
  Understanding the Secondary Market for Municipal Bonds, Speakers, Robert Barber, H Jay Bellwoar, Jay Calhoun and Jerry Spector, Hershey, PA, November 1, 2011
A Comparison and Analysis of IRS and SEC Examinations of 501(c) 3 Borrowers, Speakers, Jeremy Spector and John Sylva, San Diego, CA, October 3, 2011
Post-Issuance Compliance: Schedule K and Beyond, Speakers, Jeremy A. Spector, Colin M. McNiece, D. Greg Goller and Barbara E. Hunt, Webinar, September 22, 2011
Public Finance Webinar on Schedule K; Maxwell Solet, Jeremy Spector, and Colin McNiece to Speak, Webinar, June 28, 2011
Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) 25th Annual Development Finance Summit, Speaker, Greg Sandomirsky, Boston, MA, May 12, 2011
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