Walter J. St. Onge III: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Walter J. St. Onge III

Partner
Boston,  MA  U.S.A.
Phone617-239-0389

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Practice Areas

  • Public Finance
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure
  • Municipal Insolvency and Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Energy & Cleantech
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Educational Institutions
 
University Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 1978
 
Law SchoolColumbia University, J.D., 1981
 
AdmittedU.S. District Court; Massachusetts
 
Memberships 

Memberships

Boston Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers President: 2005-2006 President-Elect: 2004-2005 Treasurer: 2003-2004 Member of Board of Directors: 2001-2007 Former Chair and Vice Chair - NABL Securities Law and Disclosure Committee
The American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow

 
BornWinsted, Connecticut, 1956
 
Biography

Walter St. Onge serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel or counsel to underwriters throughout New England and elsewhere for financings by states, municipalities and public authorities for transportation, housing, health care, educational, solid waste, industrial development and general governmental purposes. He also serves as borrower's counsel to non-profit colleges. Since 2005, Walter has been included in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers listing by Thomson Reuters, as well as in the Best Lawyers in America publication for his work in Public Finance Law. He has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA. Walter has also been named as a fellow by The American College of Bond Counsel and served as President of the National Association of Bond Lawyers in 2005-2006.
•Served as bond counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in connection with establishment of its $1.5 billion federal highway grant anticipation note program to finance a portion of the cost of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston. This program was one of the first bond programs of its type to be undertaken in the country. The firm drafted the necessary special legislation to carry out this unique program and worked with Commonwealth representatives and their investment bankers to structure the program as an asset-backed securitization financing.

•Served as bond counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with respect to establishment of its approximately $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, including the initial issuance in 2010 of approximately $576 million of special obligation bonds to finance the program.

•Served as bond counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in connection with the refinancing of approximately $2 billion of outstanding bonds issued by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

•Serves as bond counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and served as disclosure counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bond counsel services to Vermont and New Hampshire include primary responsibility for preparation of disclosure documents. Services to Vermont and New Hampshire also include bond counsel services for the New Hampshire Turnpike System and Vermont's Transportation Infrastructure Bonds. Also served as underwriters' counsel in connection with the issuance of general obligation bonds and special obligation bonds of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Connecticut and the Cities of Manchester, New Hampshire and Worcester, Massachusetts.

•Served as special counsel to Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation in connection with the conversion, remarketing and refunding of pollution control revenue bonds issued by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on behalf of Niagara Mohawk.

•Served as bond counsel and underwriters' counsel to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (the MBTA) and special counsel to the MBTA in connection with its participation in various leasing transactions.

•Served as underwriters' counsel for Massachusetts Turnpike Authority financings and Puerto Rico Highway Authority.

•Served as bond counsel to the Town of Rochester, Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency for the SEMASS waste-to-energy facility in Rochester, Massachusetts and underwriters' counsel in connection with financings for a waste-to-energy facility undertaken by the Solid Waste Disposal Authority of the City of Huntsville, Alabama.

Regions
Central and Eastern Europe (CEEMENA)

Experience

Dudley Square Center

As longstanding bond counsel to the City of Boston, MA Edwards Wildman served in that capacity and as NMTC counsel for the 2012 financing of a 175,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in the former Ferdinand's building to be leased to the City of Boston, which plans to relocate the Boston School District administrative offices to the project upon completion.

Edwards Wildman Represents Northeastern University in Connection with $250 Million Bond Issue to Finance New Science and Engineering Facility

Edwards Wildman represented Northeastern University as bond counsel and borrower's counsel in connection with the issuance of $250,000,000 aggregate principal amount of tax-exempt and taxable bonds, which were issued on January 23, 2014. The proceeds of the bonds will be used by the university primarily to finance the construction, furnishing and equipping of a new, approximately 225,000 square foot, six-story Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB).

State of Vermont General Obligation Bonds

Edwards Wildman has served as bond counsel to the State of Vermont in connection with all debt issued by the State since July 2004.

State of Vermont Transportation Infrastructure Bonds

Edwards Wildman served as bond counsel in connection with the issuance by the State of Vermont of its $11,165,000 Special Obligation Transportation Infrastructure Bonds, 2013 Series A, which were issued in August 2013.

Northeastern University 501(c)(3) Revenue Bonds

Edwards Wildman has served as bond counsel and borrower's counsel to Northeastern University in connection with the issuance of qualified 501(c)(3) bonds by the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (and its predecessor) for the benefit of Northeastern University and also in connection with the direct issuance of corporation bonds by the University.

Vermont Special Obligation Transportation Infrastructure Bonds

In 2012, a team of Edwards Wildman public finance lawyers served as bond counsel to the State of Vermont for the $10,820,000 Special Obligation Transportation Infrastructure Bonds 2012 Series A.

Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust Bond Counsel

Edwards Wildman served as bond counsel to the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust for the $240,585,000 State Revolving Fund Bonds, Series 16 in 2012.

New Hampshire Federal Highway Grant Anticipation Bonds

In 2012, our Public Finance lawyers served as bond counsel to the State of New Hampshire for the $98,250,000 Federal Highway Grant Anticipation Bonds 2012 Series.

Massachusetts SIFMA Index Bonds

Our Public Finance team served as bond counsel to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the $171,145,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds 2012 Series A and $291,705,000 General Obligation Bonds Consolidated Loan of 2012, Series A (SIFMA Index Bonds).

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Duly Noted

Our lawyers served as bond counsel to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the $1,200,000,000 General Obligation Revenue Anticipation Notes $600,000,000 2011 Series A and $600,000,000 2011 Series B.

Insights
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: SEC Modifies Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative and Delays Deadline for Issuers and Obligors
August 1, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: SEC Announces Initiative for Self-Reporting Municipal Continuing Disclosure Non-Compliance
March 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: SEC Enforcement Action for Fraud Relating to Misrepresenting Continuing Disclosure Failings
August 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - SEC Provides Important Municipal Securities Disclosure Guidance in Harrisburg Enforcement Proceeding
May 2013
11th Annual Tax & Securities Law Institute
March 14-15, 2013 event
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - The National Association of Bond Lawyers Releases White Paper on Federal Tax Reform Issues Relating to Tax-Exempt Bonds
September 2012
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - Federal Budget Sequestration May Reduce Direct Pay Subsidies for Build America Bonds and Other Direct Pay Obligations
September 19, 2012
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - The LIBOR Situation - A Public Finance Perspective
July 19, 2012
Client Advisory - Effect of Proposed SEC Rules for Municipal Advisor Registration on Appointed Members of Governing Bodies of Municipal Entities and Board Members and Employees of Conduit Borrowers
January 2011
Client Advisory - SEC Amends Continuing Disclosure Requirements for Municipal Securities
July 2010

News
Locke Lord, Edwards Wildman Approve Combination; Form 'Top 50' AmLaw Firm of 1,000 Lawyers, 23 Offices
December 1, 2014
Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes 35 Edwards Wildman Lawyers for Excellence
June 4, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Chambers USA 2013 Ranks 36 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
May 28, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Walter St. Onge Discusses How Bond Lawyers Should Be Vigilant in The Bond Buyer
March 15, 2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012
Chambers USA 2012 Ranks 33 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
June 7, 2012
Bond Team Advises Client in Bond Buyer 'Deal of the Year'
December 9, 2011
EAPD Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers 2010
October 7, 2010
Sixty EAPD Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
August 10, 2010

 
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SEC Modifies Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative and Delays Deadline for Issuers and Obligors
Mark-David Adams,Walter J. St. Onge, August 4, 2014
On July 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced modifications to its Enforcement Division’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (“MCDC Initiative”). The SEC expects that its changes will provide greater opportunity...

SEC Announces Initiative for Self-Reporting Municipal Continuing Disclosure Non-Compliance
Richard A. Manley,Michael H. Meidinger,Walter J. St. Onge, March 20, 2014
On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a new self-reporting initiative for issuers and underwriters of municipal securities. The so-called Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) offers potentially favorable...


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Walter J. St. Onge III

111 Huntington Avenue
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