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
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Municipal Insolvency and Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
  • Energy & Cleantech
 
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 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. Since 2005, Walter has been included in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers listing byThomson Reuters,as well as in theBest Lawyers in Americapublication for his work in Public Finance Law. He has been recognized as a leader in his field byChambers USA. Walter has also been named as a fellow by The American College of Bond Counsel.
•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.

 
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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...

SEC Enforcement Action for Fraud Relating to Misrepresenting Continuing Disclosure Failings
Richard A. Manley,Walter J. St. Onge,Jennifer Frauson Sullivan, August 2, 2013
On July 29, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced settled enforcement orders against an Indiana school district and the district’s underwriter for material false statements in the school district’s official statement relating to the district’s failure to comply...


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Walter J. St. Onge III

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613




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