Eversheds Sutherland possesses the national experience and local knowledge to guide clients through the complexities of public finance transactions.
Clients who borrow in the tax-exempt bond markets want the most advantageous terms possible and Eversheds Sutherland can help. We began by serving primarily as Georgia bond counsel, but our practice has grown far beyond those roots. Our public finance lawyers work with issuers, underwriters and commercial bankers across the country. We advise on all aspects of structuring, documenting, negotiating and closing public finance transactions. In particular, our nationally recognized tax, derivatives, broker-dealer, construction and energy practices allow us to bring to our public finance clients a comprehensive array of expertise and experience that is unique.
Eversheds Sutherland’s traditional tax-exempt bond practice covers the waterfront, representing issuers, underwriters, commercial bankers and other investors in connection with public offerings and direct purchases of general obligation, water and sewerage, airport, recreation, medical center, university, cultural facility and electric generation facility and industrial development revenue bonds. Eversheds Sutherland represents banks, both when they act as credit enhancers and when they purchase bonds for their own account.
We also advise private-sector clients on their interactions with government counterparties. The knowledge we gain in public finance transactions proves useful to a number of our clients in transactions that may not involve any debt—from incentive transactions, to the sale and purchase of energy (whether for physical or financial settlement), to the sale and purchase of the power plants themselves.
Why Eversheds Sutherland
Exempt organizations experience. We serve exempt organizations of all types including colleges, universities, medical centers, cultural facilities, foundations and others. One attorney is an advisor on an exempt organization’s board of directors, so we intimately understand the pertinent issues of these types of organizations.
Deep tax knowledge. Eversheds Sutherland’s public finance lawyers are tax lawyers from the start. We bring together the tax expertise with the attorneys actually structuring the deal and drafting the documents to create efficiencies. In most other firms, these functions are separate.
Comprehensive expertise. Our public finance advice extends beyond the basics of the bond issue. We frequently rely on our tax, derivatives, broker-dealer, construction and energy practices to assist our public finance clients in the nuances of particular deals.
Nuts and Bolts
Eversheds Sutherland can assist clients looking for advice and counsel on all types of public finance transactions, wherever they are based.
Sutherland helps raise over $1 billion for nonprofit healthcare systems.
Sutherland helped three nonprofit healthcare systems raise more than $1 billion dollars in tax-exempt funds.
Sutherland is Georgia’s transportation bond counsel.
Our attorneys served as bond counsel for Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority in all of Georgia’s GARVEE bond issues, in Georgia’s first stand-alone toll revenue bond issue and in connection with toll revenue debt financing for Georgia’s first public-private partnerships for managed lanes.
Sutherland assists underwriters in financings for electric cooperatives.
During the past five years, our attorneys represented the underwriters in a dozen offerings for eight electric generation and transmission cooperatives for facilities located across the country.
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§ “Diversity at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP” to “Diversity at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP”
§ “Diversity” section:
o The firm’s emphasis on diversity is reflected in numerous ways throughout the firm, such as the manner in which we recruit lawyers and other employees, our work-life policies and our professional service efforts. We have been recognized for our achievements in diversity. More importantly, we understand the significant role a diverse community plays in the firm's growth and development.
§ “Our Awards and Recognitions” section:
o Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP continues to be recognized for its efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and in the legal profession. In 2016 we were named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” having earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and we also were ranked a Top 100 Firm for Minority Attorneys by Law360. In addition, the firm was awarded the Gold Standard Certification for the fifth consecutive year by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.
§ “Our Commitment” section:
o Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is committed to promoting diversity within the firm and in the legal profession. We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more productive law firm. We hire and promote qualified lawyers and other professionals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. We understand that diversity enhances our value to clients by allowing us to staff our client teams with professionals who possess broad experiences and a spectrum of perspectives.
o Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has a cross-office Diversity Committee with responsibility for supporting and enhancing our firm culture. Our committee has helped coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance diversity within our firm and the community. Affinity groups at the firm serve as support networks for attorneys of color; women lawyers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys.
o We are committed to working with our clients as they pursue the common goal of a professional workplace where opportunity is available to all.