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Building on a nearly 100-year firm history in public finance that includes the financing of such iconic projects as the Golden Gate Bridge and Carnegie Hall, Orrick’s public finance lawyers have handled thousands of public finance transactions, and consistently ranks as the top public finance firm in the United States.

Our clients include municipal issuers, non-profit corporations, Indian tribes, underwriters, private borrowers, credit providers, investment providers, swap/derivative product providers and others in both primary and secondary market transactions.

Unmatched Experience with Municipal Debt

Our experience encompasses every type of project or program financed with municipal debt, whether tax-exempt or taxable, for municipal or private borrowers. Examples include a broad range of infrastructure, cultural, sports, transportation, utility, housing, health care, education, and other projects.

Post-Issuance Compliance and Enforcement Issues

In conjunction with Orrick’s wholly owned subsidiary, BLX Group, we also are a leader in helping clients and other municipal market participants with post-issuance compliance and enforcement issues, including arbitrage rebate, continuing disclosure, investment placement and management, program administration, IRS audits, SEC investigations, defaults, bankruptcies, and other workouts.

The Bond Buyer Rankings and Awards

2013 Thomson Reuters Rankings

  • No. 1 - Bond Counsel – 310 issues aggregating more than $32.7 billion dollars with a market share of 10.5%.
  • No. 1 Disclosure Counsel – 138 transactions aggregating more than $27 billion dollars with a market share of 25.6%.
  • No. 3 Underwriter's Counsel – 105 transactions aggregating more than $9.3 billion dollars with a market share of 4.3%.

2013 The Bond Buyer Far West Deal of the Year

The California Pollution Control Financing Authority's $733 million sale of water furnishing revenue bonds issued on behalf of the San Diego County Water Authority to fund the Carlsbad Desalination Project. The deal was executed as a public-private partnership with Poseidon Resources and represents the first-ever project financing of a seawater desalination plant in the municipal market, establishing a new asset class for investors.

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