Our Public Finance group brings deep and diverse experience to help achieve your financing objectives.
The group is spread across the country, with more than 80 lawyers in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With a history reaching back to the financing of the Golden Gate Bridge, our team celebrated a century of innovation in public finance in 2014.
Ranked by Thomson Reuters in as the No. 1 bond counsel, the No. 1 disclosure counsel in the United States once again for 2016, as well as the No. 5 underwriters counsel, our team averages over 500 bond issues, accounting for more than 13% market share, each year. The Bond Buyer awarded our work with the San Diego Unified School District as the 2016 Deal of the Year, our work with the District of Columbia’s Water Environmental Impact Bond - 2016 Non-Traditional Deal of the Year and our work with Chicago Health System’s $1 Billion Debt Restructuring – 2016 Healthcare Financing Deal of the Year.
We are honored by these distinctions, most of all because they reflect the fact that so many governmental and other clients have put their trust in us, often repeatedly.
We handle the full spectrum of financing matters involving state or local governmental entities. This includes municipal bonds, notes and other obligations, tax exempt or taxable, of every type anywhere in the U.S. or its territories, for public infrastructure and other capital improvement projects; public noncapital programs for deficit, cash flow, pension, unemployment insurance, workers compensation and similar financings; nonprofit health care, educational, cultural, low-income housing and other facilities; for-profit water, wastewater, energy, waste, multifamily housing and similar projects; Indian Tribal financings; IRS audits; SEC investigations, enforcement actions; secondary market repackagings (including tender option bonds); securitizations; public private partnerships; and bankruptcies and work-outs.
We bring a deep breadth of knowledge, insight and creative yet pragmatic solutions to our tax work in the public finance arena. We have one of the largest teams of lawyers with experience in the tax aspects of municipal bonds in the United States. Our team also handles dozens of IRS audits each year.
Our diversity of experience, together with a focus on sophisticated, tax-driven transactions, gives us unmatched strength and breadth in analyzing and opining on public finance tax matters, as well as creating innovative solutions to tax-related problems.
Another feature that differentiates our Public Finance practice is our special expertise in public finance securities law, disclosure (Rule 10b-5), continuing disclosure (Rule 15c2-12), municipal advisor rules, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and the intersection of securities laws and private placements (Rule 144A and Reg D), tender offers and securitizations.
As part of a full-service law firm, we can leverage resources from other practice areas, industry sectors and geographies to handle all aspects of a public transaction beyond traditional issues. Lawyers from a variety of our practice groups are an integral part of our Public Finance practice. These groups include:
In addition to our legal services, we provide both Orrick clients and other entities nationwide with financial services through our unique wholly owned subsidiary, BLX Group LLC, a registered municipal advisor and investment advisor. BLX Group’s services include financial and investment advice, investment bidding, swap advice, program administration, arbitrage rebate and other post-issuance tax compliance, and ongoing disclosure compliance.
Issuers and borrowers of municipal bonds have a significant number of post-issuance compliance obligations to maintain the tax-exempt status of interest on their bonds and to comply with disclosure obligations. Orrick, our wholly owned subsidiary BLX Group, or both can help clients navigate the complex web of post-issuance compliance and enforcement issues, including arbitrage rebate, ongoing disclosure and post-issuance tax compliance.
Our clients include:
In 2015, we were recognized by The Bond Buyer for the Deal of the Year.
We served as bond counsel to KentuckyWired Operations Company, LLC, in a groundbreaking P3 project to expand high-speed Internet availability statewide.
As noted by The Bond Buyer, the $324 million project "forged new territory in the P3 market with its unique, first-of-its-kind approach to broadband connectivity on a statewide basis, and was the first non-transportation P3 to use a tax-exempt governmental purpose bond structure that achieved full risk transfer." The first U.S. public-private partnership concession executed to fund the construction of a fiber optic network, the project was financed using a unique tax-exempt structure that was designed by our tax team.
In 2015, Thomson Reuters ranked us as the:
We were recognized by The Bond Buyer for the:
The Bond Buyer, 2015
The Bond Buyer, 2015
Thomson Reuters, 2014
The Bond Buyer, 2014
The Bond Buyer, 2014