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Justin Cooper leads Orrick’s Finance Sector and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He also chairs the Public Finance Department’s nationally prominent housing finance group.Justin's practice is focused primarily in the following areas:
Justin is on the Board of Directors of the California Housing Consortium and is a past Chairman of the Bond Buyer's California Public Finance Conference. He speaks frequently at conferences and other industry events.
Justin is known in the affordable housing community in particular for being a solution-oriented lawyer who understands the business fundamentals of affordable housing and real estate finance as well as being fully versed in the applicable laws and regulations. He frequently collaborates with developers and other participants in the development of new financial structures and products designed to lower overall financing costs for housing providers and thereby increase both the supply and quality of available affordable housing.
Barbara provides tax advice in connection with tax-exempt financing transactions for cities, counties, states, school districts, charter schools, housing authorities, higher education authorities, state agencies and other tax-exempt organizations.
She also has significant experience representing nonprofit organizations. Formerly an attorney with the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, Barbara has represented clients before the IRS in a variety of matters involving tax-exempt bonds, including audits and private letter ruling requests. She has participated in all facets of the tax analysis associated with the issuance of governmental purpose bonds, certain tax credit bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, qualified residential rental bonds and qualified small issue bonds.
Barbara has served on the Steering Committee and has chaired the Working Capital panel and the Bond Direct Purchase - Advanced Tax Topics panel for the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, the oldest and largest annual gathering of bond lawyers.
Jenna Magan is the co-chair of Orrick's Public Finance Department and is a partner in the Sacramento office. She has completed several hundred public finance transactions, providing her with a broad expertise in a number of public finance practice areas.
Jenna has worked on virtually all structures available in public finance, including fixed and variable, tax-exempt and taxable, insured (including FHA mortgage insurance), letter of credit (including FHLB wraps) and liquidity supported bonds, conversions, restructurings and reofferings, senior/subordinate, capital appreciation and convertible capital appreciation bonds, securitizations, project finance, direct purchases, bank-qualified transactions and 144A offerings.
Christine Reynolds is a partner in the Public Finance Department. She has broad experience as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel and borrower’s counsel across a wide range of public finance sectors.
Christine’s expertise includes various general obligation and revenue bond financings, including those relating to transportation, education, healthcare, water and wastewater, urban renewal, public power and other infrastructure financings.
She has extensive knowledge and experience with disclosure requirements for municipal issuers under federal securities laws, including both initial and continuing disclosure issues, material events disclosure, public offerings, private placements and other matters.
Christine is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars given by trade and professional organizations within the municipal finance industry.