Orrick Grows Market Leading Public Finance Practice


Orrick announced today that leading healthcare finance lawyer Robyn Helmlinger has joined the firm’s Public Finance Group as a partner, based in San Francisco. She joins the firm from Squire Patton Boggs where she led their healthcare finance initiative.

“Robyn is widely recognized as one of the top healthcare finance lawyers in the country. She has built a substantial practice and developed institutional relationships that will add strength on strength. We’re thrilled to welcome yet another leading woman to the team,” said Jenna Magan, who recently became co-leader of Orrick’s Public Finance practice with Roger Davis. Jenna takes over for Justin Cooper, who has stepped into the role of Finance Sector Leader. Orrick, for the 20th year, was the nation’s #1 bond counsel for 2018, as well as the #1 disclosure counsel and #2 underwriters counsel nationally.

For two decades, Robyn has been advising issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds, with a focus in the U.S. healthcare industry. She counsels clients on implementing complex financings and debt programs and developing new financial structures. Most recently, Robyn advised a newly created hospital authority on its first borrowing, which included restructuring its treasury management services, and counseled a nonprofit healthcare system on a two-phase restructuring of its existing debt, in order to implement a new master debt structure.

“I am simply thrilled to join this dominant practice in public finance and in the healthcare sector – and one known for innovating and driving market changes,” said Robyn.

Robyn is a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, a member of the National Association of Bond Counsel and a founding member and advisory committee member of Women in Public Finance – Northern California Chapter.

Over the past five years, Orrick has ranked as the #1 bond counsel, with a 16.9% market share, and #3 underwriter’s counsel, with a 7.2% market share, by Thomson Reuters for health care financings nationally (based on dollar volume). In 2018, Orrick continued to hold its dominant position as the #1 bond counsel on healthcare transactions with more than double the par amount handled by the runner up firm. The team works with many of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the United States and has served as bond, disclosure, issuer or underwriters counsel on more than 400 healthcare issues totaling $40 billion since 1998.