Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group was ranked fourth in the nation for competitive sales in The Bond Buyer’s 2019 Top Bond Counsel rankings, with 175 issues totaling $3.59 billion, the highest number of issues of any firm in the top 10. In addition, the Firm ranked 13th overall among bond counsel firms and 11th overall among underwriters’ counsel firms. In the past year, the Public Finance group served as bond counsel to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County on its novel $348 million crossover refunding, which received the Southeast Region Deal of the Year Award from The Bond Buyer. Other notable deals included: representing the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as bond counsel in the issuance of $664.2 million in transportation refunding bonds; representing the North Texas Tollway Authority as issuer’s counsel in the issuance of $652.4 million in revenue refunding bonds; serving as bond counsel to the Narragansett Bay Commission in connection with a $268.7 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; serving as disclosure counsel to the State of Rhode Island in two transactions and to the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority in four transactions; serving as bond counsel for numerous Massachusetts Development Finance Agency conduit bond issues; serving as bond counsel for multiple Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency single family housing bond issues; and serving as bond counsel in the sale of general obligation bonds for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the cities of Boston, Worcester and Attleboro, Mass., and the City of Portsmouth, N.H.
Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group has one of the largest bond counsel practices in the country. For more than 130 years, the Firm has been involved in the law of public borrowing and the federal tax and securities aspects of public debt obligations. The Firm’s public finance lawyers have extensive experience nationwide serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, bank counsel, special tax counsel and trustee’s counsel for governmental and quasi-governmental issuers, special purpose entities, tax-exempt organizations and other entities and financial institutions.