Mark-David Adams

Mark-David Adams

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Mark-David Adams is a public finance attorney and tax counsel with over 30 years of experience in municipal finance, taxation and project finance law, with particular knowledge in a wide variety of public financings, the majority of which have been for Florida issuers. Mark has participated in transactions involving the use of interest rate swaps, options, various forms of credit enhancement, commercial paper programs, forward contracts and other derivative products. Mark has served as counsel to banks, underwriters, governmental entities and mutual funds.

Mark-David Adams is a public finance attorney and tax counsel with over 30 years of experience in municipal finance, taxation and project finance law, with particular knowledge in a wide variety of public financings, the majority of which have been for Florida issuers. Mark has participated in transactions involving the use of interest rate swaps, options, various forms of credit enhancement, commercial paper programs, forward contracts and other derivative products. Mark has served as counsel to banks, underwriters, governmental entities and mutual funds.

Mark has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA every year since 2016 in the area of Banking & Finance: Public Finance.

Mark’s representative experience includes:

  • Served as Bond Counsel for $347,605,000 Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Refunding Revenue Bond, Series 2019, which was a crossover refunding that is expected to enable the Authority to convert the interest rate on the Bond to a tax-exempt rate in 2021 and the recipient of The Bond Buyer’s 2019 Southeast Region Deal of the Year Award
  • Represented Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Hillsborough Counties, the South Florida Water Management District, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Lakeland, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Punta Gorda, Coral Springs and the Town of Palm Beach in Florida public financings
  • Represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Shelby County (Memphis), Tennessee, The County of DuPage, Illinois, Craven County, North Carolina, the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation, The City of St. Louis, Missouri, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as bond counsel and tax counsel
  • Served as underwriters' counsel for the first internet offering (on a negotiated sale basis) of the State of Tennessee
  • Provided advice to the Comptroller of the State of Tennessee in connection with the promulgation of the State's "Guidelines for Interest Rate and Forward Purchase Agreements"
  • Worked on financings for Miami International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Lambert-St. Louis International and Palm Beach International Airports
  • Served as Bond Counsel for $546,120,000 South Florida Water Management District Certificates of Participation, Series 2006, which was the largest certificate of participation transaction in Florida history; the first COP deal issued to finance environmental restoration and the recipient of The Bond Buyer’s national Deal of the Year Award
  • Member of the team that caused the Florida Supreme Court to reverse its initial ruling on rehearing in Strand v. Escambia County
  • Obtained a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service that permitted a major university to retroactively change its project financing accounting method
  • Represented clients before the IRS on audit review
  • Advises clients in connection with complying with the Dodd-Frank Protocols being implemented by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc.
  • Served as Bond Counsel and Tax Counsel for $122,005,000 Palm Beach County, Florida Public Improvement Revenue Bonds (Professional Sports Franchise Facility Project), Taxable Series 2015C and Tax-Exempt Series 2015D, which were issued to finance a joint spring training facility for two major league baseball teams
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Education
  • LL.M., in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1986
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1985
  • A.B., Lafayette College, 1982
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1985
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, American Bar Association - Taxation Section
    • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, Recognized Practitioner, Chambers USA (2016-2020)
Professional History
    • Exploration and Production Unit of Mobil Corporation
    • Intern, Corporate Audit Unit for Phillip Morris Corporation