Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group is a premier, nationally-recognized public finance practice, with over 130 years of involvement in the law of public borrowing and the federal tax and securities aspects of public debt obligations. Our experience, expertise and exemplary client service have earned us recognition as one of the foremost public finance law firms in the country. We are consistently ranked among the top public finance practices nationally. According to The Bond Buyer’s Full Year 2019 National Rankings, the Firm ranked 4th nationally as bond counsel for competitive deals with 175 issues, the highest number of competitive 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 Bond Buyer’s 2019 Northeast Yearend Review, the Public Finance Team ranked fourth top bond counsel overall in the Northeast and top bond counsel in Massachusetts and Vermont.
The Firm’s public finance lawyers have extensive experience nationwide serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel, issuer’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, bank counsel, special tax counsel and trustee’s counsel representing the full range of governmental and quasi-governmental issuers, special purpose entities, tax-exempt organizations and other entities and financial institutions. Locke Lord’s public finance lawyers are active in many states across the country and our clients include virtually every type of issuer in the municipal bond market, ranging from states, cities and towns, and numerous other governmental entities and conduit issuers and borrowers including, educational and healthcare institutions. The Firm’s Public Finance Practice Group has one of the largest bond counsel practices in the country.
Each year Locke Lord is an integral participant in hundreds of separate issues of tax-exempt bonds and notes totaling billions of dollars. This high volume of public finance work spans the full range of tax-exempt debt issues, including work with all different types of:
- Governmental issuers (from states to school districts to special independent authorities, from cities to counties, and from transportation agencies to towns)
- Public purposes (from schools to sewers, stadiums to solid waste facilities, convention centers to commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities, housing to hospitals, arenas to airports, and colleges to charitable organizations)
- Credits and security structures (from highly rated state or university borrowers to unrated small towns or manufacturers, from general to special obligation debt, from traditional governmental debt to conduit and P3/project finance arrangements, and credit enhancements from bond insurance to letters of credit)
- Debt instruments (from short-term notes to long-term bonds, fixed or variable rate interest to derivative instruments, and capital leases to commercial paper programs)