K&L Gates’ United States Public Finance practice has historically been centered in the firm’s Pacific Northwest offices. Over the years, the practice has expanded into other regions of the country, including North Carolina and Illinois.
Our public finance lawyers have advised hundreds of cities, towns, counties, states, state agencies, ports, public utilities, wastewater and transit agencies, school districts, fire districts, irrigation districts, and other public entities in bond issuances and other finance transactions. We have also represented underwriters, bond trustees, credit enhancement providers, conduit borrowers, and other entities involved in public finance transactions. K&L Gates is one of the leading bond counsel firms in the United States, and its work in 2015 as bond counsel included $3.242 billion in publicly sold bonds. The Bond Buyer’s 2015 Far West Year End Review ranked K&L Gates second in Washington, first in Alaska, and eighth in the Far West region for the dollar volume of bond issues. Our public finance lawyers work closely with project finance lawyers and our Energy & Infrastructure Projects and Transactions practice group on a range of financings and PPP transactions. Our public finance lawyers in the United States also liaise with colleagues in our London office who specialize in financing solutions for local authorities, where experience across widely divergent jurisdictions can provide useful perspectives. While finance matters have historically been the heart of our municipal practice, we have an impressive breadth of relevant experience. Our lawyers provide a wide variety of other legal services to our municipal clients, guiding them on energy issues, planning, permitting, land acquisition, procurement, construction claims and contracts, taxation, labor matters, litigation, environmental and regulatory proceedings, state and federal grants, and Indian tribal law. We regularly work with municipal clients on open public meetings, public records policy and disclosure, and election law issues.
As bond counsel in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, and Montana, we provide legal services in the issuance of general obligation bonds, utility revenue bonds, assessment bonds, industrial development bonds (and other types of private activity bonds), short-term obligations (tax, revenue, and bond anticipation notes), lines of credit, lease financing, tax increment financing, 501(c)(3) bonds, and refundings. We assist clients in financing projects using new tools available under the federal recovery act, including Recovery Zone Bonds, Build America Bonds, and various tax credit bonds. We help clients identify and resolve legal, practical, and political concerns in all phases of a bond issue. In addition to our extensive experience working with issuers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Illinois, we have worked with clients elsewhere in the United States and abroad.
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