Public Finance

Bond Counsel

Every transaction is different and possesses its own unique characteristics, and you need bond counsel who have the knowledge and experience to adapt and help you meet your objectives. Mintz Levin goes above and beyond to facilitate the issuance of debt obligations and assist our clients in achieving their financial goals. Our attorneys are regularly involved in the development and implementation of complex financing structures designed to meet the needs of sophisticated issuers with multiple financial and strategic concerns.

We can assist you with everything from large, publicly offered general obligation and revenue bond issues to private placements of private activity bonds. Mintz Levin’s Public Finance Practice has served as bond counsel to many of the most active bond issuers. We regularly serve as counsel to major national and regional investment banking firms and as counsel to borrowers in the health care and educational fields that are active in the bond markets. We are consistently ranked among the top bond counsel firms in New England, the Northeast, and nationally.

Quick Facts


  • 30+ years of experience as bond counsel
  • Assist clients with the following:
    • Competitive and negotiated bond issuance
    • Advanced and current refunding
    • Bond defeasements and tenders
    • Interest rate swaps
    • Derivative instruments
    • Forward purchase agreements
    • Variable rate and commercial paper borrowing programs

  • Bond counsel on $45 billion in financings over the past decade

Areas of Focus

  • Interact with rating agencies, trustees, financial advisors, and underwriters
  • Bond counsel for new money, combined new money and refunding, and stand-alone refunding issues; general obligation, special obligation, and double-barreled bonds; and fixed-rate, variable-rate and synthetic fixed rate, competitive, negotiated, and privately placed bonds
  • Prepare the Official Statement and the Official Notice of Sale for offerings
  • Research legal issues and prepare legal memoranda and opinion letters
  • Draft, negotiate, prepare, review, and deliver bond or note resolutions, supplemental bond resolutions, and any other documents related to debt issuance
  • Assist and support in obtaining desired ratings on debt from any of the nationally recognized rating agencies
  • Prepare and develop the framework for bond transactions
  • Identify and address all federal and state tax and securities law matters
  • Review investment agreements, repurchase agreements, and other collateral agreements
  • Prepare closing documents and negotiate and review legal opinions
  • Prepare and deliver final closing transcripts

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Practice rankings in The Bond Buyer (2011) based on over $3.8 billion:
    • #18 nationally
    • #7 in the Northeast
    • #2 in Massachusetts
    • #11 in New York
    • #1 in Vermont

  • Attorneys listed in the following:
    • Best Lawyers
    • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
    • New York Super Lawyers

  • Chambers USA (2012):
    • Attorneys ranked for Public Finance in Massachusetts

Clients We Serve

States and municipalities financing various project types, including the following:

  • Health care programs and facilities
  • Education programs and facilities
  • Student loans
  • Multifamily housing
  • Economic and industrial development
  • Sports stadiums and convention centers
  • Transportation
  • Water, sewer, power, and solid waste facilities