Public Finance

In the world of public finance, knowing the market and the rules everyone has to follow can be to your advantage. With Mintz Levin on your side, you know you have attorneys with the experience and knowledge to represent your interests effectively and efficiently in even the most complex public finance matters.

Mintz Levin has been a recognized national leader in public finance for more than 30 years. We represent issuers, conduit borrowers, underwriters, credit enhancers, and other market participants in tax-exempt bond financings, including initial issuance in the public and private placement markets. We also advise buyers and holders of tax-exempt bonds and their trustees as well as market participants on related matters, such as synthetic or derivative financial products, post-issuance compliance with tax and securities laws, legislative drafting and monitoring, and general financing matters. 

We apply our debt transaction experience in other contexts, including registered debt offerings, securitizations of assets, senior / subordinated debt transactions, Rule 144(A) offerings, and other taxable corporate and student loan transactions. We have substantial experience structuring innovative privatization projects for both public sector and private sector clients.

Quick Facts

  • Nationwide practice
  • 19 attorneys located in Boston and New York
  • Bond counsel on $45 billion in financings over past decade
  • Underwriters’ counsel on $40 billion in financings over the past decade
  • Attorneys include:
    • Past chair of American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Tax Exempt Financing
    • Past chair of ABA Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities
    • Prominent National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) members, including the head of the enforcement panel of the Bond Attorney Workshop
    • Published authors in the field of municipal securities law and disclosure, including the Securities Law chapter in NABL Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law
  • Frequently consulted to develop industry proposals or comments on securities legislation and regulations
  • Special advocacy counsel to National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities

Areas of Focus

  • Borrowers’ counsel for public and nonprofit hospitals, universities, and other nonprofits
  • Community development related bonds
    • Special assessments
    • Tax increment districts
    • PILOTs and tax credits
    • Fixed, variable, synthetic fixed, and multi-modal debt and credit enhancement

  • Counsel issuers and other participants in both the primary and secondary public markets
  • Represent bondholders, bond trustees, bond insurers, and borrowers in restructuring or resolving troubled transactions
  • Represent state sponsors, program managers, and other participants in the development and operation of Section 529 college savings plans and prepaid tuition plans
  • Structuring and documenting primary offerings
  • Underwriter’s counsel to leading national and regional investment banking firms

Rankings & Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Banking & Finance: Public Finance (Massachusetts)
    • 6 Public Finance attorneys listed
  • Best Lawyers in America: Public Finance
    • 3 Public Finance attorneys listed
  • Ranked among the top 25 bond counsel firms in the US by dollar volume for the past 8 years by Thomson Reuters
  • Ranked among the top 2 bond counsel firms in the Northeast by dollar volume for the past 11 years by Thomson Reuters
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”: Practice ranked top tier in Boston and New York

Clients We Serve

  • Bond buyers
  • Bond trustees
  • Bondholders
  • Conduit borrowers
  • Credit enhancers
  • Hospitals
  • Investment banking firms
  • Issuers
  • Nonprofits
  • Underwriters