Public Finance

Economic Development

Publicly financed economic development projects touch many areas of the law, but that doesn’t mean you need separate legal teams. Mintz Levin’s Economic Development Practice draws upon the legal resources within the firm to provide you with comprehensive counsel. Our attorneys address the other legal needs of your project, whether it’s real estate, health care, bankruptcy, environmental, federal regulation, or litigation work. Another resource we use to help you meet your objectives quickly and efficiently is our extensive experience representing economic development clients.

Our experience includes revenue bond financings for stadiums; not-for-profit institutions, including health care, higher education, and cultural facilities; water, wastewater, solid waste, and resource recovery facilities; and parking garages. We have also represented clients in tax-backed issues involving PILOTs, personal income tax bonds, special purpose districts, and tax increment financings as well as in tax-exempt housing bonds, infrastructure and transportation financings, and public-private partnerships. Mintz Levin has served as lead counsel on transactions for numerous state and local authorities, local development corporations, and other issuers throughout the Northeast.

Quick Facts

  • Nationally recognized leader in public finance and economic development
  • Bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and developer’s counsel in billions of dollars in tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions for major economic development and governmental initiatives
  • Work with closely with firm’s Real Estate Practice in representing governmental entities, developers, lenders, tenants and landlords, and investors in and users of commercial and residential properties
  • Comprehensive counseling on economic development and on all facets of real estate and related environmental law issues
  • 50+ economic development projects in the past 5 years alone include housing developments, parking structures, solid waste facilities, civic or not-for-profit facilities of various types, hotels, manufacturing plants, and cogeneration facilities
  • Understand all facets of governmentally induced economic development on both a state and local government level

Areas of Focus

  • Assist governmental issuers of tax-exempt and taxable debt with the structuring and documentation of bond issues, from the earliest conceptual planning to the closing
  • Serve as borrower’s counsel, bond counsel, and in other counsel roles in bond financings for economic development projects
  • Draft enabling legislation and authorizing votes
  • Assist issuers in seeking necessary approvals from other governmental authorities
  • Review tax and other legal issues relating to the structure of bond issues
  • Draft and review documents related to the sale and issuance of bonds
  • Assist issuers in the preparation of official statements and other offering and disclosure documents
  • Draft continuing disclosure undertakings
  • Assist issuers in presenting information to bond-rating agencies and providers of credit enhancement
  • Render approving legal opinions regarding the validity of bond issues, the source of payment and security for the bonds, and the federal and state income tax status of the interest on the bonds
  • Oversee and coordinate the execution of all necessary documents

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Meghan B. Burke

Meghan B. Burke

Member / Chair, Public Finance Practice & Chair, Education Practice

Richard H. Moche

Richard H. Moche

Member / Chair, Public Finance, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Environmental Division

Clients We Serve

  • Public authorities
  • Agencies
  • Public benefit corporations
  • Issuers that provide tax-exempt and taxable financing for civic or not-for-profit facilities, including:
    • Housing developments
    • Parking structures
    • Arenas and stadiums
    • Solid waste facilities
    • Hotels
    • Manufacturing plants
    • Cogeneration projects

  • Not-for-profits institutions, including those financing:
    • Health care facilities 
    • Higher education facilities
    • Cultural facilities