Public Finance practice group

KJK’s Public Finance attorneys spend the time to learn each of our clients’ unique challenges and business structures to customize a strategic and innovative approach to provide the best and most efficient solutions. We find creative approaches to all styles of projects and public securities offerings involving public bodies and public/private partnerships. Our attorney’s extensive experience includes a broad range of public finance transactions involving offerings for political subdivisions, educational institutions, health-care providers, and non-profit and private corporations in direct and conduit borrowings. 

Our business attorneys practicing law in public finance have also served as counsel to cities, counties, state government, port authorities and other government entities. We have served as bond counsel and as counsel to underwriters, placement agents, borrowers, lenders, letter of credit providers and fiduciaries.

By way of example, our attorneys have acted as underwriters counsel for municipal clients, including the City of Cleveland, in municipal financings for general obligations and for water, sewer, power, and other improvement projects, as well as financings for other physical facilities and equipment purchases. These projects have involved building authority, special assessment, transportation fund, tax increment, revenue and refunding bonds.

We have also acted in various capacities in tax-exempt and taxable financings by and through various state agencies. We have previously, served as counsel for the Ohio Department of Development in connection with its tax-exempt finance work, including State 166 Loans and Enterprise Bond Fund transactions.

In addition to our experience on behalf of issuers in the State of Ohio, we have acted as underwriter’s counsel to investment banking firms and others involved in the issuance of securities. Our underwriter’s counsel practice includes advising clients on federal and state securities laws, the Internal Revenue Code and other local, state and federal law, including state “blue sky” compliance.

Our attorneys have significant expertise in related areas of law, including, banking, securities, tax and real estate, which allows our attorneys to draw from a sophisticated set of tools to achieve our clients goals. Among our lawyers, we have former bankers, capital markets licensed securities brokers, corporate credit analysts and accountants. Other unique and relevant expertise includes tax increment financing, derivatives and other capital market products, various types of credit enhancements, intercreditor negotiations in complex, multilayered financings, and business restructuring and recapitalizations for troubled bond offerings.