Public Finance

Results achieved in prior matters are not meant to be a guarantee of success as the facts and legal circumstances vary from matter to matter.

Wilentz ranked as the #2 Bond Counsel in New Jersey for 2022, based on statistics compiled by Refinitiv.

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The attorneys on the Public Finance Team at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. have more than 80 years of combined experience in the practice of public finance law and have participated in virtually every type of tax-exempt and taxable public finance transaction, including many innovative and ground-breaking financings completed in the State of New Jersey and elsewhere throughout the nation.

We have extensive experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, credit provider’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, and general counsel in hundreds of public offering and private placement financings completed by governmental entities, including the State of New Jersey and several of its authorities and agencies, and numerous counties, county improvement authorities, municipalities, school boards, housing authorities, municipal utility authorities, parking authorities, redevelopment authorities, and other local-level authorities. These financings have included competitively bid and negotiated new money and refunding general obligation and revenue bond financings, tax-exempt and taxable financings, tax revenue and anticipation note financings, certificate of participation financings, Build America bond financings, varying forms of appropriation and lease financings and all types of conduit revenue bond financings. We have participated in transactions that have financed or refinanced numerous types of public infrastructure and other capital improvement projects, including roads, highways, bridges, water, sewer, wastewater, solid waste disposal, commuter rail, grades K-12 and higher education schools, energy, non-profit health care, housing, cultural and other similar facilities.

We also provide guidance to issuers, underwriters, and other transaction participants with respect to the requirements of federal securities laws, rules, and regulations applicable to public finance transactions, including their continuing disclosure obligations under SEC Rule 15c2-12, and the rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

In addition, our Public Finance attorneys have extensive experience representing the State of New Jersey and various state authorities and agencies in connection with variable rate debt obligations, interest rate swap agreements, and other derivative financial instruments and have provided legal advice to those clients relating to the multitude of legal and tax issues involved with such debt obligations and derivative products.

Our legal advice and experience allow us to resolve complex and unique public finance legal issues in creative and innovative ways for the development, financing, and implementation of their most significant projects. We represent every client with the express goal of providing quality, cost-effective, and responsive legal services.

Accordingly, with our extensive experience, insight, and perspective, we provide significant value to our wide variety of clients when representing and assisting them in the public finance marketplace.