Public Finance and Public Economic Incentives

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Andrew A. Ingrum
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Thompson & Knight real estate attorneys have broad experience in helping their clients structure beneficial financial transactions with governmental entities. For example, we have negotiated deals involving abatement of property tax and sales tax, use of tax revenues for improvements, and use of certificates of obligation to minimize tax obligations.

We provide the full range of public finance expertise, including serving as Bond Counsel, Underwriter's Counsel, Lender's Counsel, Issuer's Counsel, Credit Facility Counsel, Borrower's Counsel, and Trustee's Counsel. We represent developers and other businesses by working with state, city, municipal, and other governmental entities to develop incentives, legislation, tax abatement, and other benefits. Our expertise in governmental law enables us to help companies navigate the governmental maze and communicate with public entities to achieve their business goals.

Cities, counties, school districts, agencies, issuers, and other public-sector clients also look to us for guidance. Through our experience with business, we help our public-sector clients understand the practical needs of the communities they serve. We have assisted states, cities, and schools in obtaining operating funds through tax, revenue-and-grant anticipation financing, pension bonds, working cash bonds, insurance reserve bonds, sale-leaseback transactions, and other innovative structures.

Our experience includes a wide range of financing structures including fixed, variable rate, multi-modal, capital appreciation bonds, and derivatives. We have worked on transactions that have provided project financing (and in some cases, operational funds) for both public and private purposes. Our public finance practice is worldwide in scope and is strongly supported by the Firm's tax attorneys.