Nixon Peabody is expanding its Project Finance and Public Finance practice with the arrival of Christopher J. Reitzel as partner in the firm’s New York City office and Jeffrey Pohl as counsel in the firm’s Albany office.
“We are excited to welcome Chris and Jeff to our practice who, through our national platform, will be well-situated to work on some of the most innovative deals not just in New York but across the U.S.,” said Andrew Glincher, CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody.
Chris focuses his practice serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel to many of the nation’s largest and most complex public issuers in areas such as transportation and infrastructure, health care, environmental, housing and public power, among others. In New York, Chris has regularly worked on financings for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), the Environmental Facilities Corporation, Empire State Development (as well as the Transportation Development Corporation), the Long Island Power Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City.
“I think issuers and underwriters will continue to need thoughtful, creative solutions for financing needs, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to provide those solutions,” said Chris. “Nixon Peabody’s Public Finance practice is one that I have admired for a long time, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the team now.”
Jeff focuses his practice on public finance and on related matters involving legislation, procurement, public authority governance, municipal law and local finance, the experience of which he gained from his time as general counsel to DASNY and deputy counsel to the NYS Office of the State Comptroller. Spanning over 15 years, Jeff advised across a broad range of public finance and procurement matters during his time at DASNY, including bond issuances on behalf of the Authority’s private and public clients, and the initiation of grant programs and statutory finance by the Authority. As deputy counsel to the Office of State Comptroller, Jeff advised on the complex analysis of local finance transactions and drafted regulations relating to local governments’ debt issuance.
Chris and Jeff have worked closely together and will continue to work closely together on various financings.
“Q1 has been one of the strongest quarters we’ve seen for our practice,” said Ken Lind, leader of Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance and Public Finance practice. “Chris and Jeff’s arrival will enhance our depth and brand in the public finance industry through their experience and reputation in this area. We look forward to expanding our relationships with common clients and introducing them to other clients.”