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Carla Young focuses her practice on the tax requirements relating to bonds issued by state and local governments.
My work focuses on the tax aspects of municipal bond financings, including tax-exempt, taxable, and tax-advantaged debt obligations issued by or on behalf of state and local governments. I represent issuers, borrowers, underwriters, and lenders in a wide variety of bond issues that finance transportation and infrastructure projects, water and wastewater systems, public power projects, governmental facilities, nonprofit facilities, K-12 and higher education facilities, charter schools, and public infrastructure located in community development districts, among others.
I also represent issuers with the tax issues relating to restructurings of defaulted bond issues, including restructurings connected with bankruptcy proceedings. I frequently represent issuers and borrowers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in connection with requests for private letter rulings, bond examinations, and closing agreements.
Since the beginning of 2020, I have assisted municipal issuers with the impact of COVID-19, including restructurings to address related liquidity concerns, and served as co-bond counsel (tax) on the second Municipal Liquidity Facility transaction.
Previously, I was an attorney and assistant branch chief in the Tax-Exempt Bond Branch of the Office of Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products) at the IRS, where I was responsible for drafting published guidance and rulings, including guidance relating to Build America Bonds and other direct-pay obligations, as well as disaster area bonds. I also served as the chief counsel representative to the Tax-Exempt Bond Focus Group, which provides assistance to IRS agents in connection with examinations of tax-exempt bond issues. My experience in the government provides a unique perspective when counseling clients on issues relating to IRS bond audits and ongoing compliance with the tax rules, including the permitted uses of bond-financed facilities and actions that can be taken to remediate post-issuance noncompliance.
District of Columbia
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
Rutgers University, B.A., Accounting, with high honors
Carla is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) and frequently speaks on NABL panels related to tax law.
Carla was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 in the field of Public Finance Law.
While with the IRS, Carla received a U.S. Treasury performance award for legal work connected with the financial turmoil of 2008. She also received IRS Chief Counsel performance awards each year from 2006 to 2009.
This article covers client Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s $765 million Payroll Mobility Tax Senior Lien Refunding Green Bonds, which were priced Thursday in the primary market. The NP team serving as bond counsel on this deal includes New York City partners Ken Lind, Liz Columbo, and Adam Gordon; Washington, DC partner Carla Young; New York City counsel Abigail Olsen; and New York City associates Kate Stack, Paul Dewey, and Georgia Sackey, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance practice.
This article, which covers a debt restructuring of the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority outstanding indebtedness, mentions NP as legal advisors on the new indebtedness. The NP team includes Project Finance & Public Finance practice group leader Virginia Wong from New York, Washington, DC partners Mitch Rapaport and Carla Young, Los Angeles partner Angelica Valencia, New York associate Sebastian Torres-Rodriguez, and New York senior paralegals Carolyn Yi-Medina and Patrick McGovern, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.
In two separate articles, the publication highlighted the firm for advising American International Group, Inc. in the pending sale of a $5.1 billion affordable housing portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust. Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Liz Young is noted in one of the stories for leading the NP deal team.
In addition to Liz, the NP team includes Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Dara Histed, Project Finance & Public Finance partner Carla Young, Community Development Finance senior counsel Jeff Lesk, and Corporate partner John Partigan, all of Washington, DC; Global Finance partner Amanda Darwin, Affordable Housing & Real Estate associates Julie Stande and Ali Walendziak, and Community Development Finance associate Nury Aguasvivas, all of Boston; Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Emily Schwebke and Project Finance & Public Finance resident attorney Jacalyn Smith, both of Chicago; Manchester Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Talia Burghard; Long Island Affordable Housing & Real Estate paralegal Lori Esposito; and Los Angeles Corporate paralegal Mina Gonzaque-Taylor.
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