Joel Swearingen is an associate in the firm’s Project Finance and Public Finance practice group, representing issuers, underwriters, and borrowers on a variety of public finance transactions. He also has substantial experience in the field of tax withholding and information reporting, both internationally and domestically.
My practice includes representing clients on tax matters present in connection with public finance transactions. I also advise clients on the information reporting and withholding responsibilities (imposed by federal tax laws) associated with payments to non-employees, including payments reported on forms 1099 and 1042-S.
I represent issuers in traditional governmental financings, conduit borrowers (mostly 501(c)(3) organizations), and underwriters—all in connection with the issuance of tax-advantaged bonds. I am involved at all stages of the financing to ensure that a project is eligible to be financed with tax-advantaged bonds, that the terms pursuant to which such bonds are issued do not jeopardize the tax-advantaged status of the bonds, and that the bonds continue to qualify as tax-advantaged following the issue date of the bonds.
I encourage compliance with federal tax law limitations by ensuring that my clients understand and are informed about the limits imposed on their tax-advantaged bonds.
I have substantial experience representing clients in connection with international withholding and tax reporting obligations imposed on non-employee payments. My experience includes advising clients on their Chapters 3 and 4 (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) withholding obligations with respect to international payments to non-employees as well as their backup withholding obligations on domestic non-employee payments. These issues are a critical consideration for mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, debt and equity transactions as well as the majority of everyday business activities.
The Bond Buyer | February 18, 2021
This article mentions the firm as bond counsel on the City of Los Angeles’ hybrid tender offer and refunding related to the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles lease revenue bonds. The NP team includes Los Angeles partners Jade Turner-Bond and Dan Deaton; San Francisco partner Travis Gibbs; Washington, D.C. associate Joel Swearingen; and Los Angeles associate David Song—all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.
The Bond Buyer | December 14, 2020
This article mentions the firm as co-bond counsel to Empire State Development Corporation’s scheduled issuance of PIT bonds on behalf of New York State in a competitive deal to fund capital projects, for the work by New York City partner Chris Reitzel, counsel Abbie Olsen and associates Adam Gordon and Kate Stack, and Washington, D.C. partner Bruce Serchuk and associate Joel Swearingen, all in the Project Finance & Public Finance group.
The Bond Buyer | October 08, 2020
This article on the state of the municipal bond market covers the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s sale of almost $2.5 billion of personal income tax receipt bonds. The firm is mentioned as bond counsel for the work by New York partners Chris Reitzel and Virginia Wong, and associates Adam Gordon and Kate Stack; Albany counsel Jeff Pohl; and Washington, D.C. partner Bruce Serchuk and associate Joel Swearingen, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.
Public Finance | 07.30.20
Public Finance | 07.30.20
Public Finance Alert | 05.07.20
Public Finance Alert | 04.07.20
Public Finance Alert | 10.30.19
Georgetown University, LL.M., Taxation
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
Ohio State University, B.S., Economics
District of Columbia
Joel was named to the 2022 list of “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America© for Tax Law in Los Angeles, CA.