Our lawyers bring a unique combination of knowledge, creativity and sophisticated skills to all of our clients’ financing transactions, providing them with a trusted and versatile partner to respond to any challenge, even in changing or turbulent markets.

Our approach

No matter what the challenge, we offer practical solutions to support our clients’ objectives.

We understand the complexities of infrastructure and are involved with landmark projects across the country—from bridges across the Ohio River, transit hubs in New York City and San Francisco, to multiple solid waste and wastewater and energy projects.

Our team serves as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, disclosure counsel, consortium counsel and lenders’ counsel. We frequently represent clients in matters involving procurement, contracts, permitting, finance, energy, real estate, environmental and tax syndication.

Few firms have our proficiency in identifying and securing revenue streams that can be leveraged effectively for the useful life of the revenue-producing project.

We have close involvement in publicly owned and operated project financings throughout the United States and internationally, in-depth knowledge of capital market transactions and public-private partnerships (“PPPs”) as well as more traditional project finance methods.

Nixon Peabody now helps clients handle more complicated combinations of capital market debt and project finance debt, the use of convertible instruments and various forms of leasing transactions.

Who we work with

  • State and local governments
  • Lenders
  • Underwriters
  • Developers
  • Water and wastewater firms
  • Construction firms


  • Consistently ranked by ThomsonReuters among the top bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in the country and among the most active disclosure and special tax counsel.
  • In five of the last seven years, nominated as a finalist or winner as counsel to “Deals of the Year” by The Bond Buyer, the municipal market’s paper of record.
  •  Project Finance Magazine’s “North America Leisure Deal of the Year 2006” for the financings in connection with Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Recent experience

  • Goethals Bridge Replacement: Lenders’ counsel in connection with the issuance of tax-exempt bonds to fund the replacement of the Goethals’ Bridge and the demolition of the existing bridge for the benefit of the concessionaire in connection with a public private partnership transaction with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Private fertilizer plant: Served as lender’s counsel in connection with a $1.8 billion nitrogen-based fertilizer plant owned and operated by an affiliate of a global nitrogen-based fertilizer producer, engineering and construction company based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Privatized toll payment system: We have been engaged by, and have drafted the financing portion of the submission on behalf of, one of the bidders in connection with the proposal by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to install a new electronic payments program on its rail system.
  • Transbay Joint Powers Authority: Serving as financing counsel to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority in San Francisco, California, in connection with a multi-year, multi-billion dollar mixed use development to replace the former bus depot with a commuter rail/high-speed rail/regional bus facility that will service Bay Area commuters, portions of which will be financed with developer contributions and related real estate-based taxes. Parts of that project may be privatized.
  • Dulles Toll Road—Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority: MWAA obtained a 50-year permit to operate the Dulles Toll Road from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the permit agreements created many obstacles to the financing of the project that the firm was able to resolve. The bonds issued by MWAA are secured by a concession agreement in the form of a 50-year Permit and Operating Agreement. The tolls on the Dulles Toll Road are being used to finance an extension of the WMATA rail system to Dulles Airport. The firm was underwriters’ counsel on the first transaction and was subsequently appointed by the Authority to serve as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for their bond and commercial paper programs. We are currently working with WMAA in order to bond out expected payments under its full funding grant agreement.
  • Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority: We served as special counsel and tax counsel to PRHTA in connection with its recently closed P3 transaction relating to two toll roads. The firm resolved all indenture issues in connection with the defeasance of just under $1 billion of tax-exempt bonds and the negotiation of closing agreements with the IRS and delivered legal opinions concerning the relevance of the roads as assets from the current indenture.

How autonomous vehicles disrupt transportation planning

The Bond Buyer | July 27, 2018

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted in this article on how autonomous vehicles will impact the future of transportation planning.

The Jetson effect on transportation

The Bond Buyer | July 24, 2018

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo provides his perspective on how driverless cars will impact mass transit planning in this Bond Buyer podcast.

Time to express interest in federal water infrastructure loans

Law360 | April 29, 2018

San Francisco energy and environmental partner Alison Torbitt, New York City public finance partner Scott Singer and Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford co-wrote this article outlining an EPA loan program for new water infrastructure projects.

MTA bringing $100 million to market in shadow of S&P downgrade

The Bond Buyer | March 21, 2018

This article about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plan to sell $100 million in transportation revenue variable rate refunding bonds mentions Nixon Peabody as co-bond counsel for the sale.

First-half muni issuance was down in the Northeast

The Bond Buyer | August 18, 2017

This coverage notes Nixon Peabody’s jump from ninth to fourth place in Thomson Reuters’ list of top bond counsel for Northeast bond issuance for the first half of 2017.

Persistent Energy Ghana raises $1.5 million to support distribution of solar home systems in Ghana

Tech Moran | November 01, 2016

This story is about Persistent Energy Ghana’s $1.5M debt round financing that will be used as capital to buy solar home systems for low-income households in Ghana. New York City public company transactions partners Dan McAvoy and Richa Naujoks, and Boston global finance partner Frank Hamblett are working on this matter.

NY MTA official says derivatives under control

The Bond Buyer | October 26, 2016

This article is about New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) derivatives program and its recent $632 million closing of Series 2016D transportation revenue refunding bonds. Nixon Peabody is mentioned as co-bond counsel on the deal.

What's really going down with the CTA's big rail car deal

Crain's Chicago Business | February 22, 2016

Former Chicago alderman and Chicago partner Charles Bernardini is included in this column as representing Bombardier of Canada in a Chicago Transit Authority bid for 846 new rail cars.

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