Project Finance



Whether energy generation, transportation facilities, stadiums and arenas or other major infrastructure, our multidisciplinary team efficiently and effectively gets the deal done.

Because we know the industries in which our clients operate, we understand the distinct issues and concerns of each of the parties involved and how decisions along the way can have a unique impact. We navigate all of the individual perspectives, approvals, needs and requirements to reach agreement on all issues and complete the transaction.

Our approach

The large, often complex projects we work on bring together multiple entities that operate under different regulatory requirements, access capital from different sources, often have different goals and answer to ownership or management teams with distinct strategic priorities. The complexity of the deals requires a legal team with experience and agility.

We draw on Nixon Peabody’s diverse pool of talent and resources in environmental, real estate, investment and tax law to craft broadly reasoned strategies. This interdisciplinary capability is often a powerful asset for clients attempting to master complex infrastructure problems in a demanding legal environment.

In the energy sector, our lawyers have structured auctions of energy-generating facilities and helped clients acquire and dispose of energy and infrastructure assets, both in the U.S. and abroad. We represent project developers, electric and gas utilities and other energy enterprises before federal and state regulatory bodies in all phases of the regulatory process. In the area of economic development, we have worked on sports and entertainment venues, water facilities, hotels and convention centers, paper and pulp mills, transportation hubs and toll roads.

Who we work with

  • Merchant generating facilities
  • Utility-owned generating facilities
  • Publicly owned generating facilities
  • Combined heat and power projects
  • Pollution control facilities
  • Solid waste/resource recovery facilities
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Construction firms

Recent experience

  • 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.
  • 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.

Hudson Yards rides upgrades into $542 million sale

The Bond Buyer | October 15, 2021

This article focuses on New York City development Hudson Yards and its upcoming offering of Series 2022A fixed-rate revenue green bonds. Our firm is mentioned as co-bond counsel for the work by Project Finance & Public Finance team leader and New York City partner Ken Lind.

Solar tax equity investor exits ramp up

Power Finance & Risk | September 30, 2021

This article, on the growing shift among solar project owners to buy out tax equity investors as projects pass their recapture periods, quotes Albany Project Finance & Public Finance senior counsel Rich Cogen, co-leader of the Energy & Infrastructure Projects team, on the anticipated surge of investor exits in the coming years.

Forty Under 40 winners announced

Rochester Business Journal | September 24, 2021

This article announcing Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award winners for professional excellence and community contributions names Rochester Project Finance & Public Finance partner Barry Carrigan as one of this year’s honorees.

Rising Star: Jade Turner-Bond

The Bond Buyer | September 09, 2021

This article profiles Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Jade Turner-Bond following her selection by the publication as a “Rising Star.” The feature highlights Jade’s practice, the transformative impact of her work, and her commitment to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession.

The role of transportation in the Lake Tahoe Caldor Fire and other climate change catastrophes

Forbes | August 31, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo contributed this article on how transportation has impacted Lake Tahoe and the current evacuation due to the largescale Caldor Fire and other climate change-related events.

Sector analysis – Order in the court – The next US P3s

Inframation | August 23, 2021

This article analyzing public-private partnerships within the courthouse sector extensively quotes New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin for his thoughts on P3 procurement, the maintenance standards that make P3s attractive, and traditional tax-exempt finance procurement.

Project finance midyear review roundtable 2021

Power Finance & Risk | July 30, 2021

This article covers the publication’s recent roundtable event, where major players in the project finance space discussed the state of industry in the first half of 2021. Energy & Infrastructure Projects team co-lead and New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Ellen Friedman is quoted extensively for her outlook on the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan, the renewable energy space, and the development of new tax credit structures around 45Q. Ellen also discussed expanded SEC oversight on ESG disclosures, and the increased role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. on proposed, and sometimes closed, transactions as having a major impact on power and renewables project financing.

Deal diary-Blackstone and KKR chalk up more insurance investments

The Deal | July 15, 2021

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.

Four pandemic transportation-impacting pivots that should be permanently adopted

Forbes | June 30, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo contributed this column on four transportation-related pivots during the pandemic that should be permanently adopted, in part for their benefits to the environment, as well as for repurposing our time and priorities.

DIF fund to buy Oklahoma wind farm

Power Finance & Risk | June 09, 2021

This article mentions NP for advising DIF Capital Partners’ infrastructure fund on its agreement to acquire the Kingfisher wind farm in Oklahoma. The deal team includes Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Shariff Barakat, Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green, Buffalo Global Finance partner Martha Anderson, and Rochester Corporate associate Aya Hoffman.

Also contributing to the deal were New York City Corporate partner Rick Cox; Manchester partner Mark Beaudoin and San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group; and Washington, DC partners Elizabeth Whittle and Bob Daileader and counsel Ken Weiner, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

California sugarcane-to-ethanol plant verified green bond sale

The Bond Buyer | June 03, 2021

This article on the $575 million in bonds for California Ethanol + Power, which will fund the construction of the Sugar Valley Energy alternative fuel and energy plant to convert sugarcane into ethanol mentions NP as disclosure counsel. The NP team includes Los Angeles partners Dan Deaton and Angelica Valencia and New York City partner Scott Singer, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

Changing circumstances reduced demand for California school note program

The Bond Buyer | April 29, 2021

This article, on the California School Finance Authority’s borrowing program created to help school districts manage pandemic-driven budget deferrals, mentions NP as disclosure counsel for notes issued in March and April for elementary, high school, and community college districts. Los Angeles partners Rudy Salo and Dan Deaton, and San Francisco partners Travis Gibbs and Graham Beck, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group, advised CSFA in this deal. Update: New York Bankruptcy & Restructuring partner Robert Christmas also advised CSFA in this deal.

Women of Influence: Attorneys

Los Angeles Business Journal | April 26, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Jade Turner-Bond is profiled for being selected by the business journal as one of its most influential women attorneys for 2021.

Sleep no more

P3 Bulletin | April 21, 2021

In article on President Biden’s infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan, New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin is quoted extensively on the plan’s unique aspects, how it’s redefining the definition of infrastructure, and his outlook on public-private partnerships.

The dark side of electrification, part 2: Suburbs 2.0?

Forbes | April 14, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo contributed this article that explores electric vehicle adoption, shifting housing trends, and the future of public transportation.

Infrastructure redefined (podcast)

The Bond Buyer | April 13, 2021

In this podcast episode on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin is featured as a guest to discuss his outlook, including how the plan is redefining the definition of infrastructure to encompass broadband and electric-vehicle charging stations, among other areas.

Crossroads-Roddy Devlin of Nixon Peabody discusses Americas Jobs Plan

Inframation News | April 01, 2021

In this podcast episode on President Biden’s federal infrastructure investment proposal, the American Jobs Plan, New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin is featured as a guest to discuss the plan’s unique aspects and how it could further incentivize public-private partnerships.

Strata inks $150 million deal with Blackstone

Power Finance & Risk | April 01, 2021

This article on Strata Solar’s strategic partnership with Blackstone Credit mentions the firm for the work of Project Finance, Infrastructure & Real Estate department chair and Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Michael Goldman and Buffalo Global Finance partner Martha Anderson in advising the solar and battery storage developer.

COVID-19 sinks not-for-profit hospitals' operating margins

Modern Healthcare | March 25, 2021

This article, covering the pandemic’s impact on not-for-profit hospitals, quotes Chicago Project Finance & Public Finance partner Julie Seymour on how these hospitals have managed their expenses and reallocated resources in response to reduced demand for patient services.

Occidental CEO calls on big banks to invest in carbon capture, utilization space

S&P Global | March 22, 2021

This article quotes Energy and Infrastructure Projects practice team co-leader and New York City partner Ellen Friedman on how major banking institutions are pursuing carbon capture investment structures while mitigating sectorial risks, and also how investors are seeking further guidance and clarity from the IRS.

OCC rule misaligned with some tax equity safe harbors

Law360 | March 08, 2021

This contributed article, which examines the OCC’s finalized rule governing national banks’ ability to participate in equity-based finance structures involving tax credits, was authored by Project Finance & Public Finance partner Ellen Friedman and Global Finance senior counsel Larry Fruchtman, both in New York City; Community Development Finance partner Forrest Milder in Boston; and Community Development Finance partners Michael Goldman and Shariff Barakat, both in Washington, DC.

Engineering group gives U.S. infrastructure C-grade

Inframation News | March 03, 2021

This article on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure quotes New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin for his optimistic outlook on U.S. infrastructure.

'Mediocre' US infrastructure needs more funding, report says

Law360 | March 03, 2021

This article, focusing on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, quotes New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin for his bullish outlook on a comprehensive infrastructure investment plan out of the Biden administration.

Los Angeles makes tender offer ahead of taxable MICLA refunding

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.

GREEN Act would bolster tax credits for renewables, introduce storage ITC

Power Finance & Risk | February 11, 2021

This article on the reintroduction of the GREEN Act in the House of Representatives quotes New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Ellen Friedman on the viability of the Act’s 85% refundable credit to make it through the Senate and her outlook on the 30% investment tax credit for standalone energy storage.

State conduit plans notes for schools facing California budget deferrals

The Bond Buyer | February 11, 2021

NP was mentioned in this article on the California School Finance Authority’s plans to price $1.4 billion in short-term notes for the work by Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Dan Deaton serving as disclosure counsel.

The dark side of electrification, part 1:EVs could negatively impact U.S. infrastructure funding

Forbes | February 08, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo contributed this article on how a continued dominance of the gas tax as the primary source for federal and state transportation funding—amid the rise of electric vehicles—raises questions for the future of U.S. infrastructure.

People on the move

Crain’s New York | February 05, 2021

New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Adam Gordon was included in this roundup of notable executive news for his promotion to partner.

Gordon and Turner-Bond Make Partner at Nixon Peabody

The Bond Buyer | January 29, 2021

This article features New York partner-elect Adam Gordon and Los Angeles partner-elect Jade Turner-Bond, both of the Project Finance & Public Finance group, highlighting their Feb. 1 promotions to partner, their practice work, and their community involvement. Managing partner and CEO Andrew Glincher is quoted on the firm’s diverse pipeline of talent and the resilience of this year’s partner class.

On the Move

The Recorder (California) | January 28, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner-elect Jade Turner-Bond and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner-elect Rachel Conn were included in this roundup of notable legal moves for their promotions to partner.

Federal rule opens tax-equity investment to national banks

Inframation News | January 25, 2021

This article on the new rule by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that may allow national banks and federal savings associations to engage in certain tax-equity finance transactions cites a recent NP tax credit alert. The alert was written by Project Finance & Public Finance partner Ellen Friedman and Global Finance senior counsel Larry Fruchtman, both in New York City; Community Development Finance partners Shariff Barakat and Michael Goldman, both in Washington, D.C.; and Boston Community Development Finance partner Forrest Milder.

Big O'Hare cargo expansion back on track

Crain’s Chicago | January 25, 2021

This article on a project to expand Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s cargo space mentions Chicago Corporate partner Chuck Bernardini for representing the developer, Aeroterm. Chuck is also quoted for his outlook on this project as the first major project at the airport to be led by a Black-owned construction firm.

With budget in rearview, Cook County turns sights to borrowing plans

The Bond Buyer | December 22, 2020

This article mentions the firm for serving as bond counsel to Cook County, IL, in its new money and refunding deals totaling about $600 million. The NP team included Chicago partner Julie Seymour, San Francisco partner Travis Gibbs and New York City counsel Abbie Olsen, all in the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

Pandemic's effect on issuers

The Bond Buyer podcast | December 15, 2020

This podcast episode features Project Finance & Public Finance leader and New York City partner Ken Lind’s industry outlook, including sectors and financing instruments, virus-related SEC disclosure guidance, and the planned phase-out of Libor. The episode notably mentions the firm’s U.S. News accolade for “Law Firm of the Year in Public Finance for 2021“.

New York State's over $2.1 PIT bond sale should see demand, analysts say

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.

Bank Gives Purple Line Firms More Time to Reach a Settlement with Maryland and Avoid Potential Default on Debt

The Washington Post | November 08, 2020

In this article on a forbearance agreement between the concessionaire of Maryland’s Purple Line transit project and the bank representing bondholders, New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin provides third-party commentary on what the forbearance agreement means in practical terms.

Santee Cooper OKs bond deal oversubscribed more than five times

The Bond Buyer | October 28, 2020

This article on Santee Cooper’s revenue and refunding bond deal, which drew $3.5 billion in orders from investors, mentions the firm for New York Project Finance & Public Finance partner Liz Columbo’s work representing the South Carolina-owned utility company as bond and disclosure counsel.

Four Key Transportation Matters to Watch on Election Day

Forbes | October 27, 2020

This contributed article by Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo discusses how the results of national and statewide elections could have major impacts on the future of ride-sharing and infrastructure.

Investors want more standardized, robust climate change disclosure

The Bond Buyer | October 26, 2020

This article on The Bond Buyer’s California Public Finance Conference Monday, which focused on how climate change will affect investors and rating agencies, quotes Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo on the impact of Exxon Mobil’s litigation against California issuers on municipal markets.

California Markets Its Second Deal Using Millionaire's Tax Credit

Bond Buyer | October 22, 2020

This article on the sale of $450 million in taxable social bonds from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority mentions NP as disclosure counsel. This marks the second round of bonds under the state’s No Place Like Home legislation, which was signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016 to fund housing for unsheltered people with mental illnesses. Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Dan Deaton led NP’s work on this deal.

Rising Stars

The Bond Buyer | October 19, 2020

This article features Rochester Project Finance & Public Finance partner Barry Carrigan for being named as one of The Bond Buyer’s “Rising Stars,” a top accolade in the public finance industry. The article also quotes Project Finance & Public Finance practice group leader and New York partner Ken Lind on Barry’s ground-breaking financing for clients such as BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC.

The Covid-19 Era Sheds Light on Transportation's Climate Change Impact

Forbes | October 14, 2020

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo contributed this article that examines the pandemic’s impact on transportation, as well as the resulting conversation about the future of mobility and its environmental impact.

DASNY sells over $2.5B of PIT bonds; munis unchanged in face of large supply

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.

Outcomes from pandemic make Rochester an appealing location for new business

Rochester Business Journal | October 02, 2020

In this article on Rochester’s mix of housing and real estate developments, Rochester Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Matt Carrigg is quoted for his outlook on the uptick in affordable housing developments, and interest from local and out-of-state developers.

Catholic Charities Starts Work on New Queens Development

Real Estate Weekly | September 28, 2020

This article on the ground-breaking of Bishop Valero Residence, an affordable housing development for low-income seniors and formerly homeless adults, quotes New York Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Joe Lynch for leading the team that advised Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation. The deal team also included Rochester Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Darren Miller and associate Matt Carrigg.

Taxable Issuance May Be Expanding Muni Base; NYC Tops $9.8B Slate

The Bond Buyer | September 11, 2020

In this article on the state of the municipal bond market, the firm is mentioned for serving as bond counsel to the MTA in its $900 million sale of Series 2020D transportation revenue climate bond certified green bonds in three offerings of $300 million each.

Has Covid-19 And Its Accelerated Work-From-Home Experiment Permanently Changed The Future Of Cities?

Forbes | July 31, 2020

In this contributed article, Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo discusses how COVID-19 and the forced work-from-home experiment may have permanently changed the future of cities as the epicenters of the economy.

SFO prepares bond refunding as airport rides out pandemic

Bond Buyer | July 30, 2020

This article about San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and its preparations for a $291 million bond refunding deal mentions NP as disclosure counsel. San Francisco partner Travis Gibbs and Los Angeles partner Dan Deaton and counsel Heather White, all of the Project Finance and Public Finance Group, advised on this matter.

Top muni bond counsel first half 2020

The Bond Buyer | July 15, 2020

This article on municipal bond counsel rankings lists Nixon Peabody among the top 10 bond counsel firms for the first half of the year.

SUNY seeks near-term relief with $328.5M bond deal

The Bond Buyer | July 13, 2020

This article, covering the State University of New York’s sale of $328.5 million in federally taxable dormitory facilities revenue bonds, mentions NP as bond counsel. New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Virginia Wong and counsel Abigail Sterling Olsen worked with SUNY on the bond sale, which is intended to offset expected declines in student housing revenue due to the pandemic.

COVID-19 Could Change the Future of Transit Funding

Rockefeller Institute of Government | July 07, 2020

In this article on how COVID-19 could impact transit funding, Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted for his outlook on ridership in the Bay Area.

“Execution Mode” – Tax equity scopes out carbon capture

Power Finance & Risk | July 02, 2020

New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner and Energy & Infrastructure Projects co-leader Ellen Friedman is quoted in this article for her outlook on how the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service’s recent guidance on 45Q tax credits will launch innovative carbon capture projects. Ellen is also mentioned for advising OGCI Climate Investments LLP to develop a large-scale carbon capture facility.

Airport P3s – Looking down the runway

Project Finance International | June 16, 2020

Project Finance & Public Finance partners Roddy Devlin, in New York, and Angelica Valencia, in Los Angeles, contributed this article on their outlook on P3s in the airport industry, and the downstream effect of COVID-19 on new project development.

GFOA members urge issuers to disclose coronavirus impacts

The Bond Buyer | June 05, 2020

This article quotes Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Dan Deaton on SEC guidance for disclosures and how the uncertainty caused by the pandemic has impacted the market.

SEC Chair Clayton provides guidance on coronavirus disclosure

Bond Buyer | April 23, 2020

In this article discussing SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s guidance on corporate disclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Dan Deaton provides commentary about how the virus is introducing complexities to disclosures across markets.

Five ways COVID-19 may impact the future of infrastructure and transportation

Forbes | March 31, 2020

The latest contributed column from Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo looks at how the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic could alter the infrastructure and transportation landscapes.

University of Chicago and several Illinois health systems prepping deals

The Bond Buyer | March 03, 2020

This article mentions Nixon Peabody as borrower’s counsel for NorthShore University Health System’s plan to sell new-money and refunding debt next week. Chicago Project Finance and Public Finance partner Julie Seymour and associate Gretchen Sherwood were the deal attorneys.

Solar Power Access: A Matter of Justice

Washington Lawyer | March 01, 2020

This in-depth profile of New Partners Community Solar features Nixon Peabody’s role in the project and quotes Washington, DC, Community Development Finance senior counsel Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens.

Four mobility takeaways from CES 2020

Forbes | February 01, 2020

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo focuses his latest contributed column on several mobility-related takeaways from CES 2020, including the latest developments in autonomous vehicle adoption.

Member Spotlight: Jade Turner-Bond

National Association of Bond Lawyers | January 31, 2020

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance associate Jade Turner-Bond discusses her career, her hobbies, and the value of NABL membership in this Q+A.

Top muni bond counsel of 2019

The Bond Buyer | January 21, 2020

This story highlights Nixon Peabody is one of the top 10 firms for municipal bond counsel work in 2019.

Boomers exiting the suburbs could help transform infrastructure and land-use policy

Forbes | January 16, 2020

In his latest contributed column for Forbes, Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo explains how the coming wave of Baby Boomer retirements could change transportation habits and land-use trends.

It's a wrap: Munis end on a quiet note

The Bond Buyer | December 31, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s role as bond counsel to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in its sale of green revenue bonds and bond anticipation notes.

Why Are L.A.’s Transit Numbers Dropping?

Forbes | December 19, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo authored this column about how a dearth of affordable housing close to public transit stops is one of the biggest factors contributing to a drop in L.A. transit ridership.

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to sell water bonds

The Bond Buyer | December 02, 2019

This article highlights Nixon Peabody’s role as bond counsel in the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank’s planned sale of $154 million of refunding bonds.

The impact of California’s “independent contractor” law on the future of transportation

Forbes | November 21, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo, in his latest column for Forbes, breaks down the impact of California’s new “independent contractor” law, which makes ride-hailing workers, on-demand delivery drivers and others eligible for the same wages and benefits available to full-time employees.

N.Y. MTA, University of Nebraska bond, notes sell; the importance of having taxable

Bond Buyer | October 11, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s role as bond counsel to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in its sale of Series 2019E transportation revenue bond anticipation notes.

BDA adds more small firms to its ranks

Bond Buyer | October 10, 2019

The article mentions Nixon Peabody’s representation of the Bond Dealers of America as a sign of the lobbying organization’s growth since its founding in 2008.

Rising stars: Angelica Valencia

The Bond Buyer | September 24, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Angelica Valencia has earned recognition as a Rising Star from The Bond Buyer, a leading publication for municipal finance news. Angelica is also one of three honorees featured on this year’s supplement cover.

Let someone else do the driving: why public transportation is the way to go

Forbes | September 19, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo, a new regular contributor to Forbes, writes about the benefits of relying on public transportation for your daily commute.

Lots of muni supply in a short week as market to see $7.6B bonds, $1B+ notes

Bond Buyer | September 03, 2019

This roundup of municipal market news mentions Nixon Peabody for serving as bond counsel to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in its sale of $1 billion of Series 2019D-1 transportation revenue bond anticipation notes.

First-half volume took a Northeast dip

The Bond Buyer | August 19, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in bond counsel rankings in the Northeast for the first half of the year.

San Francisco airport will price into market hungry for California paper

Bond Buyer | August 09, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s role as disclosure counsel in San Francisco International Airport’s upcoming pricing of $1.2 million in revenue bonds.

Hawkins holds onto top underwriters counsel 1H ranking and Orrick once again on top of bond counsel 1H rankings

The Bond Buyer | July 17, 2019

Nixon Peabody is featured among the top 10 bond counsel and underwriter counsel in The Bond Buyer’s 2019 first-half rankings.

Could ‘beautiful clean coal’ be the next big thing in tax equity?

Power Finance & Risk | July 03, 2019

This story features New York City Project Finance and Public Finance partner Ellen Friedman discussing the view within the tax equity community about alternative investment structures for tax credits resulting from carbon capture activity. 

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to sell drinking water bonds

The Bond Buyer | June 12, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody as bond counsel for the sale of $42.3 million in fixed-rate safe drinking water bonds.

Cook County mulls securitization as revenue bonds face pressure

The Bond Buyer | June 11, 2019

New York City Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy partner Robert Christmas is quoted in this story for his role as counsel to the city of Chicago in a tax securitization matter. Cook County may now emulate the securitization structure Chicago used.

Nixon Peabody boosts infrastructure reach through Squire Patton Boggs hires

The Bond Buyer | June 11, 2019

This feature highlights the arrivals of New York City partner Chris Reitzel and Albany counsel Jeff Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s growing Project Finance and Public Finance practice group.

MWAA's Dulles Toll Road deal prices; more muni supply on the way next week

The Bond Buyer | June 06, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody as bond counsel to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s sale of $164.31M revenue refunding bonds.

A deal to note: Los Angeles County sells $700M of TRANs in negotiated deal

The Bond Buyer | June 06, 2019

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this story as bond counsel to Loudon County, Virginia’s sale of $170.37 million in GO public improvement bonds.

How federal tax reform has impacted real estate

Governing.com | May 20, 2019

Los Angeles Public Finance and Project Finance partner Rudy Salo says the impact of federal tax reform, which included a $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, on the real estate market has not been as dire as predicted.

FEC Chair Rips Peers For Nixing Thornton Donation Inquiry

The Bond Buyer | May 20, 2019

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article for its work on an opinion on the tax-exempt status of A-2 and B-2 bonds to be offered as an exchange to holders of restructured COFINA bonds.

N.Y. MTA sells more than $1B of notes; CUSIP requests continue to increase

The Bond Buyer | May 17, 2019

This roundup of muni market activity highlights Nixon Peabody’s role as bond counsel in the MTA’s sale of bond anticipation notes to seven groups.

2019 Excellence in Law Award winners

The Daily Record | April 18, 2019

Several colleagues in Nixon Peabody’s Rochester office were recognized by the Daily Record as part of this year’s Excellence in Law Awards. Corporate counsel Anita Pelletier was named one of the Top Women in Law. Project Finance and Public Finance associate Jessica Paulin and Corporate associate Kat Murphy were chosen as Up and Coming Attorneys. Records coordinator Nancy Lopez was honored as an Unsung Legal Hero.

Career Tracker Lawyers on the Move

Reuters Legal | April 14, 2019

The recent additions of New York partner Chris Reitzel  and Albany counsel Jeff Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance & Public Finance team are highlighted in Reuters Legal’s Career Tracker column.

Federal Tax Reform May Be Saving Money for States, Even High-Tax Ones

Governing.com | April 11, 2019

This article about the federal tax reform’s impact on states quotes Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo discussing the long-term effects it may have on government debt and how voters may react to bonds in the future.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | April 07, 2019

The additions of New York City partner Chris Reitzel and Albany counsel Jeff Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s growing Project Finance and Public Finance practice group are highlighted in this article.

Nixon Peabody hires two from Squire

Project Finance International | April 03, 2019

The additions of New York City partner Christopher Reitzel and Albany counsel Jeffrey Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s growing Project Finance and Public Finance practice group are highlighted in this

IRS acknowledges some bond audits are erroneously selected

The Bond Buyer | March 11, 2019

This article recaps the recent National Association of Bond Lawyers panel on bond audits. Washington, DC Project Finance and Public Finance partner Bruce Serchuk, who served as the panel’s moderator, is quoted discussing best practices on when to send documents to the IRS.

Municipal bonds: The antidote for those retail investors on a low-SALT diet

The Bond Buyer | March 11, 2019

In a trends article on the municipal bond market, Nixon Peabody is mentioned as bond counsel to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s anticipated $750M sale of Series 2019A dedicated tax fund bond notes.

Municipal bond supply rises to $5.7B

The Bond Buyer | February 25, 2019

Nixon Peabody’s work as bond counsel to the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority in its sale of revenue bonds in two offerings is mentioned in this article.

Valencia named Nixon Peabody partner as her role expands

The Bond Buyer | February 12, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Angelica Valencia is featured in this story on her promotion to partner. Practice group leader Ken Lind is also quoted.

Train’s fate no deterrent: High-speed rail contracts proliferate

Los Angeles Business Journal | February 12, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted in this story about the benefits and accompanying uncertainty for small businesses involved in large-scale infrastructure projects.

Top muni bond counsel of 2018

The Bond Buyer | January 16, 2019

Nixon Peabody is listed as a top 10 muni bond counsel firm for 2018.

How driverless cars will reshape cities

Spectrum TV | January 08, 2019

Los Angeles Office Managing Partner Justin Thompson appeared in this live TV segment to discuss how the increasing number of driverless cars on the road will change the way cities operate.

Cannabis revenue is below California’s expectations, but growing

Bond Buyer | January 03, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted in this article on the medium-term outlook for cannabis businesses, which may get a boost from a variety of political factors that could lessen the federal government’s resistance to legalization.

Bond Buyer’s Top 10 of 2018

The Bond Buyer | December 20, 2018

The Bond Buyer’s story on the arrival of New York City Project Finance and Public Finance partner Roddy Devlin at Nixon Peabody was the third most-read article of 2018.

Contacts

Richard M. Cogen

Senior Counsel
Co-leader, Energy and Infrastructure Projects Team

rcogen@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-493-6639

Ellen S. Friedman

Partner
Co-leader, Energy and Infrastructure Projects Team

efriedman@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-940-3053

Scott R. Singer

Partner

ssinger@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 212-940-3182

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  • Recognized by U.S. New/Best Lawyers 2020 as a National Tier 1 leader for Public Finance Law
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  • Recognized by U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2019 as a National Tier 1 leader for Public Finance Law
  • Consistently ranked Top 10 in bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, and special tax counsel by Thomson Reuters
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