Public Finance Practice Group

The Firm's Public Finance Practice Group, led by Jeff DeCarlo, complements its well-regarded municipal government expertise and provides high-quality legal service to every player in the public finance arena, from governmental and quasi-governmental entities that need access to capital markets, to underwriters and issuers. Our focus is obtaining the right result for the client concerning tax-exempt and other financing, whether that client is an issuer, an underwriter, a borrower, a lender, or a credit enhancement provider. The Group strives to provide extraordinary results, but at a cost-effective price point.  

The current challenges presented by the economy and the pressure placed on the public finance markets require deft handling and creativity to navigate these difficult times.  The Group’s attorneys have achieved success for its clients in every recent economic cycle. We have represented municipalities, counties, districts, community redevelopment agencies, financing authorities and the State of Florida in a variety of public finance capacities.  We have served as Bond Counsel, Issuer’s Counsel, Disclosure Counsel, Underwriters' Counsel, Bank's Counsel, Developer's Counsel and Trustee's Counsel for more than seventy (70) issuers in Florida.

Our experience includes handling financings for almost every type of bond issue, ranging in size from under $1M to over $500M. This broad spectrum of experience combined with the Firm's expertise in general local government law, gives the Group a unique ability to effectively advise clients on options that may be available for a given transaction and to structure and implement innovative solutions for difficult transactions.

The Group recently acted as bond counsel and issuer's counsel on Florida's first issue of bonds to finance a property assessment clean energy (PACE) program. The program includes the cities of Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Shores and Key Biscayne. The Group is also involved in PACE programs in Leon County and several cities in the northern part of Miami-Dade County.