Municipal Finance Attorney Robert Schwartz Joins Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Robert L. Schwartz has joined the firm’s Troy office as a Member. He joins the firm from Clark Hill PLC.

Mr. Schwartz’s principal areas of practice include public and corporate finance and securities, including bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, and bank’s counsel. He is recognized as one of the leading public finance attorneys in the State of Michigan, and has been involved in public finance transactions for over 35 years. He is also recognized as an expert with respect to federal tax aspects of municipal bonds. His clients have included a variety of Michigan municipalities and authorities, state agencies, investment banks, banks, and bond insurers in both public and private activity financings.

Mr. Schwartz is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. In public finance, he has been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America and to Super Lawyers as well as DBusiness Top Lawyers and Leading Lawyers by his peers, and is well-known and respected by all of the major participants in Michigan public finance transactions. Mr. Schwartz received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, his J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law, and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and eight other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dickinson Wright Ranked as #1 Bond Counsel in Michigan & Fourth in the Midwest by The Bond Buyer

DETROIT, Mich., March 31, 2015 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked the #1 Bond Counsel in Michigan and #4 in the Midwest Region in dollar volume for municipal bonds issued in calendar year 2014, for which the Firm served as bond counsel. The results were announced in The Bond Buyer, a nationally recognized publication in the municipal finance arena.

“It is quite an honor for our municipal law and finance practice group to achieve those rankings,” says Paul Wyzgoski, head of the group. “Our lawyers were involved last year in a number of traditional and challenging innovative financings for a wide variety of State and local clients, and the rankings reflect the trust and confidence our clients have in us.”

Dickinson Wright was credited with $3 billion of the Midwest Region’s financings serving as bond counsel for 2014, according to Thomson Reuters. Financings included Detroit Water and Sewer refundings, the Detroit general obligation bond settlement, the Exit financing and the Detroit Public Lighting Authority project bonds that were issued through the Michigan Finance Authority. In addition, the Firm served as bond counsel to the City of Holland for a large gas fired generating station and served as bond counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund for the Arena project for the Detroit Red Wings.

Dickinson Wright’s Municipal Law and Finance Practice is comprised of over 19 lawyers who are highly experienced with a national reputation for excellence. Our lawyers have served as bond counsel in virtually every type of public financing transaction. Dickinson Wright serves as bond counsel to the State of Michigan, its agencies, and many local units of government. Our lawyers also act as underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, counsel to credit enhancement providers, counsel to purchasers of municipal bonds and borrower’s counsel in connection with all types of tax-exempt and tax-credit bond financings. To learn more about our practice, please visit us at http://www.dickinson-wright.com/practice-areas/municipal-law–finance-services.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 380 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has thirteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and six other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dickinson Wright Attorneys Work Recognized as Deal of the Year Finalist by The Bond Buyer

DETROIT, Mich., November 18, 2014 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that The Bond Buyer, the only comprehensive news outlet for municipal finance, selected the Karegnondi Water Authority’s multimillion dollar financing of a pipeline to Lake Huron as a 2014 Deal of the Year Finalist.

The Karegnondi Water Authority’s $220.5 million financing to fund a 63-mile pipeline to Lake Huron completed Michigan’s Flint and Genesee County’s breakaway from their dependence on the Detroit water system. Entering a market where local governments across Michigan have faced heightened penalties, the authority sold the bonds to more than 30 investors and achieved an all-in borrowing cost below projections. Dickinson Wright Attorneys Terence M. Donnelly and Kester K. So served as underwriters’ counsel to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated on the deal.

The 2014 awards, which considered deals that closed between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, drew nominations that represent the full diversity of the communities and public purposes that are served by the municipal finance market. One finalist was selected from each of the five regions with the Karegnondi Water Authority deal representing the Midwest Region. The entries were evaluated by The Bond Buyer’s editors and bureau chiefs. They looked for deals that involved innovation, the ability to pull complex transactions under challenging conditions, deals that could or did serve as a model for other financings, and the public purpose for which a transaction’s proceeds were used.

The regional finalists are in the running for the National Deal of the Year Award, which will be announced on Dec. 4th at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

In 2012, Dickinson Wright Attorneys Terence M. Donnelly, Kester K. So, and Thomas V. Yates served as co-bond counsel to the Michigan Finance Authority’s multibillion dollar refinancing of the state’s federal unemployment insurance loan. The deal was named the “National Deal of the Year” by The Bond Buyer.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 360 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.