Industries & Practices
Through bonds and other financing options, we support health, safety, education, energy and economic development.
From clients who are contemplating a bond financing for the first time to those who are frequent issuers of multi-million dollar bond issues, we supply comprehensive advice that begins with the preliminary planning stage for the project, continues through the process of committee meetings and meetings of the legislative authority, and culminates with the funding of the capital project.
Bricker Graydon’s Public Finance group is known regionally for developing innovative financing structures. We are the largest public finance practice group in Ohio, and every attorney in the group is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Our lawyers are listed in the Bond Buyer’s Red Book of bond counsel, and we have been widely recognized by issuers and the underwriting community as a law firm with a national caliber bond counsel opinion.
We are experienced with the following:
- Debt financings for governmental purposes
- Economic development finance and incentives
- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)/energy efficiency
- Structured finance transactions for non-profit and other entities
- Private purpose bond financings
- Tax-exempt and taxable leases
- Election proceedings for voted levies, bond issues and charter questions
- Tax and revenue anticipatory notes
- Tax-exempt organizations
- Post-issuance compliance services
"Bricker & Eckler is simply outstanding in all aspects of public finance law. We've used Bricker in several complicated financing transactions. Their knowledge, experience, planning and dedicated service significantly stand out."
Advise public entities on spending ARPA funds
The firm currently advises approximately three dozen public entity clients across Ohio. We often take calls from around the country based on our regularly published articles detailing whether and h...More
Proposed Honda-LG Energy Solution $3.5 billion bat...
Represented Fayette County, the Jefferson Township - Washington Court House Joint Economic Development District, and the West Central Ohio Port Authority in various aspects of the proposed Honda-LG...More
Royal Canin pet food manufacturing facility in Pre...
Served as legal counsel to a port authority in connection with the authorization of a sales and use tax abatement on building materials for a 410,000 square-foot Royal Canin dry pet food manufactur...More
L Brands Beauty Park campus in New Albany, Ohio
Served as bond counsel to the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority for an approximately $230,000,000 revenue bond issue to fund the costs of construction of a 360,000 square-foot office facil...More
Financings and refinancings for institutions of hi...
Serve as bond counsel and issuer counsel to community colleges, public and private institutions and universities across Ohio seeking to take advantage of the low-interest rate environment in order ...More
Bond counsel for Ohio community college for culina...
Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college in connection with the tax-exempt financing of their new, cutting-edge culinary arts center.More
Community college $300 million voted bond issue
Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college for its first issue of general obligation bonds approved by the Ohio county voters in a $300 million voted bond issue dedicated to financing a ph...More
$120 million mixed-use development project
Successfully led the closing of a mixed-use public-private development project in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Served multiple roles in the project’s financing, including as bond counsel to the d...More
Sale and acquisition of new headquarters
Assisted a local developer with the sale and partial leaseback of their previous headquarters and the acquisition of new headquarters. Our team handled all real estate aspects including the sale of...More
Conversion of a former munitions factory
Served as counsel to a port authority for a capital lease transaction, providing a sales tax exemption to the developer and property owner. The transaction enables the conversion of a former m...More
Areas of Focus
Finance & Levy Planning
We help local subdivisions obtain and maintain the resources they need. We routinely serve as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, trustee counsel, issuer’s counsel, and/or company counsel in financings ranging from large publicly-offered general obligations. special obligation and revenue bond issues to smaller privately placed debt issuances. Our experience includes tax levies of all types, as well as lease-purchase arrangements, collaborative agreements, protection of assessed valuation, tax abatement and exemption issues, booster and foundation support, and more.
Economic Development Finance
Utilizing the economic development tools that best suit our clients’ goals, we structure and layer resources, connecting government entities and private developers with available financial incentives. Tax increment financing and joint economic development districts are just a few of the areas in which we are highly experienced.More
Energy Finance & PACE
Participating in the issuance of Ohio’s first property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds, our firm is a national leader in the area of energy project finance. We help public entities use funding opportunities to update existing office buildings or warehouses or to acquire an alternative energy source, like solar panels or wind turbines, without impacting certain local debt limitations. We have facilitated over $500 million of PACE transactions for over 200 PACE projects. Visit our PACE Financing Resource Center >>
501(c)(3) Project Finance
From the time a 501(c)(3) borrower first identifies a facility or capital-related need to the first day of operation, we blend real estate, project finance, compliance and taxation knowledge to advise our clients through each phase of growth. Our clients include health care providers and other non-profit organizations.
Our attorneys regularly represent underwriters in bond financings. In this role, we draft the official statement, the purchase agreement and the continuing disclosure agreement for the transaction and guide our client in completing due diligence review.
Bricker & Eckler is a leader in higher education finance and regularly serves as bond counsel, university counsel and underwriters' counsel in connection with tax-exempt financing for private and state universities.
Our attorneys and public finance analysts have decades of experience assisting clients with their post-issuance compliance responsibilities. We develop post-issuance compliance policies and procedures, manage federal continuing disclosure filings, and provide arbitrage and rebate computation services. We also represent clients in IRS bond audits and provide advice on matters related to federal tax law such as change of use and private business activity.
Inflation Reduction Act: Direct payments to nonprofits and political subdivisions for clean energy projectsMore
Senate Bill 33 changes to Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) tax incentives cut red tape for projects, expand opportunities to limited home rule townshipsMore
Bricker Graydon Attorneys Recognized for 2024 “Best Lawyers” Excellence
A total of 68 attorneys were chosen by their peers for recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. This year’s ranking includes six newly-listed Bricker Graydon attorneys and 10 attorneys designated as “Ones to Watch,” a category for up-and-coming lawyers. And five attorneys have been named 2024 “Lawyers of the Year” for their respective practice areas. Only one attorney in each category is recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in each market.More Aug 17, 2023
Caleb Bell Quoted in ColumbusCEO Article
Caleb Bell, Partner and Public Finance Practice Group Chair at Bricker Graydon, was recently featured in an article by ColumbusCEO titled "Columbus Law Firms Have Found a Niche Advising Businesses on Economic Development.” The article discusses the two new computer chip factories that will be constructed near New Albany by 2025 and features insight from local attorneys who specialize in economic development and played a key role in making the announcement possible.More Jul 3, 2023
Bricker & Eckler LLP adds six Ohio public finance attorneys, plans for growth
Bricker & Eckler LLP welcomed six new public finance attorneys to the firm in 2022. Tyler Bridge, John Flis, Julia Konieczny and Adam Seeley joined as associates, while Mike Ringle and Max Ungerman joined as staff attorneys. All six hires are based out of the firm’s Columbus, Ohio office.More Feb 20, 2023
Midwest PACE Services LLC announces third PACE Program Administration entity with TENNESSEE PACE
Midwest PACE Services LLC announces third PACE Program Administration entity with TENNESSEE PACE Midwest PACE Services, LLC (Midwest PACE), the leading PACE program administrator in Ohio and Kentucky, will now be operating in the Tennessee market as “TENNESSEE PACE.”More Feb 14, 2023