Inventive, timely results based on your distinctive government financing/incentive requirements

KMK Law’s Bond & Public Finance lawyers have deep knowledge and a proven success record in the public finance arena. Our clients, whether they are public agencies, quasi government agencies, private businesses or entrepreneurs, trust us to find the right financing solutions and the most effective incentives available for every project.

One of our major strengths is our distinctive entrepreneurial perspective and proven negotiating skills, which is particularly valuable for our private clients who may be engaged in establishing incentives packages or pursuing the newest federally created business opportunity—qualified opportunity zones.

Full-service collaboration with all our clients

We handle all aspects of public finance involving traditional issuers of municipal securities, such as state agencies, cities, counties, townships, schools, colleges and universities, as well as special districts, such as port authorities and utility (water and sewer) districts in Ohio and Kentucky. We also serve as underwriters or placement agent counsel, letter of credit bank counsel and bond counsel for taxable variable rate note issues. Here are some examples of our public-finance activities:

  • Preparing documentation and rendering approving opinions for tax-exempt municipal issues for general obligation, special tax and revenue obligations, lease-purchase agreements, and certificates of participation
  • Preparing documentation and rendering approving opinions for taxable obligations issued either by traditional municipal issuers or by private corporate issuers
  • Representing underwriters or placement agents in preparation of offering and disclosure documentation for purchase and sale of municipal securities
  • Representing commercial banks issuing letters of credit for municipal bond issues and/or participating in rate management (SWAP) agreements and representing these same institutions in guaranteed investment contracts and defeasance escrow arrangements
  • Representing borrowers involved in municipal conduit or economic development bond issues, such as tax increment financing
  • Representing new and established businesses in assembling real estate development packages incorporating sophisticated governmental financing tools, such as:
    • Community redevelopment area tax exemptions
    • Enterprise zone tax exemptions
    • Loan guarantees
    • Job creation tax credits
    • Community development block grant (CDBG) small business loans


"Everyone we have worked with from Keating Muething & Klekamp have been very professional and knowledgeable. They are responsive and we place significant trust in their work product. Anyone who chooses them to represent them is making a wise choice." — Thomas J. Fromme, Newport Kentucky City Manager 


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