Dickinson Wright Attorneys Work Recognized as Finalist for Deal of the Year

November 12, 2012
Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that The Bond Buyer, the only comprehensive news outlet for municipal finance, selected The Michigan Finance Authority’s multibillion dollar refinancing of the state’s federal unemployment insurance loan as a Finalist for the 2012 Deal of Year.

Dickinson Wright Attorneys Terence M. Donnelly, Kester K. So, and Thomas V. Yates served as bond counsel to the Michigan Finance Authority on the bond issue.

The 2012 awards, which considered deals that closed between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012, drew approximately 90 nominations for transactions ranging in size from a few million to billions of dollars. One finalist was selected from each of the five regions covered by The Bond Buyer. 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 together 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 Deal of the Year Award, which will be announced Dec. 5th at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Last year, Dickinson Wright attorneys Craig Hammond and Wendy Underwood were recognized for their work with Robert W. Baird & Co. and the City of Ecorse as the 2011 Deal of the Year in the Small Issue Category.