Dickinson Wright is Counsel on Municipal Finance "Deal of the Year"

Dickinson Wright is Counsel on Municipal Finance "Deal of the Year"

11/14/2007
The Michigan Municipal Bond Authority's $500 million issue of taxable school revolving fund revenue and refunding bonds has been recognized as a Midwest regional winner of the "2007 Deal of the Year" awards by The Bond Buyer, the leading national daily trade publication in the municipal finance field. Dickinson Wright Member James W. Bliss was lead attorney for Dickinson Wright, which was co-bond counsel on the transaction. The annual Deal of the Year awards recognize 10 of the nation's most innovative municipal bond issuers in a wide variety of transactions. Two recipients selected from each of the country's five regions then become finalists for the overall "2007 Deal of the Year" award, which will be announced December 11. Nominations for the 2007 awards included more than 100 transactions ranging in size from a few million dollars to several billion dollars. The School Loan Revolving Fund provides a new funding method for Michigan's Constitutionally created "qualified" school bond program that assists construction financing for Michigan public school districts. Dickinson Wright's municipal finance team combines the collective knowledge and experience of attorneys whose practices are devoted exclusively to public finance and municipal law. The firm's municipal finance attorneys have participated in virtually every type of public financing transaction including highly sophisticated and visible public finance issues, earning Dickinson Wright a national reputation as one of Michigan's top bond counsel firms. James W. Bliss is based in Dickinson Wright's Lansing, Michigan office. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, and a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Public Corporation Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Other Dickinson Wright professionals who worked on the transaction were Thomas V. Yates and Andrea S. Gollady. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 240 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. For more information, visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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