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Calfee's Public Finance attorneys cover the entire range of governmental borrowings, from routine general obligation bonds and notes of local cities and villages, to projects as complex and unique as the redevelopment of inner-ring suburbs, downtown hotels and parking facilities, student housing and sports facilities and the transformation of a large public hospital.

Our lawyers serve as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, issuer’s counsel and borrower’s counsel for a wide variety of public finance transactions.


Chambers USA, Band 2 Ranking in Banking & Finance (Ohio)

For more than a decade, Calfee's Commercial and Public Finance group has been recognized by Chambers USA. In 2020, Chambers USA researchers noted that the team is "esteemed for its experience in advising major financial institutions and corporate borrowers across a host of banking and finance-related issues, with particular expertise in the manufacturing and industrials sectors. Areas of significant strength include financing corporate transactions, capital markets work, bankruptcy and workout matters and counseling on regulatory compliance."

Chambers USA researchers further reported that a client commented: "They really do offer a one-stop shop – they could handle the finance work as well as the day-to-day commercial issues. Their expertise is wide and far-reaching; they give us everything we need and more." Another client is quoted as saying, "The firm has surprised me in an extremely positive way, and it competes on a global scale in finance matters."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Public Finance Law (National Tier 3, Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland).




Bond Counsel Engagements

  • City of Cleveland, Ohio
  • City of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Treasurer of State of Ohio
  • Ohio Public Facilities Commission
  • Ohio Air Quality Development Authority
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Hamilton County, Ohio
  • Trumbull County, Ohio
  • Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority
  • Lorain County Port Authority
  • Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

Issuer’s Counsel and Disclosure Counsel

  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio Water Development Authority
  • MetroHealth System

Underwriters’ Counsel

  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
  • University of Akron
  • Treasurer of State of Ohio
  • Ohio Water Development Authority
  • Cleveland Public Power
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • City of Akron
  • Kenyon College/Ohio Higher Education Facilities Commission
  • Playhouse Square Foundation
  • Columbus State College

Borrower’s Counsel

  • Jewish Federation of Cleveland
  • Summa Health System
  • Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
  • Lake Hospital System
  • University School

Financing Experience

Financing Experience

  • Tax increment financing
  • Capital Lease transactions
  • Certificates of Participation
  • Lease Revenue Bonds
  • Economic development incentives
  • Business Improvement Districts
  • Public/private investment funds
  • New Markets Tax Credit transactions
  • Historic Tax Credit projects
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects
  • Conduit financing
  • Tax abatements
  • Governmental loans and grants
  • Construction financing
  • Ground lease financing
  • Leveraged lease/loan transactions
  • Synthetic lease transactions
  • Industrial development bonds
  • Equity syndication/participation



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Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Public Finance Law (National Tier 3, Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland).

Best Law Firms 2021

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