Preti Flaherty’s public finance group provides legal services for a wide variety of public finance transactions and participants. Our clients include general government entities, quasi-governmental entities, conduit borrowers, including 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and manufacturing enterprises, underwriters and letter of credit banks. Our services encompass all aspects of public finance law including state and municipal law, securities law and federal income tax law. We also provide advice in connection with ongoing legal compliance related to public finance transactions. Our public finance attorneys have guided clients through transactions involving:

  • A wide range of general obligation, nonprofit and revenue bonds
  • Solid waste disposal bonds
  • Small issue manufacturing bonds
  • Housing bonds
  • Tax-exempt lease transactions
  • Capital Fund Financing Program (HUD)
  • Tax and grant anticipation notes and municipal bonds
  • Pool loans
  • Bond insurance
  • Letters of credit
  • Liquidity facilities
  • Tax increment financing
  • Interest rate swaps
  • Municipal investment pool

A top-ranked public finance legal team

Preti Flaherty has been ranked as the number one underwriter’s counsel firm in both Maine and New Hampshire and among the top 100 underwriter’s counsel firms nationally. We are also listed in the Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace directory and are listed as approved bond counsel by Maine Municipal Bond Bank, the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank and the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. Our public entity clients include:  University of Maine System, Maine Turnpike Authority, Kennebec County, Concord Housing Authority, Laconia Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and municipalities across Maine and New Hampshire. Our underwriter clients include Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities. Bank clients include KeyBank National Association and RBS Citizens National Association.

Firm Highlights

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

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Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...