Patton Boggs enhances private fund investment and infrastructure focus

Patton Boggs has built a public finance practice and enhanced its private fund investment and infrastructure transactions capabilities with the addition of four attorneys. The firm has hired three lawyers in New York — Alphonso Tindall, Jr., Sani Williams and Deborah Hartmann Henry, and one in Washington, DC — Alethia Nancoo.

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Patton Boggs has established a public finance practice and significantly enhanced its private fund investment and infrastructure transactions capabilities with the addition of four prominent attorneys – three in its New York office and one in Washington DC. The move signals Patton Boggs’ continued focus on strengthening its capabilities in key areas where it is well positioned to deliver high quality services to its current and potential client base.

Joining the firm in New York are Alphonso E. (Al) Tindall, Jr., Sani A. Williams and Deborah Hartmann Henry. Joining the firm in Washington DC is Alethia N. Nancoo. Ms. Nancoo and Mr. Tindall join as partners, while Mr. Williams and Ms. Henry join as of counsel. The group brings extensive experience in international, domestic and municipal public and project finance, private fund investment and infrastructure transactions and matters.

“We are thrilled to welcome Al, Alethia, Sani and Debbie to the firm. They are talented, nationally recognized attorneys who bring highly focused skills and knowledge of the public finance world. Their arrival at Patton Boggs opens up a new realm of opportunities for our clients needing assistance with the full spectrum of public finance transactions and private fund investments,” said Edward J. Newberry, managing partner of Patton Boggs.

Mr. Tindall has been involved in all phases of public finance with more than 30 years of practice experience, including significant state and states authority level issues, principally focused on the development and implementation of state programs created for the benefit of local municipalities. He has represented every major investment bank in the United States as underwriter’s counsel and has participated in virtually every kind of finance transaction from Connecticut to California, in addition to drafting public finance legislation in a number of states.

During his career, Mr. Tindall has delivered bond or underwriter’s counsel opinions on more than $20 billion of financing and been instrumental in developing unique and innovative financing structures and programs for states and major cities. He also has extensive experience representing limited partners and governments with respect to large investment portfolios, including hedge, commodity, real estate, physical asset, private equity and other alternative investment vehicles. His clients in this practice area have included the states of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and the City of New York.

Ms. Nancoo’s expertise is focused on public and project debt financings, with particular emphasis on infrastructure, airport, surface transportation, mixed-use multifamily housing, and water and sewer utility sectors. She has participated in multiple public finance transaction throughout the United States, encompassing a variety of financing structures, including: revenue and general obligation bonds, income tax secured bonds, credit liquidity facilities and short term cash flow borrowings.

Ms. Nancoo has also advised national and regional investment banking institutions on a wide range of public and project finance transactions in the United States and the Caribbean. She has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter’s counsel to a wide range of large and mid-size hub domestic airports in connection with multi-year capital improvement programs, and has counseled a host of toll road operators regarding toll leveraged financings and public-private partnerships.

Mr. Williams has specialized in public finance law for more than 15 years, having served as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and disclosure counsel in connection with tax-exempt and taxable municipal financings by numerous governmental entities located across the country, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington DC. He has worked on transactions aggregating in the tens of billions of dollars, and his work encompasses a variety of financing structures, including revenue and general obligation bonds, certificates of participation, credit/liquidity facilities, P3 partnerships, federal infrastructure loans and short term cash flow borrowings.

Included among the facilities financed by these transactions are arenas, convention centers, airports and mass transportation systems, not-for-profit corporations, institutions of higher learning, community enhancement projects, public power, and water and sewer distribution facilities. Mr. Williams also has substantial experience and expertise in economic development and redevelopment projects, all of which have supported the creation and retention of thousands of jobs, small businesses and housing units, as well as expanding the tax base of local governments.

Ms. Henry has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, and special counsel in various tax-exempt revenue financings involving industrial development, airports, colleges and universities, stadiums, housing and health care, water and sewer, tax increment financings, pooled financings, municipal lease and lease-purchase transactions and certificates of participation.

Ms. Henry has also served as bond counsel on numerous general obligation bond financings and has experience drafting primary financing documents, including official statements, purchase contracts, escrow agreements, indentures, bond resolutions and continuing disclosure documents.

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