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Michael G. Melzer

Partner
michael.melzer@kattenlaw.com
Chicago Office
p+1.312.902.5564
f+1.312.902.1061
Overview

Michael G. Melzer concentrates his practice in public finance matters serving in project finance and regulatory capacities as bank counsel, bond counsel, borrowers’ counsel, disclosure counsel, regulatory counsel, special finance counsel, special tax counsel, tender counsel and underwriters’ counsel.

Michael’s practice relates primarily to public, private and restricted bond and other debt offerings, public-private partnerships, commercial paper offerings, project finance, Special Inspector General for Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), Inspector General for TARP (IGTARP), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement actions, health care and municipal workouts and restructurings, Rule 15c2-12 compliance audits, new market tax credit transactions, bond tender offers, general and specific tax compliance reviews, interest rate swap and other financial derivative agreements and nonprofit/for profit mergers and acquisitions.

Shown below is a selection of Michael’s engagements.

Experience
Bond Counsel
  • $2 billion airport revenue bonds (AMT and non-AMT)
  • $305 million general obligation conversion and short-term refinancing
  • $300 million taxable municipal corporation commercial paper program
  • $260 million electric system revenue bonds
  • $142 million park district general obligation bonds
  • $105 million Florida hospital revenue bonds
  • Discharge of senior lien indenture of electric utility and revolving line of credit
  • Anticipated $600 million water district general obligation green bonds
  • Anticipated $300 million tollway senior revenue bonds
  • $400 million mass transit general obligation and subordinate bonds and working cash notes
  • $150 million university revenue and revenue refunding bonds
Underwriter's Counsel
  • $234 million university revenue bonds including forward delivery
  • $126 million Wisconsin hospital revenue bonds
  • Dual conduit issuer $44 million and $40 million continuing care retirement community revenue bonds
  • $60 million city and sanitary district project and refunding general obligation bonds
  • Anticipated $57 million continuing care retirement community revenue bonds
  • Split $23 million and $22 million general obligation refunding bonds
  • $39 million Ohio college revenue bonds
  • $750 million state general obligation bonds
  • Anticipated $1 billion airport second lien revenue bonds
  • $69 million university revenue bonds
  • $30 million city general obligation bonds
Borrower's/Special Counsel
  • Multi-site project finance and acquisition for fixed-base airport operator in Texas, Indiana and New York
  • Counsel to municipal corporation navigating disclosure and legislative remedy for state non-appropriation causing technical default and multiple downgrades
  • Regulatory counsel for public service company relating to pollution control bonds
  • Counsel for state Medicaid and other vendor payment programs
  • Pension financing special counsel
  • Regulatory counsel for underwriter accused of pay-to-play violations
Placement Agent/Purchaser's Counsel
  • $38 million multifamily housing revenue bonds consisting of three tranches of priority
  • $40 million California surface water rights purchase
Tax Counsel
  • Counsel for IRS ruling request on private use of governmental user hotel facilities
  • Counsel for IRS ruling request on private use of governmental user sports arena
  • Organization of and 501(c)(3) application for nonprofit charter school entity
  • Organization of and 501(c)(3) application for interdisciplinary organization focusing on child and adolescent psychopathology research group
Regulatory
  • Primary counsel to multiple major underwriting firms and dozens of issuers and obligated persons in connection with the SEC's MCDC initiative
  • SEC 15c2-12 enforcement actions
  • SEC and MSRB municipal advisor regulations
  • SIGTARP enforcement actions
Workouts
  • Florida, Illinois and Washington conduit revenue bonds
  • Special service area unlimited ad valorem tax bonds
  • Township road district debt certificates
  • Indiana, New York and Tennessee low-income and tax credit housing facilities
Public-Private Partnership
  • State consolidated rental car facility, including EB-5 short-term financing
  • Pennsylvania city water and sewer utility system
  • Pennsylvania city metered parking system
  • California city metered parking system
  • Illinois city metered parking system
Presentations
February 24, 2016
Speaker | Fundamentals of Tax-Exempt Bonds and the ABC’s of Arbitrage and Rebate | Zeigler Analytical Team Meeting
Michael G. Melzer

Education

  • JD, University of Michigan Law School
  • BS, Northern Illinois University

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
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