Firm: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Marc Bauer’s first exposure to public finance was as a summer associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
The sector was such a natural fit for the budding lawyer with a business and finance background that he never looked back.
“Orrick is such a big player in the muni world. I met a lot of people in that practice group and it resonated with me,” Marc said.
He appreciates the collegiality in the industry, whether it’s working with bankers, financial advisors or issuers. Much different, he said, from the adversarial nature of working as, for example, a litigator.
Marc specializes in charter school, university and utility revenue bonds. He said his interest in those sectors grew out of his work with Orrick partner Eugene Clark-Herrera, a mentor.
He works closely with the California School Finance Authority, the state’s conduit for charter school debt. He worked with CSFA when it issued the first Qualified School Construction Bonds in California for a charter school. The $12 million deal for the High Tech High charter school in Chula Vista, Calif., won the 2010 Far West Deal of the Year award in the small issuer category.
That was not long after he earned dual degrees in 2007 with a master of business administration and law degree from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Gould School of Law.
He is lead bond counsel to the California Educational Facilities Authority, which acts as a conduit for the state’s universities, and works with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on its bond sales.
“Marc is active in the Southern California community through pro bono work and has served as the pro bono coordinator for Orrick’s Los Angeles office since 2012," said Orrick tax partner Larry Sobel.
In 2017, he spearheaded a partnership between Orrick and VoteRiders, a nonpartisan nonprofit that works nationally to help eligible voters obtain voter IDs. He coordinated more than a dozen lawyers in the creation of Voter Identification Guides for each state. That work led to a seat on the Board of Trustees.
For fun, the Los Angeles native plays golf, competes in 5K races, follows the Kings and the Dodgers, and spends time with his 13-month-old daughter.