Nixon Peabody appointed partner Kenneth Lind to lead its Public Finance practice. He succeeds Rick Jones, who retired after three years of leading the group and was an integral part of opening the firm's Los Angeles office.
“Amid the changing landscape of infrastructure investment in the U.S., Ken — who focuses his public finance practice on transportation — is well-suited to lead our Public Finance practice as we help our clients navigate these changes,” said Andrew Glincher, the firm's CEO and managing partner.
Lind who has been with the firm since 2008, serves as bond counsel to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its affiliate Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority; the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Dulles Toll Road—Metrorail System Project; and New York City’s Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corp.
He also serves as underwriters’ counsel to the NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority. He focuses his practice on advising clients on public offerings and private placements, and serves in a range of roles including bond, underwriters’, disclosure, derivatives, and bank counsel.
“It’s an exciting time to be practicing public finance," Lind said. "I foresee an uptick in public-private partnerships; and the transportation, health care, and water and wastewater sectors are heating up. I am optimistic about the year ahead and beyond. I look forward to leading our group and providing innovative work for our clients.”
This news comes after Barry Carrigan was promoted to partner inside the public finance group in February. He focuses on high-profile deals—including project finance and public finance transactions involving taxable and tax-exempt bond financings—as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, or borrower’s counsel.
Carrigan served as underwriter’s counsel on the issuance of $1.2B of non-investment grade, tax-exempt bonds (then the largest such financing in the tax-exempt market in U.S. history) for the first large-scale nitrogen fertilizer production facility built in the U.S. in more than two decades. He will work closely with Lind.
Nixon Peabody’s Public Finance practice is national in scope, with a focus on surface and rail transportation, water and wastewater, health care, sports and convention centers, project finance, education and nonprofits, and public power.
The practice ranked 7th among bond counsel in 2017, according to Thomson Reuters data.