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Bond Counsel

Our attorneys have served as Bond Counsel to the State of Connecticut and a number of Connecticut cities and towns. In providing such services we have gained extensive experience with the issuance and sale of general obligation and revenue bonds and bond anticipation notes sold on both a competitive and negotiated basis. Such issues have financed various public projects. We have handled pension obligation bonds, clean water fund loans, swap transactions and municipal leasing transactions for our municipal clients.

Presently, the firm is Bond Counsel to the cities and towns of Bozrah, Brooklyn, Deep River, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain, Old Saybrook, Portland, Preston, Sherman, Stafford, Thomaston, West Hartford, Weston and Wolcott.  We also serve as Bond Counsel to Regional School District No. 8 (since 2007), the Harbor Point Infrastructure Improvement District (Stamford), the Tariffville Fire District (Simsbury), the Shaker Pines Fire District (Enfield) and other special taxing districts in Connecticut.

We have served as Bond Counsel to the State Treasurer’s Office since 1994, and currently handle the Board of Regents for Higher Education (Connecticut State Universities and Community Technical Colleges) bonding programs, including the federal tax issues involved in these programs. In 2007, we assisted in drafting legislation to establish the CSUS 2020 $950 million Infrastructure Improvement Program.

We also serve as Bond Counsel to the Connecticut Green Bank, the State quasi-public agency established to develop programs, support financing and stimulate demand for clean energy sources within Connecticut.  We have assisted the Green Bank in financing projects under its Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program and other programs.

Shipman & Goodwin serves as Counsel to the developer of the Steel Point project in Bridgeport. In that capacity, we have drafted and negotiated financial assistance agreements with the Department of Economic and Community Development and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated to provide project financing for the Bass Pro Shops facility that opened in November 2015.  We also serve as District Counsel to the Steel Point Infrastructure Improvement District in Bridgeport, where we have assisted in the formation, operation and future bond financing through tax increment bonds for the public infrastructure improvements within the District. 

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