The Firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. The Firm’s attorneys have worked on numerous transactions as Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel, and Underwriter’s Counsel for the State of California and its departments and agencies and for various local agencies, including counties, cities, redevelopment agencies, school districts, community college districts and various special districts. Our California experience, coupled with our national practice of more than 150 years, provides clients with a depth and breadth of experience in the area of public finance unmatched by other firms.
Hawkins’ attorneys have completed a wide variety of transactions for our clients, including financings for general governmental projects with general obligation bonds and lease-secured obligations, financings for nonprofit institutions, including health care organizations, cultural and charitable institutions and educational organizations, financings for single family and multifamily housing, cash flow financings, revenue bond financings for water, wastewater and transportation facilities, tax increment financings, assessment and special tax financings. The Firm has been involved in all financing structures utilized in the public finance sector, including all types of fixed rate bonds, commercial paper financings, variable rate bonds and swap transactions.
Our national public finance practice, which covers the entire breadth of the diverse practice area of municipal finance, affords Hawkins a unique perspective on public finance and matters under the federal securities laws. We have been engaged by several governmental entities to provide training to their staff, officials and other representatives in connection with their disclosure obligations under federal and state securities laws. Our attorneys serve as General Disclosure Counsel to the City of San Diego and have been instrumental in the development of controls and procedures, disclosure ordinances and the creation of working groups to focus on the disclosure obligations under SEC Rule 15c2-12 and the development of best practices within the City of San Diego.
Hawkins has preeminent experience with federal tax laws. Our tax attorneys within the State of California are complemented by one of the municipal industry’s largest and most experienced tax departments devoted primarily to public finance.
The Firm has served as Underwriter’s Counsel to various major investment banking firms in connection with a variety of financings in the State of California. In addition, we have worked with underwriters in the State to conduct seminars and other training sessions and to prepare memoranda to guide the underwriter’s review of key SEC enforcement actions and due diligence procedures, and the requirements of SEC Rule 15c2-12 and compliance with its due diligence requirements.
General Fund Financings
The Firm has worked with a variety of issuers to finance capital facilities and equipment through the use of certificates of participation, lease revenue financings and direct purchase leases. In California, we have participated in general fund financings for issuers such as the Counties of Mendocino, Merced, Fresno, San Bernardino, Shasta, Santa Clara and Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Newport Beach, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Merced Irrigation District and several school and community college districts in Los Angeles County.
Education financings have been a principal focus of the Firm’s California practice. In California, we have participated in education financings for issuers which range from local school districts and community college districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Community College District, Centinela Valley Union High School District, and Glendale Community College District, to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The Firm has also served as Bond Counsel to the ABAG Finance Authority for Nonprofit Corporations and the California Educational Facilities Authority in connection with revenue bonds for not-for-profit educational institutions, including for Biola University, Golden Gate University, Loyola Marymount University, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Francisco University High School, St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California.
General Obligation Financings
Hawkins has broad experience in California with a wide variety of projects for counties, cities, school districts, community college districts and water districts and other special districts that utilize general obligation financings, including financings for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, Saratoga, and Benicia, the City and County of San Francisco, the County of Santa Clara, the Los Angeles Unified School District,, and the Centinela Valley Union High School District. The Firm has also worked with public agencies in the State of California in connection with ballot propositions to secure voter approval of general obligation bonds.
Cash Flow Financings and Short-term Financings
Hawkins has significant experience in every aspect of short-term and cash flow financings for public entities in the State of California. The Firm has acted as Bond Counsel, Underwriter’s Counsel and Disclosure Counsel for numerous issuers in California with regard to tax and revenue anticipation notes, on a stand alone and on a pooled basis, Teeter financings, and other short term borrowings, including water revenue notes, bond anticipation notes and commercial paper notes.
The Firm has worked with the Counties of Fresno, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Tulare, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Orange County Board of Education, the Los Angeles County Schools Pooled Program and the Santa Barbara Schools Financing Authority in connection with the issuance of tax and revenue anticipation notes. In addition, we have worked with public agencies such as the San Diego Public Facilities Financing Authority, Alisal Union School District and Long Beach Community College District on the issuance of notes in advance of long term financings.
Hawkins is active in representing the State of California and many of its local agencies in the housing finance area, including the California Housing Financing Authority, California Department of Veterans Affairs, the City and County of San Francisco, the City of San Jose and the City of Los Angeles.
Hawkins’ California attorneys have extensive experience and expertise in tax-exempt 501(c)(3) health care financings. The Firm has participated in financings for numerous hospitals, medical centers and health systems throughout the State of California in connection with the construction, improvement and acquisition of health care facilities.
Water and Wastewater Projects, Transportation and Other Revenue Bond Financings
Hawkins has extensive experience as public finance counsel for public water facilities and projects, ranging from small rural villages and counties to large urban cities, counties and state water revolving funds. The Firm’s work within the State of California for water and wastewater projects includes our engagement as Bond Counsel to The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the State Water Resources Control Board, Disclosure Counsel to Los Angeles County for the issuance of its general obligation refunding bonds for its Flood Control District, Disclosure Counsel to the City of Los Angeles in connection with its wastewater system revenue bonds and Bond Counsel for the California Statewide Communities Development Authority’s program of water and wastewater revenue bonds for cities and counties in the State.
Hawkins has extensive experience in all aspects of airport financing, including airport system and single airport revenue bonds and airport project and airport special facility financings, secured by passenger facility charges and general revenues. In California, we have participated in airport revenue financings for the City of Long Beach, the City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission, the City of Fresno for its Fresno Yosemite International Airport, the County of Sacramento, the City of San José and the City Los Angeles’ LAX airport.
The Firm has extensive experience in advising public transportation authorities and state transportation departments with respect to the financing, construction, maintenance and operation of highways, bridges, tunnels and rail facilities. Hawkins has served as Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel and Underwriter’s Counsel for a variety of financings for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In addition, the Firm participated in a variety of financings for issuers such as the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, San Francisco Bay Area Toll Authority, and the City of Long Beach Harbor.
The Firm has significant experience with tax-exempt bond issues for all kinds of 501(c)(3) organizations in California. Projects have included construction of new facilities, renovation of existing facilities and the purchase of equipment and financing of operating expenses during periods of development. In addition, to our work for such educational institutions as Golden Gate University, Loyola Marymount University, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Francisco University High School, St. Mary’s College, the University of Southern California, our work in this financing area includes projects for the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation and Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts.
Public and Energy Financings
Hawkins is the nation’s leading Bond Counsel firm in public power finance. The Firm has participated in financings involving integrated and special purpose electric utilities, cities with small, medium and large-scale operations and projects and energy conservation. In California, the Firm has worked on financings for public agencies such as the Cities of Azusa, Chula Vista and Riverside, the Rancho California Water District Financing Authority, the Trinity Public Utilities District Financing Authority and the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank as conduit issuer for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The Firm has also worked the County of Los Angeles to establish its Assembly Bill 811 contractual assessment program to finance the installation of distributed generation renewable energy sources and energy and water efficiency improvements.