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MelissaBennett

Counsel

"I enjoy the collegial atmosphere of my field and the challenge of sorting out a good puzzle when structuring transactions."

Overview

Biography

Melissa serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, and counsel to credit-enhancement providers and direct purchasers on a variety of general obligation and revenue bond transactions, including financings for school districts, municipalities, higher education institutions, health care providers, and affordable housing projects. She has extensive experience handling public offerings, private placements, and direct purchases.

Melissa also serves as agency counsel to several industrial development agencies and local development corporations in connection with straight-lease transactions and tax-exempt and taxable revenue bond issuances and provides day-to-day advice to IDA and LDC clients on compliance and governance. She additionally represents institutional lenders in secured commercial financing transactions, including conventional real estate mortgages, secured lines of credit, and construction loans.

In addition to her own practice, Melissa serves on the firm’s Next Generation Committee.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • New York State Economic Development Council
  • New York State Association of School Business Officials
  • New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association

Languages

  • French
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Served as bond counsel for the NYS Housing Finance Agency's $187.75 million Affordable Housing Revenue Bonds, 2018 Series I and its $52.51 million Affordable Housing Revenue Bonds, 2018 Series. 

  • Served as underwriters’ counsel for the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation’s $258.34 million State Clean Water and Drinking Water Revolving Funds Revenue Bonds (New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority Projects – Second Resolution Bonds) Series 2018 B Subordinated SRF Bonds.

  • Served as underwriters’ counsel for Golden State Tobacco Securitization Corporation’s $1,674,650,000 Tobacco Settlement Asset-Backed Bonds, Series 2018A-1.

  • Served as bond counsel for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s $14.25 million Interagency Council Pooled Loan Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2018A.

  • Served as underwriters’ counsel for the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency’s $197.29 million School Facility Revenue Bonds (Rochester Schools Modernization Project), Series 2018.

  • Served as bond counsel for the Town of Colonie Local Development Corporation’s $12.5 million Tax-Exempt Revenue Bond (Shaker Pointe at Carondelet, Inc. Project), Series 2018.

  • Served as transaction counsel to Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency in a straight-lease transaction for a $40 million senior living facility involving multiple corporate layers and requiring complex document structuring and significant mortgage negotiations

  • Served as bond counsel for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s $302.51 million School Districts Revenue Bond Financing Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2017A-E.

Prior Experience

  • Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc., Legal Intern
  • University at Buffalo School of Law Affordable Housing Clinic, Student Attorney
  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Legal Assistant

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