Public Finance

Bass, Berry & Sims has long been a preeminent public finance and economic development law firm in Tennessee with experience that extends across the Southeast.

Closing more than 400 transactions valued at a combined total $10.5 billion over the past three years, our clients benefit from unique insight, efficient service and subject-matter knowledge earned from thousands of transactions and decades of leadership in public finance.

We represent local governments, nonprofits and financial institutions, serving as bond counsel, underwriters and disclosure counsel in the full-range of public financing matters, including:

  • Government finance.
  • Economic incentives.
  • 501c3 financings.
  • Affordable housing.
  • Public finance investment banking and commercial banking.
  • Post-issuance tax and securities law compliance.
  • Served as bond counsel to Emerald Academy in connection with a tax exempt bond issue

    A team of Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys from the Knoxville office served as bond counsel to Emerald Academy in...
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    Client Type: Nonprofit, Pro Bono
  • Represented the Metro Nashville Sports Authority as bond counsel in connection with the issuance of $225 million of bonds in December 2020 to finance the construction of the new Major League Soccer (MLS) Stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds

    We represented the Metro Nashville Sports Authority as bond counsel in connection with the issuance of $225 million of bonds...
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    Client Type: Government
  • We represented Shelby County Schools (SCS) Board in a transaction to secure funding bringing laptop computers to nearly 95,000 students in the District. By providing nearly 95,000+ new devices and WiFi access to students in the District, each student will have the proper materials to participate in online learning this year. Students are scheduled to have a laptop or tablet by November 2020. The investment in students, which was announced on June 16, is historic step for the District in bridging the digital divide and builds upon the ongoing Equity in Action Plan, which aims to ensure all students have the same access to academic supports.

    COVID-19 highlighted the lack of internet access and technology for many students and families in Memphis, Tennessee. This deal is part of a broader $37 million plan to enable all students to learn online.  The transaction was formed through a lease-purchase agreement with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. The funding included federal coronavirus relief dollars through the CARES Act Fund, as well as government bonds from Shelby County and the City of Memphis.

    We represented Shelby County Schools (SCS) Board in a transaction to secure funding bringing laptop computers to 95,000+ students in...
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  • Represented the developer of Burlington Commons, an affordable housing complex in East Knoxville

    We represented the developer of Burlington Commons, an affordable housing complex in East Knoxville, in all aspects of the transaction....
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Represented Montgomery County, Tennessee as bond counsel in connection with the issuance of $110 million of bonds in July 2020 to finance the construction of a Multi-Purpose Event Center in downtown Clarksville

    We represented Montgomery County, Tennessee as bond counsel in connection with the issuance of $110 million of bonds in July...
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    Client Type: Government
  • Representation of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) in its acquisition of the operations and real estate of Isle of Capri Casino and Lady Luck Casino from Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (Nasdaq: ERI), in a cash transaction for $230 million

    We represented Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) in its acquisition of the operations and real estate of Isle...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Served as bond counsel and local counsel to affiliates of social services organization People Incorporated of Virginia in connection with a low income housing tax credit project

    We served as bond counsel and local counsel to affiliates of social services organization People Incorporated of Virginia in connection...
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    Client Type: Nonprofit
  • Bond counsel and borrower counsel to Covenant Health in connection with the issuance of over $600 million in taxable and tax-exempt debt to finance and refinance its healthcare facilities in Tennessee

    We served as bond counsel and borrower counsel to Covenant Health in connection with the issuance of over $600 million...
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    Client Type: Nonprofit
  • We represented Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) in its investment in Denver-based Punch Bowl Social, an award-wining experiential food and beverage concept.

    We represented Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) in its investment in Denver-based Punch Bowl Social, an award-wining...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Represented Southern Properties, Inc. in obtaining approval for up to $96.4 million in tax increment financing (TIF)

    We represented Southern Properties, Inc. in obtaining approval for up to $96.4 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds to...
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    Client Type: Private Company
Lillian M. Blackshear
Member
Austin C. Brown
Associate
G. Mark Mamantov
Member
Russell A. Miller
Member
James Polk Moneyhun, Jr.
Member
Jordana Katz Nelson
Senior Public Finance Attorney
Jeffrey A. Oldham
Member
Alexandrea R. Samber
Associate
Keith B. Simmons
Member (retired)