ATLANTA (February 18, 2014) – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Woodrow "Woody" Vaughan, III has joined the firm's Atlanta office as a partner and Allison Dyer has joined as senior counsel. Mr. Vaughan was previously a partner and Ms. Dyer was a senior associate with King & Spalding LLP.
"Woody Vaughan is one of the strongest public finance attorneys practicing in Georgia," said Robert Highsmith, executive partner of Holland & Knight's Atlanta office. "Woody and Allison's experience in finance, affordable housing and local economic development is complimentary to our existing practices and the needs of our clients. We are excited to offer these new service areas as we continue to grow our Atlanta office."
Mr. Vaughan will join Holland & Knight's national Public Finance Team and lead its Georgia Public Finance Initiative. He has extensive knowledge in tax-exempt finance for state and local governments, multifamily housing facilities, stadiums, and governmental and non-profit healthcare, educational and other facilities. He routinely serves as bond counsel, counsel to underwriters, credit enhancers, bond purchasers and borrowers counsel on complex public finance transactions. Since 2007, Mr. Vaughan has represented clients in more than 185 public finance transactions totaling over $10.5 billion in aggregate principal amount of bonds.
In addition, Mr. Vaughan has worked on some of the largest economic development incentive transactions ever completed in the state of Georgia. As a trusted advisor, he helps corporate clients looking to relocate to or expand in Georgia as well as local governments developing incentive packages for prospective private industry clients.
"The opportunity to lead a firm initiative at Holland & Knight is very exciting," said Vaughan. "We feel like this platform is perfect for our clients, will allow us to better service their needs, and provide significant opportunities to expand and grow our practice."
Mr. Vaughan is a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel and a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He is recognized as a leading attorney in his field by The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Trend's Legal Elite and Super Lawyers.
Ms. Dyer's practice focuses on all areas of tax-exempt finance for various industries including healthcare, charter schools, higher education, multi-family housing, utilities, public schools, local governments, stadiums, airports, docks and wharfs, and non-profit entities. She has represented clients of varying sizes in both publicly and privately-offered tax-exempt and taxable financings, having routinely served as bond, underwriter's, borrower's, issuer's and credit-provider's counsel. Ms Dyer also has extensive experience in the area of economic development incentives.
About Holland & Knight’s Public Finance Team: The firm's national Public Finance Team includes more than 20 attorneys who have decades of experience in all aspects of public finance issues. During the past five years, the team has participated in the financing of more than $18.2 billion in principal amount of debt in connection with virtually every type of governmental issue. Holland & Knight is consistently ranked among the top bond counsel and underwriter's counsel firms in the United States by Thomson Financial.
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