Senior Public Finance and Securities Attorney Bill Musser Joins Pope Flynn

August 15, 2017

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Bill Musser, a senior public finance, securities and corporate attorney with more than thirty years of experience in complex financing transactions, has joined Pope Flynn, a South Carolina-based law firm concentrating in public finance, governmental law, and procurement and construction. Before joining Pope Flynn, Musser was a partner with the McNair Law Firm, where he built a transactional law practice over a span of three decades. Musser’s practice includes municipal, corporate, securities and banking law, and he has regularly served as bond counsel, as well as counsel to underwriters, banks and issuers within an array of practice areas including healthcare, aviation, higher education, electric and other utilities, and government sectors.

Significant transactions include serving as bond counsel on twelve financings for three major South Carolina airports, bond counsel for several major South Carolina hospitals, bond counsel for the financing of the Myrtle Beach boardwalk and a municipally-owned convention hotel, bond counsel on solid waste disposal and landfill facility financings, and bond and development counsel for procurement of publicly-offered tax-exempt bonds to finance the renovation of a historic facility for a higher education institution. He was also bond and development counsel for a $140 million mixed-use retail and residential development, the infrastructure for which was financed with two series of tax-exempt bonds. His underwriter’s counsel experience includes financings for several major South Carolina hospitals, airport revenue bond offerings, and utility bond financings. He also served as bank counsel for the financing of a $40 million tax-exempt fly ash remediation facility and for various issues of tax-exempt hospital revenue bonds. In the area of corporate finance, he served as borrower’s counsel for $2.2 billion aggregate amount of revolving credit facilities and as corporate and securities counsel for more than $6 billion in aggregate amount of publicly-offered securities issued by an investor owned electric utility.

In 2014, Musser received “Lawyer of the Year” recognition from Best Lawyers® for public finance in Columbia; he has received Best Lawyers recognition since 2007 in public finance law, corporate law, and mergers & acquisitions law. Musser is also recognized by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers” in Business law and in Corporate/M&A: Banking and Finance. Musser is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) and serves on NABL’s Securities Law and Disclosure Committee. He has also served on the Carolinas Municipal Council Advisory Board.

“We feel very privileged to have added Bill to our group of public finance and governmental law attorneys,” said Joe Lucas, Managing Member of the firm. “Bill has tremendous experience in public finance and municipal bond work. But added to that experience is his extensive work for national and regional banks and underwriters, as well as his extensive corporate work. All of that adds to the depth of resources we bring to our governmental, banking and underwriting clients, as well as our hospital and higher education clients.”

“Pope Flynn has built an intriguing boutique firm that focuses on providing highly specialized and complex transactional work for a unique set of clients,” said Musser. “I am impressed by the tremendous energy of this group and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work together with a team that has high integrity and enthusiasm. At this stage in my career it’s refreshing to experience this level of excitement in a team of attorneys. From their founding in 2008 with three attorneys, I’ve watched them grow to eleven attorneys and add offices in Charlotte, Spartanburg, and Charleston. They are building something unique and very focused, and I’m happy to be a part of that effort.”

Musser graduated with both his JD and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He received a BA for a double major in history and chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also lettered in college baseball on a team that went to the College World Series, where they placed third.

Musser will be resident in both the Columbia and Charleston offices of Pope Flynn throughout the week, serving clients in both regions and throughout the state of South Carolina. His main office line is (803) 354.4906.

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