Alison Benge’s practice focuses on public finance transactions, primarily as tax counsel for various governmental, 501(c)(3), and other tax exempt entities. Her clients have included municipalities, school districts, water and sewer systems, electric utilities, conduit issuers, and other governmental entities. Alison has extensive experience with transactions including utility revenue bonds (water, sewer, and electric), tax allocation bonds, tax credit and direct subsidy bonds (NCREBs, QECBs, QZABs, and BABs), land secured financings (special tax bonds and assessment bonds), general obligation bonds, lease financings and certificates of participation, exempt facility and 501(c)(3) financings (for medical, educational, and retirement facilities), and multifamily housing.
In addition to providing tax expertise on Pacifica’s public finance transactions, Alison is available to serve as outside or special tax counsel to other law firms or to municipal issuers seeking specialized tax advice. In this capacity, Alison can provide general tax advice, formal tax opinions, back-up tax opinions, tax-related documentation and disclosure and guidance on post-issuance compliance, as needed by the client. Alison also provides tax training and compliance workshops for bond attorneys, issuers and borrowers.