Sani Williams has specialized in public finance law since 1998, having served as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and disclosure counsel in connection with tax-exempt and taxable municipal financings by various governmental entities throughout the US, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Sani has worked on transactions aggregating in the tens of billions of dollars, and his work encompasses a variety of financing structures, including revenue and general obligation bonds, certificates of participation, credit/liquidity facilities, P3 financings, federal infrastructure loans, tax increments, payments-in-lieu-of taxes, short-term cash flow borrowings and direct bank purchases. 

    Included among the facilities financed by these transactions are stadiums and arenas, convention centers, airport and transportation systems, not-for-profit-owned facilities, secondary schools and colleges/universities, hospitals, public power, water and sewer distribution facilities, and a variety of economic development transactions throughout the US.

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    • Currently serves as bond counsel to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), one of the largest and most active issuers in the nation, in connection with its New York State school district and higher education financings. Sani also previously served as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in connection with DASNY’s 501(c)(3), mental health, personal income tax and workers’ compensation financings.
    • Currently serves as bond counsel to the state of Connecticut in connection with its general obligation bond program and State Revolving Fund bond program.
    • Currently serves as co-underwriters’ counsel in connection with general obligation bond financings by City of New York (NYC) and previously served as co-disclosure counsel for NYC from 2006 to 2009 on its general obligation bond financings aggregating over US$10 billion.
    • Currently serves as bond counsel to the Newark Housing Authority (NHA) and previously served as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in connection with financings to modernize NHA’s public housing portfolio and construction of a state-of-the-art police station in Newark’s South Ward.
    • Served as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in connection with financings by the New York State Finance Agency, as well as bond counsel to the District of Columbia Housing Finance Authority and co-bond counsel to the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) on numerous CHFA financings.
    • Served as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and disclosure counsel in connection with various financings by the District of Columbia, including general obligation and income tax-secured debt, transportation infrastructure, economic development and short-term borrowings.
    • Served as bond counsel to the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority for several years on a wide array of financings, including new money issues, refundings, cross-over refundings, multiple commercial paper programs (including “extendable” municipal commercial paper), cash defeasances and derivative products.
    • Served as bond counsel on refundings that were part of a 2009 overall US$1 billion restructuring plan of appropriation-backed public authority debt by the state of New Jersey’s Office of Public Finance.
    • Served as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in connection with the following stadium financings: Gillette Stadium – NFL New England Patriots; Ralph Wilson Stadium – NFL Buffalo Bills; Edward Jones Dome at America’s Center – NFL St. Louis Rams; and the Carrier Dome – Syracuse University.
    • Served as lender’s counsel to the US Department of Transportation in connection with the first US federal highway P3 project – the US$140 million federal loan/line of credit in connection with the construction/operation of SR-125 toll road in San Diego, California.

    Education

    • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
    • Syracuse University, B.A.

    Admissions

    • Massachusetts
    • New York

    Courts

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Massachusetts

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Board Member, Westchester County Deferred Compensation Board
    • Member, National Association of Bond Attorneys
    • Member, National Association of Securities Professionals
    • Member, New York State Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association

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    • Faculty Member, “General Securities Law” and “Practical Due Diligence/Drafting the Disclosure Document,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 2018 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, Charlotte, North Carolina (April 2018).
    • Panelist, “Underwriters’ Counsel,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 38th Bond Attorneys Workshop, Chicago, Illinois (October 2013).
    • Faculty Member, “Underwriting: Behind the Scenes,” “SWAP Fundamentals,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 2013 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, Chicago, Illinois (April 2013).
    • Faculty Member, “The Role of Underwriters’ Counsel,” “Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Issues,” “Underwriting: Behind the Scenes,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 2012 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, Orlando, Florida (April 2012).
    • Panelist, “Underwriters’ Counsel,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 36th Bond Attorneys Workshop, San Antonio, Texas (October 2011).
    • Faculty Member, “Practical Due Diligence/Drafting of Disclosure Document,” “The Role of Underwriters’ Counsel,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 2011 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia (April 2011).

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