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Mr. Draikiwicz, included on the Best Lawyers® list for Public Finance Law, has worked exclusively in the area of public finance since 1982. He has served in various capacities on public finance transactions undertaken by state, county, and municipal governmental entities, which has included serving as bond counsel, letter of credit bank counsel, underwriter counsel and trustee counsel. He has also handled a full range of tax-exempt financing transactions for governmental issuers, including general obligation bonds and notes; and tax, revenue, and grant anticipation notes; and revenue bonds for publicly owned facilities and other facilities.
Mr. Draikiwicz has considerable experience with general obligation bonds (counties, municipalities, and school districts) and a broad range of revenue bonds (local authority, hospital, health care, resource recovery).
Areas of Focus
Revenue Bonds (Local Authority, Hospital, Healthcare, Resource Recovery)
Mr. Draikiwicz has served as bond counsel to improvement authorities and sewer and utilities authorities for many years and is proficient and adept at structuring a range of novel and intricate project financings, as well as efficiently handling more standard ones. Through the course of his representations, he has gained insight into authorities’ long-term objectives by virtue of his trenchant understanding of improvement authorities law and sewer and utilities authorities laws, numerous face-to-face meetings with authority officials, and his hands-on approach to closing transactions on behalf of authorities.
General Obligation Bonds (Counties, Municipalities, and School Districts)
Mr. Draikiwicz represents more than 50 rural and urban communities and such representations include transactions through improvement authorities in conduit financings, advance and current refundings, and general obligation transactions. On their behalf, he handles and oversees the full range of issues, which includes drafting ordinances, reviewing or preparing the Official Statement in conjunction with governmental officials and/or other professional service firms and, preparing the pertinent closing documents. For temporary financings, he oversees the note sale and drafts the necessary closing documents.
He has been bond counsel to the County of Monmouth since 1986 and to the County of Somerset since 1992, and has served as bond counsel to Essex, Middlesex, Passaic and Warren Counties.
Underwriter of Tax-Exempt Bonds
In the last 29 years, Mr. Draikiwicz has represented investment banking firms as underwriters of approximately $13.1 billion of tax-exempt bonds. Included in this figure are approximately $1.1 billion in bonds purchased by Advest, Inc./Raymond James & Associates, Inc. from the Monmouth County Improvement Authority in connection with various projects developed for Monmouth County and its municipalities, as well as $446,995,000 million in refunding bonds purchased by Merrill Lynch & Co. from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in connection with the funding of current and anticipated liabilities and expenses of the New Jersey Market Transition Facility. He has also served as underwriter’s counsel to Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. for $804,435,000 revenue bonds purchased from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in connection with refunding various portions of its outstanding debt in order to achieve significant debt service savings. His representations have involved a broad range of transactions, including variable and fixed rate obligations, demand bonds, pooled bonds, credit enhanced (insured or letter of credit supported) obligations, and current and advanced refundings.
Representation of Governmental Issuers
Mr. Draikiwicz has represented numerous governmental issuers, including the state of New Jersey, various state agencies, counties and county agencies, municipalities, and boards of education, as well as a broad range of investment banking firms as underwriter’s counsel. During the course of such representations, he has worked on a vast array of tax-exempt and taxable general obligation and other financing transactions, including forward delivery transactions, variable and fixed rate obligations, demand bonds, auction rate bonds, pooled bonds, credit enhanced (insured or letter of credit supported) obligations, and current and advanced refundings. Some of these financings involved derivative and securitization aspects. He has represented some of the largest issuers in the nation, including the state of New Jersey, New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, and New Jersey Transit. He has also represented some of the largest underwriters in the nation, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and has prepared numerous disclosure documents on their behalf.
New York University School of Law (LL.M.)
Cornell Law School (J.D.)
Rutgers University (B.A., magna cum laude)
State of New Jersey
State of New York