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Donald P. Ubell

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Don Ubell has practiced primarily in the areas of traditional general obligation, certificates of participation and revenue bonds for more than 25 years. He has principal responsibility for the firm's work as bond counsel and special counsel on North Carolina governmental and nonprofit issues and for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina system.

Don pioneered the use of certificates of participation financing for cities and counties in North Carolina and completed the initial swap transactions for municipalities in the state. He serves as bond counsel for the cities of Charlotte, Durham, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Asheville, as well as the counties of Buncombe, Brunswick, Dare, Davidson, Harnett, Haywood, and Wayne. In addition, He has served as bond counsel in 12 states and as underwriter's counsel for every major investment banking firm.

A frequent lecturer on public finance issues, Don is recognized for his work on taxable municipal issues, risk management funding, and pension funding. He has been at the forefront in developing governmental responses to the SEC requirements for municipal securities.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Representative Experience

Don served as bond counsel for the:

  • First pool financing for the University of North Carolina system.
  • First publicly offered lease purchase financing in North Carolina.
  • First tax-exempt variable rate general obligation bonds issued in North Carolina.
  • First variable rate municipal revenue bond.
  • First governmental commercial paper program in North Carolina.
  • First publicly offered lease purchase financing in North Carolina.
  • First municipal swaps in North Carolina.
  • Only pension funding transactions in North Carolina.
  • Only self-insurance funding transactions in North Carolina.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Public Finance Law, 2003-2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Banking & Finance (Band 1), 2004-2017
  • American College of Bond Counsel, Board of Directors; Fellow
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Bonds and Banking, 2006-2013, Government Finance, 2006-2014
  • Charlotte Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Public Finance Law, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Public Finance; Corporate; Government & Public Policy; Educational Institutions
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member