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E. Tyler Smith

Greenville | 864.577.6364
Fax | 864.242.9888

Tyler Smith's practice focuses in the areas of both public and business finance as well as government and public policy. He has served various financial institutions in the Southeast and borrowers in relation to conventional loans, letters of credit, taxable and tax-advantaged financings, including bond issues and deals eligible for other beneficial tax treatment. He has substantial experience in the field of new markets tax credits, representing parties from the perspectives of QALICB/borrower, Community Development Entity, and leverage lender in such transactions. He has worked with clients in both the public and private sector across the United States, such as hospitals, financial institutions, educational institutions of all levels, and 501(c)(3) organizations.

Tyler also has extensive experience in interest rate swaps and other derivative transactions, as well as complex investment products that include guaranteed investment contracts, securities forward delivery agreements, repurchase agreements, and equity linked notes. He has been involved in a wide array of transactions involving up to hundreds of millions of dollars.

His relationships with representatives of local, regional, and global financial institutions, financial advisory firms and organizations such as the National Association of Bond Lawyers connect Tyler to a network of information and knowledge of industry practices that he regularly incorporates into his practice.

His undergraduate and graduate level education in mathematics, economics, and law, together with extensive transactional experience, make him well-positioned to understand complex economic transactions and to advise clients on a breadth of potential transaction structures, options, risks, and solutions.

Representative Experience

  • Advised from various sides of new markets tax credit transactions in South Carolina and other states.
  • Provided advice on conventional loans of varying natures, including asset-backed and asset-based lending facilities.
  • Advised multiple health care, educational, governmental, and other entities as to agreements for the investment of project funds, debt service funds, and reserve funds in an aggregate amount of more than $100 million.
  • Served as special swaps counsel to a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization in the entering of two interest rate swaps in the aggregate notional amount of $100 million.
  • Advised a substantial number of clients as to their options under interest rate swaps and reinvestment agreements, in light of the impacts of the 2008 financial crises, the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and its subsidiaries, and general concerns over the credit standing of swap and investment providers.
  • Serving as special swaps counsel to a state in connection with the restructuring of derivative transactions having combined notional amounts of over $360 million.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Greenville for Public Finance Law, 2017, 2020, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Public Finance Law, 2008-2022
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Banking & Finance, 2017-2022
  • Greenville Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" in Banking & Finance Law, 2016, 2018, 2020


  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2013-2015; Member, 1997-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 1994-present
  • MENSA International, 2011-present
  • Duke Law Journal, Member and Articles Editor
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, U.S. National Honorary Mathematics Society
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honorary Economics Society