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Joshua R. Bonney

Associate
Charlotte | 704.335.9898
Fax | 704.335.4706
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Joshua Bonney concentrates his practice in the areas of public finance, economic development, and local government. He is part of a team of attorneys that regularly serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel, bank counsel, disclosure counsel, and special tax counsel in connection with a range of tax-exempt and taxable financing transactions.

In his role, Joshua utilizes a wide variety of publicly offered and privately placed debt instruments and financing structures to help achieve clients' financial objectives, including general obligation bonds, limited obligation bonds, enterprise revenue bonds, certificates of participation, installment financings, public-private partnership (P3) project financings, and various forms of credit enhanced financings for fixed-rate, variable-rate, and multi-modal obligations. His clients include cities, towns, counties, school districts, public and private colleges and universities, hospitals, nonprofit organizations such as private and charter schools, investment banks and financial institutions, as well as other entities engaged in financing public sector capital projects.

Prior to joining Parker Poe, Joshua was a research fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he focused on the sociopolitical effects of federal and state legislation on various parts of the U.S. electorate in connection with 2016 election cycle. At Elon University School of Law, he served as academic chair and vice president of the Black Law Students Association, was an Intramural Moot Court champion, and served as research assistant to Professor Thomas Molony and Professor Robert Parrish. Also, while in law school, Joshua interned for former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Edmunds Jr., drafting bench memos and providing research for published opinions.

Joshua is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and a charter member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Public Service Academy. He also serves as a council member on the Elon University President’s Young Advisory Council. In addition, Joshua is a member of Parker Poe’s Recruiting Committee and a subcommittee member of Parker Poe’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Represented as special tax counsel a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina in connection with the issuance through the Public Finance Authority of fixed-rate, negotiated, publicly offered, tax-exempt, student housing facilities revenue bonds in excess of $110 million in par amount, which was structured as a public-private partnership (P3) with the Collegiate Housing Foundation.
  • Represented as bond counsel a large municipality in connection with a current refunding of water and sewer system revenue bonds through the issuance of fixed-rate, negotiated, publicly offered, tax-exempt water and sewer system refunding revenue bonds in excess of $400 million in par amount and resulting in more than $47 million in net present value savings. Simultaneously delivered proposed amendments to the master general indenture to take effect on consent of owners of a majority in outstanding par amount of previously issued parity obligations.
  • Represented as bond counsel a private higher education institution in connection with the issuance through the Public Finance Authority of a variable-rate, privately placed, tax-exempt educational facilities revenue bond in excess of $12 million in par amount together with execution and delivery of a floating-to-fixed rate “qualified hedge” agreement.
  • Represented as underwriters’ counsel two large investment banking firms in connection with the execution and delivery of a fixed-rate, negotiated, publicly offered, tax-exempt limited obligation bond anticipation note subject to a “take out” letter of conditions issued by the United States Department of Agriculture in excess of $67 million in par amount.
  • Represented as bond counsel a private higher education institution in connection with the issuance through the North Carolina Capital Facilities Finance Agency of fixed-rate, negotiated, publicly offered, tax-exempt educational facilities revenue bonds in excess of $97 million in par amount.
  • Represented as bond counsel a local county in connection with the issuance of fixed-rate, competitive, publicly offered, tax-exempt general obligation school bonds in excess of $65 million in par amount.
  • Represented as bond counsel a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina in connection with the issuance through the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina of fixed-rate, negotiated, publicly offered, taxable special obligation general revenue refunding bonds in excess of $110 million in par amount.
  • Represented as bond counsel a local county in connection with a “crossover” advance refunding of a series of federal “Build America Bonds” and “Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds” through the execution and delivery of fixed-rate, negotiated, publicly offered, taxable and tax-exempt limited obligation bonds in excess of $60 million in par amount.

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Honors & Awards

  • N.C. Bar Association’s Public Service Academy, Inaugural Member
  • Elon University School of Law Dean's Award, which goes to the graduate exemplifying the highest standard of academic and leadership achievement
  • Elon University School of Law Leadership Fellow and recipient of merit-based Presidential Scholarship
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers' Frederic L. Ballard Jr. Memorial Scholarship recipient

Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section, Young Lawyers Division
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division