Press Release September 24, 2012

Goodwin Procter Launches MuniBK Municipal Bankruptcy Blog

Law firm to offer insight and commentary on the growing municipal bankruptcy crisis

NEW YORK, September 24, 2012 — Goodwin Procter, a national Am Law 50 firm, today announced the launch of MuniBK, a new blog focused on the growing issue of municipal bankruptcy.  MuniBK provides links to curated news content, analysis and commentary on issues including municipal bankruptcy law, related public finance developments, marketplace data and recent Chapter 9 filings by California municipalities including Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes as well as other cities across the United States.

The blog is intended to serve as a resource for the wide range of stakeholders potentially impacted by the municipal financial crisis, including government agencies, bondholders, unions, creditors, pension funds, investment banks and insurers.

As municipalities face increasing financial pressure from the combination of declining state and local revenues and escalating operating costs and legacy pension obligations, many are considering use of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code to provide fiscal relief. By statute, protection under Chapter 9 is available not only to political entities such as towns and counties, but also to public agencies, such as school districts and municipal authorities, and to so-called “instrumentalities of the state,” which could potentially include public-private partnerships and other quasi-governmental entities utilized in municipal finance transactions.

Among the topics to be examined in blog posts are:

• Eligibility under Chapter 9 and ongoing court cases related to determination of eligibility in various legal venues.
• Examination of the status and legal review of various challenges to bankruptcy filings in Stockton, Calif., Harrisburg, Penn., and other cities.
• Developments related to the implementation of California’s AB 506 statute, designed to place additional restrictions on the ability of California municipalities to file for Chapter 9 relief.
• The impact of municipal bankruptcy on municipal securities markets and on public finance alternatives.

Blog contributors will include attorneys from Goodwin Procter’s Corporate, Financial Restructuring, and Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets practices as well as leading academics, policymakers and financiers. The MuniBK Blog is available at http://blog.munibk.com/.

About Goodwin Procter


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