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E. Tyler Smith

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Tyler’s practice focuses in the areas of both public and business finance as well as government and public policy. He has significant experience serving various financial institutions in the Southeast and borrowers in relation to conventional loans, letters of credit, taxable and tax-advantaged financings such as bond issues  and deals eligible for other beneficial tax treatment. Tyler 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. Tyler has worked with clients in both the public and provide sector such as hospitals, financial institutions, educational institutions of all levels and 501(c)(3) community agencies across the United States.

Mr. Smith also has extensive experience in interest rate swaps and other derivative transactions, as well as complex investment products such as guaranteed investment contracts, securities forward delivery agreements, repurchase agreements and equity linked notes, at a level that is rarely found outside of major money center law firms, having been involved in a wide array of transactions involving as much as hundreds of millions of dollars.

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

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

Featured Experience

  • Advising from various sides of new markets tax credit transactions in South Carolina and other states.
  • Providing advice on conventional loans of varying natures, including asset backed and asset based lending facilities.
  • Advising multiple healthcare, educational, governmental and other entities as to agreements for the investment of project funds, debt service funds and reserve funds in amounts aggregating in the $100,000,000’s
  • Serving 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 $100,000,000
  • Advising 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 $360,000,000

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Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers® 2017 Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Greenville, SC
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Public Finance Law, 2017
  • Greenville Business Magazine's "Legal Elite of the Upstate", Banking and Finance Law, 2016

Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2004-present (Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2008-2011; Social Committee, 2004-present; Athletic Committee, 2004-present)
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1994-2016
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1994-2016
  • MENSA International, 2011-present