HOUSTON, Jan., 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marcus W. Deitz, an accomplished lawyer with more than 15 years of extensive experience as counsel for major local and regional bond issues, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in Houston. The addition significantly enhances the firm's highly regarded national public finance practice.
Deitz joins McGuireWoods from Norton Rose Fulbright where he was a partner working on a wide array of public finance transactions from the firm's Houston and Denver offices.
"Marcus is an important addition to the public finance practice," said Alan Cason, the Baltimore-based chairman of the group. "His experience across a wide range of transactions greatly enhances our ability to serve clients in Texas and nationwide."
McGuireWoods expanded the practice to the Houston office a year ago to serve the vibrant Texas markets. Deitz is the fourth public finance lawyer to arrive in the office. Licensed and admitted to the bar in both Texas and Colorado, he extends the practice's footprint in the West.
"The addition of Marcus Deitz is an important step for McGuireWoods in establishing a practice with the depth and breadth clients need," said Thomas Farrell, managing partner of the Houston office. "Marcus is very well known in the public finance community from years of successfully guiding cities, counties, public school districts and junior colleges, state agencies and regional or special governmental authorities through very complicated financings. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm."
Recent representative transactions include serving as bond counsel on multiple series of variable rate unlimited tax school building bonds for several independent school districts with principal amounts exceeding $100 million, serving as underwriters' counsel several series of limited and unlimited tax school building bonds for one of the largest school districts in the nation, with principal amounts exceeding $350 million, and serving as disclosure counsel for one of the largest municipal utility district bond financings ever in Texas. Last year, Deitz was also instrumental in developing and bringing to market a new convertible bond structure that benefits his clients by allowing an issuer's taxable debt to be easily converted later into tax-exempt debt at a predetermined rate without incurring reissuance costs. He has served as both bond counsel and underwriters' counsel on these convertible bond transactions.
"I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to contribute to such a dynamic and growing practice," Deitz said. "This is a firm with an intense focus on excellence in serving clients and I'm sure my practice will thrive here."
Deitz earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and his law degree three years later from the University of Denver College of Law. He served as a law clerk for the Colorado Court of Appeals for a little over a year after law school. He was an associate at Icenogle, Norton & Seter in Denver from 1999 to 2001, and a partner at Andrews Kurth for nearly 10 years before arriving in 2011 at Fulbright & Jaworski, now known as Norton Rose Fulbright.
U.S. News-Best Lawyers' 2015 edition of "Best Law Firms" named McGuireWoods "Law Firm of the Year" in Banking and Finance Law, placing it among the 20 U.S. firms with the most top-tier rankings. In Best Lawyers in America's 2015 rankings, 18 of the firm's lawyers were listed in the practice area of Banking and Finance Law, the most of any firm in the nation.
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