Jon Otto is an attorney in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner's Structured Finance practice group focusing on public finance and corporate transactions. He has served as disclosure counsel, underwriter's counsel and bond counsel in public finance transactions across the country. Within the public finance arena, Jon has experience with all types of bonds, including governmental, public power, affordable housing, airport and other transportation, solid waste and sewer, small issue manufacturing and bonds issued for hospitals and other non-profit organizations. He also has expertise in tax credit finance transactions and real estate transactions using government incentive programs including Tax Increment Financing, Chapter 100, PACE, Community Improvement District, and Industrial Development Revenue Bonds.

Jon has extensive experience working with lenders, syndicators, developers, and equity investors in transactions involving low-income housing tax credits and new market tax credits. He has significant experience assisting clients with transactions involving property and entity interest dispositions and transfers, including strategic sales, charitable contributions, involuntary dispositions, and similar transactions.

Jon also has experience closing multi-property and multimillion dollar transactions using complex financing and incentives for all types of real property, including hotels, shopping centers, offices, industrial, mixed use, storage facilities, distribution facilities, data centers, apartments, and condominiums. He also has experience assisting commercial lenders and commercial mortgage loan servicers in documenting, servicing, securitizing, defeasing, and closing commercial real estate and asset-based lending transactions.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Academie Lafayette Charter School – Board of Directors, President, 2010-Present
    • Industrial Development Authority – Board of Directors, 2016-Present
    • Truman Medical Center – Board of Directors, 2016-Present
    • Child Protection Center – Board of Directors, 2015-Present
    • UMKC Law Alumni Association – Board of Directors, 2017-Present
    • Urban Land Institute, Kansas City – Advisory Board Member, 2018-Present
    • Blue Hills Community Services – Board of Directors, 2015-2016
    • Legal Aid of Western Missouri – Volunteer Attorney, 2010
    • Child Protection Center – Board of Directors, 2015-Present
    • UMKC Law Alumni Association – Board of Directors, 2017-Present
    • Urban Land Institute, Kansas City – Advisory Board Member, 2018-Present
    • Blue Hills Community Services – Board of Directors, 2015-2016
    • Legal Aid of Western Missouri – Volunteer Attorney, 2010
    • Blue Hills Community Services – Board of Directors, 2015-2016
    • Legal Aid of Western Missouri – Volunteer Attorney, 2010
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Professional Affiliations

    • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Jackson County Bar Association
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Jackson County Bar Association
    • Jackson County Bar Association
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Representative Experience

Public Finance and Bond Transactions

  • Served as disclosure counsel to Los Angeles, San Diego and Ontario International Airports in connection with over $6 billion of public debt offerings to build and refurbish airport terminals and facilities.
  • Represented Los Angeles World Airports as disclosure counsel and bond counsel in over $5 billion of bonds issued to finance capital projects, including construction of various elements of the Bradley West Terminal Project, construction of the Central Utility Plant Project and other capital improvement projects.
  • Served as disclosure counsel to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority for bond issuances related to the development and financing of the Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile “freeway” for freight trains.
  • Represented San Diego Gas & Energy in connection with the redemption of multiple series of its industrial development revenue bonds.
  • Served as co-bond counsel to the San Diego Water Authority in connection with the partial redemption of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority Water Furnishing Revenue Bonds related to the completion of the San Diego County Water Authority Desalination Pipeline Project.
  • Served as bond counsel and disclosure counsel to the Harbor Department of the Port of Long Beach in connection with the issuance of its Harbor Revenue Refunding Bonds related to terminal development projects and related facilities improvements.
  • Served as co-bond counsel to the St. Louis Municipal Finance Corporation in connection with the issuance of its Police Capital Improvement Sales Tax Leasehold Refunding Revenue Bonds and its Juvenile Detention Center Leasehold Refunding Revenue Bonds related to the construction of the St. Louis police department headquarters and police academy and construction of the City of St. Louis juvenile detention center and related improvements.
  • Member of a team acting as bond counsel and borrower’s counsel on the issuance of more than $800 million of tax-exempt bonds, through three different issuers, including fixed rate, variable rate, and direct purchase components for a national health care provider.
  • Served as borrower’s counsel in a $30 million bond issuance for a 156-bed acute care hospital.
  • Represented two national banking associations as loan servicers in the specialized area of loan defeasance of securitized loans. Assisted with over 300 transactions involving the defeasance of multi-million dollar loans, secured by secured by all types of real property, including hotels, shopping centers, offices, industrial, mixed use, manufactured homes, apartments, and condominiums.
  • Served as lender’s counsel to a large nonprofit health care system in connection with the syndication of various medical office building and nonprofit housing projects totaling over $350 million.

Tax Credit Finance and Real Estate Development Transactions

  • Represented the affordable housing division of a large national banking association in connection with the disposition of interests in over 350 Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects located in 35 states and the redemption of over 40 fund limited partner interests from large national institutional investors.
  • Served as counsel to an independent community development entity in 12 new projects totaling more than $100 million in Native American communities using New Market Tax Credit financing.
  • Served as developer’s counsel in connection with redevelopment of an elementary school into a 60 unit senior housing apartment located in Chicago, Illinois using Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing, Historic Tax Credit financing and Chicago Donation Tax Credits.
  • Served as bond counsel for the City of Chicago in connection with the issuance of $5.2 million in private activity bonds for a 97 unit affordable housing project for seniors.
  • Served as counsel to a non-profit collaboration between Child Protection Center (CPC) and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) in connection with the development of a multi-disciplinary non-profit center located in Kansas City, Missouri using various local incentives including New Market Tax Credits, Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits, and other public funds.
  • Served as developer’s counsel in connection with a multi-phase senior housing project located in North Kansas City, Missouri using Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing.
  • Served as nonprofit developer’s counsel in the closing of a $13 million affordable family development in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri using Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing.
  • Represented the investor in connection with financing the construction of a charter school located in central Kansas City, Missouri using New Market Tax Credit financing.