Janet Vaughan Robertson brings a unique blend of experience as corporate and bank counsel to her clients in the public finance arena, serving as bond counsel, underwriter counsel, credit bank counsel, borrower counsel, issuer counsel and trustee counsel in connection with multi-million dollar municipal and conduit bond issues for cities, counties, school districts, community colleges, charter schools, health care facilities, continuous care retirement communities, cultural facilities, industrial development facilities, housing developments and other issuers located throughout Texas and the United States.
Janet’s public finance clients benefit time and again from her substantial experience in banking and lending, securities law, project finance, private placements, asset securitizations, all forms of secured transactions (real, personal and mixed collateral), repurchase agreements, interest rate swaps and loan workouts. She uses skills honed while representing borrowers, lenders and trustees in commercial lending transactions and asset securitizations on behalf of her public finance clients, whether she is working on traditional general obligation bonds for cities, counties and school districts, private activity revenue bonds issued on behalf of corporate borrowers, education revenue bonds issued on behalf of charter and private schools, health care revenue bonds issued on behalf of nonprofit hospitals and other health facilities or lease revenue bonds issued on behalf of schools and colleges.
Janet’s bond law practice has a special emphasis on conduit financings for nonprofit entities and corporations that benefit the community through job creation and public/private partnerships. Structuring such financings draws not only on Janet’s in-depth understanding of public finance but also on her lending and secured transaction expertise, as they typically involve loans or leases between borrowers and “on behalf of” conduit issuers such as higher education finance corporations, cultural education facilities finance corporations, charter school finance corporations, health facilities development corporations, housing finance corporations and economic development corporations.
Janet derives great personal satisfaction from helping to build schools, hospitals, performing arts centers, retirement communities and housing developments. A former high school English and journalism teacher, Janet expresses her passion for education through her work assisting the Texas Charter School Association and the Texas Education Agency in developing rules governing charter school operations, including access to the Permanent School Fund, and advising with regard to legislative initiatives. Janet also serves as Co-chair of the Education Day Committee for Leadership Houston. Janet is a member of the Texas chapter of Women in Public Finance and the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys and is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXXI.