Leah Sandbank concentrates in the different areas of public finance law, redevelopment and tax. Leah’s practice focuses on complex structured financing transactions involving governmental entities such as the State of New Jersey and its agencies and authorities, issues involving federal income taxation of municipal bonds and related tax areas, student loan financings, New Markets Tax Credit transactions and complex structured financing transactions in connection with large-scale redevelopment projects and charter school facility financings. Leah has represented government entities, not-for profit entities and private for-profit entities, and has acted as borrowers’ counsel, redevelopment counsel or bond counsel in numerous transactions to finance charter school facilities, housing projects or mixed-use development or redevelopment projects. These transactions have involved tax-exempt financing, Qualified School Construction Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, New Markets Tax Credits and state funding programs. Projects have included the Teachers Village Project in Newark and multiple facilities for the TEAM Academy Charter School. Leah has also acted as bond counsel and tax counsel in numerous transactions (public finance and structured finance) involving State and local issuers, including the State of New Jersey, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, the New Jersey Building Authority, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority, and has participated in numerous interest rate swap transactions. In addition, Leah has represented various school districts, jointure commissions, municipalities, authorities and fire districts in connection with their bond financings and other financings for capital improvements. Such financings include current and advance refundings, general obligation and revenue bond financings, conduit or pool loan financings, lease purchase transactions and investment contracts. Leah has also represented various investment institutions in the position of underwriter’s counsel, special counsel or tax counsel.
Leah became a partner of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC in 2010. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1998 and from Fordham University School of Law in 2002. While at Fordham University School of Law, Leah was Senior Articles Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Journal and authored the article entitled: Dirty Laundry: Why International Measures to Save the Global Clean Water Supply Have Failed.