Matthew Jessup works primarily on a broad array of public finance transactions and redevelopment projects. He represents countless municipal, county and authority issuers issuing hundreds of millions of dollars of general obligation and revenue bonds and notes. He helps craft innovative financings to solve complex municipal problems, including the first competitive sale of capital appreciation bonds in New Jersey. He assists clients in utilizing the newest financing tools available, such as the financing of a municipal justice complex through the issuance of government-subsidized Build America Bonds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Matthew also works to bridge the private sector need for money to complete community-invigorating projects with public sector financing, including through the issuance of payment-in-lieu-of tax bonds to finance redevelopment projects. Matthew annually represents numerous municipalities, municipal utilities authorities and sewerage authorities in obtaining low-interest financing through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program.
Matthew counsels municipalities on economic revitalization of underutilized properties through redevelopment. He assists municipalities in identifying redevelopment opportunities, designating areas in need of redevelopment, adopting redevelopment plans, selecting developers and negotiating redevelopment and financial agreements. Matthew utilizes his public finance expertise to identify and solve unique financial challenges in redevelopment projects.
Matthew also spends a significant amount of time counseling municipalities and counties on budget issues, changes in law, post-bond issuance compliance and other issues impacting New Jersey municipalities. He is a frequent panelist at seminars sponsored by the New Jersey League of Municipalities, the Government Finance Officers Association and the Institute for Professional Development and has authored articles for various publications. Matthew also provides news, updates and insight on issues affecting New Jersey local governments on Twitter @mattdjessup and as editor of the New Jersey Public Finance Blog at www.publicfinanceblog.com.
Matthew received his J.D. in 2000 from the Villanova University School of Law, his M.B.A. in 2000 from Villanova University and his B.B.A. in Finance from The George Washington University in 1997. Matthew is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.