Bruce Bonjour

Bruce Bonjour

Perkins Coie

131 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Tel: (312) 324-8400 Fax: (312) 324-9650

Email: BBonjour@nullperkinscoie.com

Url: http://www.perkinscoie.com/en/professionals/bruce-bonjour.html

Specialties:
General obligation bonds, Municipal revenue bonds, Assessment and other land-based bonds and tax increment bonds, Exempt organization bonds (including health care, higher education, schools and cultural institutions), Bonds backed by corporate or project revenues

Education:
George Washington University Law School, 1976

Biography:

Bruce Bonjour is the firm’s chair of its Public Finance practice. Bruce also previously served as the firm’s co-chair of its Financial Transactions and Restructuring Group from 2005 to 2010. Bruce has three major areas of focus: (1) serving as bond counsel as well as representing underwriters and credit enhancers, (2) New Markets Tax Credits and (3) structured finance concentrating in the hospitality sector, municipal finance.

For his entire career, Bruce has served as bond counsel and advised other clients in tax-exempt and taxable municipal finance transactions. Recent transactions included serving as bond counsel for five of the eight CDFI Fund/US Treasury-guaranteed series of bonds issued under the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (12 USC 1413a).  Bruce also recently served as bond counsel for the refunding of tobacco master settlement bonds which capitalized South Dakota’s permanent trust fund used to provide enhanced funding of statewide K-12 public education. Among the other significant major projects for which Bruce has served as bond counsel or counsel for the underwriters are: the multi-billion-dollar expansion/renovation of McCormick Place and Navy Pier in Chicago, including the tax-exempt financing of the Hyatt Hotel at McCormick Place in 1996 (bond counsel), the complete renovation of Soldier Field (bond counsel), refunding of bonds issued to finance U.S. Cellular Field (underwriter’s counsel) and multiple series of bonds issued financing the largest inland port intermodal train/truck facility in the country (bond counsel).

Bruce also represents several recipients of New Markets Tax Credits from the U.S. Treasury Department, including serving in the capacity of outside general counsel to the recipient of the second largest aggregate dollar amount of New Markets Tax Credit allocations. He is responsible for developing the legal structure, fund formation and related equity and debt transactions in connection with multiple clients who have received in the aggregate more than $1 billion of such credits.

Since 1996 when he served as bond counsel for the tax exempt financing of an 800 room Hyatt Hotel located at McCormick Place in Chicago, Bruce has represented owners of business and luxury class hotels in financings in excess of ten billion dollars. Recent financings (2011-2014) include transactions involving the acquisition, financing, refinancing or restructuring of ownership of Hotel del Coronado, Scottsdale Fairmont Princess, The Homestead Resort, Barton Creek Spa & Resort, JW Marriott Essex House, Grove Park Inn, Ritz Carlton Hotels in Laguna Beach and Half Moon Bay California, Chicago Fairmont, Loews Santa Monica, Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, the Miami and Chicago InterContinental Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels in Washington D.C. and Punta Mita and Hyatt La Jolla.