American Indian > Finance and Capital Raising for Indian Tribes

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s American Indian law and policy practice collaborates with the lawyers in our corporate securities and finance section to manage every aspect of sophisticated corporate and finance transactions addressing the capital needs of our tribal clients. We advise on the appropriate structures, strategies and sources of available capital, as well as on the preparation and negotiation of the financing documents.

We have extensive experience representing clients in the traditional credit markets, municipal bond markets and high-yield debt markets. We have specific experience in the complex and difficult issues relating to financing in Indian Country and are adept at devising creative solutions to the many problems that arise in such transactions. Our extensive experience on behalf of tribal clients includes advice in connection with equipment leasing facilities, commercial bank lines, mezzanine loans to fund project development and loans arranged under a variety of federal government loan programs and credit facilities to fund the construction of government works, including schools, nursing homes and other support facilities. We are a recognized leader in the representation of tribes in the bond markets; our experience includes both tax-exempt bond financings and high-yield bond financings. Following a high-yield bond financing, we advise our clients with respect to their new reporting obligations under the federal securities laws.

In the last five years alone, our team has completed more than 50 bond transactions valued at over $20 billion, including unique product offerings done on behalf of American Indian tribes and the first high-yield debt offering ever done in Russia. We are widely recognized as one of the leading capital markets firms—during the past decade, our lawyers have helped our clients raise, invest and realize billions of dollars.

We have specific experience in the complex and difficult issues relating to financing in Indian Country and have become skilled in innovatively addressing the myriad problems that arise in such transactions. Our representations have included:

  • a Western U.S. Indian tribe in its $145 million tax-exempt conduit bond offering to finance the construction of a hotel, special events center and parking garage
  • a Southwestern U.S. Indian tribe in a $50 million bridge loan, a $200 million high-yield debt offering and a $23 million USDA-guaranteed loan to refinance tribal education facilities
  • a Northeastern U.S. Indian tribe in its multimillion-dollar mezzanine loan to fund the construction of its casino and a $300 million high-yield debt offering to fund the expansion of its gaming and resort operations.