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Fredric A. Weber

Of Counsel

Fredric A. Weber

Houston

T:+1 713 651 3628

Rick Weber practices in the area of public finance, acting as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, disclosure counsel and borrower's or credit enhancer's counsel. He has considerable experience with non-profit health care, industrial development, electric utility, prepaid natural gas, and transit financings; multi-modal bonds, interest rate and commodities derivatives, and other advanced financial products; and the regulation of participants in the municipal securities markets, including underwriters and municipal advisors, and primary and continuing disclosure issues.

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  • Education

    JD, Yale Law School, 1976
    BA, summa cum laude, Rice University, 1970

    While attending law school, Mr. Weber was awarded the Benjamin Scharps and Ambrose Gherini Prizes.

    Mr. Weber was licensed to practice law in Texas in 1976.

  • Representative experience

    Mr. Weber's representative transactions include:

    • Representation of large municipal utility in negotiating a power off-take agreement for a $2 billion combined power and fertilizer plant using clean coal technology
    • More than $5 billion of structured financings of natural gas reserves and prepaid natural gas supply contracts to supply municipal gas and electric utilities, including attendant gas exchange, balancing, transportation, and commodity hedge contracts
    • Numerous tax-exempt financings of non-profit health care facilities, including obligated group master indentures, restructurings resulting from mergers and acquisitions, and various products for achieving short-term interest rates with limited liquidity risk
    • Representation of underwriters and issuers in responding to the SEC's MCDC initiative and establishing disclosure policies and procedures
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Bernard P. Friel Medal for distinguished service in public finance, NABL, 2014
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 - 2016
    • Texas Super Lawyer, bonds/government finance, Thomson Reuters, 2003 - 2016
    • Fellow, American College of Bond Counsel
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 1993 - 2018
    • Who's Who in America, Marquis
  • Publications
    • Co-author, "Crafting Disclosure Policies," National Association of Bond Lawyers, August 20, 2015
    • "SEC Modifies MCDC Initiative," Client Update, August 2014
    • "SEC Municipal Securities Self-Reporting Initiative," Client Update, June 26, 2014
    • "SEC Regulates Advisors to Governments and Certain Companies," Client Update, November 19, 2013
    • Co-author, "NABL Comments Regarding Business Conduct Standards for Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants, SEC Release 34-64766," National Association of Bond Lawyers Securities Law and Disclosure Committee, September 1, 2011
    • Co-author, "Implications of Dodd-Frank for Non-Profit Directors, Trustees and Officers," Fulbright Briefing, January 27, 2011
    • Co-author, Disclosure Roles of Counsel in State and Local Government Securities Offerings, 3rd ed., published by American Bar Association and National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2009
    • "Texas Legislation Expands Interest Rate Swap Authority of State Agencies and Local Governments," Fulbright Briefing, June 26, 2007
    • "The Future of Public Finance," Municipal Finance Journal, Summer 2002
    • Commercial Law Issues in Public Finance, National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2000
    • "Avoiding Securities Law Liability in Conduit Bond Offerings," Government Finance Review, Government Finance Officers Association, 1998
    • Co-author, Rule 15c2-12 Handbook, published by National Association of Bond Lawyers, 1996
    • "Tax-Exempt Financing Under Tax Reform," U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Financing for the Next Generation, 1987
    • "A Case for Public Finance Reform in Texas," 23 Houston Law Review 1113, 1986
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Municipal Disclosure: Current Disclosure Duties and Recent Enforcement Activities," presented by the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas, Dallas, Texas, on January 12, 2017
    • "Navigating the New Municipal Advisor Rule & SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative," presented by the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas, Dallas, Texas, on May 22, 2014
    • "Am I a Municipal Advisor and, if so, so What?" presented at the National Association of Bond Counsel's Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, on March 27-28, 2014
    • "Hot Topics in Securities Law" and "Opinions and Related Ethics Issues," presented at the National Association of Bond Lawyers' Bond Attorneys Workshop, San Antonio, Texas, on October 27, 2010
    • "Structuring the Transactions: Legal Issues," presented at The Bond Buyer's Second Prepaid Energy Contracts Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 10, 2007
    • "Texas Municipal Pension Obligation Bonds: Legal Framework and Open Issues," presented at the National Society of Pension Professionals, Austin, Texas, on May 26, 2004
    • "UCC 9 Workshop," presented for The Bond Market Association (now SIFMA), New York, New York, on November 11, 2001
    • "The Future of Public Finance," presented at the National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors' 2001 Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 11, 2001
    • "Disclosure Case Study," presented at the National Federation of Municipal Analysts 17th Annual Conference, Miami Beach, Florida, on May 16-19, 2000
    • "Fiduciary and Other Duties," presented at the SEC 1st Annual Municipal Market Roundtable, Washington, D.C., on October 14, 1999
    • "Conduit Financings: What Every Issuer Should Know to Avoid Problems Down the Road," presented at the Government Finance Officers Association 1997 Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on June 3, 1997
  • Memberships and activities
    • American College of Bond Counsel, former President, Vice President, and Treasurer and Current Fellow
    • National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL), former President, Treasurer and Director
    • American Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Houston Bar Association 
    • Houston Symphony Endowment, Trustee
    • Houston Symphony, Trustee
    • Moores Society, University of Houston
    • Alexis de Tocqueville Society, United Way of Houston