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Counsel
The Charleston Group
T: 910.485.2500
F: 910.485.2599
cbamba@charlestongroup.com
Catherine R. Iwashita Bamba

Practice areas

Admissions

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Phoenix, B.S. Business, concentration in Management

Ms. Bamba's practice focuses on public finance, corporate, transactions, and litigation law. She is regularly involved in public finance transactions as counsel to public authorities, local governments, charter schools and tax-exempt organizations.

She is listed in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace, better known as the “Red Book" as sole bond counsel.  Ms. Bamba has extensive experience with general obligation bonds and revenue based obligations that cities, counties and political subdivisions frequently issue.  These include water and sewer revenue based issues and issues supported by other revenue streams to include bonds secured by hospital system revenue for county or city owned facilities, for example. She also has substantial experience in affordable housing development utilizing housing bonds and low income housing tax credits.

Ms. Bamba is also experienced in matters before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.  This is the regulatory agency for the oil and gas industry relating to exploration and production regulation. She is experienced drafting oil and gas leases, assignments of oil and gas leases, mineral deeds, purchase and sale agreements, master service agreements, mineral title opinions, and curative title instruments.

Representative Experience

  • Counsel to the Housing Authority of County of Wake, North Carolina (Raleigh) and Wake Initiatives Supporting Housing, LLC in connection with the financing and development of a multi-family residential rental development
  • Co-Issuer’s Counsel in connection with $152,000,000 City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority Revenue Refunding and Improvement Bonds (Taxable Series 2018) relating to financing certain improvements and renovations to Philips Arena (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $51,210,000 City of Atlanta Water and Wastewater Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2018A
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $289,730,000 City of Atlanta Water and Wastewater Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2018B
  • Co-Note Counsel in connection with not-to-exceed $500,000,000 City of Atlanta Third Lien Airport General Revenue Short-Term Notes, Series 2018
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $288,900,000 City of Atlanta Water and Wastewater Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2018C
  • Co-Note Counsel in connection with not-to-exceed $225,000,000 City of Atlanta Third Lien Airport General Revenue Commercial Paper Notes and Second Lien Airport Passenger Facility Charge and Third Lien Airport General Revenue Commercial Paper Notes, Series H; and not-to-exceed $125,000,000 Third Lien Airport General Revenue Commercial Paper Notes and Second Lien Airport Passenger Facility Charge and Third Lien Airport General Revenue Commercial Paper Notes, Series I
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $14,020,000 City of Atlanta (Georgia) Water and Wastewater Environmental Impact Subordinate Lien Revenue Bonds (Proctor Creek Watershed Project), Series 2018D
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $50,520,000 City of Fayetteville, North Carolina Taxable Limited Obligation Bonds (Stadium and Parking Deck Project), Series 2018
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $83,645,000 City of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Public Works Commission Revenue Bonds, Series 2018
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $103,135,000 City of Atlanta Water and Wastewater Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $2,270,000 City of Fayetteville, North Carolina General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2019
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $16,000,000 City of Fayetteville, North Carolina General Obligation Parks and Recreation Bonds, Series 2019
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $2,620,000 City of Fayetteville, North Carolina Taxable Limited Obligation Bonds (Stadium Project), Series 2019A and $2,740,000 City of Fayetteville, North Carolina Limited Obligation Bonds, Series 2019B
  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with $47,150,000 City of Atlanta Airport General Revenue Bonds, Series 2019A, $254,215,000 City of Atlanta Airport General Revenue Bonds, Series 2019B, $185,670,000 City of Atlanta Airport Passenger Facility Charge and Subordinate Lien General Revenue Bonds, Series 2019C, and $220,105,000 City of Atlanta Airport Passenger Facility Charge and Subordinate Lien General Revenue Bonds, Series 2019D
  • Special Counsel to The Capitol Encore Academy in connection with $7,040,000 Public Finance Authority Education Revenue Bonds (The Capitol Encore Academy) Series 2019A and $430,000 Public Finance Authority Taxable Education Revenue Bonds (The Capitol Encore Academy) Series 2019B
  • Underwriter’s Counsel in connection with $41,000,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2020 (Meridian, Mississippi Combined Water and Sewer System Revenue Project)

  • Co-Bond Counsel in connection with the $32,140,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2020 (Jackson, Mississippi Sales Tax Revenue Infrastructure Project)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

Community/Civic Activities

  • Military Spouse J.D. Network
  • Girl Attorney®