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Michael G. Melzer

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

525 W. Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 60661 Tel - (312) 902-5564 Fax - (312) 902-1061


Assessment and other land-based bonds and tax increment bonds, Bonds backed by corporate or project revenues, Borrower's Counsel, Exempt organization bonds, General obligation bond financings, General obligation bonds, Health Care Finance, Lease financings, Municipal derivatives, Municipal revenue bonds, Pass-through entities for tax-exempt bonds, Private Placements, Public Finance, Securities law, and Underwriter's Counsel


  • University of Michigan Law School, JD
  • Northern Illinois University, BS


Michael Melzer paves the way for his clients to secure the financing they need to build for the future. Michael focuses on public finance matters and understands how to navigate regulatory requirements and find mutually beneficial solutions for every member of the deal team. He excels at creating or improving complex and novel financial structures, and his clients rely on him over and over again for his quick turnarounds and nimble problem-solving.

Michael primarily works with state and local governments, leading investment banks, nonprofit entities and large institutional investors. He understands the importance of spotting potential issues well in advance, which allows him to efficiently handle complex transactions under tight time constraints.

In addition to his financing practice, Michael helps clients deal with regulatory enforcement actions, interest rate swaps and other financial derivative agreements, and nonprofit/for-profit mergers and acquisitions.

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