Kristin B. Cooper

Tel/Direct:

515-246-0330

Tel/Main:

515-243-7611

Address:

100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309-2231

Education

J.D. (with High Honors), Drake University, 2010

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Central College, 2006

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2011

Background

Kristin leads the firm’s Public Finance Practice Group. Kristin serves as bond, disclosure, and issuer counsel for a variety of taxable and tax-exempt financings. She represents governmental issuers during the issuance of general obligation bonds secured by a debt service levy, revenue bonds payable solely from a specific source of revenue, special assessment bonds, Urban Renewal Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bonds, as well as other financing structures for a wide range of public projects.

Kristin provides advice for all stages of the bond issuance process for the benefit of cities, counties, townships, utilities, colleges, universities, and 501(c)(3) organizations.  This includes analysis of state law and constitutional authority, preparation of ballot language and advice on elections, drafting of parity and rate covenants typically found in revenue financings, federal tax advice as it pertains to tax-exempt financings, and guidance through complicated federal securities laws. She has experience drafting disclosure documents for public offerings and assists clients with post-issuance securities law compliance, including drafting post-issuance compliance and continuing disclosure policies.

She has extensive experience representing municipalities with economic development and urban renewal matters and understands the nuances of urban renewal financing. She also handles municipal lease and lease/purchase transactions, special assessments, contract bidding, and matters pertaining to Local Option Sales and Service Tax.

Kristin is a frequent speaker across Iowa at seminars given by local governmental groups, as well as other professional organizations with an interest in municipal finance. Kristin graduated from Central College as a double major in political science and piano performance and Drake University Law School, where she was an academic scholarship recipient and a member of the Drake Law Review. 

Representative Projects

  • Acts as Bond Counsel for general obligation and revenue issues of all sizes statewide, ranging from a few thousand to several million
  • Acts as Disclosure Counsel statewide, including drafting of disclosure offering materials
  • Counsels cities in connection with special assessment and contract bidding projects
  • Counsels public bodies in connection with economic development projects involving 15A, Urban Renewal, TIF and public-private partnerships (P3s)
  • Assists with new money and refunding issues for a variety of public and private educational institutions
  • Counsels governmental issuers on IRS inquiries, post-issuance compliance and continuing disclosure obligations

Memberships

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

Polk County Women Attorneys

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Speaking/Presentations

Kristin's most recent speaking engagements include:

Iowa State University, 2019 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, “Financing Options and Economic Development,” with Jenna Bishop, Maria Brownell and Jason Comisky, July 2019

Iowa State University, 2019 Iowa Municipal Professionals Academy, Securities Laws/Disclosure,” with Eric Boehlert, July 2019

Ahlers & Cooney P.C., Webinar, "SEC Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 on Disclosure for Municipal Securities," January 2019

Iowa's Municipal Professionals Institute 2017, "Financing and Debt Options" and "Investment of Public Funds & Public Funds Collateralization," July 2017

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Annual Seminar, "Hot Topics in Municipal Finance" with Eric Boehlert, November 2016

Ahlers & Cooney, Post-Issuance Compliance for Bonds Client Seminar, "Disclosure Policies," October 2016

Institute for Transportation - Iowa State University, Municipal Streets Seminar, "Funding Options for Street Improvements,"  November 2016

Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, Iowa State University, "Municipal Bonding Practices," July 2015

Published Articles & Books

"SEC Creates New Disclosure Obligations," Cityscape, Iowa League of Cities, Vol. 73, March 2019, Co-author

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa Legal Aid, Volunteer Intake Attorney

National Association of Bond Lawyers – General Law Committee Member (2016 - present)

Downtown Chamber LEAP (Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline) (2016)

Real Estate Sales License (2006-2011)

Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association (ICREA) (2006-2008)