Christopher N. Knight

Director at Chicago Humanities Festival

Christopher N. Knight

Christopher N. Knight

Director at Chicago Humanities Festival

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Christopher N. Knight
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Christopher N. Knight, a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, is a member of the Finance & Financial Institutions Practice, with concentrations in public finance and other forms of structured finance. He is currently the chair of the firm’s Public Finance Practice and was formerly the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office.

Mr. Knight’s experience includes serving as bond or underwriter’s counsel for approximately 650 public finance transactions nationwide, including general obligation, tax increment, special service area and school district financings, and financings related to airports, single and multifamily housing, sports facilities, pollution control, solid waste disposal, health care, education, industrial development, student loans, and public utilities. He has also represented banks as the provider of credit enhancement and loan facilities for approximately 350 public finance and other forms of structured financings, as well as trustees, investors, and other participants in the restructuring of defaulted municipal debt.

His community activities include the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Writers' Theatre and the National Council for the American Theatre. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.

Mr. Knight is a law graduate of Duke University, where he was an editor of the Duke Law Journal, and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He is admitted to the bar in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, and New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Knight has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and was selected for inclusion in the 2005-2012 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists.*

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Tax Increment Finance
Served as bond counsel to the City of Chicago in the issuance of Tax Increment Allocation Revenue Notes (Roosevelt Square/ABLA Project Redevelopment Project), Tax-Exempt Series 2009A...
Subscription Receivable Financing
Represented Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as lead agent for a $225,000,000 subscription receivable facility for a real estate investment fund.
Housing Revenue Bonds
Represented the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority as bond counsel for multiple series of single-family mortgage revenue bonds (Series 2010A and Series 2009A-1).
REIT Credit Facility
Represented an international syndicate of banks led by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in the negotiation of a credit facility with a global real estate investment fund arranged...
Recovery Zone Facility Bonds

Served as bond counsel to the City of Chicago in the issuance of Recovery Zone Facility Revenue Bonds, Series 2010 (Asphalt Operating Services of Chicago Project).
Tax Increment Finance - Commercial Paper
Served as bond counsel in connection with the securitizing of tax increment finance notes.
Housing Revenue Bonds

Served as Bond Counsel to the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority in issuing Housing Revenue Bonds (2010 Series B).
Project Finance
Counseled a commercial real estate company in connection with the issuance of municipal debt by the Indiana Valley Metropolitan District to finance infrastructure improvements associated...
I-4 Connector Project Financing
This financing, which straddled the worlds of public finance and project finance, was prompted by the State of Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) desire to proceed with construction...

Foley Chicago Attorneys Among Top Five Percent in Illinois
03 January 2012
–Super Lawyers
Foley announced today that 23 Chicago office attorneys were named Illinois Super Lawyers and four were named named Rising Stars in the January 2012 issue of Illinois Super Lawyers magazine....
Jan 03

Knight Quoted on Municipal Bound Counsel Rankings
17 October 2011
–The Bond Buyer
Foley Partner Christopher Knight was quoted in an article that appeared in The Bond Buyer on October 17, 2011 titled "Smaller Law Firms Move Up." Knight discusses Foley’s ranking in...
Oct 17

Foley Attorneys Named Illinois Super Lawyers
04 January 2011
–Illinois Super Lawyers
Foley announced today that 29 Chicago office attorneys have been named 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers and two additional Chicago office attorneys have been named 2011 Illinois Rising Stars...
Jan 04

Foley Attorneys Named Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
16 January 2009
–Illinois Super Lawyers
Foley announced today that 36 Chicago office attorneys have been named 2009 Illinois “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics Media, Inc. In addition, five Chicago attorneys have...

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Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, Lyric has always distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, conductors, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions.

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Current

TO EXPAND KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCE JUSTICE THROUGH INNOVATIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND RIGOROUS EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON THE LAW.

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To present world-class productions of classic, adapted, and original plays, and to provide a wide array of education and enrichment programming for area students and theatre-goers.

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Director
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TO PROMOTE PUBLIC APPRECIATION, UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT OF THE HUMANITIES THROUGH FESTIVALS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.

Managing Partner
Prior

Foley & Lardner LLP provide legal services. It provides corporate governance, compliance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, labor, employment, intellectual property, IP litigation and tax services. The firm has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Diego, Del Mar, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tokyo, Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach. The company was founded in 1842 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.

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Admitted to the New York Bar
Court Admission: US Supreme Court
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
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