University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1976

  • Order of the Coif
  • Managing Editor, Utah Law Review, 1975-1976
  • Staff Member, Utah Law Review, 1974-1975
  • Staff Member, Journal of Contemporary Law, 1975

University of Utah, B.A., English, magna cum laude, 1973

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi


California, 1976

Illinois, 1995

New York, 2002


Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance, Board Member, 1999-2005

Buzz Larsen is a partner in the National Public and Health & Education Finance Department and supervises the activities of its tax-exempt asset origination, placement, and securitization subgroup. Buzz has devoted his career to public finance as investor’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and bond counsel in a virtually nationwide practice, including related federal tax, securities, and state law matters. 

He has particular experience in the securitization of individual and pooled tax-exempt assets (bonds, notes, leases, and other state and local government obligations) and the issuance of synthetic tax-exempt variable rate instruments and in representing banks, bank leasing companies, non-bank finance companies, equipment vendors and their captive finance subsidiaries, computer software companies, investment banks, and institutional investors in the structuring and placement of tax-exempt bond and lease financing transactions.

Representative Transactions

  • Counsel to bank sponsor of securitization program for more than 250 individual bond assets exceeding $7,500,000,000
  • Counsel to bank sponsor of securitization program for expandable portfolios of tax-exempt lease assets for multi-state and state-specific trusts aggregating more than $500,000,000
  • Counsel to finance company sponsors of securitization programs for expandable portfolios of tax-exempt state and local government obligations aggregating more than $1,000,000,000
  • Counsel to finance company sponsor for the development of "auction rate preferred" structure for securitization of portfolios of tax-exempt assets
  • Counsel to institutional investors in computer software license, energy management systems, communications systems and motor vehicle fleet financings for state-level obligors
  • Development of standard documentation for tax-exempt lease and installment purchase financing for nationwide vendors of equipment and third-party financing sources
  • Counsel to state-level issuer for tax-exempt master lease program for government buildings and other facilities for state agencies and universities


  • Secondary Market Tax-Exempt Asset Securitization for Sponsors, Investors, Other Market Participants and Their Counsel, Co-Principal Editor and Author (published June 2005), American Bar Association
  • Contributor, "A Framework for Rating CDOs of Municipal Debt," Fitch Ratings Credit Products Special Report, May 17, 2002
  • Co-author, "The Rating Paradox, Non-Appropriation by Rated Lessee on Unrated Lease," Tax-Exempt Leasing Letter, Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance, October 2001
  • An Introduction to Municipal Lease Financing: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance, July 1, 2000
  • "Securitization of Tax-Exempt Equipment Lease Pools," The Monitor, September/October 1995
  • Public Securities Association, A Guide to Certificates of Participation, 1991
  • Co-author, Municipal Leasing Outline for annual Bond Lawyers Workshop of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, 1989 to present


  • Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance
  • Municipal Leasing Forum, Equipment Leasing Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorneys Workshop (Municipal Leasing and Secondary Market Securitization Panels)