Larry White is a partner and member of Chapman’s Illinois Public Finance Department. He serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel to governmental entities and underwriters on governmental financings in Illinois and around the country. Larry also counsels investment banks, commercial banks and financial advisors on a wide variety of government related topics, including public offering disclosure and regulatory compliance. In addition, Larry is a frequent speaker on public finance and related topics.

Larry focuses much of his public finance practice on general obligation and revenue bond transactions, including financings for cities, villages, school districts, park districts, counties, libraries and fire protection districts.

He also devotes a significant amount of his practice to new and developing areas of finance, including broadband finance and property assessed clean energy (PACE) finance.

Representative Matters

Broadband Finance

  • Underwriter’s counsel in a series of bond transactions that financed the expansion of business and residential broadband access in Utah, particularly in underserved rural areas
  • Underwriter’s counsel on a first-of-its-kind limited public offering, the proceeds of which were used to support commercial and residential broadband expansion in Bozeman, Montana and surrounding areas

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance

  • Bond counsel on a commercial PACE financing to finance water and energy efficiency measures in a new multifamily housing development
  • Bond counsel on a commercial PACE financing to finance the conversion of a 135,000 SF former warehouse into a hydroponic vertical farm facility
  • Bond counsel on a commercial PACE transaction to finance the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a group of buildings centered around a historic theatre in the City of Chicago
  • Special counsel to an Illinois county in the state’s first transaction under a commercial PACE financing program, which provided for a roof replacement and solar installation for a commercial property


National Association of Bond Lawyers

Illinois Government Finance Officers Association

Illinois Tax Increment Association


Illinois, 1990


University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1990

University of Texas, B.B.A., Accounting, High Honors, 1987

Notable Engagements



Recent Presentations

  • "Addressing Pension Challenges—Is Now the Time to Issue Pension Obligation Bonds?" Illinois Government Finance Officers Association Virtual Roundtable, December 2021
  • "The Federal Infrastructure Bill: What's in It for Your Municipality?," Illinois Municipal League's 108th Annual Conference, September 2021
  • "Issuing Bonds—Hot Topics in Public Finance," Illinois Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference, September 2021
  • "Continuing Disclosure," Illinois Association of School Business Officials Bookkeepers Conference, March 2021
  • “COVID-19—Local Government Liquidity Challenges and Short-Term Borrowing Options,” Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, May 2020
  • "Borrowing with Bonds: New SEC Developments and Related Practical Considerations," Illinois Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference, September 2019
  • "To Borrow or Not to Borrow? Making Sense of Issuing Bonds in Today's Uncertain Illinois Bond Market" (Webinar), Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, October 2017

We have always been focused on finance.

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