Diana K. Chuang is a shareholder and the Assistant Chair of the Public Finance Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Ms. Chuang serves as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for municipal bond transactions. She also provides advisory services relating to local agency investments, investment policies, contracts for financial services, and other financial matters. She counsels clients as to public works, real estate, and ongoing administration issues relating to land-secured financing districts.
Ms. Chuang has provided counsel on a variety of financings, including enterprise and lease revenue bonds, pension obligation refinancing, redevelopment and successor agency tax increment financing, general obligation bonds, and special tax and assessment financing, including Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). She has worked with the City of Palm Desert and the County of Sonoma to finance two of California's earliest PACE programs, which authorize certain public agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements to private property.
As a former Branch Chief and lecturer in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Investment Management examination program, Ms. Chuang brings regulatory experience to the firm's public finance group. Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Chuang's experience as an associate at a multi-national law firm involved representation of lenders in numerous commercial and private loan transactions, and assistance as issuer and underwriter counsel in public corporation equity offerings.
Ms. Chuang's speaking engagements include:
"Green Bonds As a Financing Tool," The Bond Buyer's 26th Annual California Public Finance Conference, September 21, 2016
"Direct Lending," The Bond Buyer's 23rd Annual California Public Finance Conference, September 26, 2013
"Meeting Bond Obligations," California Redevelopment Association's Successor Agency Training AB X1 26 Implementation, March 7, 2012
"Municipal Financing of Distributed Solar PV Systems," The Bond Buyer's 21st Annual California Public Finance Conference, September 15, 2011
"PACE Residential: FHFA and the Lawsuits," PACE Solutions: Bringing AB 811 Home Conference, March 3, 2011
"AB 811 Contractual Assessments," California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission: Public Financing for Solar Energy, October 9, 2009