John Renken is a graduate of DePauw University, University of Michigan (Ross) Business School and Indiana University (Maurer) School of Law. Mr. Renken joined the law firm of Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP (Hawkins or the Firm) as a partner in January 2006. Prior to joining Hawkins, he was a senior principal at another law firm, where he had management responsibilities for offices of that firm in Michigan and Washington, D.C.His practice is focused on finance and transactional matters, with an emphasis on such activity within the health care, higher education and housing sectors. Mr. Renken has been lead counsel for issuers, borrowers, underwriters, lenders and credit providers in connection with more than $15 billion of financing activity, and he has participated in transactions in nearly every state during his more than 20 years of practice.Mr. Renken is the individual primarily responsible for the Firms bond counsel relationships with Trinity Health Credit Group, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation and Nevada Housing Division; the Firms underwriters counsel engagements with Oregon Health and Science University, Providence Health & Services, Catholic Healthcare Partners, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Hawaii Pacific Health, William Beaumont Hospitals, Greater Fairbanks (Alaska) Community Hospital and MultiCare (Washington) Health System; and the Firms corporate/institution counsel engagements with Wake Forest Baptist and Cadence Health System.Mr. Renken has advised government entity clients with respect to constitutional and legal authority, contracts, pending legislation, proposed regulations, litigation, compliance matters and federal tax programs. For private sector clients, he has organized and maintained private business entities, including assistance with applications for tax-exempt status, merger/affiliation work, §501(c)(3) joint venture documentation, public-private partnerships, start-up activities, compliance matters and on-going general legal representation.Mr. Renken has served as a speaker at conferences of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities. He has authored articles on a variety of issues relating to tax-exempt financing which are relied upon by clients and lawyers around the country. Mr. Renken is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the American Health Lawyers Association and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.
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