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Richard E.Helm


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Richard E.Helm


Focus Areas

Commercial & Public Finance

  • Represent state townships and municipalities in bond and note issuances, including the drafting of related financing agreements.
  • Represent bank and corporate borrower clients in financing arrangements ranging from the hundreds of thousands of dollars to $60 million.
  • Represent state townships and municipalities with bond and note issuances, as well as tax increment financing arrangements.
  • Advise and represent banks with bank-qualified bond purchases and letter of credit support, including the drafting of bond purchase agreements, reimbursement agreements and disclosure documents.
  • Represent banks as placement agents for foreign lending backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
  • Counsel to the bank in its direct purchase of over $30 million of tax exempt economic development revenue bonds for the improvement of senior living facilities.
  • Represented the placement agent in connection with $5 million of industrial building revenue bonds for the expansion of manufacturing facilities.
  • Represented the placement agent in connection with $10 million of industrial revenue bonds for the acquisition, construction and equipping of an automotive exhaust system manufacturing facility.
  • Counsel to the bank in its direct purchase of $15 million in economic development refunding revenue bonds to provide proceeds to reimburse bonds that were originally issued to refinance the acquisition, construction and equipping of a new auditorium and athletic field house.

Corporate Transactions & Securities

  • Conduct an on-going review of various contracts for publicly held and privately held companies and nonprofits, including international organizations.
  • Represent both privately held and publicly held clients with merger and acquisition transactions with purchase prices up to $2.5 billion.
  • Advise board of directors and special committees of privately held companies on various corporate governance issues.
  • Assisted a large privately held company in bankruptcy restructuring, a subsequent tax restructuring, a sale of certain assets of its subsidiaries and various credit refinancing efforts.
  • “Reality Bites 2.0: A Rose By Any Other Name is Not a Rose: Legal and Tax Issues Affecting Business Entity Selection,” hosted by Generation Dayton and presented with Battelle & Battelle LLP, September 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2024 for Public Finance Law
  • Selected as a Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree, 2018

Professional Associations

  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Outreach Committee, member
  • Generation Dayton, member


  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2008,

    The Ohio State Law Journal

  • Susquehanna University, B.S., 2005,
    magna cum laude

    in Business Administration (Finance Emphasis), University Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio