Harsha Sekar represents underwriters, banks, issuers, borrowers, and other transaction participants in complex municipal securities offerings. He is particularly adept in serving as disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and bond counsel in high-risk transactions, that have raised more than $500 million in capital for Colorado municipalities. Harsha also maintains an active municipal markets regulatory practice and frequently counsels clients on regulatory matters.
Harsha has worked with a broad range of issuers, including special districts, cities, towns, counties, conduit issuers, and private entities. He has handled transactions that encompass a variety of revenues and credits, including general obligations and limited property tax general obligation issuances, specific ownership taxes, various types of capital fees, tax increment, intergovernmental revenue-sharing arrangements, payment in lieu of tax covenants, and public improvement fee covenants, among many others.
Active in the securities industry for a number of years, Harsha has extensive relationships within the investment banking and regulatory communities. He was formerly a vice president at a major investment bank, during which time he served on the Municipal Legal Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). He began his career at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he played a leading role in the investigations of several broker-dealers that reflected a high regulatory risk, including a major enforcement action against a municipal bond underwriter that was ultimately barred from the financial industry.
Prior to joining the firm, Harsha was a member of the Public Finance group at Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Harsha supports a number of Denver-area nonprofit organizations and has served on multiple boards.
Tulane University Law School, J.D.
Grinnell College, B.A.
Professional & Community Activities
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Denver Family Institute, Board Member
Vanguard Classical School, Past Board Member