Guest Speaker: Ashley Wicks
With more than 15 years of experience in public finance and tax matters, Ashley Wicks leverages her experience and knowledge as an attorney and CPA to bring creative solutions to a variety of public finance and tax matters, ultimately working to grow and improve the vibrant communities her clients serve. In her extensive practice, Wicks primarily focuses on new markets tax credits, governmental and 501(c)(3) bond financing transactions and state and local tax matters. Wicks has closed more than $600 million federal new markets tax credit (NMTC) transactions for transformative mixed-use developments, manufacturing facilities, community facilities, educational facilities, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers, among others. She has represented a variety of entities in these transactions, including the investors, the community development entities (CDEs), the leverage lenders, the sources lenders, the guarantors, the sponsors and the project entities, as well as representing the CDEs and the projects in the unwind of the NMTC transactions. Wicks also serves in a variety of roles for governmental and 501(c)(3) bond financing transactions, including bond counsel, company counsel, special tax counsel, underwriter counsel and disclosure counsel. She has experience representing new issuers and bond issuances involving newly authorized security. As bond counsel, Wicks has efficiently advised local housing authorities in connection with affordable housing transactions involving low-income housing tax credits and other issuers in the defeasance of bonds. An award-winning attorney, Wicks has been consistently recognized for her superior work and service by her clients and peers, including being honored by Best Lawyers in America® since 2020 and Super Lawyers® since 2012. She has been voted Best Tax Attorney in the Jackson Free Press’s Best of Jackson since 2018. Wicks’ work and civic involvement has also been honored by the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Mississippi Business Journal and Visit Jackson, among others. Wicks is a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and American Bar Foundation, as well as a Scholar of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is actively involved in a number of legal and civic organizations, including the American, National, Magnolia, and Capital Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Wicks is recognized as a thought leader in her practice and frequently speaks on tax and public finance topics at industry conferences and events across the country, including at annual Novogradac conferences.