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Kris is involved in all aspects of public finance, including the structuring and facilitating of a variety of tax-exempt bond transactions. She serves as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, issuer’s counsel and in other capacities. Much of her public finance work focuses on debt issuances to support 501(c)(3) organizations, such as public and private colleges and universities, secondary schools, hospitals, health care systems, cultural institutions such as museums, and other charitable organizations. In addition, she represents governmental issuers in connection with large scale projects to enhance airport, water, sewer and other public facilities. Kris represents The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in connection with its infrastructure development program (I Cubed). She is involved in general corporate governance for many of her clients. Kris is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter.


Representative Transactions

  • Serves as bond and agency counsel to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency with respect to hundreds of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions, including design and management of MassDevelopment’s daily, weekly and commercial paper pool loan programs and MassDevelopment’s lease program.
  • Serves as special counsel to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in connection the I-Cubed program (Commonwealth Infrastructure Development Assistance).
  • Served as South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation’s first and only bond counsel, including with in connection with the initial financing for the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station in the towns of Abington, Rockland and Weymouth, Massachusetts.
  • Serves as disclosure counsel to the Massachusetts Port Authority.
  • Served as disclosure counsel and counsel to underwriters for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
  • Represents credit providers – bond insurers and banks – in connection with distressed borrowers’ working capital needs and bond defaults.
  • Well-versed in the issuance of tax credit bonds, taxable century bonds and complicated security structures, including Master Trust Indentures, Intercreditor Agreements, Mortgages and other security agreements.
  • Structured complex refunding transactions for a number of small and large institutions, including, Harvard University, Brown University, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts University, UMass Memorial Health Care and Williams College.
  • Structured complex documentation for 501(c)(3) and industrial development bond clients involving letters of credit, bond insurance and multi-modal, auction and fixed rate financings.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2015-Present)
  • Locke Lord LLP/Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP/Palmer & Dodge LLP
    • Partner (2006-2015)
    • Associate (1997-2005)
  • Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
    • Associate (1996-1997)

Professional Affiliations

  • ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter, Board of Trustees Chair
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Women in Public Finance, Board Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • Women in Public Finance, Member

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts

Speaking Engagements

  • “Concepts Around Reimbursement & Internal Projects Costs” Panel Presenter & Speaker
    Treasury Institute for Higher Education Tax Exempt Bond Compliance Workshop
    December 2015
  • Underwriter’s Counsel Roundtable, Views and Perspectives Panelist
    National Association of Bond Lawyers Bond Attorneys Workshop
    September 2015

News & Insight


SEC Releases Order Granting a Temporary Exemption for Municipal Advisors Soliciting Banks to Place Bonds

June 18, 2020

On June 16, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an Exemptive Order in Release 34-89074 to temporarily permit registered municipal advisors (MAs) to solicit banks and other financial institutions in connection with the direct placement of ce…


Proposed SEC Exemptive Order Provides Limited Municipal Advisor Relief

November 21, 2019

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed exemptive order (Release No. 34-87204) that would permit a registered municipal advisor, acting on behalf of a municipal issuer or obligated person, to solicit certain institutional…


SEC Rule 15c2-12 Amendments Require Disclosure of Additional Events

August 28, 2018

On August 15, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized and adopted amendments to Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Rule 15c2-12), which proscribes certain notice requirements pertaining to obligations of state and loc…


Senate-Approved Version of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Would Terminate Tax-Exempt Advance Refunding Bonds

December 4, 2017

On December 2, 2017, the United States Senate approved its version of the bill entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”.  Although the Senate bill is aligned with the version of the Act approved by the House of Representatives on November 16, 2017 with re…


Senate Version of Tax Bill Would Terminate Tax-Exempt Advance Refunding Bonds, Preserve Private Activity Bonds

November 10, 2017

On November 9, 2017, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation released a detailed report on the provisions in the Senate version of the bill entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”.  The Senate bill, like the House version of the bill released on No…


House Tax Bill Would Terminate Tax-Exempt Private Activity Bonds and Advance Refunding Bonds

November 6, 2017

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives released a bill entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that would make the most thoroughgoing revisions to the federal tax laws in more than a generation.  At the top level, this bill woul…

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Firm News

Hinckley Allen Expands Public Finance Practice with New Partners, Antonio Martini and Kris Moussette

May 7, 2015

Two prominent local attorneys, Antonio Martini and Kris Moussette, have joined Hinckley Allen’s Boston office as partners in the firm’s growing Public Finance practice. Both attorneys are joining Hinckley Allen from Locke Lord LLP in Boston.“Tony and…


Past Event

WEBINAR: Investor Security – Liens and Municipal Bonds

March 5, 2021

In partnership with the National Association of Bond Lawyers and its annual "The Institute" event, Corporate Partner Kris Moussette will lead a virtual discussion on the nature of the lien in the context of municipal bonds."This panel will discuss the natu…

Past Event

WEBINAR: Future of Higher Ed in Light of COVID-19

August 25, 2020

Please join us for an informative discussion featuring Bryant University President Emeritus, Ronald K. Machtley about the future of higher education in light of COVID-19.The event will be moderated by Dan Egan of the Association of Independent Colleges and…