Chris is committed to helping his clients use federal, state, and local incentives to fund community development and clean energy projects nationwide.

Overview

Chris concentrates his practice on community development and incentive finance, with a particular focus on New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) transactions. He works with financial institutions, community development entities (CDEs), nonprofits, and developers using these incentives to structure and negotiate investments in high-impact projects that serve low-income communities and support environmentally sustainable developments across the country.

In his federal and state NMTC practice, Chris helps investors, lenders (including CDE, source, leverage, bridge and construction lenders), and developers to efficiently navigate complex structures, tax considerations, and program requirements throughout the compliance period. He also assists his CDE clients with regulatory aspects of the NMTC program, including ongoing compliance issues, CDE certification, allocation applications, and allocation agreements.

In his PACE practice, Chris focuses on assisting capital providers in structuring transactions, navigating state-specific requirements, and coordinating with program administrators and third-party creditors to provide low-cost, long-term financing for efficient and renewable energy improvements in commercial developments. 

In addition to NMTC and PACE transactions, Chris works with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and other community development lenders in closing secured and unsecured loans to impactful projects that provide services such as health care, education, and access to healthy foods.

Before joining Stinson in 2016, Chris was a partner at a global law firm and co-leader of its NMTC team.

Experience

Since 2007, Chris has represented key players at every level of NMTC transactions bringing employment opportunities and services to underserved communities across the country. He’s helped his clients to marshal tax credits and a variety of other incentives and funding sources to finance health clinics, performing arts venues, charter schools, manufacturing facilities, supermarkets, senior living facilities, mixed-use retail developments, community centers, and many other high-impact projects. Chris also regularly advises his clients on wide range of post-closing compliance issues and workouts in default situations.

Chris has also frequently worked with CDFIs, national and community banks, and other lenders providing funding outside of tax credit structures to create financing arrangements that mitigate risk without running afoul of complex federal, state, and local program requirements.

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Speaking Engagements

Chris is a frequent panelist at NMTC industry conferences and instructor at tax credit workshops around the country.

Publications

Chris has authored numerous articles and blog posts related to NMTC industry developments.

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

Duke University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif

George Mason University, M.F.A.

George Mason University, B.A., magna cum laude

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