Chris is committed to helping his clients use federal incentives to bring private investment to underserved communities.

Overview

Chris concentrates his practice on community development finance and tax credits. He works with financial institutions, community development entities (CDEs), nonprofits and developers using federal incentives to structure and negotiate high-impact investments benefitting underserved communities and populations nationwide.

Specializing in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transactions, Chris helps investors, lenders (including CDEs, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and traditional lenders) and project borrowers to more efficiently navigate complex structures and program requirements throughout the NMTC compliance period. He also assists his CDE clients with regulatory aspects of the NMTC program, including ongoing compliance issues, certification and allocation applications, and allocation agreements.

In addition to tax credit transactions, Chris works with 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 financing from outside the tax credit structure to create financing arrangements that mitigate risk without running afoul of complex program requirements.

News & Insights

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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