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Christopher T. Pierce

Christopher Pierce serves as the leader of the firm's Tax, Tax Credit and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Real estate and finance form the core of his practice - with an emphasis on projects financed with tax credits and other incentives. Chris places a high value on meeting all needs of each client.

Nonprofit and for-profit real estate developers, investors, syndicators, and lenders turn to Chris for guidance on transactions involving low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, and new markets tax credits.

His practice also includes advising clients in the acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing of office, retail, industrial, and multi-family residential properties. In addition, he assists lenders in documenting and closing commercial real estate and asset-based loans.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • Illinois 

Honors

  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019-2020
  • CALI Award for Excellence, Law & Politics Seminar
  • Journal of Law and Policy, Associate Editor

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Representative Matters

  • Represented an equity investor in connection with its $25 million qualified equity investment (consisting of a $7.8 million equity investment and $18.4 million leveraged loan) that was loaned to five Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone to build approximately 300 homes in communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Represented a nonprofit developer in its $10 million rehabilitation of a historic YMCA building into a performing arts center in Dallas, Texas, in a deal that combined 10 percent federal historic tax credits and a $7.5 million NMTC allocation in a master lease structure.
  • Represented an equity investor in connection with two federal QEIs and one Missouri QEI totaling approximately $7.9 million in connection with the construction of an addition to a school located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Represented a new markets tax credit allocatee and its subsidiary community development entity in connection with a $13 million QEI used to make loans to and equity investments in a developer rehabilitating a Nabisco Bakery Building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Represented bridge lenders in connection with state low-income tax credit bridge loans to equity investors in developers rehabilitating low-income housing in St. Louis, Missouri.

Presentations

  • Speaker, NMTCs for Nonprofit Organizations, Novogradac 2017 New Markets Tax Credit Fall Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2017
  • Targeted Populations, Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference, San Diego, California, January 2017.
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  • St. Louis

    7701 Forsyth Boulevard
    Suite 500
    Clayton, MO 63105
F: 314.613.2801

Assistant

Jenny Anderson
314.613.2508

Education

Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2006

Carleton College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001