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Chris Compton

Of Counsel

Chris Compton’s practice involves federal income tax aspects of financial transactions, with a focus on tax-advantaged bonds.  Chris’s experience includes counseling on federal income tax attributes of financing public infrastructure, educational facilities, public power, public-private partnership projects, sports facilities, sustainable and clean energy facilities, community development projects including tax increment financings (TIFs), special districts, manufacturers, project finance and economic development projects. 

Chris is a member of the Winstead’s Public Finance Practice Group and has primary responsibility for the firm’s federal income tax compliance and opinions on tax-exempt obligations.  Chris also supports Winstead’s Sports Business & Public Venues and Real Estate Development & Investment Practice Groups, providing tax-efficient solutions to complex transactions.

Chris is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. 

Chris also represents developers, investors, landowners and Opportunity Zone Businesses on the new Opportunity Zone tax incentive program, which is designed to encourage community development in economically distressed communities. He counsels clients in understanding and navigating the complexities of Opportunity Zone incentives. Chris is a frequent speaker on the subject, including meetings of the Council of Development Finance Agencies, Dallas Bar Association, Urban Land Institute and the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure P3C Public-Private Partnership Conference.

Experience

  • Represented a municipality in connection with the issuance of $8,000,000 sales tax revenue bonds to finance a higher education facility.
  • Represented a development authority as Issuer’s Counsel and Bond Counsel in connection with the issuance of $65,000,000 revenue bond.
  • Represented a development authority as Issuer’s with the issuance of $500,000,000 pollution control revenue bond.
  • Represented a county as Issuer’s Counsel and Bond Counsel in connection with the issuance of $18,000,000 general obligation bond.
  • Represented county water and sewer authority in connection with the issuance of $30,000,000 revenue bonds.
  • Represented a city as Issuer’s Counsel and Bond Counsel in connection with the issuance of $12,000,000 sales tax revenue bond.
  • Represented an independent school district in connection with the issuance of taxable lease revenue bonds for a solar facility. The financing was structured to permit access to Treasury’s 1603 grant for renewable electricity projects.
  • Represented a conduit borrower in connection with $8,000,000 tax-exempt revenue bonds for a small issue manufacturing project.