Member Profile: Kantor Taylor Nelson Evatt & Decina PC


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Kantor Taylor Nelson Evatt & Decina PC is a Seattle law firm focused on providing specialized legal services to affordable and low income housing developers.  Kantor Taylor attorneys and staff specialize in advising clients on complex financing transactions, including Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”), HUD, New Market Tax Credit (“NMTC”), Historic Tax Credits and tax-exempt bond financing.  The firm has provided legal representation and counsel to housing authorities, nonprofit and for-profit developers, nonprofit and for-profits lenders, investors, municipalities and public development authorities in over 800 LIHTC, NMTC, HUD and tax-exempt bond financed projects throughout the United States, including many “first-of-its-kind” projects. The firm also assists clients with a variety of real estate and land use matters.

Kantor Taylor also has significant experience with creatively using multiple sources of funding to successfully finance complex projects.  As an example, the firm last year served as counsel to Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (“CHHIP”) on a mixed use project containing low income housing, a theatre and arts center, and an underground parking structure for the Seattle Police Department.  Kantor Taylor represented CHHIP in the LIHTC financing for the housing, NMTC financing for the other elements of the project, the creation of a condominium to facilitate the multiple sources of funding, the acquisition of the real estate and associated easements, and related land use issues.   Kantor Taylor attorneys and staff were instrumental in structuring the overall transaction, coordinating the various financing sources and overseeing the due diligence and closing process for a project that will provide a tremendous benefit for the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Kantor Taylor’s long term involvement in the community development financing and affordable housing financing communities has also allowed it to create close working relationships with many investors and funders.  The firm has leveraged these relationships to provide confidence to investors and funders that subsidies and tax credits will be correctly and successfully deployed, which in turn provides competitive advantage for its clients.