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The law firm Jones Walker LLP announced that real estate-focused attorney Chris Wootten has joined the firm as a partner in the Tax Practice Group of its New Orleans office.

Wootten’s practice involves individual and institutional investors, commercial lenders, developers, Small Business Administration-licensed small-business investment companies, community development entities, economic development agencies, business owners, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Among other matters, he has advised clients in connection with new markets tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, Opportunity Zone programs, low-income housing tax credits, property-assessed clean energy financing, qualified zone academy bonds, community development block grants, and other financing options.

Wootten has also counseled clients on multimillion-dollar projects involving campus facilities, hotels, low-income housing and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-supported projects, mixed-use developments, condominiums, and more. Before joining Jones Walker, he was a partner at the New Orleans law firm Coats Rose P.C.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris to our tax team,” said Bill Hines, the firm’s managing partner. “His vast experience and thorough understanding of business transactions and tax credit finance will be beneficial to our corporate clients.”

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