Jeffrey J. Koerselman
A project is like a Rubik’s Cube, requiring a thoughtful, unique, often complex plan to succeed.
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University of Florida Levin College of Law, LL.M, Taxation, 2001
University of South Dakota School of Law, J.D., 2000
University of South Dakota, B.S., 1996
South Dakota, 2001
U.S. Tax Court, 2002
My approach on each project is simple: first I listen to my client to understand its business or mission-driven objectives, and then I use that information to create a legal and business strategy to most efficiently achieve those objectives while protecting its legal interests. While I always focus on the most current particular investment terms, debt terms, or tax issues that can impact a project, I also always keep in mind how a particular issue can impact the overall long term financial success of my client.
In name I am a tax attorney, but what I really do is help make affordable housing and historic rehabilitation projects, which are essentially impossible to complete using conventional financing, a reality, by finding creative financing sources and solutions. I view my role as doing much more than simply getting your deal documented and closed. My clients rely on me to provide various types of other services, including the following: identifying and formulating solutions to all types of legal, underwriting, general business and tax risks; handling all types of real estate, zoning, and permitting issues, analyzing and solving complex tax problems, providing a full range of federal and state tax advice; handling work-out situations; obtaining and qualifying projects for all types of capital, rental, or operating assistance programs, managing relationships with investors lenders, and other parties, and acting as a source of business opportunities by introducing our clients to potential business opportunities.
The honest, candid relationships I have with my clients allow me to understand exactly what they need, so together we can tailor each project to the client and the specific deal. In addition, my deep, long term relationships with debt providers, equity providers, agencies, contractors and other professionals play a major role in achieving the desired outcome for my clients.
Practicing Tax Credit Financing & Syndication
My clients include for-profit and nonprofit real estate developers, investors, lenders and governmental agencies. I provide guidance to them regarding real estate financing related issues involving conventional debt, tax credit syndication, tax-exempt bonds, tax increment financing, and a variety of affordable housing loan and grant programs administered by federal and state governments. I have a special focus on low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and new markets tax credits.
To date, I have been fortunate to act as lead counsel to for-profit and non-profit developers and investors in connection with over 100 low-income housing tax credit transactions across the country. Among those transactions are the following:
- Represented non-profit developer in connection with the adaptive reuse of historic buildings located at Fort Snelling, Minnesota to be rehabilitated for use as 58 units of housing for homeless veterans. Financing included two separate issues of tax exempt bonds, 4% low income tax credits, federal and state historic tax credits, and a variety of other subordinate loan and grant funds. Project also involved the negotiation of a long-term Enhanced Use Lease Agreement with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the first ever project-based use of Veterans Assisted Supportive Housing rental subsidies in the country.
- Represented joint venture of non-profit developers in connection with the $100 million rehabilitation of a 640-unit Section 8 high rise project located in Minneapolis. Financing included tax-exempt bond financing, 4% tax credits, HUD 221(d)(4) first mortgage loan, HOME and CDBG Program fund loans, and other loan/grant funds provided by other federal, state, and local governmental agencies.
- Represented developer in connection with a mixed-use multifamily/commercial project located in Iowa financed with 9% low-income housing tax credits, federal and Iowa state historic tax credits, Iowa brownfields tax credits, and over a dozen other debt and grant financing sources. Project also required the use of a condominium structure in order to separate residential/commercial use portions of the building.
- Represented developer in connection with the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 108-unit affordable housing located in Rochester, Minnesota. Project financing included tax-exempt bonds issued by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, a separate issuance of Minnesota housing infrastructure bonds also issued by MHFA; 4% low-income housing tax credits. Project also required our assistance in connection with the assignment, assumption, and extension of a HAP Contract and the mark up to market of the rental rates.
My representative experience as lead counsel on historic rehabilitation tax credit projects include:
- Tax counsel to several national tax credit investors in connection with historic tax credit projects in 25+ states across the country. To date, such projects have involved more than $300 million of equity invested by clients having total project costs of over $2 billion.
- Closed the first project that utilized the Minnesota state historic tax credits (first enacted in 2010) while representing a nonprofit housing developer on a project that was financed with federal historic tax credits, Minnesota state historic tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, and several other affordable housing soft debt financing sources.
- Represented historic tax credit investor in connection with the conversion of a historic hotel located in Kansas City into a 215-unit market rate residential/commercial mixed use project. Total development costs of approximately $70 million.
- Represented developer in connection with a mixed use project with 120-unit market rate unit apartment units and commercial space located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis with a total development costs of over $25 million.
- Represented developer in connection with a mixed-use multifamily/commercial project located in Iowa financed with federal historic tax credits, Iowa state historic tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, Iowa brownfields tax credits, and over a dozen other debt and grant financing sources.
- Represented federal and state historic tax credit investors in connection with the rehabilitation of a historic cigar factory located in Detroit, Michigan for adaptive reuse as commercial office space. Project was financed with federal historic tax credits, Michigan state historic tax credits, Michigan brownfields credits, federal new markets credits, and numerous debt financing sources.
Also experienced in
Real Estate Development & Transactions
Honors & Awards
Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
Up & Coming Attorney
Minnesota Lawyer, 2009
Associations & Memberships
Minnesota Housing Partnership
Board of Directors, 2009-2017
American Bar Association
Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Forum
Member of the Tax Credits & Equity Financing Committee, American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Real Property Section
South Dakota State Bar Association