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Christopher Pace
Partner
Suite 800
190 E Capitol St
Jackson, MS 39201
601.949.4839 tel
601.949.4645 fax

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Chris Pace is an attorney in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm's Jackson office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of project finance and economic development law, state and local government law, economic development incentives and gaming law.

His clients include both county and municipal governmental bodies, as well as new and expanding business concerns such as a large steel company investing over $1 billion in a new facility, and a new regional beverage supplier investing millions of dollars to expand its existing operations. Mr. Pace has negotiated and documented various economic incentives including property, sales, use, income, and franchise tax incentives, and other incentives related to tax exempt and taxable bond financing. In the course of his work, he has assisted clients in negotiating and implementing incentives with the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Revenue, and other state and local governmental entities. Mr. Pace has also negotiated and implemented economic incentives with numerous county and city governments, including the implementation of complex fee-in-lieu of property tax agreements which are available only for projects involving investments of $100 million or more.

In connection with the firm's gaming practice, Mr. Pace represents both domestic and international clients, including casino owners and operators, gaming equipment manufacturers and distributors, as well as investors, investment banks, and other financial institutions involved in the gaming industry. He has represented such clients in a broad range of gaming matters, including new casino developments, licensing, financing, registration, findings of suitability, transfers of ownership, operations, training, compliance, investigations, disciplinary proceedings, and other regulatory and transactional matters. 

Noteworthy

  • Named a "Rising Star" in the 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers in the areas of Government Finance (2016), Business/Corporate Law (2011, 2014–2015) and Gaming (2010) 
  • Recognized as a 2016 "Leadership in Law" award recipient by the Mississippi Business Journal
  • Selected as a member of the 2011–2012 Leadership Greater Jackson class

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  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • The Mississippi Bar