Kostas A. Poulakidas, Taft Public Finance and Economic Development practice co-chair, has been recognized by Opportunity Zone Magazine as one of the Top 25 most influential Opportunity Zone attorneys in the country.
The magazine also honored professionals in four other categories: fund managers and developers, tax specialists, policy influencers and professionals in specialized fields. Candidates were evaluated based on their vision, influence and industry experience.
Opportunity Zone programs spur economic activity through tax incentives. The programs offer tax benefits for investing in low-income communities through Qualified Opportunity Funds.
Poulakidas is an invited speaker and panelist at seminars and programs devoted to Opportunity Zones. In his legal practice, Poulakidas focuses on public/municipal finance, economic development incentives and strategies, tax increment financing (TIF), venture capital, EB5 financing, tax benefits related to Qualified Opportunity Zones, forming Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds for private equity investment, private-public partnerships (P3s) and project finance. He also provides economic development and public finance representation to government entities, real estate development firms, commercial banks, manufacturers and nonprofit organizations.