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John A. Henry Jr.


John is the Tax and Tax Credits Practice Group Leader in the Denver office. He focuses his practice on complex public and private financing transactions involving tax-exempt bonds, low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), new markets tax credits (NMTC), state tax credits and other tax-incentivized financing tools, including Opportunity Zone investments. He has more than 20 years of experience serving in a variety of counsel roles for all types of affordable multifamily housing financings. John works closely with affordable housing lenders, developers, housing authorities and tax credit investors utilizing a variety of financing sources including 4% LIHTC equity, 9% LIHTC equity, tax-exempt bond financing, HUD financing, FHA/Fannie/Freddie loans, soft subordinate loan financing and numerous other available sources of capital. He has been lead counsel on several innovative and highly-expertized financing structures for large-scale affordable mixed-use housing projects, with significant local profiles and impact. Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, John has been advising and assisting clients in connection with capitalizing on the incentives presented under the new Opportunity Zone legislation contained in that Act. In connection with NMTC financings, he has represented qualified low-income community businesses (borrowers), community development entities and leverage loan lenders and has a strong familiarity with the unique structuring, tax and other issues which arise in these complex transactions.

Having played a lead role in hundreds of transactions involving a broad range of tax-incentivized financing tools, John is uniquely qualified to identify and resolve issues, formulate documents, manage the transaction process and successfully close complex transactions incorporating a myriad of tax-exempt and tax credit financing sources. 

Speaking Engagements
  • “Affordable Housing Finance,” The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • "Utilizing Creative Financing Tools for Affordable Housing Mixed-Use Projects," Housing Colorado NOW Annual Conference, October 2014

  • Representing several housing authorities on uniquely complex multi-tax-credit financings of mixed-use affordable housing developments with significant local community impact.
  • Counsel to several banks and bond purchasers on construction and permanent loan financings for affordable housing projects across the country. 
  • Serving as Bond Counsel for numerous housing authorities, counties and other governmental issuers of tax-exempt multifamily housing bonds throughout the State of Colorado. 
  • Representing a number of affordable housing developers on acquisitions of affordable housing properties and equity interests in affordable housing partnerships. 
  • Serving as leverage lender's counsel, CDE’s counsel and QALICB's counsel on New Markets Tax Credit financing transactions. 
  • Former Member, Low Income Housing Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. 
  • Guest lecturing on the topic of “Affordable Housing Finance” at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Speaker at Housing Colorado NOW Annual Conference, October 2014, "Utilizing Creative Financing Tools for Affordable Housing Mixed-Use Projects."