June 30, 2015
Experienced economic development attorney Christopher Kouri has joined Nexsen Pruet in Charlotte. The move strengthens the law firm’s Economic Development Group, which includes the President of the NC Economic Development Association, Ernie Pearson, and SC Economic Developers’ Association Board Member Tushar Chikhliker as well as two-time Director of the SC Department of Revenue Burnie Maybank and the Chairman of the Santee Cooper Board, Leighton Lord.
Kouri has a broad background representing domestic and international companies looking to expand. He is well versed in incentive negotiations and has advised a number of domestic and international companies in public and private financing, and state and local economic incentive packages. He has also helped companies navigate regulatory and permitting requirements and site selection and real estate acquisition.
“It’s an honor to have a seasoned attorney like Chris join the firm,” said Tushar Chikhliker, chair of the firm’s Economic Development Group. “His capabilities are extensive, and he’s helped a number of companies realize growth goals while supporting the economic vitality of Charlotte and the surrounding region. We’re pleased to have him on board.”
In addition to his economic development practice, Kouri represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, complex contract agreements, venture capital, corporate governance, and entity formations. He also advises companies in government affairs concerns and has helped several clients win significant public contracts, navigate state and local tax issues, and structure partnerships for improvements in public infrastructure.
Having spent six years as the General Counsel of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kouri is particularly experienced in the motorsports sector. He also has a deep understanding of the manufacturing, construction, food-sourcing, advertising, travel and tourism, telecommunications, web-based start-ups, grocery store, higher education, and nonprofit industries.
Kouri was recently named among the 2015 list of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Corporate Law. He earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a graduate degree from Duke University, and a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 195 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.