Watkins & Eager lawyers have been an active force in economic development projects in Mississippi for many years. From service as Mississippi counsel to Chevron through the development, construction and operation of its multi-billion dollar refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi, to steel processing facilities in support of the Severstal plant in Lowndes County, we have guided clients in the commitment of capital and the creation of jobs. Central to this representation is our strong understanding of the state tax structure and economic incentives offered through the Mississippi Development Authority and local governments. Representation on significant economic development projects demands an interdisciplinary approach, which is why we often call upon the knowledge of others in the following practice areas:
A strength of the firm is its expertise in real estate development, addressing title, insurance, easements and environmental permitting as well as the negotiation of leases, in lieu agreements and licensure issues.
Business Entity and Tax
The firm's business lawyers are positioned to guide new businesses in their choice of entity and with tax procedures. Tax expertise is a critical element in the understanding and application of economic development incentives, not only at the outset of a project, but in the delivery of these incentives in accordance with the company's needs and schedule.
Additionally, the firm's expertise in commercial and public finance offers companies a level of assurance that leads to successful collaboration and project development.