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Simpson Z. Fant

Columbia | 803.253.8659
Fax | 803.255.8017

Simpson Fant has represented owners and developers in the development, financing, and refinancing of more than 300 multifamily housing, assisted-living, and nursing home projects throughout the Southeast with approximately $3 billion in HUD/FHA insured loans, including Section 207, 231, 232, 221(d)(3&4), and 223(f) loans. He also represents owners in all aspects of the development, construction and financing of projects utilizing Section 42 low-income housing tax credits.

Additionally, Simpson advises clients locating to South Carolina on real estate matters relating to economic development projects, such as acquiring or leasing production sites, structuring complex leaseback arrangements with developers, negotiating construction, architectural, and engineering contracts, and project financing matters.

While at the University of South Carolina, Simpson was the student works editor of the South Carolina Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he was a municipal bond and government securities trader and a commercial loan officer with a leading South Carolina bank.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the owner in the portfolio refinance closings of 19 nursing homes located in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia utilizing loans insured under HUD’s 221(a)(7) program.
  • Successfully closed more than $285 million in HUD-insured financings in 2012.
  • Represented a German company locating in South Carolina with its $530 million investment in the construction of a manufacturing facility in the South Carolina Upstate.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbia for Real Estate Law, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law, 2011-2024
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Real Estate, 2013-2023
  • Columbia Business Monthly's “Legal Elite” in Commercial Real Estate, 2014, 2018-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Commercial Real Estate; Commercial Transactions; Housing and Urban Development; Real Estate; Real Property
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • Order of the Barristers (Moot Court)
  • Phi Beta Kappa