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Cheryl Denney honored with The Journal Record’s 2020 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award

September 29, 2020

McAfee & Taft attorney Cheryl Denney was honored with The Journal Record’s inaugural Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award at an awards ceremony held virtually on September 29, 2020.

The awards, which made their debut this year, recognize industry professionals who have created a positive impact in the areas of investment, jobs created, and potential impact in Oklahoma.  Fourteen individuals in eight categories – architect, engineer, estimator, general contractor, homebuilder, real estate attorney, rising star in construction, and subcontractor – were honored this year, with Denney being the only lawyer named to the legal category.

Denney is a business transactions and real estate attorney and co-leader of the firm’s Economic Development, Tax Credits and Business Incentives Group.  She is highly regarded for her work in the areas of economical development law, community development finance, and structuring private equity transactions to qualify for tax incentives, including New Markets Tax Credits, Opportunity Zone incentives, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, tax increment finance (TIF) districts, Oklahoma Quality Jobs rebates, and the Oklahoma Pooled Finance Program.

Her notable work highlights include representing the owners of the NBA Thunder in the acquisition of the franchise and its relocation to Oklahoma City, as well as securing financing for the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City,  Mayo Building in Tulsa, ASCO manufacturing facility in Stillwater, Oklahoma City University School of Law building in downtown Oklahoma City, and the creation of a tax increment financing district in Garfield County, Oklahoma, in connection with a $1.2 billion expansion project.

“I love my job because it leads to win-win solutions and, if I’m successful, everyone leaves the table happy,” said Denney in an interview for The Journal Record.  “I also get to work with some amazing clients who are all so very passionate about their projects.  Their passion inspires me to give every project maximum effort so that my clients, who also become my friends, can achieve their dreams.”