Shawn E. Peterson serves as senior counsel in Ice Miller’s Business group. He represents business and non-profit clients, specifically in managing complex incentive and project finance transactions. He concentrates his practice in federal, state and local economic development incentives and project and working capital financings for high growth businesses and impactful nonprofit organizations.
Shawn has more than 13 years of economic development, tax and public and private finance law experience with a focus on real estate development and business relocations and expansions resulting in new capital investment, job creation and workforce training initiatives. In doing so, he has served as counsel for local, regional and state economic development entities, developers, expanding businesses and high growth companies. Shawn has served as lead financing counsel for the state’s largest private, urban New Markets Tax Credit project and the state’s largest community revitalization and enhancement district project. He has assisted Northern Indiana organizations in securing more than $70 million for regional entrepreneurship, workforce and development initiatives from corporate, philanthropic and governmental sources. He has also worked with state leaders to assist in the enhancement of capital formation initiatives, increasing state program leverage ratios from 1.2 to 1 to nearly 10 to 1.
Shawn has also served as past vice president and general counsel for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). There, he negotiated agreements that led to more than 7,500 jobs and $1.3 billion in capital investments. He also secured more than $100 million in federal funding for entrepreneurship and green energy programs.
Prior to serving at the IEDC, Shawn served as counsel for the South Bend Redevelopment Commission and the City of South Bend Board of Public Works on various real estate, municipal finance and economic development matters, and as an attorney at a large law firm counseling corporate and municipal clients on various development, financing and planning matters.