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Edward G. Kluiters

Edward G. Kluiters

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
edward.kluiters@nelsonmullins.com

Edward focuses primarily on assisting U.S. and foreign businesses with locating, expanding, and operating in the U.S. Since the early 1990s, he has worked closely with state and local economic development authorities and governments in advising businesses and industries on various economic development incentives, real estate acquisition, leasing, and financing, and addressing business, contract, regulatory...

Edward focuses primarily on assisting U.S. and foreign businesses with locating, expanding, and operating in the U.S. Since the early 1990s, he has worked closely with state and local economic development authorities and governments in advising businesses and industries on various economic development incentives, real estate acquisition, leasing, and financing, and addressing business, contract, regulatory and other issues as they arise. He co-chairs the Firm's Economic Development Practice Group. Edward also regularly represents lenders and borrowers in financing transactions and real estate matters.

Edward has represented many U.S. and foreign clients, including companies from Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Korea which have invested in major advanced manufacturing, distribution, and corporate office facilities in the southeastern U.S.  Industries represented by these clients include automotive, food and beverage, chemicals, electronics, and renewable energy. 
 

Edward G. Kluiters

and other issues as they arise. He co-chairs the Firm's Economic Development Practice Group. Edward also regularly represents lenders and borrowers in financing transactions and real estate matters.

Edward has represented many U.S. and foreign clients, including companies from Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Korea which have invested in major advanced manufacturing, distribution, and corporate office facilities in the southeastern U.S.  Industries represented by these clients include automotive, food and beverage, chemicals, electronics, and renewable energy. 
 

Edward focuses primarily on assisting U.S. and foreign businesses with locating, expanding, and operating in the U.S. Since the early 1990s, he has worked closely with state and local economic development authorities and governments in advising businesses and industries on various economic development incentives, real estate acquisition, leasing, and financing, and addressing business, contract, regulatory... and other issues as they arise. He co-chairs the Firm's Economic Development Practice Group. Edward also regularly represents lenders and borrowers in financing transactions and real estate matters.

Edward has represented many U.S. and foreign clients, including companies from Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Korea which have invested in major advanced manufacturing, distribution, and corporate office facilities in the southeastern U.S.  Industries represented by these clients include automotive, food and beverage, chemicals, electronics, and renewable energy. 
 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Represented a large multi-national U.S. based consumer goods manufacturer in securing necessary incentives and acquisition of real estate resulting in an investment of approximately $200 million and 300 jobs
  • Assisted several traditional and online national and international retailers in establishing large distribution facilities in SC
  • Assisted a national manufacturing company in relocating a portion of its manufacturing operations to South Carolina, securing incentives, NMTC financing, and refinancing of company’s existing U.S. debt
  • Represented Europe based heavy equipment manufacturer with relocation of existing U.S. headquarters to S.C.
  • Represented European company in set up of first manufacturing operation in S.C. and additional expansions
  • Represented Asian manufacturer in establishment of first U.S. operations and multiple expansions in S.C. thereafter, representing a total investment of over $125 million and over 250 jobs
  • Successfully restructured existing incentive packages for several clients as a result of changes in business conditions 

Languages

  • Dutch

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1988)
  • University of Leiden, The Netherlands (1986)

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • "Acritas Star" by Acritas (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Economic Development Law (2012–2022), Project Finance Law (2010–2022), Public Finance Law (2011–2022)
    • Lawyer of the Year in Columbia, S.C. for Economic Development Law (2017, 2023)
    • Lawyer of the Year in Columbia, S.C. for Public Finance Law (2022)
  • Columbia Business Monthly “Legal Elite of the Midlands”, Commercial Real Estate Law (2017), Economic Development (2022), International Law (2016, 2017)
  • South Carolina Economic Development Ambassador of the Year by Lancaster County (2012)
  • South Carolina Bar, International Law Committee
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Committee of 100, Board Member (2014-2017)
  • South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association, Board Member (2010-2012, 2020-present)
  • I-77 Alliance, Board Member
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