Ron Weitz has more than 30 years experience advising on the tax aspects and structuring of tax-sensitive commercial transactions with particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border real estate transactions and real estate-related investments. Ron's practice includes domestic and international real estate private equity fund formations and operations; the formation and operation of public and private real estate investment trusts; workouts; distressed asset transactions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; and the structuring and formation of complex partnerships with tax-exempt, U.S. taxable, and foreign investors.
Representative transactions in which Ron has served as lead tax counsel include numerous transactions for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, including the $8.6 billion buyout of Canary Wharf Plc, the $3.9 billion acquisition of Investa Properties Ltd. (Australia), and the acquisition of a $343 million nonperforming Korean loan portfolio from Korean Asset Management Corporation; the $3.4 billion buyout of Centerpoint Properties Trust by CalEast Industrial Investors, LLC; and public offerings by several publicly traded REITs.
Additional representative clients for which Ron has regularly performed legal services include CB Richard Ellis Investors, Developers Diversified Realty, LaSalle Investment Management, Pfizer, the Public Employees' Retirement Association of Colorado, and the Westbrook Real Estate Funds.
Ron has authored articles in the area of partnership taxation and tax-exempt entity investment in real estate and has spoken at national and local bar association and professional tax organizational meetings, including those sponsored by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).
- February 27, 2018
The Tax Cuts and Job Act: What Does It Mean for American Business
- April 27, 2016
International Tax Seminar for Detroit Chapter of Tax Executives Institute
- Northwestern University (J.D. cum laude 1980, School of Law; M.B.A. 1980, Kellogg School of Management); State University of New York (B.A. summa cum laude 1976)
- Texas and Illinois
Best Lawyers in America (2006-2018)
Chambers USA guide (2008-2010)