Overview

Bill Levy is a partner in the Tax Group, ranked in Band 1 for its Chicago practice by Chambers USA. Bill has been listed as a leading lawyer each year since 2014 in Chambers USA. In the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, clients praised Bill as “an incredible asset” and having provided “strategies that have been extremely beneficial.” He has also been listed as a “leading lawyer” in The Legal 500 United States for US Taxes: Non-Contentious every year since 2012. Most recently, Bill was named one of the 2019 Top 25 OZ Influencers for Corporate, Tax and Real Estate Attorneys by Opportunity Zone Magazine.

Bill focuses his practice on complex tax matters relating to real estate transactions, corporate restructurings and corporate finance. He has advised clients on public and private limited partnerships, public and private real estate investment trusts and other real estate funds and operating companies. He has represented REITs and other real estate operating companies in their formation, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, financings, complex joint ventures, as well as in-bound and out-bound investments, and has more than 20 years of experience in securitization of almost every asset class. Bill has also advised U.S. based multinational companies with regards to worldwide tax planning, inbound investments, and effective rate management.

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Presenter, Tax Incentives of Investing in Opportunity Zones - New York, Kirkland Seminar, December 18, 2018

Presenter, Tax Incentives of Investing in Opportunity Zones - Chicago, Kirkland Seminar, December 13, 2018

Panelist, Building Blocks for Success, 2019 Los Angeles Opportunity Zone Expo, January 25, 2019

Panelist, Opportunity Zone Financing, ULI Spring Meeting, April 18, 2019

Panelist, Opportunity Zones - Looking Behind the Curtain, American Bar Association, Tax Section Annual Meeting, May 10, 2019

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1988Illinois

Education

  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.1988
    Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • University of PennsylvaniaB.A.magna cum laude1984