Press Release

Real Estate Tax Lawyers David Levy and Brian Senie Join Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis is excited to announce that tax lawyers David Levy and Brian Senie will join the Firm as partners.

“Dave and Brian are highly regarded attorneys with extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of complex real estate transactions,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “We are very happy to welcome them to our premier tax team.”

With nearly 200 attorneys around the globe, Kirkland’s tax practice has an international reputation for sophisticated counseling on multinational tax issues and transactions, as well as successful representation of clients in complex tax disputes. Ranging from the largest public companies to the full spectrum of private equity and sponsor-initiated transactions, Kirkland’s tax attorneys are involved in the broadest scope of transactional matters in the marketplace.

“Dave and Brian will be incredibly valuable to our clients in the real asset space, where we continue to see increased demand,” said Sara Zablotney, a Kirkland tax partner. “We are excited for them to join our team.”

Mr. Levy counsels clients on tax issues that arise in connection with transactions and investments related to real estate. He regularly represents private equity and hedge fund sponsors, business owners, real estate investments trusts (REITs) and master limited partnerships, financial advisors, and investors such as family offices, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. His practice covers a wide variety of real estate-related transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings, debt syndications and structured finance transactions. He has extensive experience in the REIT space, working with both traditional and nontraditional asset classes and a wide range of financing transactions. Mr. Levy has also handled the real estate aspects of infrastructure, energy and renewables, and transportation projects.

Mr. Levy joins Kirkland from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he was a partner. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the Real Estate Roundtable.

“I am excited to serve Kirkland’s real estate clients, who routinely engage in some of the most complex and innovative transactions in the industry,” said Mr. Levy. “Kirkland offers an incredible platform for my practice, and I feel fortunate to have an opportunity to contribute to it.”

Mr. Senie advises clients on tax issues arising in real estate transactions and related transactions involving partnerships, REITs and qualified opportunity zone funds, including mergers, acquisitions, financings, restructurings and fund formation. He has provided counsel for private equity sponsors, publicly traded corporations and REITs in a variety of sectors, ranging from multi-family residential, office and retail to lodging, gaming, health care and insurance. He also joins Kirkland from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he was a counsel.