Michael Beinus, P.C. - Partner

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Michael Beinus, P.C.

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-4865
Fax: +1 212-446-4900
Los Angeles
Phone: +1 213-680-5334
Fax: +1 213-680-8500
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Professional Profile

Michael Beinus represents clients in a wide range of tax matters, including complex partnership transactions, real estate investment trusts (REITs), debt and equity offerings, restructurings, investment fund formations, and mergers and acquisitions.

Michael has represented various prominent public and private REITs, real estate and private equity funds, and sovereign wealth funds. His representations have been profiled in numerous publications, and he has been listed among the "Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation's Major Law Firms" by Turnarounds & Workouts and in The Legal 500 U.S. Michael was also included in the 2016–2019 editions of the U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers® in the field of Tax Law.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Michael was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Representative Matters

While at Kirkland, Michael’s representative experience includes:

  • Equity One in its $15.6 billion merger with Regency Centers Corporation, creating the preeminent shopping center REIT in the U.S.;

  • Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation in its $4.7 billion acquisition of ILG;

  • Swift Transportation in its $6 billion stock-for-stock merger with Knight Transportation;

  • Starwood Capital Group in its $2.85 billion acquisition of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust;

  • Starwood Capital Group and Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: MST.UN), in the acquisition of Landmark Apartment Trust for an enterprise value of approximately $1.9 billion;

  • Blackstone in its investment in Rockpoint Group;

  • Blackstone in its acquisition of the Center For Autism and Related Disorders, LLC;

  • Blackstone in its investment in Cloverleaf Cold Storage;

  • Blackstone in its acquisition of SESAC Holdings, a leading music rights organization, from Rizvi Traverse Management;

  • Blackstone in its acquisition of TeamHealth;

  • KKR in its strategic investment in UFC;

  • Sycamore Partners in its $3 billion acquisition of Belk, Inc.; and

  • The Gores Group in its $1.325 billion sale of Therakos, Inc., to a Mallinckrodt plc subsidiary.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Michael represented clients in several noteworthy transactions, including:

  • Nationwide Health Properties, Inc. in its $7.4 billion acquisition by Ventas, Inc., a transaction that created one of the largest publicly traded REITs and the leading health care REIT by equity value;

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and affiliated entities (MGM) in a prepackaged bankruptcy that was named 2011 "Media, Entertainment or Telecom Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor;

  • Youku Inc. in its $1.1 billion merger with Tudou Holdings Limited, a transaction recognized as 2012 "M&A Deal of the Year" at the China Law & Practice Awards;

  • Colony Capital in its $660 million acquisition by Colony Financial, Inc. of substantially all of Colony Capital’s real estate and investment management businesses and operations;

  • Centro Properties Group in several acquisitions, as well as the $9.4 billion sale of its U.S. shopping centers to The Blackstone Group L.P. — the second-largest retail real estate acquisition ever — and its $4 billion debt restructuring, a transaction that won the "2008 Cross-Border Deal of the Year Award" at The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards;

  • Thomas Properties Group Inc. in its $1.2 billion merger with Parkway Properties Inc.;

  • The Ensign Group, Inc. in the spin-off of its health care and real estate businesses into separate, publicly traded companies: The Ensign Group, Inc. and CareTrust REIT, Inc.;

  • Recruit Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of Indeed Inc.;

  • OPI Products, Inc. and its owners in the sale of the company to Coty Inc.;

  • TOMS, Inc. and its owners in the sale of half the company to Bain Capital;

  • Glamglow and its owners in the sale of substantially all of its assets to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.;

  • Apollo Investment Corporation, an affiliate of private equity firm Apollo Management, L.P., in its $1.5 billion leveraged buyout of Innkeepers USA Trust in a going-private transaction;

  • The Walt Disney Company in its $7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios; and

  • Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group and DLJ Merchant Banking as part of a consortium of buyers in connection with the acquisition of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Other Distinctions

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for US Taxes: Non-Contentious, 2016 and Domestic Tax, 2015

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