Bio

Lea Malewitz advises clients on a wide range of federal income tax planning matters. These matters include mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and reorganizations, REIT transactions, partnership transactions, private and public securities offerings, financings, private equity transactions, and investments by foreign investors in the U.S., including under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act.

Ms. Malewitz has represented clients in various tax-free and taxable acquisitions, dispositions, financings, spin-offs and restructurings, including:

  • Suntex Marina Investors LLC in its recapitalization;
  • Apartment Investment and Management Company (an UPREIT) in its spin-off of Apartment Income REIT Corp.;
  • Perella Weinberg Partners in its publicly announced de-SPAC transaction using an “Up-C” structure;
  • OUTFRONT Media Inc. as special REIT tax counsel in its $400 million convertible preferred equity issuance; and
  • Brookfield Asset Management in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Forest City Realty Trust.

Ms. Malewitz has worked with numerous REIT clients in transactional and operational planning. She also has worked with several multinational corporations and investment banks in connection with cross-border planning and U.S. tax reform. Additionally, she has experience assisting clients in obtaining private letter rulings and other matters before the IRS.

Ms. Malewitz also has an active pro bono practice through which she has represented asylum and U visa applicants, as well as various tax-exempt entities.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2016
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, 2013
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2012

Admissions

  • Illinois