Ameek Ashok Ponda - Sullivan & Worcester LLP
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Ameek Ashok Ponda

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Ameek Ashok Ponda is director of Sullivan & Worcester's Tax Department. He concentrates his practice in structuring corporate mergers and acquisitions, advising emerging companies on financing and business issues, designing REIT transactions and financial instruments and working on cross-border financings and acquisitions. He has represented public and private REITs in the office, industrial, hotel, senior living, travel centers, retail, solar, wind, electricity transmission & distribution, timber, vineyards, agriculture, greenhouse, communication towers, business storage, cold storage and data center industries.

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Experience — Designed tax structure for well over 1,000 M&A deals
  • Converted C corporations to public REITs in the travel centers, communication towers, business storage and data center industries
  • Designed tax structure for first REIT-to-REIT spin-off
  • Introduced Irish, Canadian and Singapore investors into U.S. real estate deals on a tax-efficient basis
  • Negotiated novel M&A structures including leveraged partnerships and master prepaid leases
  • Implemented efficient tax structures for REITs investing in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • Advised U.S. investors on Indian investments, including benefits of a Mauritius, Cyprus or Singapore intermediate holding company
  • Defended the portfolio interest exemption from IRS challenge to an Islamic law-compliant transaction denominated as a lease rather than a loan
Harvard CollegeBA 1989 Boston University School of LawLL.M 1992Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1992
American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar AssociationsNational Association of Real Estate Investment TrustsInternational Fiscal AssociationAmerican Law Institute

Client Comments

"Ameek Ashok Ponda is extremely smart, and he sees the "big picture". I always learn something new from Ameek."

"In my 25 years in the tax area, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best tax professionals in the business. I have worked with Ameek Ponda for almost 10 years. In my opinion, Ameek Ponda is heads above any other tax expert that I have worked with. Without elaborating, if I need to have the correct answer on a technical issue, I go to Ameek. He has never steered me wrong. He also is very creative and is an absolute pleasure to work with."

-Michael McDermott
American Tower Corporation

"Ameek Ponda is an intelligent tax lawyer and works closely with our company to ensure we are in compliance with the tax laws. We constantly rely on his expertise to develop tax strategies to help us achieve our business goals. We highly value his experience and knowledge of the tax regulations."

Office Location

One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Boston Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Boston Metro Area
Ameek Ashok Ponda has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Ameek Ashok Ponda has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Tax Law (Finance, International, REITs, Tax Planning, Timber, Transactions)

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