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Michael Beinus

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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.

He has been listed among the “Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation’s Major Law Firms” by Turnarounds & Workouts and included in The Legal 500 U.S. Mr. Beinus is a member of the Skadden team that was named “Los Angeles – Tax Firm of the Year” at the International Tax Review Americas Awards in 2013.

Mr. Beinus has represented various REITs and real estate funds, including Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide; Nationwide Health Properties; Apartment Investment and Management Company, Inc. (AIMCO); and REITs affiliated with Deutsche Bank/RREEF, Blackstone, Pimco, Carmel Partners, BlackRock Realty Advisors and Colony Capital.

He has 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; and 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.

Mr. Beinus’ other selected representations include 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.; BlackRock Realty Advisors in connection with the formation of and advice to two open-ended private REITs; 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; Record Realty Trust in its merger with Government Properties Trust, Inc.; 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.

Bar Admissions



J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1999

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1996



Related Practices

  • Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Tax

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