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Michael Brody

Michael Brody

Latham & Watkins LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Michael Brody is a member of the firm's Tax Department, and Chair of the firm's Retirement Committee. He has special expertise in issues relating to real estate investment trusts, and is global Co-chair of the firm’s REIT Industry Group.


Mr. Brody's practice focuses upon the taxation of partnerships and corporations, including REITs, in a variety of US and international contexts, including:

  • Partnership and corporate formation transactions
  • REIT roll-up, conversion and IPO transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Securities offerings
  • Restructuring and insolvency work


Mr. Brody has represented numerous REITs, investment banks and property owners in a variety of REIT transactions including conversions of existing businesses into REITs, roll- ups, mergers and acquisitions, operational issues, public offerings, private placements, ruling requests and liquidations. He has also represented partnerships, including investment funds, which include private REITs in their investment structure.

Mr. Brody has advised on hundreds of security offerings, raising in excess of US$70 billion in proceeds for REITs.

Mr. Brody’s REIT experience includes work for the following REITs, either as counsel to the REIT or its investment bankers:

  • AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis)
  • American Assets Trust
  • Arden Realty
  • BRE Properties
  • Center Trust, Inc.
  • Chatham Lodging Trust
  • Corrections Corporation of America
  • CyrusOne, Inc
  • Digital Realty Trust
  • Douglas Emmett
  • HCP, Inc.
  • Hudson Pacific Properties
  • InfraREIT, Inc.
  • Kilroy Realty
  • Kimco Realty
  • MPG Office Trust
  • National Golf Properties
  • National Storage Affiliates
  • Pan Pacific Retail Properties
  • Parkway Properties
  • Realty Income Corporation
  • Rexford Industrial Realty
  • Spirit Realty Corporation
  • Sunstone Hotel Investors
  • Tanger Factory Outlet Centers


JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1984, Order of the Coif

BBA, University of Iowa, 1981

Bar Qualifications




Recognition Highlights

Ranked Band 1 in Capital Markets: REITs – Chambers USA 2012-2015

Named a "Leading Lawyer" for REITs – The Legal 500 US 2015

Mr. Brody is regularly recognized as a leading attorney, including by Chambers USA for domestic tax work, by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US for his work with REITs and by the International Tax Review in the World Tax Guide.

Chambers USA writes that Mr. Brody is "phenomenal tax REIT expert", "exceptionally bright, practical and pragmatic," "considered by some to be the preeminent REIT tax attorneys in the USA" and "an incredible lawyer who thinks and analyses problems like no one else."

Recognized as an "acclaimed tax specialist advising an array of leading clients on issues including M&A, securities offerings and financing." - Chambers USA 2015

Described as a "top practitioner in the space," "REIT god" and "great to work with and great to work against." - Chambers USA 2015


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