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Robert S. TowsnerRobert S. Towsner

(617) 574-6438
rtowsner@goulstonstorrs.com
Fax: (617) 574-7644
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Boston
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110-3333
Education
University of Pennsylvania, 1970-1971, Fellowship

University of Rochester, B.S.E.E., 1967

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1970
Admissions
Massachusetts

District of Columbia

Connecticut

Overview

Corporate, real estate and tax matters are the central focus of Robert Towsner's practice.  His work includes tax transactional and tax planning, REIT and UBTI tax planning and transactional structuring, entity restructurings, tax and non-tax aspects of partnerships and limited liability companies and structuring and documentation of complex tax-sensitive transactions.

Representative Experience

  • Structuring, documentation and formation of $250 million and $600 million mezzanine loan funds (with domestic and foreign investors). 
  • Formation of a multiple class, multi-asset “DownREIT”. 
  • Joint venture between a private UpREIT and an investment banker for acquisition of a portfolio of properties in Cambridge, MA. 
  • Representation of Dutch investors in various U.S. joint ventures and wholly-owned real estate.
  • Structuring and documentation for the acquirer of the two phase acquisition of Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Structuring, documentation and formation of $180 million real property fund (including contributions of properties by some of the investors). 
  • Representation of hotel investor/manager in connection with formation of opportunity funds.   
  • Representation of pension fund in multiple tranche joint venture for existing and to be developed office buildings. 
  • Design and implementation of a complex tax-deferred exchange program for a public residential REIT.
  • Formation of group trusts for investment adviser, and documentation of the investment management agreement, trust agreements, and other related documentation.
  • Representation of German insurance company in investment in U.S. real estate fund. 
  • Representation of private equity fund for tax and ERISA structuring and documentation and joint venture planning for acquisition of approximately $1.5 billion office building. 
  • Representation of various entities in purchases and sales of private REITs. 
  • Structuring and documentation of tax-deferred cash outs by various developers and investors. 
  • Representation of U.S. fund in potential joint ventures in China. 
  • Tax structuring and documentation for public REIT of development joint ventures.
Professional and Community Involvement
Awards and Recognition
Speaking Engagements

Joint Presentation in Tel Aviv on Israeli Investment in U.S. Real Estate, November 2009
Presentation to Meritas Law Firms, "Tax Considerations for Foreign Investors in U.S. Real Estate," April 2009
Presentation to Interlaw Law Firms, "Tax Consequences for International Investors in U.S. Real Estate Investment Trusts," January 2006

Press Releases
num: 16
clientAdvisories: New Housing Bill Includes Many Favorable REIT Provisions.
clientAdvisories: U.S. Treasury and FDIC Solicit Comments on Public-Private Investment Funds and the Legacy Loans Program
clientAdvisories: New York State 2009-2010 Budget Bill Taxes Nonresident Individuals on Sale of Interests in New York Real Estate Holding Entities
clientAdvisories: IRS Guidance Creates More Flexibility For Securitized Debt Modifications
clientAdvisories: Tax Pitfalls for Purchasers of Distressed Debt
clientAdvisories: A Real Estate Developer’s Guide to Carried Interest Legislation
publicationsArticles: "Blackstone pitching new fund targeting RE debt," Boston Business Journal
pressReleases: G&S Brings ULI/PwC Emerging Trends Report to Israel
publicationsArticles: "A Developer's Guide to Carried Interest Proposals," Washington Business Journal
publicationsArticles: "Allianz and Archstone Enter $200M Multifamily JV," GlobeSt.com
pressReleases: Allianz Real Estate Enters $200 Million Multi-Family Joint Venture
publicationsArticles: "A Three-Part Primer on Using Private REITs for Institutional Co-Investment with Sovereign Wealth Funds in US Real Estate:  Part I — Structuring the REIT," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "A Three-Part Primer on Using Private REITs for Institutional Co-Investment with Sovereign Wealth Funds in US Real Estate: Part II — Dealing with Costs Imposed on US Investors," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "A Three-Part Primer on Using Private REITs for Institutional Co-Investment with Sovereign Wealth Funds in US Real Estate: Part III — Negotiating the Joint Venture Agreement," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "Developing a Tax Strategy to Invest in U.S. Real Estate," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "A Primer on Using Private Domestically Controlled REITs for International Investors in U.S. Real Estate," Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Real Estate Journal
September 2011
Allianz Real Estate Enters $200 Million Multi-Family Joint Venture
January 2011
G&S Brings ULI/PwC Emerging Trends Report to Israel
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