Named among the 2019 Most Influential Women Attorneys in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Named a leading tax lawyer Chambers USA 2016-2020

“A very good, thoughtful, thorough practitioner”
“Clients highlight her intelligence, responsiveness and problem-solving”
Chambers USA 2020

Ana G. O'Brien


Ana O’Brien is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and Global Co-Chair of the REIT Industry Group and Chair of the Los Angeles office’s Tax Department. She primarily focuses on the federal taxation of REITs, corporations and partnerships, in a variety of US and international contexts.

Ms. O’Brien advises clients on tax issues associated with:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Securities offerings
  • Financing transactions
  • Joint ventures

Ms. O’Brien regularly speaks on tax issues related to real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other tax matters. She previously served on the firm’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) and Pro Bono Committees.

In the mergers and acquisitions area, Ms. O'Brien has in recent years represented:

  • Cole Office & Industrial REIT II in its US$4.9 billion merger with Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT
  • Invitation Homes in its agreement to form a US$375 million joint venture with Rockpoint Group
  • Digital Realty in its US$8.4 billion acquisition of Interxion, creating a leading global provider of data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions
  • Simon Property Group in its US$3.4 billion acquisition of Taubman Centers, and acquisition of an 80% stake in Taubman Realty Group
  • Digital Realty in its US$1.4 billion sale and joint venture of hyper-scale data centers with Maple Tree Investments and Mapletree Industrial Trust
  • Eastdil Secured, LLC in its joint venture and recapitalization with Temasek and certain institutional clients of Guggenheim Investments
  • BRE Properties in its US$15.4 billion merger of equals with Essex Property Trust
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$7.6 billion acquisition of DuPont Fabros Technology
  • Spirit Realty Capital in its US$7.4 billion merger with Cole Credit Property Trust II
  • Spirit Realty Capital in its US$3 billion spin-off and creation of a new public company, MTA REIT
  • Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II (special committee) in its US$4 billion sale to NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.
  • Hudson Pacific Properties in its sale of a 49% interest its Hollywood media portfolio to Blackstone Property Partners
  • Hudson Pacific in its acquisition of a US$3.7 billion portfolio from The Blackstone Group
  • Hudson Pacific Properties in its joint ventures with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for multiple Class A properties
  • Hudson Pacific Properties in connection with its up to US$475 million joint venture with Macerich to redevelop the Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles
  • Realty Income Corporation in its US$2.95 billion acquisition of American Realty Capital Trust
  • MPG Office Trust in its US$2.3 billion merger with an affiliate of Brookfield
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$1.89 billion acquisition of Telx
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$874 million acquisition of eight high-quality, carrier-neutral data centers in Europe from Equinix
  • Special Committee of Apollo Residential Mortgage in its US$641 million merger with Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$369 million joint venture with Prudential Real Estate Investors and its US$187.6 million joint venture with Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT
  • CoreCivic (f/k/a Corrections Corporation of America) in its US$157.5 million acquisition of Avalon Correctional Services, Inc.

In the capital markets area, Ms. O’Brien has represented numerous issuers and investment banks, in connection with IPOs and other transactions, including those for:

  • American Assets Trust
  • Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance
  • Digital Realty Trust
  • Essex Property Trust
  • Essential Properties Realty Trust
  • Hudson Pacific Properties
  • JBG Smith Properties
  • Kilroy Realty Corporation
  • Preferred Apartment Communities
  • Realty Income Corporation
  • Redwood Trust
  • Spirit Realty Capital
  • Ventas
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