Named a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA 2016-2019

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

“Tipped as a ‘rising star’ by market commentators.” Chambers USA 2018

Cited for advising “on a range of transactional matters, from M&A to joint ventures, regularly advising REITs, corporations and partnerships.” Chambers USA 2017

Recognized for “her tax knowledge across a broad range of areas, including REITs and capital markets matters.” Chambers USA 2016

Ana G. O'Brien

Los Angeles
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA

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. Her practice focuses primarily on the federal taxation of corporations, partnerships, and real estate investment trusts (REITs) 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 REITs and other tax matters. She also serves 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:

  • 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 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 (formerly known as 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, including:

  • American Assets Trust
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Barclays
  • Citigroup
  • Credit Suisse
  • Digital Realty Trust
  • Hudson Pacific Properties
  • JP Morgan
  • Kilroy Realty
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Realty Income Corporation
  • Redwood Trust
  • Spirit Realty Capital

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