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Ameek Ashok Ponda

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Ameek Ashok Ponda is director of Sullivan & Worcester's Tax Department. He concentrates his practice in structuring corporate mergers and acquisitions, advising emerging companies on financing and business issues, designing REIT transactions and financial instruments and working on cross-border financings and acquisitions. He has represented public and private REITs in the office, industrial, hotel, senior living, travel centers, retail, solar, wind, electricity transmission & distribution, timber, vineyards, agriculture, greenhouse, communication towers, business storage, cold storage and data center industries. Recently, Mr. Ponda was named to the "Leading Lawyers" list by The Legal 500 United States 2017, in the area of REITs.


Admitted to Massachusetts Bar in 1992. 
Chambers USA, Ranked in Tax (Massachusetts) (2006-2018), REITs (Nationwide) (2013-2018)
Best Lawyers' 2012 & 2017 Boston Tax Law Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers in America(2008-2018)
The Legal 500 U.S. (2007-2017)
'Leading Lawyer' in REITs, The Legal 500 U.S. (2017)
American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow (2013)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers(2004-2017)
Boston Business Journal's 40-under-40 (2007)


Hindi and Urdu.


American Law Institute
American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
International Fiscal Association
National Tax Association
Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC)
Charter Member and former Secretary, The Indus Entrepreneurs-Boston
South Asian Bar Association
Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Law
Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School


Education LL.M., Taxation, valedictorian, Boston University School of Law, 1996
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1992
B.A., summa cum laude, Harvard College, 1989.

United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Leading lawyers

Ameek Ashok Ponda - Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Sullivan & Worcester LLP's Boston-based group advises on REIT formations and conversions, debt and equity offerings, financings, real estate acquisitions, M&A, joint ventures, tax compliance, and sale-leaseback transactions. It regularly provides REIT and tax counsel for the largest public REIT in the country, American Tower Corporation; other clients include Hospitality Properties Trust, Senior Housing Properties Trust and Government Properties Income Trust (GPIT). The team advised GPIT on its merger agreement with Select Income REIT. Louis Monti leads the REIT practice group, Ameek Ashok Ponda directs the tax department, John Steiner co-directs the real estate department and Howard Berkenblit leads the capital markets group. Nicole Rives and Lindsey Getz are also experienced attorneys, David Kaplan is a key of counsel, and Avinash Rao is a highly regarded associate.

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United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

At Sullivan & Worcester LLP, practice head Douglas Stransky concentrates on international tax planning. Ameek Ashok Ponda is another key name and acts as tax counsel to a number of REITs including, American Tower Corporation, Equinix and Iron Mountain. Olympic Games consultant The Broadstone Group is also a client. Ponda and Stransky are based in Boston. Steven Eichel departed to Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr in June 2018.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s Boston based tax attorneys are ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and always up-to-date with the latest tax developments’. The team has a strong focus on REIT mandates, but also advises on estate planning, and domestic and international M&A transactions. Ameek Ashok Ponda acted for Government Properties Income Trust in its merger with Select Income REIT, and is also advising Zayo Group Holdings on its ongoing exploration of conversion to a REIT. Joseph Darby, David Nagle and Christopher Curtis have considerable experience in transactional tax matters, tax planning for corporations and private individuals, and advocacy before federal and state tax authorities. Further, the team assisted American Tower Corporation, Equinix, Iron Mountain and several other large public REITs on REIT conversions, related tax structuring and financing matters. Brian Hammell and Daniel Ryan were promoted to partner in January 2018. Steven Eichel departed to Saul Ewing in May 2018.

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