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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)

Acclaimed as ‘the best in Boston for REIT work’, Sullivan & Worcester LLP finds favor for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the industry’ and its ‘strong tax team, which is an invaluable resource’. The firm, which has strong experience in the public REIT market, advised on a string of debt and equity offerings over the past year - it is also active in M&A and corporate governance matters. Group co-chair Ameek Ashok Ponda is ‘exceptional for tax issues’ and advised Equinix on its $3.6bn acquisition of 29 data center buildings from Verizon Communications. Ponda also teamed up with the ‘excellentNicole Rives and newly promoted partner Lindsey Getz to advise Government Properties Income Trust on its $1.4bn acquisition of First Potomac Realty Trust and its $516.5m equity offering and $300m debt offering. Louis Monti ¬¬¬- a ‘go-to person for real estate work’ - co-leads the Boston-based practice.

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United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

Sullivan & Worcester LLP is well versed in tax-efficient cross-border M&A and reorganizations, foreign tax credit utilization, migration of intellectual property to tax-favored jurisdictions, capital structures and repatriation strategies, and transfer pricing, among other things. Douglas Stransky and his team assisted Spain-based publicly traded bank Alantra with its merger with CW Downer, an investment bank based in Boston with offices in Germany and France. Ameek Ashok Ponda has been advising Equinix, a public company operating data centers globally, on its REIT compliance from a tax and structuring perspective. Attorneys mentioned are based in Boston.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ tax team ‘provides a very high level of service, including complete and timely responses to queries’. Ameek Ashok Ponda, David Kaplan and Brian Hammell, the latter of whom made partner in January 2018, all have ‘very deep knowledge of REIT taxation rules’, which is the practice’s core area of expertise and covers tax compliance, transactions, capital markets offerings and REIT conversion tax. Other focus areas include M&A and estate planning, for which Christopher Curtis is recommended. Transactional tax planner Richard Jonesresolves issues in a very favorable manner’. Recent highlights include the representation of Equinix in its $7.7bn acquisition of 29 data center buildings from Verizon Communications, which was financed through cash, debt, equity and at-the-market offerings. American Tower Corporation, Hospitality Properties Trust, Iron Mountain, Senior Housing Properties Trust and Select Income REIT are notable clients in the REIT space. All mentioned attorneys are based in Boston.

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