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Christopher Roman

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Tax partner. Mr. Roman focuses on tax aspects of alternative investment funds and fund-related M&A, with significant experience in both corporate transactional work and matters involving real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs). In addition to representing both sponsors and investors in fund formations, he has extensive experience representing investors in secondary sales of interests in private funds on both the sell-side and buy-side, as well as investors and sponsors in debt and equity co-investment transactions. Mr. Roman also has significant experience involving REITs, including representation of companies and underwriters in REIT formations, securities offerings, debt financings, asset acquisitions, dispositions, M&A, and other transactions. Mr. Roman also focuses on mergers & acquisitions transactions, particularly cross-border transactions, representing clients in a range of industries, including real estate, telecommunications, health care, and manufacturing.


Mr. Roman joined the Firm as a partner in 2014.


Mr. Roman received his LLM from New York University in 1995, his JD, cum laude, from University of Akron in 1994, and his BS from Indiana University in 1991.

United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises some of the world’s largest REITs on high-profile transactions; the team fields lawyers with corporate, real estate, tax, M&A and private equity expertise as well as experience in restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, finance, and litigation. The team advised Seritage Growth Properties, a subsidiary of a publicly traded retail REIT, on refinancing its existing unsecured term loan facility. Lee Parks, Christopher Roman and Steven Rudgayzer in New York are key contacts in the practice group. Also of note, the DC office was strengthened by the arrivals of Stuart Barr and Cameron Cosby from Hogan Lovells US LLP.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

The ‘talented and creative’ tax group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP can ‘solve any complicated tax issue with ease and is great at translating technical tax issues to a variety of audiences’. The practice is particularly known for its strong track record in public M&A, fund formation and capital markets transactions, where its counts Morgan Stanley and BlackRock as recent clients. Kenneth Rosenfeld and Washington DC-based Michelle Gold are ‘the leading experts in private equity’ according to some clients, and Eli Weiss is ‘a safe pair of hands for corporate tax law’. Joseph Fox, who was made partner in March 2018 and is ‘one of the best advisors for registered funds taxation’, handled several capital markets transactions on behalf of issuers ONEOK and T-Mobile. David Shapiro and Christopher Roman represented Bain Capital on its acquisition of Harvard Management Company’s real estate team. In Washington DC Alan Kaden advised Aleris on its acquisition by Novelis for approximately $2.6bn, and Michael Alter was involved in Jacobs Engineering Groups’ $3.3bn acquisition of CH2M Hill in a cash and stock transaction. Associate Shane Hoffmann is also recommended for structuring corporate acquisitions and spin-offs. Colin Kelly joined in July 2018 from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and advises on tax issues relating to investment funds and asset managements. Daniel Paulos left for KPMG (New York) in April 2018. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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