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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Bill has spent over 30 years representing a wide range of clients on real estate transactions, restructurings and corporate reorganizations. He has advised clients on real estate fund formation, public and private limited partnerships, REITs and other real estate operating companies. Bill has represented REITs and other real estate operating companies in their formation, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, financings, complex joint ventures, and in-bound and out-bound investments. He is widely recognized as one of the national leaders with respect to investing in opportunity zones where he represents fund sponsors on fund formation, opportunity zones on their investments and in connection with opportunity zone driven joint ventures. Bill’s practice also encompasses restructurings, with specific expertise in real estate, energy restructurings and large scale project finance.


University of Chicago Law School, J.D.; Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review; University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

(Hall of Fame)

William LevyKirkland & Ellis LLP

The internationally renowned team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP works with a broad spectrum of industry leaders on the full gamut of tax matters. The team is especially known for its prolific Chapter 11 restructuring capabilities, as well as its involvement in numerous big-ticket M&A transactions and investment fund formations. The practice is jointly headed up by Chicago-based Todd Maynes, a debt restructuring and tax litigation specialist, and New York-based Dean Shulman, a highly experienced advisor in all manner of transaction structuring mandates. Also in New York, Sara Zablotney is recognized for her capabilities in big-ticket transactions, with recent highlights including a series of high-value acquisitions for some of the country’s leading private equity firms. Gregory Gallagher and Mike Carew are noted for their respective strengths in domestic and cross-border deal structuring, while New York-based David Grenker focuses on restructurings, and public and private debt issuances. The Chicago-based William Levy possesses decades of experience in real estate transactions, restructurings and corporate reorganizations. In recent months, the firm has been on a significant hiring streak, with notable recent additions including the REIT-focused Mark Schwed from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in April 2021 and the renewable energy tax specialist Sophia Han from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in May 2021. All named lawyers are based in Chicago unless noted otherwise.