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George C. Howell, III

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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George is nationally recognized for his in-depth experience in the formation, structuring and financing of REITs and with respect to securitization and private investment fund transactions.


George is chairman of the firm’s executive committee, and former head of its Tax and ERISA practice. He assists clients with the tax aspects of REITs, REMICs, securitizations, master limited partnerships, private investment funds, and complex financial products. George also deals extensively with the tax aspects of private investment funds, derivatives and other complex financial products.

He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on REITs, securitization and other financial products.

Relevant Experience

  • Serves as tax counsel to a large number of REITs, with particular concentration on mortgage, hotel, health care, and other specialty REITs.
  • Structured and provided tax opinions on a large number of REIT capital markets transactions.
  • Represents a number of publicly traded specialty finance companies and private investment funds that invest in real estate, mortgage loans, mortgage-backed securities, corporate loans and other fixed-income investments.
  • Structured and provided tax opinions on over $100 billion of REMIC and other securitization transactions.
  • Particular experience in representing buyers and sellers of REMIC residual interests and other complex mortgage-backed securities and derivatives.
  • Represents REITs, REMIC sponsors, and private investment funds in IRS audits.



  • Former Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Section
  • Former Chair, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Former Vice Chair (Communications), ABA Tax Section
  • Former Chair, Tax Shelter Committee, ABA Tax Section
  • Former Chair, Committee on Financial Transactions, ABA Tax Section
  • Former Chair, Asset Securitization Subcommittee and REMIC Task Force, ABA Tax Section



JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1981
AB, Princeton University, magna cum laude, 1978

United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

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George Howell III - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is widely respected for its advice to issuer and underwriter clients; the practice is also active in both the property and mortgage REIT sectors. The team assisted Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, a publicly traded REIT that owns upscale, full-service hotels, with its $7.6bn acquisition of LaSalle Hotel Properties. George Howell III, who divides his time between New York and Richmond, and Kendal Sibley advise on the tax aspects of REITs, and David Wright heads the real estate capital markets practice. Other key contacts are Washington DC's Robert Smith, Mark Wickersham and counsel James Davidson. The advisers listed are in Richmond unless otherwise stated.

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