Robert Beard is a senior associate in the Tax practice of King & Spalding’s Atlanta office. Robert’s practice focuses on tax issues facing investment funds, real estate investors, and participants in mergers and acquisitions, particularly private equity buyers and sellers.

Robert advises private equity funds and real estate investment funds on a wide assortment of matters, including fund-level partnership tax issues; devising tax-efficient investment structures for non-U.S. investors; and drafting operating agreements and partnership agreements for funds, portfolio companies, and joint ventures. Robert also regularly advises private equity funds and other buyers and sellers on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including structuring transactions and negotiating acquisition agreements.

Robert also works with public and private real estate investment trusts on tax issues in a wide array of contexts, including REIT M&A transactions, securities offerings, the formation of REIT fund vehicles, and real estate investments made by REITs. In 2015, the BNA Real Estate Journal published Robert’s two-part article on “Working with the REIT Savings Provisions.”

In 2012, Robert was seconded to GE Capital Corp., where he assisted in an internal review of cross-border intercompany financing transactions.

He earned his J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2007, where he served as a Lead Articles Editor and Notes and Comments Editor for The Tax Lawyer. Since 2012, Robert has authored or co-authored an annual survey of notable tax decisions in the Eleventh Circuit for the Mercer Law Review.

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