Andrew Kreisberg

Partner, Los Angeles

Biography

Overview

Andrew Kreisberg's practice focuses on domestic and international tax law, with an emphasis on the formation and operation of investment funds and joint ventures.

Andrew has worked extensively with both domestic and international sponsors to establish equity and other investment funds. In these transactions, Andrew is often responsible for examining and coordinating advice on domestic US and non-US tax issues, and developing the most advantageous fund structures to minimize the tax burdens on investors.

Andrew also works extensively on transactions involving real estate investment trusts, or "REITs", both public and private, with particular focus on issues relevant to cross-border investors.

Andrew's experience extends to stock and asset acquisitions, including tax-free reorganizations and restructurings. Many of these transactions are cross-border deals that required complex structuring to accommodate the business and tax considerations of the parties involved.

Andrew regularly represents sovereign and sovereign-related entities in investments in private equity, real estate and other alternative investment entities. These clients include sovereign wealth funds in Asia and the Middle East, Asian and Middle Eastern central banks, European foundations and endowments, and trusts affiliated with wholly owned entities of non-US sovereigns.

Clients rely on Andrew's expertise regarding the tax issues particular to non-US banks, non-US pension plans, non-US endowments, as well as private equity, real estate and other investment funds, for their compliance and transactional concerns, including with respect to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
California State Bar
Education
JD
Columbia Law School
BA
University of Michigan
Languages
English

Experience

Recent matters include the representation of:

Saudi Aramco in

  • its US$69.1 billion acquisition of a 70 percent stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC); and
  • its US$29.4 billion Initial Public Offering on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul). At listing, Saudi Aramco's valuation was US$1.7 trillion, making it the world's most valuable public company. The underwriting syndicate consisted of 25 underwriters, led by Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, NCB Capital and Samba Capital.

Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, in

  • its US$550 million minority investment in Oryx Midstream Services, the largest privately held crude operator in the Permian Basin, from an affiliate of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners; and
  • the private offering by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) (NYSE: ESRT), a real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area (including the Empire State Building).

QH Oil Investments LP, an affiliate of Qatar Investment Authority, on its investment in the US$230 million Series B fundraising of Tessera Therapeutics, Inc., an early-stage life sciences company founded by Flagship Pioneering that is pioneering Gene Writing, which was co-led by Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Altitude Life Science Ventures, and SoftBank Vision Fund 2.

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Inc., in its partnership with Netrality's management team in their acquisition of Netrality Data Centers from funds managed by Abrams Capital Management. Netrality owns and operates facilities that act as data connectivity hubs in their respective markets for customers who need direct connections across multiple networks, clouds and other service providers. Netrality's facilities also feature colocation, powered shell, and wholesale data center solutions.

Sole Source Capital LLC in its acquisition of Dasco Systems, Inc., a Minnesota company providing custom labels, imprinting, serialization, and barcoding services.

A private equity fund in its purchase of operating assets and entering into of a long-term lease of certain fiber-optic assets, opposite a publicly traded REIT, along with associated restructuring transactions (an "Opco/Propco" transaction).

A sovereign wealth fund in a joint venture investment in the first assisted living facility in Manhattan through a private REIT structure.