Afshin
Beyzaee

Business Transactions
& Restructuring



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Afshin Beyzaee

Business Transactions & Restructuring

Biography

Afshin Beyzaee is a Partner in Liner’s Business Transactions & Restructuring Group, who brings together a deep understanding of both corporate and tax issues providing his clients with holistic solutions to their business and transactional needs. In addition He is a leader. In the last year, he led a legal team advising Progressive in the sale of a 65% equity interest in Los Angeles-based Progressive to Total. He also led the legal team in the merger of Keystone into Progressive, providing guidance on complex legal and tax structuring matters. He provides business guidance on high-level issues, as well as on day-to-day matters. For example he advised Canada-based Oppy on a multifaceted transaction spanning several jurisdictions as it entered into a strategic partnership with Total Produce and T&G Global Limited.

Because of his innovative and creative ways to overcome structural roadblocks, clients regularly look to Afshin for his understanding of the corporate, tax, and business issues they confront. Afshin helps clients navigate tax issues that arise in an array of different business contexts. His extensive experience in addressing tax issues in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, financial distress, real estate, and other business situations allows him to help clients structure their affairs in a tax-efficient manner and avoid costly pitfalls. As a leading expert on the subject, he also regularly advises companies and service providers on the issues associated with establishing tax-favored “profits interests” arrangements and issuing them to service providers.

His clients have included publicly traded and privately held corporations, S corporations, partnerships, business trusts, limited liability companies, private equity and real estate funds, real estate developers, financial institutions, and trade associations.

Education

Harvard University (J.D.)

University of Michigan (A.B., with honors, and High Distinction)

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Recognition

Southern California Super LawyersRising Star (2013-2016)

Community
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services, an organization that provides job training and placement for underprivileged youth
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, an organization that provides services to the poor and vulnerable, promotes human dignity and advocates for social justice
  • Served as Special Assistant to the ABA Tax Section Vice Chair for Government Relations (2005-2006)
Representations
  • Represented The Oppenheimer Group (Oppy) in 2017 as it entered into a strategic partnership linking Total Produce plc and Oppy with New Zealand-based T&G Global Limited.
  • Advised Progressive Produce in 2017 merger with Pennsylvania-based Keystone Fruit Marketing.
  • Represented Progressive Produce on its 2016 sale of a 65% interest to Total Produce plc.
  • Provided tax advice on 1031 like-kind exchange of residential estate for pharmacy properties and subsequent financing.
  • Provided ongoing tax advice for Miramax, including in connection with its 2014 issuance of $250 million film library asset-backed notes.
  • Represented purchaser in financing its acquisition of a 16-story Class A office building in Los Angeles.
  • Advised on tax issues in the purchase of SONIFI (formerly LodgeNet) out of bankruptcy by a consortium led by Colony Capital.
  • Advised on the formation of and provides ongoing tax advice for Media Content Capital.
  • Advised on tax issues in the formation of and provided ongoing tax advice for the $5.3-billion leveraged buy-out fund raised by Leonard Green & Partners.
  • Advised on tax issues in the formation of and provided ongoing tax advice for the $1.8-billion buy-out fund of GI Partners.
  • Provided tax advice to Vivendi S.A. in the sale of its interest in NBC Universal and in the combination of its subsidiary, Vivendi Games, with Activision, Inc.
  • Advised on the tax issues in the acquisition of Riot Games, Inc. by Tencent Holdings Limited.
  • Provided tax advice on a number of joint ventures entered into by Universal Music Group related to music and artists.
  • Provided tax advice to Odyssey Investment Partners in its acquisitions of SM&A and EAG.
  • Advised Vale S.A. on tax issues in multiple U.S. offerings of mandatorily convertible notes.
  • Provided tax advice to Capital One Financial Corporation in a variety of capital market offerings and related transactions.
  • Advised on tax issues in numerous secured and unsecured credit facilities and term loans in a variety of industries.