ProfessionalsScott M. Sontag


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A partner and co-chair of the Tax Department, Scott M. Sontag is experienced in international and domestic transactions, including structuring and negotiating complex merger and acquisition and restructuring transactions for public companies and private equity funds and their portfolio companies. In addition, Scott advises clients extensively on transactions involving the formation and acquisition of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and on real estate acquisitions, dispositions and workouts.


Scott's experience includes his representation of:

  • A-T Solutions Corporate Holdings Prime, Inc., a Virginia-based provider of counterterrorism services, products, technology and training and a portfolio company of CI Capital Partners, in its acquisition by Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc., a Virginia-based provider of support for essential global missions of the U.S. government;
  • An informal committee of certain holders of second and third lien secured notes of Altegrity, Inc., a global risk and information services company that provides employment background screening and risk and information management services and solutions, as well as certain lenders of post-petition financing, in connection with Altegrity's restructuring through a pre-arranged chapter 11 case;
  • American Realty Capital Trust III, a publicly registered, non-traded real estate investment program, in its $2.2 billion acquisition by American Realty Capital Properties, a publicly traded real estate investment trust;
  • LM Ericsson, a member of Rockstar Bidco, a consortium whose members also include EMC Corp., Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony, in the winning $4.5 billion section 363 auction bid for a portfolio of 6,000 patents and patent applications of bankrupt Nortel Networks, which cover a range of wired, wireless and digital communication technologies;
  • Berkshire Partners in its investment in Canada-based Farm Boy, a food retailer with private label products and 13 stores in the Greater Ottawa, Cornwall and Kingston regions;
  • Brookfield Asset Management in the $866 million acquisition by BSREP Industrial, L.P. (a Brookfield fund) of Verde Realty, a Houston-based real estate investment trust focused on industrial distribution properties;
  • The Carlyle Group in its investment in Bonotel Exclusive Travel, a luxury inbound tour operator;
  • General Growth Properties (GGP)  in several transactions related to its emergence from bankruptcy, including:
    • a $2.3 billion common stock offering that was unique in that it involved an SEC-registered public equity offering conducted during the pendency of a chapter 11 case;
    • a "resale shelf" registration to enable plan sponsors to freely sell shares of its stock subscribed for in the plan; and
    • representation of The Howard Hughes Corporation (THHC), a new entity created to hold GGP's portfolio of master planned communities and other strategic real estate development opportunities, in its spin-off from GGP as part of GGP's plan of reorganization.
  • Lehman Brothers in the sale of its entire stake in Archstone, its single largest asset valued at more than $16 billion, a privately held owner, operator and developer of multifamily apartment properties, to real estate investment trusts Equity Residential and AvalonBay Communities, Inc., both publicly traded real estate enterprises focused on multifamily properties in the U.S.;
  • NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. and Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc.'s joint venture in the acquisition of  Trilogy Investors LLC for approximately $1.125 billion;
  • Walter Energy, Inc., a leading producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry, in all aspects of its chapter 11 case; and
  • Wellspring Capital Management LLC  in its acquisition of AdvoServ, a Delaware-based behavioral healthcare provider. 

Additional representative clients include Apollo Global Management, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Vice Media.

Scott is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500 and has been named among the leading Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the nation's major law firms by Turnarounds and Workouts magazine. In 2013, he was named as one of five "MVPs" in the tax category by Law360 in its annual ranking of law firm partners who have demonstrated "exceptional work in transactions." Scott was selected by Investment Dealer's Digest for its annual "40 Under 40" list of the top up-and-coming professionals in the finance industry.

Scott is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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