People: Steven R. Meier, Partner

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Steven R. Meier

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5548
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Steven Meier is Chair of Seyfarth’s Chicago Corporate Group and Co-Chair of Seyfarth’s National Tax Practice. He is a deal lawyer with broad experience in designing and implementing U.S. domestic and cross-border corporate and real estate transactions. As a tax specialist, Mr. Meier’s work is guided by the principles of creativity, practicality and tax efficiency. Mr. Meier is particularly active in the capital markets industry, where he advises clients on ways to achieve liquidity for their real estate assets and portfolios, including through the use of sale-leaseback transactions and the implementation of alternative investment programs such as REITs, investment funds and complex like-kind exchange programs. His diverse client base includes public companies, private equity sponsors and entrepreneurs.  Mr. Meier has been recognized by Legal 500 for his tax practice, and is a frequent speaker on tax and business issues in real estate securities programs and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Steven Meier is Chair of Seyfarth’s Chicago Corporate Group and Co-Chair of Seyfarth’s National Tax Practice. He is a deal lawyer with broad experience in designing and implementing U.S. domestic and cross-border corporate and real estate transactions. As a tax specialist, Mr. Meier’s work is guided by the principles of creativity, practicality and tax efficiency. Mr. Meier is particularly active in the capital markets industry, where he advises clients on ways to achieve liquidity for their real estate assets and portfolios, including through the use of sale-leaseback transactions and the implementation of alternative investment programs such as REITs, investment funds and complex like-kind exchange programs. His diverse client base includes public companies, private equity sponsors and entrepreneurs.  Mr. Meier has been recognized by Legal 500 for his tax practice, and is a frequent speaker on tax and business issues in real estate securities programs and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Education

  • J.D., Columbia Law School (1998) 
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, all years

  • A.M., Harvard University (1991)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin (1988)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Tax Court

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Real Estate Investment Securities Association
  • Investment Program Association
  • Real Estate Roundtable (Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) Member, 2017)

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Using Delaware Statutory Trusts in Real Estate Investments: Opportunities and Legal Risks,” Webinar, presented by Strafford (September 27, 2017)
  • Panelist, "The 411 on 1031," 2017 Due Diligence Forum, presented by ADISA, Chicago, IL (July 13, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Using Delaware Statutory Trusts in Real Estate Investments: Opportunities and Legal Risks,” Webinar, presented by Strafford (March 10, 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Structuring Pass-through Entities Seminar,” Transaction Advisors and True Partners Consulting, Oak Brook, IL (November 19, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Internal Controls to Mitigate Tax Risk Seminar,” Transaction Advisors and True Partners Consulting, Deerfield, IL (November 12, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Identifying Tax Issues in Due Diligence Seminar,” Transaction Advisors and True Partners Consulting, Chicago, IL (November 5, 2015)
  • Co- Presenter, “Executive Employment Agreements and Equity Based Compensation in Private Equity Transactions," Webinar (July 15, 2014)
  • Presenter, "Recapitalizations and Mergers of Debtor Partnerships,” Illinois CPA Society’s Taxation on Real Estate Conference (June 4, 2014)
  • Panelist, “The JOBS Act and Changes to Regulation D: Taking the Gloves off the Private Offering” Real Estate Investment Securities Association 2013 Spring Symposium, San Diego, CA (April 16, 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, “Executive Employment Agreements and Equity Based Compensation in Private Equity Transactions,” ACG Chicago (April 9, 2014)
  • Moderator, “Delaware Statutory Trusts and Tenant-in-Common Transactions, Bad Actors and Crowdfunding:  How They Can Impact Broker-Dealers," Real Estate Investment Securities Association’s 2014 Spring Symposium (March 16, 2014)
  • Moderator, “Net Leases and the Delaware Statutory Trust” National Net Lease Investment Conference, Chicago, IL (November 1, 2012)
  • Panelist, "Advanced 1031 Planning," Real Estate Investment Securities Association 2012 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV (October 7, 2012)
  • Moderator, “Investing in Direct Participation Programs” “Real Estate Investment Securities Association 2011 Annual Conference,” Las Vegas, NV, (October 16, 2011)
  • Panelist, "280G and 409A Issues,” Fifth Annual Executive Compensation Institute, Chicago Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee and The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits (September 27, 2011)

Publications

Accolades

  • Recognized Attorney, US Taxes: Non-Contentious, Legal 500 (2015–2017)
  • Recognized Attorney, M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A Middle Market (U.S), Legal 500 USA (2017)