New York, NY (June 30, 2022) Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP is pleased to welcome two new partners in an expansion of the firm’s capabilities entering the summer of 2022. Melinda Fellner joins the Firm as Chair of its Tax Department. Ms. Fellner joins from Rimon PC where her practice focused on transactions including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and investment funds. Robert G. Koen joins the Firm as partner in the Real Estate Department. Mr. Koen joins from Mintz Levin where his practice focused on real estate transactions.

Melinda Fellner, Chair of Tax Department In addition to leading the Tax practice, Ms. Fellner will join two of CLM’s Industry Groups: Real Estate, and Cannabis, Hemp and CBD given her experience working with entities in these sectors. Ms. Fellner also brings experience handling matters in both state and federal tax controversy. Her practice fits well with Carter Ledyard’s international cross-border client practice in the international compliance arena, with experience helping clients navigate the IRS Streamlined Offshore Programs and other options and assisting with other offshore income issues.

As the Firm looks to continue its growth, Ms. Fellner’s addition to the Firm brings new value to the Tax practice and she will work closely with teams serving clients in the Trusts & Estates, Corporate, IP and Litigation Departments.

Ms. Fellner earned a B.A. from Cornell University and is a graduate of Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and earned her LLM in Taxation at New York University. She is a frequent author and speaker on salient topics addressing tax implications.

Robert G. Koen, Real Estate Department Mr. Koen is a one of the real estate industry’s most prominent attorneys and will continue to focus on commercial real estate acquisitions and complex restructurings.

Carter Ledyard’s Chair of Real Estate practice, Macculloch “Cully” Irving, said, “Bob’s real estate practice is an excellent addition to our group and also fits well with our international cross-border practice given his work with inbound investments. We are anticipating an uptick in transactions and restructurings in the coming 18 months.”

Bob has extensive experience in a wide variety of real estate transactions in the negotiation, structuring, and documentation of acquisitions, dispositions, and co-investment transactions; the structuring of real estate joint ventures and partnerships; commercial lending, including conventional loan transactions; construction lending; preferred equity investments and mezzanine financings; hotel acquisition, financings, and development; commercial project development (including land development and negotiation of construction and development joint venture agreements); and real estate loan and investment workouts and restructurings.

Mr. Koen earned a B.A. from University of Wisconsin and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Notably, he is the editor of the Real Estate Finance Journal, one of the industry’s most prominent quarterly publications featuring insights and analyses from highly recognized lawyers and professionals.


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