Opportunity Zones and Impact Investments Team

Robinson+Cole’s Opportunity Zones and Impact Investments Team is a cross-disciplinary group of experienced lawyers from our tax, real estate, corporate, securities, fund formation, and tax-exempt practice areas. We regularly advise investors, developers, fund managers, municipalities, non-profits and businesses on how best to navigate and realize the benefits of the federal Opportunity Zone program and other investment tax incentives. Our clients’ projects have encompassed a broad range of activities and development areas, including real estate, clean energy, affordable housing, economic development and community renewal, charter school finance, low interest lending programs, New Markets Tax Credits and Community Reinvestment Act compliance.

We collaborate with clients to develop new solutions while advising on a range of Opportunity Zone investments and social impact initiatives, including:

  • Establishing innovative investment structures, such as social impact bonds and other capital market solutions;
  • Analyzing and applying Internal Revenue Code eligibility requirements, exemptions and compliance regulations;
  • Establishing and certifying qualified opportunity funds (QOF);
  • Structuring, negotiating and documenting corporate, partnership or limited liability company organizational documents for QOFs; and
  • Structuring, negotiating and documenting acquisitions and developments within QOZs.

Robinson+Cole remains a thought leader and key advisor on these important new investment strategies. We are committed to making a difference in the community through the support of these social enterprises and community development-based ventures.

    • News
      • July 17, 2019

        Michele Maresca Moderates Program on Opportunity Zones at ICSC Deal Making Conference in Boston

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Connecticut: The Land of Opportunity (Zones)," co-presented by Michael J. Kearney Jr. and Michele L. Maresca, at the "From Soil to Solar: Land Law Development Forum" (3/11/2020)
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      "Opportunity Zone Update - Understand it Benefits and Complexities," co-presented by Michael J. Kearney Jr., Jerome L. Garciano and Brian M. Flaherty, the final From Soil to Solar:Land Law Development Forum. (11/14/2019)
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      "Opportunity Zones: The Many Perspectives on the Land of OZ," presented by Michele L. Maresca, moderated by Michele Maresca at the 2019 New England Conference and Deal Making in Boston, MA. (7/15/2019)
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      "Deferring Capital Gains Taxes – Opportunity Zone Investments" authored by Michael J. Kearney Jr. (10/31/2018)

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