Samir Halawi

Samir Halawi

Samir Halawi is a tax and executive compensation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Mr. Halawi’s practice involves a wide range of transactional and advisory work in the corporate tax, partnership tax, tax-exemption and executive compensation areas. He has experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, financings, joint ventures and bankruptcy and insolvency restructurings across a variety of industries. Moreover, Mr. Halawi works with non-profit organizations to establish, obtain and maintain tax exemptions.

Previously, Mr. Halawi was an associate in the firm’s real estate group. Consequently, he has significant experience drafting and negotiating a variety of deal documents, and managing and closing numerous transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, leases and joint ventures. He brings this experience to bear in his current practice.

Mr. Halawi is a member of the Board of Governors of the Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California. He is also a member of the taxation sections of the American Bar Association, the California Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

During law school, Mr. Halawi was a summer associate at an international law firm in New York and interned for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Halawi graduated from Georgetown University Law Center’s joint degree program with his J.D., cum laude, and Tax LL.M., with distinction, earning dean’s list honors for all semesters and being named a special pro bono pledge honoree at graduation. While at Georgetown, he served as a senior editor of the Georgetown Environmental Law Review.


Mr. Halawi’s notable representative matters include:

  • Berkshire Hathaway in its $11.6 billion acquisition of insurer Alleghany Corporation and issuance of senior notes.
  • Envoy Solutions, LLC, a diversified distribution company and subsidiary of Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A. de CV (FEMSA) in a number of strategic acquisitions.
  • PG&E in its $973 million sale of transmission tower wireless licenses to SBA Communications.
  • Nexus Capital Management in the merger of its portfolio company, Natural Balance Pet Foods, with Canidae Pet Foods. Nexus and the owner of Canidae, L Catterton, agreed to contribute new growth capital to support the expansion of the combined company.
  • Tishman Speyer, a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of real estate worldwide, in a number of strategic transactions including
    • its partnership with the San Francisco Giants in an iconic $2 billion residential, office and retail mixed-use development of the new Mission Rock neighborhood on the San Francisco Bay adjacent to the AT&T Park stadium.
    • the sale of its fee and ground lease interests in the office tower at 10900 Wilshire Boulevard, in Los Angeles.
  • Caruso Affiliated Holdings in connection with its retail portfolio assets, including The Grove, The Americana at Brand, The Promenade at Westlake, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, Palisades Village and The Commons at Calabasas.


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