Olivia S. Byrne is a partner in the Washington D.C. office and a member of the firm’s real estate investment, development, sports, and finance group.
Ms. Byrne is a leading member of the firm's U.S. economic incentives practice along with the real estate and public finance practices in the Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Byrne has successfully obtained significant economic incentives for clients on a national basis and has extensive experience drafting legislation for economic incentives and tax related issues. Her practice involves site location for many different industries, namely technology, broadcasting, professional sports stadiums and arenas, practice fields, wood-based products and biofuels, industrial manufacturing, food processing, auto parts and components, as well as financial services, entertainment facilities, and hotels. She and her team represent inbound companies from abroad including Asia, Europe and Canada, as well as U.S. companies relocating or deciding to remain in place and expand. Her proven track record demonstrates proposals to certain corporations such as manufacturing and technology in excess of US$100 million dollars in economic incentives. She served as lobbyist for The Advisory Board Company that won the “Game Changer Award” at the Washington Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deal of the Year Awards in 2016. She regularly meets with many Economic Development corporations and authorities on behalf of clients on a national basis.
Additionally, Ms. Byrne is a key member of the opportunity zones (OZ) team for the incentive established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, building upon extensive experience working with clients to develop investments OZ businesses and OZ real estate. She is a frequent speaker on a national basis at OZ conferences and programs. She has worked with clients to assist with structuring OZ transactions and related real estate and tax issues. In 2019, Ms. Byrne was named a Top 25 Opportunity Zone Attorney by Opportunity Zone Magazine.
She represents many corporations, nonprofits, and partnerships in real estate projects relating to headquarters buildings, mixed-use, retail, office, sports stadiums and arenas, residential, manufacturing, warehouse, healthcare, hotels, restaurants, and colleges and universities. Ms. Byrne focuses her practice on public policy, legislative counseling, real estate transactions, and financing transactions. This includes tax exempt and taxable bonds, conventional loans, OZ equity, New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”), Tax Increment Financings (“TIFs”), public/private partnerships, (including those with colleges and universities), and public finance including multifamily housing projects with low income housing tax credits and tax exempt bonds. She has completed financing transactions with NMTC allocatees for many mixed-use multifamily housing and office projects. She has worked on numerous multifamily housing projects on a national, state, and local basis. Ms. Byrne has also worked on infrastructure projects and other projects financed with TIFs. She has represented NMTC borrowers with public/private partnerships and manufacturing projects on a national basis. Ms. Byrne also represents developers and corporations with real estate acquisitions, renovation projects, and public/private partnerships, as well as retail/residential, office condominiums, and the related real estate documentation and due diligence. She is a registered lobbyist in DC and works with Virginia and Maryland frequently as well.
She was selected by Super Lawyers as a top Washington, D.C. Lawyer in Government Finance in 2016, and 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was also named by the Washington Business Journal as a "2009 Top Washington Lawyer" Finalist in the Real Estate Transactions category. Her financing structure for the National Association of Realtors' US$40 million real estate transaction was also selected as the "Best Financing Deal of the Year" by the Washington Business Journal.