Josh Scala | San Francisco | Hogan Lovells

Josh Scala

Partner Corporate & Finance

Scala Josh

Josh Scala
Scala Josh
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Josh is the head of our US tax practice. His experience in negotiating and documenting complex joint venture, partnership, and similar arrangements is invaluable for clients in both the real estate and private equity industries. Over the last two decades, Josh has represented developers and investors in the formation of real estate joint ventures with an aggregate value in excess of US$50 billion.

With in-depth experience in representing real estate investment trusts (REITs), he has advised both publicly traded and private REITs with respect to debt and equity capital raising activities, mergers and acquisitions, qualification requirements under the REIT tax law, and structuring transactions with developers, property owners, and institutional investors.

Josh has a particular focus in the health care and seniors housing real estate sector, representing publicly traded REITs and institutional investors. He advises clients in all aspects of complex real estate development transactions, including negotiating joint venture agreements and property acquisitions, structuring ownership vehicles and transactions in a tax efficient manner, and securing debt and equity financing.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Josh was a principal in the national tax group at Big Four accounting firm EY, where his practice primarily focused on the ownership, development, and disposition of commercial real estate and related federal income tax issues. Before that, Josh was a member of another large multinational law firm's real estate and transactional tax practice groups and was a managing member of a real estate development company with a focus on the development of planned residential communities and mixed-use urban infill projects.


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Amherst College
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  • California
  • District of Columbia


Tax: International Tax, Recommended

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