Josh Scala

Josh Scala

San Francisco

Email josh.scala@​

Phone +1 415 374 2300

Fax +1 415 374 2499

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Josh Scala's 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. Since mid-2009, Josh has represented developers and investors in the formation of real estate joint ventures with an aggregate value in excess of US$35 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.

Over the last decade, Josh has focused in particular 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.

Awards and recognitions


Tax: International Tax, Recommended
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, summa cum laude, 2004

B.A., Amherst College, 1993

Bar admissions and qualifications


District of Columbia

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