Sean Leonard is a member of Dentons' Real Estate practice,
concentrating on the representation of various participants in the
equity financing of tax-advantaged transactions, focusing primarily
on those generating federal and state low income housing tax
credits, new markets tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax
credits and renewable energy tax credits. He has significant
experience representing investors, guarantors, syndicators,
developers and governmental agencies in these transactions.
Sean also has experience in all aspects of tax-advantaged
investment portfolio management, advising clients in regards to
dispute resolution, contract interpretation and pre-litigation
enforcement, management company and general partner removals,
negotiations with lenders and governmental agencies in connection
with foreclosure actions, refinancings and loan workout agreements,
and the sale or other disposition of aged assets.
Sean has additional broad experience in a full range of
traditional corporate transactions, including mergers and
acquisitions, venture capital transactions, public offerings of
securities, private placements of securities under Regulation S,
Regulation D and other exemptive provisions, and commercial loan
Activities and Affiliations
- Member, American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing
& Community Development
- Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
- Member, Essex County Bar Association
- Member, Boston Bar Association
- Member, Zoning Board of Appeals, Newburyport, MA
- Member, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Project
Prior and Present Employment
Prior to joining Dentons, Sean was a partner at the international law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, focusing his practice on a wide variety of tax-advantaged investments. Sean has additional experience as an executive at Boston Financial Investment Management, a nationally-recognized tax credit syndicator, where he focused on the preservation and/or restoration of the value of investor equity and the stream of tax credits associated with that investment, including the oversight of a portfolio of underperforming assets, and the development and implementation of workout strategies for troubled properties. This practical, hands-on business experience provides Sean with a unique perspective when advising clients in connection with all facets of tax-advantaged investments.
Mr. Leonard also served as U.S. Legal Counsel for the management consulting division of a publicly-traded British media company, where he provided legal representation, advice and interpretation to the company’s executive management team in all substantive areas of law affecting the company, including in connection with the company’s merger and acquisition activity, reporting under federal securities laws, employment issues, contracting and licensing, litigation matters, real estate, and the management of the company’s significant intellectual property portfolio.