David Leavitt is Partner, General Counsel and Head of Strategy of ElmTree. In these roles, he is responsible for overseeing the funds legal matters, strategy, and operations. He is also the Chief Compliance Officer for ElmTree. Mr. Leavitt has over 15 years of experience in the fund management industry. During this period, he has advised on over $30 billion of real estate transactions, including the formation of several multi-billion dollar open and closed end real estate funds, strategic real estate acquisitions by non-US institutional and sovereign entities and mergers and acquisitions involving nontraditional real estate platforms. He began his career as a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and prior to joining ElmTree was a partner and a national leader of PwC’s real estate tax practice. Mr. Leavitt has presented at numerous real estate industry events on a variety of topics related to real estate investment by domestic and international investors. Mr. Leavitt holds a BA in Liberal Arts from the New School University, a JD from Chicago Kent College of Law (with high honors) and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law.