Orla O'Connor

Tax Principal


Orla O'Connor is a Tax principal based in the San Francisco office providing tax consulting and compliance services to asset management clients, with a specialization in Patient Capital/Evergreen Structures, Impact Investing, Cross-border Structures, and the Real Estate Industry.

Before joining KPMG LLP (KPMG), Orla most recently served as legal counsel in the Washington, DC office of a Global 50 law firm, where she advised real estate and private equity clients on transactions, private letter rulings, and tax policy matters.

Previously, Orla served as acting special counsel to the deputy chief counsel (technical) at the Internal Revenue Service, where she reviewed over forty published guidance projects, and while an attorney advisor in the Financial Institutions and Products Group was part of the working groups responsible for the "Basket Notices" designating certain derivatives as reportable transactions, and guidance related to regulated investment companies' investments in commodities, and dividends on convertible debt. 

Prior to that, Orla was lead global tax counsel at an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation, where she implemented the firm's publicly traded partnership structure, structured non-US funds investing in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and was lead global tax counsel for transactions across the firm's private equity, real estate and global market strategies businesses, and was a vice president in the tax planning and advisory group at an American multinational investment bank and financial services company in New York and London, where she was lead counsel for real assets taxation (including transaction advice for real estate private equity, distressed debt and loan origination, global infrastructure investing and tax credit investing for balance sheet) and fund structuring (including external private equity, fund of funds -primaries and secondaries, open-end real estate fund, separate and managed accounts) and had oversight of US tax for European and Asian businesses.

Orla started her career at an international law firm based in New York and also previously worked as a foreign service officer in Mumbai, India.

Orla earned her law degree from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.


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