Opportunity Zones are a compelling new tool for investors, asset owners, asset managers and communities. 

Enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are designed: 

  • To drive investment to designated underserved areas (Opportunity Zones)
  • To promote the sale of capital assets and the reinvestment of capital gains proceeds
  • Through certified investment vehicles (Opportunity Funds)
  • Into qualified investments, including real estate (Opportunity Businesses)
  • To provide significant tax advantages to investors
  • To produce beneficial community development and Impact in the designated Opportunity Zones

It is anticipated that by the end of 2018, the Treasury Department will issue initial program guidance and clarification for the Opportunity Zone Program, with final guidance expected in 2019. What we know for certain is that:

  • Opportunity Zones are currently designated. Click here to view the Opportunity Zone Eligibility Tool
  • Investments must be made through qualified Opportunity Funds
  • A series of capital gains deferrals and/or tax breaks can be achieved over time, with the largest breaks designed to encourage patient, long-term investment in the underserved communities that comprise the Opportunity Zones
  • Certain investment types are prohibited

Opportunity Zone Team

At Womble Bond Dickinson, we have a full-service Opportunity Zone Team comprised of members from our industry-first and award-winning Impact Business Group that offers comprehensive services to address each aspect of the Opportunity Zone process. Whether you are a fund manager, an asset owner or manager, an investor, or seeking to receive investments, we can design a custom solution for you.

Browse our Opportunity Zone Lawyers and Professional Staff.

Our team can help you with:

  • Opportunity Fund Formation
  • Opportunity Business Investments (including start-ups)
  • Tax Structuring
  • Transaction Documentation
  • Securities Offerings and Compliance 
  • Asset purchases and sales (including real estate)
  • Impact and ESG Consulting
  • Impact and ESG Measurement and Dashboards
  • Impact and ESG Reporting

View our Opportunity Zones hub for more related insights.