Leila Vaughan delivers forward-thinking guidance to investment management clients navigating complex tax matters. She offers advice on investment tax matters, especially relating to private equity, regulated investment companies, hedge funds, lending funds and real estate investment funds. Leila assists investment management clients with the tax aspects of fund structure, fund formation, portfolio investments, regulated investment company compliance, mergers and liquidations.

Leila also has experience with mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations and spinoffs, nonprofits and qualified opportunity funds.

Prior Experience

Leila is a returning attorney to Faegre Drinker. She previously served as a tax associate where she assisted clients relating to the taxation of mutual funds and hedge funds. Leila provided tax advice to investment company clients in connection with reorganizations, liquidations and disclosures. Leila also offered guidance in the negotiation of tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and credit agreements.

Personal Interests

Leila enjoys international travel, reading and spending time in her garden.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


New York University
LL.M. in Taxation (2010)

University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law Review (senior editor) (2006)

Duke University
B.A. in Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha (2003)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives


  • BNA Tax Management Portfolio 711-3rd: Partnerships — Formation and Contributions of Property or Services, 2022
  • BNA Tax Management Portfolio 700 T.M., Choice of Entity: Business and Tax Considerations, 2022
  • Tax Comments on Proposed Regulations Regarding Investments in Qualified Opportunity Funds Under Section 1400Z-2, American Bar Association, July 2019
  • Proposed Regulations Regarding Investments in Qualified Opportunity Funds Under Section 1400Z-2, American Bar Association, January 2019
  • Tax Comments on Proposed Fractions Rule Regulations, American Bar Association, March 2018. Section 336(e) Regulations, PLI Corporate Tax Outlines, 2014
  • A Whole New Carve-Out World: Section 336(e) Regulations, Tax Management Memorandum (BNA), April 2014
  • Someone Made Off With My Money, Now What? Tax Issues Affecting Ponzi Scheme Victims, Journal of Taxation of Investments, Summer 2009


  • Course Planner, Moderator, "IRS Tax Update on 2020 Changes," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, January 2021
  • Panelist, "Opportunity Zone Latest Developments," Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference, March 2020
  • Panelist, "Qualified Opportunity Zones: What You Need to Know About Investing in the Zone," February 2020
  • Panelist, "Nuts and Bolts of Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds," ABA 2020 Midyear Meeting, January 2020
  • Panelist, "Common and Complex Case Studies and Real-World Issues With Opportunity Zones as Qualified Opportunity Funds," ABA 2020 Midyear Meeting, January 2020
  • Panelist, "Where Do we Stand on Qualified Opportunity Funds," ABA Tax Section Fall Meeting, October 2019
  • Panelist, "Qualified Opportunity Zone Investments After the April 2019 Proposed Regulations," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 2019
  • Panelist, "Montgomery County Development Corp. Seminar Series: Qualified Opportunity Zone," March 2019
  • Panelist, "Qualified Opportunity Zones – Reboot," ABA Tax Section Mid-Year Meeting, January 2019
  • Panelist, "Qualified Opportunity Zones - What Are the Rules?," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, January 2019
  • Panelist, "Opportunity Zones – What’s All the Buzz About?," 10th Annual High Net Worth and Family Wealth Conference, December 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "What the New Tax Law Means for Lawyers and Law Firms," Philadelphia Bar Association, March 2018
  • Panelist, "Tax and Accounting Update," Private Equity CFO Association, January 2018
  • Presenter, "Primer on Tax Reform," December 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Proposed Section 385 Regulations," August 2016
  • Panelist, "Volunteering on Nonprofit Board - 'Need to Know' Before Saying Yes!," Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, January 2016
  • Presenter, "Section 336(e) Regulations," June 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association Tax Section, Co-Chair, Sales Exchange and Basis Committee


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Corporate Law; Nonprofit / Charities Law; Tax Law, 2024
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