- Senior Managing Director
- Corporate Finance
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- B.A., Accounting, William Paterson University
- M.S., Taxation, Farleigh Dickinson University
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA), New Jersey
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- New Jersey Society of CPAs
- National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)
- Due Diligence
- Tax Structuring & Tax Advisory Services
- Real Estate
Stephen Bertonaschi is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Solutions practice and specializes in federal, state and local tax. He has over 16 years of experience advising clients in key areas, including entity formation and structuring, real estate asset acquisitions and dispositions, real estate investment trust (REIT) due diligence and compliance matters.
Mr. Bertonaschi has deep expertise in institutional-owned real estate, with a significant focus on public REITs. He has broad experience with real estate merger and acquisition transactions, partnership roll-ups, buy- and sell-side due diligence, tax accounting matters, like-kind exchanges, disguised sales, RIDEA tax structures and financial statement income tax provisions. One of Mr. Bertonaschi’s notable qualities is his ability to address both the federal and state income tax issues with respect to proposed transactions, thereby creating the most efficient overall tax structure.
Mr. Bertonaschi’s clients have included Kimco Realty Corporation, Northstar Realty Finance, Colony Capital, WP Carey, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Thor Equities, Almanac Realty, Paramount Real Estate, iStar, Metropolitan Realty, General Growth, Callahan Properties and Hines.
Mr. Bertonaschi holds a leadership role in FTI Consulting’s internal tax training program that the Real Estate Solutions practice conducts each year. In addition to organizing the training, Mr. Bertonaschi has presented on a myriad of federal and state income tax areas, including partnership allocations, REIT due diligence and compliance matters, state and local taxation of business entities, state apportionment and various non-income state taxes. Mr. Bertonaschi’s recent thought leadership articles cover REIT due diligence on acquisitions, including common pitfalls and state and local conformity and responses to federal tax reform.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Bertonaschi was a Senior Tax Manager at The Schonbraun McCann Group (SMG), a dedicated real estate advisory firm that was acquired by FTI Consulting in 2008. He started his career at SMG, entering the company as an intern and joining the tax department in 2003. While at SMG, Mr. Bertonaschi focused primarily on real estate owners, operators and developers and developed a strong background in related accounting and tax issues.
Mr. Bertonaschi holds a B.S. in accounting from William Paterson University and an M.S. in taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He holds a graduate state and local tax certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.