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John Wei

John Wei

John Wei is incredibly smart and accessible. I can always rely on him with last minute requests. He knows how to explain complicated tax concepts in a simple manner.
The Legal 500 Rising Star 2023

John Wei handles a broad range of U.S. federal tax matters. He regularly represents banks, asset managers, and issuers with respect to the structuring of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), REMICs, asset backed securitizations, and other structured finance transactions. John advises fund sponsors, investment advisors, and investors on a wide range of structures and asset classes, including direct lending, structured credit, private equity, and real estate. John also works with both purchasers and sellers in the structuring of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. 

John is involved in the growing field of tax risk insurance, where he advises underwriters with respect to taxpayer submissions and the identification of tax risks to be insured and insureds on ways to eliminate tax risks at a reasonable premium.

John has performed tax advisory work in a wide range of industries, including defense, financial services, insurance, music, pharmaceutical, software, and technology, all of which highlight his commitment to his clients across a variety of sectors in the United States and around the world.

Areas of FocusTaxTransactional Tax
Bar admissionsMassachusettsNew York
  • J.D., Yale University
  • B.S.E., Princeton University


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Rising Star, US Taxes: Non-Contentious (2023)
    • Recommended, US Taxes: Non-Contentious (2022)
      Clients describe John as: "highly responsive," and "[v]ery knowledgeable," who is "[h]elpfully thorough, particularly in written communications," and a "[n]otably clear thinker and communicator."
    • Recommended, US Taxes: Financial Products (2023)
      "DLA Piper’s tax team is exceptional. It has consistently provided us with excellent and thorough, solutions-focused tax support in the private credit space. I work a lot with Gerald Rokoff and John Wei. They are extremely knowledgeable and creative. They are on the forefront of deal developments and very practical in providing advice. They have a very good understanding of our needs, and their advice is very important to us."