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In the context of the Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) industry, conversion typically refers to the process of changing one type of legal entity into another. This could involve a variety of different scenarios, such as converting a limited liability company (LLC) into a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST), or vice versa.

Such conversions are often driven by a variety of considerations, which can include things like tax implications, regulatory requirements, or even operational considerations. The specific process and legal requirements for conversions can vary depending on the jurisdictions involved and the types of entities that are being converted.

For example, in a real estate investment context, one might convert an LLC into a DST for the purpose of a 1031 exchange, which allows the investor to defer capital gains tax on the sale of an investment property if the proceeds are reinvested in a “like-kind” property. DSTs are often used in 1031 exchanges because they allow multiple investors to hold fractional interests in a property, which can make it easier to meet the timing and identification requirements of a 1031 exchange.

However, conversions can be complex processes that often require legal and financial advice. Additionally, it’s important to note that while DSTs offer many potential advantages, they also have unique restrictions and potential downsides, such as limitations on the ability to take on new debt or make certain types of property improvements.