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Real Estate Equity and Investments

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Overview

Our Clients

Katten provides comprehensive representation to active and passive real estate investors—both domestic and foreign—in private equity arrangements. Among our clients are institutional real estate investors, including pension funds and their advisors and specialized real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds.

Our Services

We work with clients to optimize the terms of each investment and to prioritize their goals within the unique framework each deal presents. By representing numerous types of investors in a wide variety of investments, our attorneys are able to see the market from multiple perspectives and to respond quickly with practical solutions that move deals forward.

Our attorneys structure and negotiate joint venture and program investment arrangements; conduct due diligence; and prepare documentation for the acquisition, conveyance, management and financing arrangements involved at each stage of the investment.

Experience
  • Representation of a real estate private equity firm in the $633 million sale of the office condo portion of a New York high-rise, $650 million purchase and financing of a Manhattan office tower, and the $385 million sale of a 16-story office building in Lower Manhattan.
  • Representation of an alternative investment firm in 13 separate transactions for the $500 million sale of 34 properties, including office, hotel, industrial, retail and multifamily properties plus a manufactured home park and entitled land parcels.
  • Representation of a real estate private equity firm in the sale of a 49% interest in a mixed-use retail and office tower in New York with a $2 billion+ property value.
  • Representation of a private equity investment management firm in the $295 million sale of a portfolio of 44 industrial properties located across Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas via the sale of the equity interests in 26 individual real estate investment trusts.
  • Representation of an investment firm in multiple joint ventures with different sponsors to develop, finance and sell multifamily projects in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois and Massachusetts.
  • Representation of a national banking institution in the $200 million-plus sale-leaseback of a 500,000-square-foot corporate headquarters building in Troy, Michigan.
  • Representation of a real estate investment trust in its investment in ground leases for hotel, office, medical office, multifamily and self-storage properties.
  • Representation of a real estate investor and operator in the sale of a Manhattan office building that was converted to an equity restructure following default by the purchaser and the uncontested turnover of the asset to a lending group after unsuccessful efforts to restructure the existing debt.
  • Representation of a private equity investment management firm in the purchase of a Baltimore, Maryland office project for redevelopment into a corporate headquarters. Our work included the single-tenant lease and joint venture with an equity partner.
  • Representation of a financial institution in a credit tenant lease transaction with an agricultural biotechnology corporation for the construction of a 436,000-square-foot facility in Arizona and $95 million in associated debt financing.
  • Representation of an investment management firm in the formation of a programmatic joint venture with a senior living company to acquire and renovate various assisted living and memory care facilities throughout the United States.
  • Representation of a real estate investment advisor in the $60 million sale of its 95 percent interest in an office, research and development building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
  • Representation of a BDC as lender of a $25 million mezzanine loan as part of the $106.9 million development of a Chicago hospital.
Professionals
Events
January 18–20, 2017
September 22–24, 2016
ACMA 2016 Annual Meeting | Newport Coast, California
July 20–24, 2016
April 7–8, 2016
February 4–5, 2016
January 20–22, 2016
September 27–29, 2015
Real Estate Equity and Investments

Recognition

Legal 500 UK – Property Litigation
Property Litigation, 2012, 2014
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Los Angeles)
Real Estate Law (Los Angeles), 2011–2019
Chambers USA – Real Estate (Charlotte)
Real Estate (Charlotte), 2010, 2014

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year by Lawyers World

2013
Chambers USA – Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance (New York)
Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance (New York), 2017–2018
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Commercial Property
Real Estate – Commercial Property, 2012–2019
Chambers USA – Real Estate (Nationwide)
Real Estate (Nationwide), 2012–2018

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Commercial Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2013
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Property Finance
Real Estate – Property Finance, 2015–2019
Chambers USA – Real Estate: Finance (North Carolina)
Real Estate: Finance (North Carolina), 2012–2018
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Charlotte)
Real Estate Law (Charlotte), 2011–2019
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Chicago)
Real Estate Law (Chicago), 2011–2019

International Fund Awards – US Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

2013
Chambers USA – Real Estate (Illinois)
Real Estate (Illinois), 2006–2018
Chambers UK – Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London (Firms))
Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London (Firms)), 2017–2018
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Washington, DC)
Real Estate Law (Washington, DC), 2011–2019
Chambers USA – Real Estate (North Carolina)
Real Estate (North Carolina), 2016–2018
Legal 500 US – Construction (including Construction Litigation)
Construction (including Construction Litigation), 2016

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2012
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (National)
Real Estate Law (National), 2012–2019
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (New York)
Real Estate Law (New York), 2011–2019
Chambers UK Leading Firm
Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London (Firms)) 2016
Legal 500 US – Real Estate
Real Estate, 2016–2018
Legal 500 US – Real Estate
Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate, 2013–2016
Legal 500 US – Real Estate - Team of the Year
Real Estate – Team of the Year, 2014
Chambers USA – Real Estate (Washington, DC)
Real Estate (Washington, DC), 2016–2018
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Law Firm of the Year in Litigation – Real Estate
Law Firm of the Year in Litigation – Real Estate, 2013
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate
Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate, 2014
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure, 2013–2019
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Commercial Property: Investment
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Investment 2016
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Recognition

Property Litigation, 2012, 2014
Real Estate Law (Los Angeles), 2011–2019
Real Estate (Charlotte), 2010, 2014

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year by Lawyers World

2013
Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance (New York), 2017–2018
Real Estate – Commercial Property, 2012–2019
Real Estate (Nationwide), 2012–2018

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Commercial Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2013
Real Estate – Property Finance, 2015–2019
Real Estate: Finance (North Carolina), 2012–2018
Real Estate Law (Charlotte), 2011–2019
Real Estate Law (Chicago), 2011–2019

International Fund Awards – US Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

2013
Real Estate (Illinois), 2006–2018
Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London (Firms)), 2017–2018
Real Estate Law (Washington, DC), 2011–2019
Real Estate (North Carolina), 2016–2018
Construction (including Construction Litigation), 2016

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2012
Real Estate Law (National), 2012–2019
Real Estate Law (New York), 2011–2019
Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London (Firms)) 2016
Real Estate, 2016–2018
Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate, 2013–2016
Real Estate – Team of the Year, 2014
Real Estate (Washington, DC), 2016–2018
Law Firm of the Year in Litigation – Real Estate, 2013
Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate, 2014
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure, 2013–2019
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Investment 2016
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Real Estate Team of the Year

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The Legal 500 Real Estate Team of the Year - 2014

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