The Polsinelli Real Estate Equity practice is a cross disciplinary effort involving corporate and private equity counsel, real estate lawyers, securities lawyers, REIT professionals and tax advisers. We focus on all aspects of corporate real estate structuring and lending, such as joint ventures, general and limited partnerships, offering documentation, private placement memorandums, mezzanine lending, preferred equity documentation, TICs, real estate equity funds and REITs. This combination of disciplines provides businesses with collaboration between their legal counsel and insures a streamlined, cost-efficient process.  

From "country club raises" to incorporation of institutional funds to publicly traded REITs, our attorneys have for decades successfully built the capital stack for our clients in a manner that stands the test of time. We understand the business cycle and have the experience to know that markets go up and down, which allows us to plan accordingly for our clients. We structure with a clarity that attracts capital, but our group always keeps an eye toward the varying environments that an asset will experience over the course of time. Our lawyers routinely advise managers, sponsors and investors as they navigate complex real estate vehicles and investments. Polsinelli's national scope and diversity of practices ensures that our clients also have access to the latest market intelligence, excellent tax advice and the credibility we bring to each deal. Our clients expect that we understand the whole picture - and we deliver.

  • Represented Chesapeake Lodging Trust in its $144.3 million underwritten public offering of common shares.
  • Closed on six separate concurrent, contingent and integrated transactions involving nine client affiliated entities and more than $135 million of outside financing involving 15 participating lenders to acquire land, repay and convert existing debt, placement of new construction and mezzanine financing, and placing of government bond revenue backed financing, as well as intercompany debt. and equity financing to restructure and expand an existing commercial real estate asset of the client. 
  • Represented client in expansion of $150 million line of credit with overseas investment bank group. 
  • Closed on restructuring and refinancing of $70 million U.S. commercial real estate project involving a Canadian REIT investor.  
  • Structured buy-out and recapitalization of distressed developer in order to jump start a multi-billion dollar industrial construction project tied to a major railroad intermodal facility.
  • Six property, five state $400+ million portfolio sale of properties under construction structured as a pre-certificate of occupancy membership interest sale.
  • Represented a Chicago-based diversified real estate firm in the formation of an real estate opportunity fund.
  • Represented a Chicago-based real estate firm in the formation of a real estate private equity fund focused on multi-family properties.
  • Represented the formation, capital raise, and operations of a private equity fund in Los Angeles to invest in regional development of residential complexes.
  • Represented the formation, capital raise, and operations of a real estate private equity fund in Denver to invest in nationwide opportunistic acquisition, operation, and development projects.
  • Represented a private equity group operating out of Las Vegas and Kansas City in negotiating, acquiring, developing, and operating strategic commercial real estate projects.
  • Representing sovereign wealth funds including The Future Fund of Australia and the China Investment Corporation in establishing and structuring REIT transactions.
  • Represented a publicly traded specialty finance company in its conversion to a REIT and related special dividend of its cumulative earnings and profits and its acquisition and securitized financing of approximately $250 million of senior living facilities.
  • Advised a NYSE-listed lodging REIT in its approximately $2 billion sale to a private equity fund.
  • Representing The Campbell Group and certain affiliates in their joint venture partnership with Plum Creek REIT relating to more than $800 million of timberlands.
  • Representing UDR in the reorganization of its joint ventures with Met Life with more than $2 billion of assets.
  • Representing The Future Fund in its investment and liquidation of Madison REIT, a private REIT.
  • Advising Crown Pine REIT, a private REIT, in restructuring its debt with numerous banks to avoid adverse tax consequences.
  • Representing Sumitomo in connection with the establishment of its J REIT.
  • Represented a self storage REIT in its SEC-registered redomestication as a Maryland real estate investment trust.
  • Represented TAX Properties, LLC in a $4.3 million commercial real estate investment fund.
  • Represented Tiara Holdings I, LP in a $50 million commercial real estate investment fund. 
  • Represented Lanier Global Realty Fund, LLC in a $20 million commercial/residential real estate investment fund. 
  • Represented Frontline Development Real Estate Fund I, LLC in a $5 million real estate investment fund
  • Represented Branson Hills Capital Fund, LLC in a $7.5 million real estate development project.
  • Represented Mariner Capital Partners, LP in a $25 million private equity fund.
  • Represented Mariner Venture Partners, LP in a $10 million venture capital fund.
  • Represented a global fund in a $200 million real estate recycling capital investment fund. 
  • Represented Block Income Fund IV, LP in a $50 million commercial real estate investment fund.