THE FIRM Hogan Lovells has long been tied to the evolution of the REIT vehicle and continues to offer its issuer and underwriter clientele a service of the highest possible standard. Its bench is deep and strong and provides the conditions for IPOs, follow-on equity offerings and debt offerings to take place even in a depressed market. The group advised RLJ Lodging Trust in its $569 million IPO of common shares.
Commercial Awareness "This impressive group plays a number of roles for us and shows great judgment in advising us where to focus our efforts."
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Bonser is co-head of the firm's capital markets group. His practice is focused on capital-raising efforts by real estate companies, acting for both issuers and underwriters. "He is current, balanced, has broad general knowledge, can execute complex plans very quickly and is a great leader," enthuses one client.
Warren Gorrell acts as co-CEO of Hogan Lovells. His broad corporate practice sees him advise on M&A transactions and securities matters in the real estate industry. According to sources, "he is a really great client lawyer and knows how to bring parties together to expedite a deal."
Prentiss Feagles is described as "one of very few go-to guys for REITs" and "a destination practice in and of himself." His tax specialty ensures that REIT clients remain compliant in the most complex of situations.
Leader of Hogan Lovell's global tax practice, Cristina Arumi is "a young yet brilliant tax lawyer," according to sources. She advises public and private REITs on a whole host of related tax issues.
Washington, DC-based Bruce Gilchrist "is incredibly smart and has the ability to focus on the important issues without missing any details," according to one source. Clients of his include REITs, property owners and management companies.