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Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading firm with enviable experience across the spectrum of real estate transactional issues, such as commercial leasing, construction and REITs. Acts for a broad array of clients such as investment trusts, real estate developers and institutional lenders. Experience spans domestic and international matters.

Strengths Clients “never worry about their ability to grasp the essentials of a deal and define the risks. They take a real business perspective.”

Peers say the firm has a “very high-quality client base and a sophisticated practice.”

Notable practitioners

Dennis Ferrazzano maintains a “phenomenal” reputation in the real estate market. He provides a wealth of expertise in commercial real estate transactions for clients from a range of industries including retail, energy and charities.

Howard Kirschbaum has "incredible experience and the ability to get to answers quickly and decisively,” according to sources. He concentrates on real estate and corporate transactional work.

Howard Nagelberg is considered a “high-quality lawyer” by interviewees. He regularly works with REITs both locally and nationally.

Mark Beaubien is noted for his work in transactions. His client base includes private equity funds and publicly-traded REITs.

Suzanne Bessette-Smith is well regarded by market commentators. She has a diverse financing practice that encompasses acquisitions and joint ventures, and often advises REITs.

About the Team (content provided by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP)

The Real Estate Group of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP has been a cornerstone of the Firm since its founding. The combined experience of Barack Ferrazzano’s real estate attorneys encompasses virtually every aspect of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of properties; the investment in, and financing of, real estate; and the restructuring of debt.  Our attention to market realities and focus on business issues in formulating legal solutions results in value-added services for our clients.  Barack Ferrazzano’s clients include publicly traded real estate investment trusts, private entrepreneurs, money center banks and other institutional lenders, pension fund advisors, private investment funds and other institutional investors, real estate developers and contractors, not-for-profit corporations, governmental agencies and other domestic and foreign owners of real estate in the United States.




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Dentons - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding real estate practice that covers a broad range of areas, with particular strength in complex financings and tax-advantaged investments. Acts for an array of commercial clients, including institutional investors, hedge funds and lenders and developers. Able to draw on a deep bench of diverse expertise to handle substantial real estate transactions at national and international level.

Strengths Sources value its "focus on long-term relationships and consistent, high-quality work product and advice."

Interviewees highlight the firm's "outstanding experience and ability to bring people into the project with expertise in each area."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Blackstone regarding its renovation of Willis Tower, valued at over $500 million.

Represented Riverside Investment & Development in negotiations with Amtrak regarding a master redevelopment plan for four blocks around Union Station in Chicago.

Notable practitioners

Eric Schiller uses his depth of experience in real estate financing to advise large corporate clients. His expertise also covers joint ventures and acquisitions.

Patrick Moran is “a really fine lawyer,” with sources highlighting his “ability to be persuasive.” He is considered an authority on real estate leasing law and regularly works with high-profile clients.

Steven Davidson is described by interviewees as “practical and pragmatic.” He brings a broad knowledge base to loan transactions, frequently representing major lenders.

Mark Mehlman is well regarded by market sources. He brings a breadth of experience to substantial transactions, often involving clients with foreign interests.

Linda White is praised by clients for being “detailed, thorough and very prompt. She is a joy to work with.” She has a diverse practice and often works on property management and leasings, as well as acquisitions and dispositions.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Experienced group of practitioners, active across the full spectrum of real estate matters and possessing a strong presence in zoning and land use. Frequently advises on high-value development work, primarily for banks and investors in the multifamily rental apartment area. Also assists with leasing, public financing and construction disputes. Well equipped to handle the full suite of substantial transactions and complex land use matters for domestic and international clients.

Strengths Sought after by clients, who find that "the team works terrifically well together to present a full service for our needs."

Interviewees say: "The team provides excellent client service. They are sensitive to our particular interests and responsive to our requirements."

Work highlights Acted for 601W Companies on the zoning, building code, property tax incentives and historic tax credits as part of its redevelopment of the historic Main Post Office building.

Obtained land use approvals for Draper & Kramer in connection with an undeveloped property overlooking Lake Michigan.

Notable practitioners

Theodore Novak is highly regarded as a “tremendous force in Chicago” by market commentators. He remains sought after for his deep expertise in land use and zoning matters crucial to major projects in the city of Chicago.

Richard Klawiter “is terrific to work with due to his technical grasp of land use law, as well as his keen political sense,” according to clients. He utilizes his depth of land use knowledge to assist with major redevelopments, historic preservation and public-private financing transactions.

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Dykema Gossett PLLC - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Full-service real estate practice, representing a range of clients such as developers, investors and owners. Draws on its impressive construction knowledge to advise on transactional real estate matters, covering property acquisition, leasing, restructurings and financings. Experienced in advising lenders in workouts and restructurings.

Strengths The team is described as "responsive, thorough and efficient" by market sources.

Clients value that "they are very attuned to the nuances of retail leases and have an attitude that enables them to move through issues to completion."

Work highlights Assisted Stuart Handler Real Estate with the acquisition and financing of a suburban apartment complex in Chicago.

Notable practitioners

Michael Kurtzon is recommended for his “great communication and problem solving” by interviewees. He is best known for acting on behalf of institutional lenders on the full range of real estate transactions.

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With one of the largest collections of practitioners in the Midwest, together with added depth from lawyers in its coast-to-coast network of offices, Dykema’s Real Estate practice is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading practices.

Dykema’s experienced real estate team fully understands the often complex and competing interests in real estate transactions and disputes. Clients benefit not only from our business-minded approach to handling these matters, but also from efficient and cost-effective representation. From planning to execution, Dykema's real estate practitioners apply new ideas and forward thinking techniques to solve the most sophisticated client issues. They carefully consider appropriate staffing in each matter—both by specialty and level of experience—to bring a diverse perspective to every engagement. Dykema also leverages the experience and insight of its colleagues who practice in other areas, such as in corporate, tax, construction, environmental and employment law, in a way that enhances efficiency while keeping clients’ objectives in mind.

Dykema's representation covers all aspects of real estate law, including without limitation, the following highlighted areas: affordable housing and community development; development; land use and zoning; leasing and property management; finance; tax incentives and economic development; workouts and water rights.


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Freeborn & Peters LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Broad practice that handles transactional real estate issues such as acquisitions and dispositions, zoning and construction, in relation to residential, retail, mixed-use and office properties, among other types. Provides additional strength in commercial leasing and matters relating to complex urban development projects. Utilizes its expertise in land use and real estate transactions to represent an array of owners.

Strengths Interviewees comment on the "very professional team who are always responsive."

Clients praise "the dedication, work ethic and follow-through of the attorneys and professional staff of Freeborn & Peters."

Work highlights Assisted the developer in the high-value Optima II project with sensitive construction matters pertinent to maintaining the client's schedule.

Represented Zurich American Insurance in both the leasing of its new headquarters and ensuing litigation concerning the relocation.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Gerald Callaghan gives "superb service regarding governmental relations and deal structure." His broad land use and zoning practice encompasses retail, mixed-use and residential developments.

Mitchell Carrel's "experience with this nuanced area of the law is of tremendous value,” report sources. He devotes his time to assisting owners, developers and investors with the full range of land use and zoning matters.

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The firm’s Real Estate Practice Group includes some of the most experienced and highly regarded attorneys from national and boutique law firms, as well as former developers, city planners, accountants, business owners and general counsel. The practice offers clients the full spectrum of real estate-related legal services. Areas of focus include acquisition, disposition and asset management; construction services; development; environmental regulation; fund formation; land use and zoning; leasing; like-kind exchanges; litigation and dispute resolution; management, brokerage and other real estate consultancies; partnership and other entity structure and formation; real estate finance; renewable energy; tax planning for real estate transactions; tenant and corporate real estate; tenant in common structures; and TIC workouts.

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Goldberg Kohn Ltd - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Robust real estate practice with vast experience in complex financings, representing financial institutions on loan restructurings and workouts. Advises on acquisitions and dispositions, garnering a strong reputation for acting for commercial clients in the data center leasing space. Well versed in handling range of portfolio and syndicated transactions for private companies, sellers and lenders.

Strengths Sources value the firm's "understanding of legal and business points and being able to balance those appropriately."

Interviewees comment on its "very smart people who are very strong at representing on the lending side of a transaction."

Work highlights Acted for the sponsor of a family of private real estate funds on the sale of an apartment project in suburban Chicago valued at $42 million.

Advised a private real estate company on the structure and terms of partnership and LLC agreements used to house the sponsor's promoted interest in the redevelopment of an urban distribution project.

Notable practitioners

James Rosenbloom is well respected as a "bright lawyer" by market commentators. He works on a range of real estate transactions and often works with lenders.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Excellent real estate practice that acts for the full spectrum of parties to property transactions, such as REITs, lenders and private equity investment funds. Experienced in dealing with the acquisition, development and management of all property types, including condominiums, offices and retail units. Further highlighted for its handling of sophisticated joint venture and loan transactions.

Strengths Clients can "do it all through one firm and know you are getting quality people. Their real estate department is a go-to and we love working with them on big projects."

Interviewees praise the attorneys as "problem solvers who know what the end goal is and find the right solution to get there."

Work highlights Acted for Centrum Partners on its $110 million sale of the Riverpoint Shopping Center in Chicago.

Represented Walton Street Capital in a joint venture to acquire and finance the Chicago Loft portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Michael Fishman is “known for being a good deal-maker and practical guy” by interviewees. He has a breadth of knowledge pertaining to real estate financing and works with private companies, financial institutions and investors.

Corey Light has extensive transactional and development expertise with noted knowledge of the retail industry. "He brings tremendous experience and practicality to his work, and is very responsive and sensitive to our needs," says a client.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Full-service real estate firm, highly experienced in transactional matters, often involving pension and private equity funds. Preeminent in the zoning and land use space, with notable representation of municipal clients and private sector entities. Adept at handling due diligence, joint venture agreements and entitlement aspects of large-scale projects as part of broader real estate expertise.

Strengths Clients consider it a "go-to because of its established expertise and performance at a high level."

Interviewees value that "their mix of experience and expertise allows for effective legal representation over the many topic areas within municipal law."

Work highlights Acted before the Village of Vernon Hills Board and Planning Commission, on behalf of Regency Centers and Focus Real Estate, to negotiate and codify the TIF district regarding a mixed-use development.

Assisted CarVal Investors with a $19 million mezzanine loan as part of the total loan package to provide the borrowers with additional capital for major construction of the Soho Warehouse in Los Angeles.

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Steven Elrod is considered a “trusted adviser” by clients because his “vast experience and knowledge in municipal law is nearly without peer.” He provides a wealth of land use knowledge to major public and private clients.

The "extremely knowledgeable" Peter Friedman has a “very logical approach to dealing with municipal issues,” say interviewees. He acts on a range of land use and zoning projects for an impressive client base drawn from municipal and private sectors.

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Jenner & Block LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Acts for the full range of parties pertaining to real estate transactions, including lenders, developers and owners, on all aspects of sophisticated deals. Features notable expertise in structuring financing vehicles and handling complex acquisitions, dispositions and leases. Advises clients from an array of industries including retail, hospitality and defense among others.

Strengths Sources say: "They truly balance trying to make a deal happen with protecting their client."

Sources praise the firm's "ability to blend legal components of the deal with clients' business expectations and goals."

Work highlights Acted for InvenTrust Properties on the disposition of over 15 retail properties.

Represented Preferred Equities in the redevelopment and sale of a block assemblage valued at $75 million. This included a Section 1031 exchange structure composed of numerous ownership entities.

Notable practitioners

Donald Resnick is noted by interviewees for being “highly responsive” and a “pleasure to work with.” He works on regional and national transactions, including financings, leasings and joint ventures.

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Jenner & Block real estate lawyers have experience in nearly every facet of real estate transactions and are skilled at handling the most complex and sophisticated deals. We have helped clients weather numerous real estate boom and bust cycles and have gained perspective from sitting on both sides of the table, representing borrowers and lenders, capital sources and developers, and landlords and tenants. We focus on understanding our clients’ business and legal needs so we can help our clients accomplish their goals in every transaction. In addition to our experience with development and construction, acquisitions and dispositions, finance, and leasing, Jenner and Block’s real estate lawyers have significant experience with private equity, corporate and institutional real estate services, and real estate securities. Additionally, we represent clients on specialized real estate matters, including air rights leases, reciprocal easement agreements/declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions, build-to-suit leases, brokerage agreements, property management agreements and the resolution of complicated title issues.

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Jones Day - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Strong real estate team drawing on its international presence to offer clients expertise in a variety of transactional matters including deals involving private equity, joint ventures and leasings. Notable adeptness at handling multifamily and senior housing matters for a range of domestic and multinational clients. Further able to handle complex real estate issues arising from infrastructure projects.

Strengths According to sources, Jones Day is "a really good team-oriented firm who do a great job of staffing projects and are very collaborative."

Market commentators praise the attorneys as "creative thinkers and, above all else, problem solvers."

Work highlights Advised JLL on the $41.8 million sale of Jones Corporate Park in Las Vegas.

Assisted First Midwest Bancorp with the sale and leaseback of 55 retail bank branches to a real estate private equity group valued at $150 million.

Notable practitioners

Robert Lee garners praise for his sophisticated practice from interviewees. He represents corporate clients in a full range of transactions, including REIT formations, private acquisitions and distressed investments.

Michael Austin is highlighted by clients as "ready, willing and able to take on pretty much anything we've thrown at him.” He continues to build a strong practice acting for corporate clients in a range of commercial real estate transactions.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Prominent department representing owners, developers, lenders and investors on complex transactional matters, such as joint venture and loan negotiations. Utilizes its global footprint to offer multidisciplinary and cross-border expertise across areas such as tax, bankruptcy and litigation. Sector expertise covers retail, healthcare and leisure.

Strengths Sources say they are "top notch," commending their "strong service orientation, preparation, incredible areas of expertise and market knowledge."

"They are extremely attentive, and focused on providing sound legal advice while maintaining a commercial perspective," according to clients.

Work highlights Represented the Milwaukee Bucks and ArenaCo in connection with the development, construction, financing, use, operation and management of the team’s new arena, practice facility and parking garage.

Represented UBS Asset Management in securing a $250 million loan from Wells Fargo and Huntington National Bank on a portfolio of industrial properties across the USA.

Notable practitioners

Alvin Katz is widely respected by commentators as “very well spoken and a powerful advocate for clients in difficult circumstances.” He is best known for representing investors and developers in transactions such as joint ventures and partnerships.

David Dlugie is praised for his strong leadership skills and "use of good business judgment to help facilitate a deal” by sources. He devotes his time to representing lenders and borrowers in an array of real estate transactions.

Mark Simon works with both borrowers and lenders on finance and investment transactions. Sources report he is "good at focusing on big-picture items."

Seth Madorsky focuses on commercial real estate matters and works with clients such as investors and REITs. Clients say he is "a very good negotiator and good at distilling M&A issues."

About the Team (content provided by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP)

Real Estate is a core practice at Katten, whose more than 120 attorneys across the firm’s 14 offices worldwide have significant experience orchestrating complex transactions on behalf of lenders, developers, operators, owners and investors of all classes. With our diversity and depth in both the equity and debt finance areas, we are looked to by our clients to bring real-time market data to each side of the equation as to what the current trends are in the real estate industry and what is considered “market” in sophisticated real estate transactions and negotiations.

The Chicago office, with 30 real estate lawyers, is a key component of Katten’s highly regarded Real Estate practice. We find creative and practical solutions for the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, operation, restructuring and disposition of all types of real estate on a national basis. In addition, many of our attorneys have particular experience in the negotiation, structuring and documentation of private equity investments and joint ventures. Chicago-based partners have assisted in closing billions of dollars of transactions over the past 12 months, employing a multidisciplinary approach that includes Katten bankruptcy, tax, litigation, corporate, securities and public finance professionals working together, as appropriate, to achieve our clients’ goals.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Offers deep expertise in an extensive array of real estate matters, encompassing acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and portfolio-based deals. Notable for its impressive experience representing clients in financing transactions, such as REIT formations and complex debt restructurings. Experience covers office, retail, multifamily and community living.

Strengths When clients "have a large deal that requires a high level of complexity, fast turnaround and a lot of specialized knowledge, they are a go-to firm."

Interviewees consider it "one of the stalwarts with a very sophisticated practice on so many different levels."

Work highlights Acted for Ventas on its acquisition of the life science and medical real estate assets of Wexford Science & Technology from Blackstone Real Estate Partners for $1.5 billion.

Represented Macy's in its strategic alliance agreement with Brookfield Asset Management. This involved pursuing development opportunities for Macy's real estate assets.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Perlman has noted skills in representing private equity investors in real estate fund formations. Interviewees highlight his "high degree of technical knowledge, accuracy and client service."

Andrew Small handles a range of commercial transactions, including joint ventures, on behalf of clients such as sponsors and finance companies. Peers say he is "cooperative and thoughtful."

Rachel Brown is praised for her “practicality, timeliness and professionalism” by market sources. She focuses on representing private clients and companies in real estate joint venture and financing transactions.

Joshua Hanna is well regarded by commentators as “very thoughtful, analytical and he thinks outside the box.” His broad corporate real estate practice includes a particular knowledge of transactions with complex asset classes.

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Modern real estate practice requires lawyers experienced in the application of real estate, corporate, securities, partnership and tax law to complex business transactions involving the acquisition, ownership, financing and operation of commercial real estate. The members of the Real Estate Practice Group at Kirkland pursue an inter-disciplinary approach to sophisticated real estate transactions to offer our clients flexible and creative solutions to difficult problems across a broad range of transactions in the commercial real estate industry. Through extensive interaction between members of the Real Estate Practice Group and lawyers in other areas of the Firm's practice, we offer focused, multi-disciplinary counsel on a cost-effective basis. Kirkland regularly advises real estate clients on a variety of matters including the following:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of single assets, portfolios, majority and minority equity positions, and performing and non-performing loans;

  • Joint ventures (both one-off partnerships and platforms) involving all asset classes;

  • Complex debt restructurings and workouts and equity recapitalizations, including loan to own transactions;

  • Real estate private equity fund formations and investments including institutional and principal lead funds with particular experience in cross-border structuring;

  • First mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions; and

  • REIT formation, qualification and transaction structuring.



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Latham & Watkins LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Strong real estate practice with vast expertise advising investors, lenders and operators on acquisitions, finance and restructuring matters. Accomplished at handling matters involving industrial, retail and hospitality property. Noteworthy experience undertaking complex joint venture, portfolio and financing transactions. Expertise covers REIT formation.

Strengths Clients "go there for the extensive pool of talent to draw on” and praise the attorneys because they are “responsive, competent and have a great attitude – all things you want in a great team."

Sources agree that "the team is cohesive, communicates well with each other and delivers a very fine legal product."

Notable practitioners

Gary Axelrod is expert in advising REITs and private funds on transactions. Sources note: "He is a lawyer's lawyer; he knows what it takes to get the deal done."

Robert Buday is described by interviewees as a “very sharp, pragmatic and astute business lawyer.” He advises on a wide array of transactional matters, including complex joint ventures.

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Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Possesses a fine reputation in the real estate market for its expertise in transactional work, advising owners, lenders and borrowers on acquisitions and dispositions, construction and leasing matters. Has notable experience handling deals involving condominiums and manufactured housing communities. Works with domestic and international clients.

Strengths Commentators "have the utmost confidence in the entire legal team. For a boutique firm, they've got a deep team of real estate professionals."

Work highlights Acted for Syndicated Equities Group on the negotiation of a purchase and sale agreement and the closing on the sale of Webster Place, Chicago.

Represented Harbor Group in the acquisition, with financing, of a single-tenant office building in Cupertino, California.

Notable practitioners

Tom Jaros is well regarded by interviewees as “very bright and a very good practitioner.” He has notable expertise in sales, acquisitions and the formation of joint ventures.

Brian Kozminski offers landlords and tenants a depth and breadth of leasing knowledge. "He is extremely responsive, timely, thorough, efficient and always a few steps ahead, so can navigate through potential issues for us," says a source.

David Berzon “has a lifetime of real estate experience and always approaches the legal work from a business perspective,” according to his clients. His broad real estate financing expertise encompasses acquisitions, dispositions and structuring transactions.

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Locke Lord LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Respected commercial real estate practice with significant expertise in the Chicago market. Frequently handles financial and transaction matters such as leasing, acquisitions, financing and development for clients ranging from national institutional lenders to pension funds. Provides clients with extensive understanding of transactions related to office building and hospitality assets.

Strengths Market commentators say: "They have really deep experience in real estate law and are very quick and attentive to our needs."

Clients value that the attorneys "work extremely well as a team to cover all aspects of our transactional work."

Notable practitioners

Samuel Stempel is a key contact.

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Locke Lord's strategic plan was to establish the preeminent commercial real estate practice in the Chicago market to complement our strength in this area in other markets. We’ve made huge strides in achieving this goal since November 2010 when four partners joined Locke Lord from the largest and most highly regarded real estate practice in Chicago. The Illinois practice now has six stellar partners, three associates and one each of counsel, senior counsel and staff counsel.
In the past seven years, we have developed an incredibly strong and rapidly growing commercial real estate practice in Chicago serving major national institutional clients. The practice is thriving and virtually all of the following clients are "new" to Locke Lord as they were brought over by the lateral group or have been developed as new clients since their arrival.
● New York Life
● The John Buck Company
● Pearlmark Real Estate Partners
● China Cinda (HK) Asset Management Co., Ltd.

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Mayer Brown LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Quality practice noted for its ability to handle a wide range of domestic and cross-border real estate transactions, covering acquisitions and dispositions, and financings. Advises a broad spectrum of public and private companies, REITs, private equity firms and joint venture clients on high-value matters. Expertise covers assets such as office building, student housing and industrial properties.

Strengths Sources praise the attorneys for "knowing their business, where they excel and are a pleasure to work with."

Interviewees comment that "the team is professional, responsive and adds value to our transactions."

Work highlights Counseled Isle of Capri Casino on its $1.7 billion sale to Eldorado Resorts.

Advised Allianze on its $2.15 billion acquisition of a 44% stake in the 10 Hudson Yards tower in New York City.

Notable practitioners

John Gearen is well known as “super smart and certainly one of the statesmen of this market” by commentators. He offers a wealth of experience in commercial real estate matters and is noted for his work with financial institutions.

Paul Meyer “knows how to get a deal done” and is "an exceptionally smart attorney," according to sources. He continues to advise an impressive client base of domestic and foreign investors on the full suite of commercial real estate transactions.

Jeffrey Usow has particular expertise in acting for investors and funds on commercial real estate matters. Sources highlight his "responsiveness, thorough legal work, follow-up and coordination" as strengths.

Ivan Kane continues to bring his broad spectrum of experience in real estate and zoning matters to bear in assisting corporate clients.

Sources are impressed with Heather Adkerson's "ability to think clearly in stressful situations." She provides clients such as institutional investors with advice on an array of real estate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions.

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Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Proficient across the full range of real estate transactions, with experience advising its impressive roster of commercial clients on acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Accomplished at handling complex joint ventures, leasings and matters involving REITs. Expertise covers shopping centers, hotels and media facilities.

Strengths Interviewees praise the "good client service, and the team works together in a cohesive way to present practical solutions to the client."

It is sought out by sources because it has "experienced professionals representing clients interests in a cost-effective manner."

Work highlights Acted for M&J Wilkow on the sale of an office building in Chicago.

Continued to represent Equity Residential in multifamily property transactions.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Lubelchek advises public and private clients on transactions such as joint venture agreements, acquisitions and dispositions. Sources call him a "deal-maker" and highlight his "depth of knowledge."

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We help commercial real estate owners untangle the dense legal issues enveloping complex real estate transactions. The firm’s real estate practice understands how these issues intersect and leverages its knowledge and experience to deliver the seamless support necessary to execute our clients’ growth strategies and manage their real estate risks.

Our attorneys have achieved smooth and efficient real estate transactions for our clients, including negotiating acquisitions and divestitures and confronting complex environmental, structuring and tax matters. Our entrepreneurial mindset and broad-based skills have helped us build long-standing relationships with some of the nation’s largest owners of commercial real estate.

Our diverse client base includes REITs, local and national corporations, partnerships, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, builders, management companies, operators, developers and individuals with significant real estate holdings.

In addition to our legal skills, we create additional value by applying our well-cultivated understanding of current real estate and business trends to protect and advance our clients’ interests. Our real estate attorneys pair their experience in handling particular property types with a keen understanding of how to structure the ownership and management of real estate entities.

For more information on the group, please visit http://www.nge.com/real-estate/.

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Paul Hastings LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Trusted team assisting private equity and joint venture clients with transactional real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Possesses a burgeoning practice handling data center transaction work and hospitality-related matters. Expertise in low-income housing matters.

Strengths The attorneys are described as "excellent: Always professional, responsive and subject experts" by interviewees.

Clients value "their holistic understanding of our business, not just purely legal issues but how it affects business."

Work highlights Represented Acadia Realty Trust in its acquisition of a $150 million portfolio of Chicago retail properties from Smithfield Properties.

Assisted the Chicago Community Loan Fund with its acquisition loan to a subsidiary of the NHP Foundation to purchase and preserve the Mark Twain Hotel.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Spitzer is "excellent across the board in his subject of real estate," say sources. He heads the team and concentrates on transactional work.

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Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad-based practice that offers clients a plethora of services, most notably in the real estate investment space. Represents a range of private and institutional investors including REITs and pension funds. Involved in various development, leasing and joint venture matters, as well as bankruptcy and restructuring issues. Client base includes those in the hospitality, technology and leisure sectors.

Strengths Peers say the firm "does a good job on traditional real estate deals."

Work highlights Acted for Centennial Real Estate on its $152.6 million refinancing of the Fox Valley Mall in Chicago.

Represented Rush Street Gaming in the ground leasing and development of Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York.

Notable practitioners

Eugene Leone “has great client relationships where he displays his practical approach and applies his depth of experience,” according to sources. He has extensive commercial real estate experience and often handles transactions regarding office building assets.

About the Team (content provided by Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP)

Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP (Pircher) is widely recognized as one of the premier real estate law firms in the country, with a diversified practice built upon the collective knowledge of its attorneys. This combined experience is what allows the firm to handle the largest and most sophisticated projects for its clients, including many of the most well-known and active equity funds, financial institutions, venture capitalists, REITS, pension funds and other institutional and private investors. Pircher believes its people are its greatest asset, and in keeping with that philosophy, it invests in them by providing ongoing training such as continuing education sessions on current trends in real estate transactions, documents and related legal issues. The firm strongly believes its intellectual capital not only sets it apart, but enables it to grow and build on the foundation that was established over three decades ago.

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Polsinelli PC - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong midmarket presence with noted capability in handling sophisticated transactions. Offers niche knowledge of healthcare industry. Client base includes developers, owners, investors and financial institutions.

Strengths Sources praise its "fantastic lawyers with an unusually strong business sense. They’re constantly seeking to add value beyond simple legal advice to facilitate business practical solutions."

"They are our go-to firm for complex real estate work and everyone on the team is smart, responsive and a pleasure to work with, " says a client.

Work highlights Acted for CA Office on the $150 million acquisition and development of a West Loop office tower building.

Assisted Continental with negotiating an array of approvals and in litigation for a retail project on disputed property valued at $15 million.

Notable practitioners

Eric Greenfield is described as a “go-getter and a very energetic, well-rounded attorney” by market sources. He advises on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Sources say Nura Yanaki is “a very talented associate. She’s incredibly hard-working and attentive to client needs." She brings a background in litigation to bear when supporting on commercial real estate transactions.

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Quarles & Brady LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established commercial real estate team providing advice to clients such as landlords, investors and financial institutions in Illinois and across the USA. Recognized for its strong leasing practice and its experience in the acquisition and disposition of a wide variety of buildings and premises. Often advises on senior housing matters.

Strengths Interviewees "go to them because they are technically very strong attorneys, very practical with very good business sense. Across the board the team is strong and works with well with everybody."

Sources describe the firm as "extremely practical and business-oriented."

Work highlights Acted for Westminster Realty Partners on the expansion and sale of an industrial facility near Denver, Colorado.

Advised The Options Clearing Corporation on the negotiation and execution of a headquarters lease agreement for a property in the Franklin Center complex, Chicago.

Notable practitioners

Ted Yi provides clients with deep expertise in complex commercial leasing transactions. Clients say he is "incredibly responsive and practical."

Eric Fuglsang is “a practical, deal-making attorney,” according to interviewees. He concentrates on leasing and asset management work.

Robert Messerly is described as “solution-oriented, creative and diligent” by market commentators. He advises on a range of matters and predominantly works with REITs.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for A highly regarded and wide-ranging commercial real estate practice. Advises on an array of development projects, as well as issues concerning REITs, joint ventures and pension funds. Represents a combination of Chicago-based, national and international clients.

Strengths The "team is hard-working and a pleasure to deal with," according to commentators.

Sources say: "Their strengths include their breadth of legal expertise, with someone always available to cover any given situation, expert real estate understanding and market connectivity."

Work highlights Assisted Wilson Sporting Goods with the relocation of its corporate headquarters to the Prudential Plaza in Chicago.

Acted for The Bradford Real Estate Companies on their acquisition and financing of land in suburban Chicago to redevelop as a shopping complex.

Notable practitioners

Joel Rubin is well regarded for being “creative, experienced and taking a practical view to get a deal done” by sources. He has extensive experience handling an array of financing transactions with a focus on real estate investment.

Alvin Kruse is “really good at distilling issues and coming up with ways to move things forward,” according to interviewees. He often works with institutional lenders, owners and developers.

About the Team (content provided by Seyfarth Shaw LLP)

Seyfarth’s Real Estate practice is unrivaled in its knowledge and experience in the industry.  As one of the five largest real estate practices in the U.S., our team of over 130 attorneys has helped clients close some of the largest, most notable transactions over the last several years, and is recognized for bringing creative structures to highly complex, sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, helping our clients maximize the value of each deal. 

With offices strategically located in key urban and real estate centers throughout the country - Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. - we offer clients a premier group capable of providing consistent and seamless service across our platform.
In addition, our global footprint means that we can assist our clients in real estate transactions all over the world.

Please visit our website for more information.

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Sidley Austin LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressively diverse real estate practice, handling complex financing transactions, including commercial mortgage-backed securities deals, construction loans and portfolio financing. Primarily advises lenders but has stellar experience acting for a range of other clients on loan workouts, restructurings and foreclosures. Active in an array of sectors, including energy, healthcare and retail.

Strengths "They're very efficient and organized, and they're excellent at drafting and turning complicated concepts into understandable writing," says a client.

Another client notes: "They are always one step ahead."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank as lender in connection with a $1.2 billion in mortgage and mezzanine financing for an office property located at 10 Hudson Yards, New York City.

Acted for JPMorgan Chase on a $48 million loan secured by a multifamily property in Texas.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Aiello is “very practical and pragmatic,” according to market sources. He brings extensive real estate expertise to complex transactions in the office building, hospitality and industrial spaces.

Charles Schrank garners praise for his “deep intellect and experience” from commentators. He offers expertise in real estate financing to an impressive client base.

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For more information on the practice, please visit the practice's page at: https://www.sidley.com/en/us/services/real-estate/

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Senior Statesperson

Dennis Ferrazzano

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Ferrazzano maintains a “phenomenal” reputation in the real estate market. He provides a wealth of expertise in commercial real estate transactions for clients from a range of industries including retail, energy and charities.

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Senior Statesperson

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Gearen is well known as “super smart and certainly one of the statesmen of this market” by commentators. He offers a wealth of experience in commercial real estate matters and is noted for his work with financial institutions.

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Senior Statesperson

Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Schiller uses his depth of experience in real estate financing to advise large corporate clients. His expertise also covers joint ventures and acquisitions.

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Band 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Axelrod is expert in advising REITs and private funds on transactions. Sources note: "He is a lawyer's lawyer; he knows what it takes to get the deal done."

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Band 1

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alvin Katz is widely respected by commentators as “very well spoken and a powerful advocate for clients in difficult circumstances.” He is best known for representing investors and developers in transactions such as joint ventures and partnerships.

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Band 1

Howard Kirschbaum

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Kirschbaum has "incredible experience and the ability to get to answers quickly and decisively,” according to sources. He concentrates on real estate and corporate transactional work.

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Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Moran is “a really fine lawyer,” with sources highlighting his “ability to be persuasive.” He is considered an authority on real estate leasing law and regularly works with high-profile clients.

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Band 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Rubin is well regarded for being “creative, experienced and taking a practical view to get a deal done” by sources. He has extensive experience handling an array of financing transactions with a focus on real estate investment.

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Band 2

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Dlugie is praised for his strong leadership skills and "use of good business judgment to help facilitate a deal” by sources. He devotes his time to representing lenders and borrowers in an array of real estate transactions.

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Band 2

Michael T Fishman

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Fishman is “known for being a good deal-maker and practical guy” by interviewees. He has a breadth of knowledge pertaining to real estate financing and works with private companies, financial institutions and investors.

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Band 2

Michael S Kurtzon

Dykema Gossett PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kurtzon is recommended for his “great communication and problem solving” by interviewees. He is best known for acting on behalf of institutional lenders on the full range of real estate transactions.

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Band 2

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Lee garners praise for his sophisticated practice from interviewees. He represents corporate clients in a full range of transactions, including REIT formations, private acquisitions and distressed investments.

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Band 2

Eugene J. M. Leone

Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eugene Leone “has great client relationships where he displays his practical approach and applies his depth of experience,” according to sources. He has extensive commercial real estate experience and often handles transactions regarding office building assets.

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Band 2

Douglas J Lubelchek

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Lubelchek advises public and private clients on transactions such as joint venture agreements, acquisitions and dispositions. Sources call him a "deal-maker" and highlight his "depth of knowledge."

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Band 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Perlman has noted skills in representing private equity investors in real estate fund formations. Interviewees highlight his "high degree of technical knowledge, accuracy and client service."

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Band 2

Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Resnick is noted by interviewees for being “highly responsive” and a “pleasure to work with.” He works on regional and national transactions, including financings, leasings and joint ventures.

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Band 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Small handles a range of commercial transactions, including joint ventures, on behalf of clients such as sponsors and finance companies. Peers say he is "cooperative and thoughtful."

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Band 2

Quarles & Brady LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ted Yi provides clients with deep expertise in complex commercial leasing transactions. Clients say he is "incredibly responsive and practical."

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Band 3

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Aiello is “very practical and pragmatic,” according to market sources. He brings extensive real estate expertise to complex transactions in the office building, hospitality and industrial spaces.

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Band 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rachel Brown is praised for her “practicality, timeliness and professionalism” by market sources. She focuses on representing private clients and companies in real estate joint venture and financing transactions.

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Buday is described by interviewees as a “very sharp, pragmatic and astute business lawyer.” He advises on a wide array of transactional matters, including complex joint ventures.

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Band 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Terrence Budny of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP continues to maintain a strong reputation for his representation of clients from the hospitality industry on commercial real estate transactions. He is also noted for his work with lenders.

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Band 3

Steven R Davidson

Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Davidson is described by interviewees as “practical and pragmatic.” He brings a broad knowledge base to loan transactions, frequently representing major lenders.

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Band 3

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Jaros is well regarded by interviewees as “very bright and a very good practitioner.” He has notable expertise in sales, acquisitions and the formation of joint ventures.

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Band 3

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Kozminski offers landlords and tenants a depth and breadth of leasing knowledge. "He is extremely responsive, timely, thorough, efficient and always a few steps ahead, so can navigate through potential issues for us," says a source.

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Band 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alvin Kruse is “really good at distilling issues and coming up with ways to move things forward,” according to interviewees. He often works with institutional lenders, owners and developers.

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Band 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Corey Light has extensive transactional and development expertise with noted knowledge of the retail industry. "He brings tremendous experience and practicality to his work, and is very responsive and sensitive to our needs," says a client.

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Mehlman is well regarded by market sources. He brings a breadth of experience to substantial transactions, often involving clients with foreign interests.

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Band 3

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Meyer “knows how to get a deal done” and is "an exceptionally smart attorney," according to sources. He continues to advise an impressive client base of domestic and foreign investors on the full suite of commercial real estate transactions.

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Band 3

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Nagelberg is considered a “high-quality lawyer” by interviewees. He regularly works with REITs both locally and nationally.

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Band 3

Charles E Schrank

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Schrank garners praise for his “deep intellect and experience” from commentators. He offers expertise in real estate financing to an impressive client base.

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Band 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Simon works with both borrowers and lenders on finance and investment transactions. Sources report he is "good at focusing on big-picture items."

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Band 3

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Spitzer is "excellent across the board in his subject of real estate," say sources. He heads the team and concentrates on transactional work.

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Band 3

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Usow has particular expertise in acting for investors and funds on commercial real estate matters. Sources highlight his "responsiveness, thorough legal work, follow-up and coordination" as strengths.

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Band 4

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Beaubien is noted for his work in transactions. His client base includes private equity funds and publicly-traded REITs.

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Band 4

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Berzon “has a lifetime of real estate experience and always approaches the legal work from a business perspective,” according to his clients. His broad real estate financing expertise encompasses acquisitions, dispositions and structuring transactions.

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Band 4

Suzanne Bessette-Smith

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Suzanne Bessette-Smith is well regarded by market commentators. She has a diverse financing practice that encompasses acquisitions and joint ventures, and often advises REITs.

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Band 4

Quarles & Brady LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Fuglsang is “a practical, deal-making attorney,” according to interviewees. He concentrates on leasing and asset management work.

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Band 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Hanna is well regarded by commentators as “very thoughtful, analytical and he thinks outside the box.” His broad corporate real estate practice includes a particular knowledge of transactions with complex asset classes.

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Band 4

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ivan Kane continues to bring his broad spectrum of experience in real estate and zoning matters to bear in assisting corporate clients.

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Band 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seth Madorsky focuses on commercial real estate matters and works with clients such as investors and REITs. Clients say he is "a very good negotiator and good at distilling M&A issues."

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Band 4

Quarles & Brady LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Messerly is described as “solution-oriented, creative and diligent” by market commentators. He advises on a range of matters and predominantly works with REITs.

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Band 4

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Olson of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates is praised by clients as “one of the most creative and resourceful lawyers. She is easy to work with and her legal advice is invaluable.” She effectively utilizes the firm's global footprint to assist clients with the full suite of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and secured loans.

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Band 4

James B Rosenbloom

Goldberg Kohn Ltd

From the Chambers USA guide

James Rosenbloom is well respected as a "bright lawyer" by market commentators. He works on a range of real estate transactions and often works with lenders.

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Band 4

Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda White is praised by clients for being “detailed, thorough and very prompt. She is a joy to work with.” She has a diverse practice and often works on property management and leasings, as well as acquisitions and dispositions.

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Up and Coming

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources are impressed with Heather Adkerson's "ability to think clearly in stressful situations." She provides clients such as institutional investors with advice on an array of real estate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions.

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Up and Coming

Polsinelli PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Greenfield is described as a “go-getter and a very energetic, well-rounded attorney” by market sources. He advises on domestic and cross-border transactions.

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Associates to watch

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Austin is highlighted by clients as "ready, willing and able to take on pretty much anything we've thrown at him.” He continues to build a strong practice acting for corporate clients in a range of commercial real estate transactions.

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Associates to watch

Polsinelli PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Nura Yanaki is “a very talented associate. She’s incredibly hard-working and attentive to client needs." She brings a background in litigation to bear when supporting on commercial real estate transactions.

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