Our experience includes public and private REIT and fund formations, IPOs and secondary offerings of common stock, preferred stock and debt offerings, roll-ups, mergers and acquisitions, liquidations and going-private transactions. We have also assisted clients in accessing capital through the contribution of more than $1 billion worth of properties into joint ventures with institutional investors. We have formed UPREITs and DownREITs, which enable our clients to use the currency of convertible partnership units to acquire additional properties without cash and in a manner allowing tax deferral to the properties’ sellers. We have formed, restructured and tax-enhanced private REITs for a wide range of financial services companies. Our fund formation experience also includes the formation of side car and co-investment vehicles, feeder and parallel funds and alternative investment vehicles, as well as the creation of tax efficient general partner and sponsor investment and profits interest vehicles.
In its publicly released rankings for 2022, Chambers USA named Alston & Bird’s REITs & Real Estate Funds practice among the nation’s leading practices, and three of our partners, Rosemarie Thurston, Jason Goode, and Michael Kessler were also highly ranked. Our lawyers are active members of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit), with Ms. Thurston serving on the Associate Board of Governors, the Government Relations Committee and the SEC Subcommittee. Ms. Thurston also serves on the Board of Trustees and as the chair of IPA's Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee. Many of our lawyers are regular contributors to conferences, symposia, trade publications and position papers that help define the future of the REIT industry.
Bringing Value to Our Clients
Our combination of experience and expertise in securities, corporate governance, tax, broker-dealer regulation, real estate, financial services, environmental law, employee benefits, leveraged capital, construction, intellectual property and related legal disciplines enables us to partner with our clients to structure and execute successful transactions.
We have helped our clients structure and launch some of the most innovative real estate investment products in the market today.