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Overview

Proskauer’s Private Equity Real Estate Group handles the most complex and important assignments for our wide range of clients focused on real estate and real estate-related businesses and investments. Comprised of practitioners from our corporate, real estate, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, fund formation, capital markets, finance, litigation, tax, labor and environmental practices, our team is an established leader in this complex, interdisciplinary field. Our seasoned and client-focused lawyers advise on acquisitions, dispositions, financings and recapitalizations; real estate taxation (both domestic and cross-border); public, private and non-traded REITs; joint ventures; fund formations, roll-ups and spin-outs; creditors rights; bankruptcy and restructurings; and BDCs; among other highly specialized fields. Not only do we know the law, but we know the business and the market and are able to deliver results that are compatible with successful investment strategies. Our ability to produce creative solutions to complex issues derives not only from the depth of the experience of our team but also its ability to work seamlessly and cohesively across areas of law that are relevant to our clients, providing end-to-end coverage for all legal needs.

We are regularly at the forefront of real estate investment strategies, working (and partnering) with our clients to develop innovative structures to accomplish successful transactions and investments that meet their business objectives in an era of ever more rapid change in the tax, business and investment climate. We counsel sponsors, general partners, managing members, limited partners, investment banking firms, REITs, institutional and specialty lenders, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, pension and investment advisers, developers and other investors, on all aspects of their business. The scope of our experience gives us the ability to counsel our premium roster of clients at all different stages of investment. The breadth of our experience is vast, but the level of sophisticated and complex matters we handle, combined with our ability to leverage significant firm resources to provide seamless and effective legal counsel, is the true hallmark of our group.

Areas of Focus

  • Structuring, design and development of investment vehicles
  • Fund formation and associated tax planning
  • Raising capital
  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Joint ventures
  • Public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities
  • Public to private acquisitions
  • Mortgage and mezzanine financings
  • Restructurings, distressed real estate transactions and workouts
  • Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution

Key Representations

  • American Realty Capital Properties in its pending $11.2 billion acquisition of Cole Real Estate Investments 
  • The Light Group and its founders in The Light Group's agreement to be acquired by The Yucaipa Companies, LLC, from the Morgans Hotel Group Company 

  • Accor in the $1.9 billion sale of its Motel 6 business to an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII