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Real Estate Investment Trusts

Shearman & Sterling has significant Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) experience recognized throughout the globe. Our exceptional Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions practices, combined with our Real Estate and Tax groups, work together to cover all aspects of REIT transactions. We have advised on the organization, financing and management of REITs for decades, and our transactions have covered REITs with investments in all classes of assets, including office, retail, hotel, residential, mall, industrial, student housing, and GSA properties.

The practice’s leading experience and competitive strengths include:

  • REIT formation and organization, including UPREITs and DownREITs
  • REIT credit facilities and financings, including securitized and mezzanine loans
  • REIT offerings, including:
    • High yield bonds
    • Investment grade bonds
    • Convertible, exhangeable and equity-linked bonds
    • Operating partnership units
  • Private placements and registered offerings, including IPOs
  • Mergers of and acquisitions by REITs
  • Privatizations of REITs and the financing of such transactions
  • REIT workouts and restructurings at every level of the capital structure
  • The use of private REITs and taxable REIT subsidiaries
  • General corporate matters, including governance issues
  • Tax compliance matters

Our REIT group believes in a fully-integrated approach to providing excellent counsel to our clients, especially with respect to capital raising and advisory services. Members of our REIT group are consistently recognized for their work by independent third parties and are listed in an array of leading industry publications, including Chambers Guide to the Leading Lawyers for Business, Legal 500 – The Clients’ Guide to the Best Law Firms, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?, Super Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America.

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