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Aidan F. Browne Partner (617) 338-2996 vCard
William J. Curry Partner (617) 338-2976 vCard
Paul W. Decker Counsel (617) 338-2478 vCard
Harry E. Ekblom Jr. Partner (617) 338-2843 vCard
Michael W. Fenn Counsel (617) 338-2494 vCard
Lindsey A. Getz Associate (617) 338-2480 vCard
Nancy S. Grodberg Partner (617) 338-2434 vCard
David A. Guadagnoli Partner (617) 338-2938 vCard
Brian E. Hammell Associate (617) 338-2462 vCard
William C. Hanson Associate (617) 338-2983 vCard
Warren M. Heilbronner Partner (617) 338-2946 vCard
David H. Kaplan Of Counsel (617) 338-2856 vCard
Eric D. Lemont Partner (617) 338-2410 vCard
Max M. Levine Associate (617) 338-2418 vCard
Louis A. Monti Partner (617) 338-2476 vCard
Jeffrey B. Morlend Associate (617) 338-2818 vCard
Alexander A. Notopoulos Jr. Partner (617) 338-2810 vCard
Ameek Ashok Ponda Partner (617) 338-2443 vCard
Avinash R. Rao Associate (617) 338-2451 vCard
John M. Steiner Partner (617) 338-2902 vCard
Adam N. Weisenberg Partner (617) 338-2479 vCard
Elizabeth S. Wigon Counsel (617) 338-2984 vCard
Richard Zelinka Counsel (617) 338-2491 vCard

Sullivan & Worcester is nationally recognized for representing some of the nation's largest public and private REITs in a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, UpREITs, DownREITs, secured and unsecured financings, senior, subordinated and convertible debt offerings, preferred and common equity offerings and sale-leaseback transactions. We offer comprehensive counsel in these areas, including advice on entity formation, tax law, securities compliance, governance, environmental issues and workouts. The American Lawyer consistently ranks us among the top REIT law firms in the nation in terms of the number of REIT securities offerings as well as total REIT equity and debt funds raised.

REIT Conversions
A number of public C corporations have recently converted, or announced their intent to convert, to the real estate investment trust (REIT) structure. Sullivan & Worcester is a national leader in converting public C corporations to REITs, measured by the number of transactions and by the equity market value of transactions. Our conversions involve a thorough review of various structuring strategies as well as tax and securities advice related to the possible implementation of these strategies. For companies with significant assets and operations outside of the United States, our REIT conversion process also incorporates and rationalizes the company’s worldwide operations and assets.

Key REIT Conversion Considerations (PDF)
U.S. REITs Investing Globally (PDF)
REIT Conversion Work Streams (PDF)

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Representative Client Work

  • Served as counsel to REITs and real estate operators in raising tens of billions of dollars through the sale of debt and equity securities in the past five years
  • Advised a publicly held REIT in a $450 million sale/manage-back transaction of 13 hotels in six states, one Canadian province and Puerto Rico
  • Represented a publicly held REIT in connection with its $455 million acquisition of a publicly traded limited partnership which owned 5.2 million square feet of office and industrial buildings
  • Structured three private timber REITs, for a combined equity capital raise of $1.5 billion
  • Represented a publicly held REIT in the $480 million acquisition of 9.75 million square feet of commercial and industrial properties in Hawaii
  • Worked with a publicly held REIT in a $600 million acquisition of another public company's subsidiary which owned 31 senior living facilities with approximately 7,487 living units in various states
  • Advised a REIT in the acquisition of one of the country’s largest portfolios of hospitality and fuel service travel centers, and the spin off of a qualified tenant to lease the acquired real estate

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