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Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014

Speaker(s): A.J. Agarwal, Adam O. Emmerich, Ana Cristina Arumi, Benjamin R. Weber, Bruce Gilchrist, Daniel P. Adams, David J. Goldschmidt, Douglas W. Sesler, Edward M. Schulman, Gil Menna, Guy A. Metcalfe, James J. Hanks, Jr., James M. Barkley, Jennifer B. Clark, Jodi J. Schwartz, John Gottfried, Joshua Ford Bonnie, Karen F. Turk, Kimberly J. Smith, Matthew J. Lustig, Michael Bilerman, Michael J. Graziano, Robin Panovka, Stephen G. Hentschel, Thomas Grier, Thomas Kluck, Wendy Gill
Recorded on: Jan. 8, 2014
PLI Program #: 49633

Daniel Adams is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department, where he is a member of the REITs Practice and Capital Markets Practice. Mr. Adams focuses primarily on public and private offerings of securities, corporate governance, securities law compliance for public companies, executive compensation and other matters of general corporate and securities law.     

Work for Clients

Mr. Adams's experience in corporate finance includes representing public and private companies, including publicly traded REITs, and underwriters in transactions such as IPOs, follow-on and shelf offerings and 144A offerings of equity and debt securities. He has been involved in raising over $4 billion in public and private equity and debt capital for the firm's clients.

Mr. Adams has served as ongoing corporate and securities counsel for public and private companies, primarily including REITs and life sciences companies. He has counseled these clients in all aspects of corporate governance and securities law compliance and a wide variety of general corporate and securities matters. Mr. Adams also has special expertise in counseling public companies on executive compensation matters, and has advised a number of the firm's public company clients in connection with the establishment of new or revised executive employment agreements and compensation plans, including compensation plans for public UPREITs utilizing LTIP units.     

Professional Activities

Mr. Adams is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations.     


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999 (magna cum laude)
B.A., Tufts University, 1996           

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Adams is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.

Ted Schulman is AvalonBay's Senior Vice President -- General Counsel.  Mr. Schulman joined AvalonBay in February 1999.  Prior to that time, Mr. Schulman was a partner of Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston MA, where he specialized in corporate and securities matters with a particular focus on public REITs.  Mr. Schulman received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University.

Thomas Kluck is a Legal Branch Chief in the Office of Real Estate and Commodities in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Mr. Kluck joined the SEC in November 2003, as an Attorney-Adviser in the Division of Corporation Finance. From 1997-2003, Mr. Kluck was Securities Counsel for the Missouri Securities Division; from 1995-1997, he was a guest lecturer on business law at the Faculty Management at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Mr. Kluck received his LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. from the University of Tulsa, and B.S. in Political Science from Missouri State University.  

Bruce Gilchrist is a partner in Hogan Lovells’ corporate finance and securities groups.  For many years, a substantial part of Bruce’s practice has focused on REITS and other entities and individuals engaged in the real estate industry, including owners and operators of hotels, office buildings and multifamily properties, homebuilders, and management companies.

He has participated in acquisitions and business combinations involving mergers, stock purchases, asset transactions, partnership rollups (both public and private), leveraged buyouts, and tender offers. He has represented issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, reorganizations, and recapitalizations. In addition to dealing with the securities and corporate finance law aspects of various transactions, Bruce regularly advises clients concerning compliance with the federal securities laws and regulations, including those relating to corporate governance and disclosure obligations.

Bruce has been recognized as a leading REIT lawyer by Chambers and Legal 500.  In 2013, the American Lawyer recognized him as a Dealmaker of the Year for his work on Equity Residential’s acquisition of Archstone in a joint venture with AvalonBay Communities.

Bruce grew up in Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from Columbia College in 1972 with a degree in Classics.  He received an MA in Classics from Columbia in 1974.  He received his law degree in 1980 from Columbia, where he was a Notes and Comments editor for the Columbia Law Review and was named a James Kent Scholar.  After law school, Bruce clerked for Justice Morris Pashman of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Bruce has served for over 15 years on the Board of Directors, and is a past president, of the American Civil Liberties Union for the Nation’s Capital and is currently a member of the National Board of the ACLU.

Representative Experience

  • Advising Equity Residential in its $16 billion acquisition of Archstone with AvalonBay; Archstone-Smith in its $22.2 billion acquisition by Tishman Speyer and Lehman Brothers; Trizec in its $8.9 billion acquisition by Brookfield and The Blackstone Group; Lehman Brothers/ING Clarion in their $2.8 billion acquisition of Gables; Parkway Properties in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Thomas Properties Group and the concurrent sale of 3 office properties to Brandywine Realty Trust; Kingdom Hotels in its acquisitions of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Raffles, in a joint venture with Colony Capital, and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, in a joint venture with Cascade Investments (private investment vehicle of Bill Gates); GE on its $2.3 billion disposition of Storage USA to Extra Space Storage and Prudential Real Estate Investors; Trizec in its participation with GE in the $3.8 billion acquisition of Arden.
  • Advising Host Hotels & Resorts in its conversion to a REIT and concurrent acquisition of the Blackstone hotel portfolio and rollup of various public and private hotel partnerships.
  • Advising Charles E. Smith Residential, in its IPO, which was the first public rollup transaction by a REIT, and the underwriters in the IPOs of CarrAmerica, which pioneered the UPREIT structure, and Empire State Realty Trust, which included a public rollup.

James Barkley currently serves as General Counsel of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., an S&P 100 company and the largest retail real estate company in the world.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in approximately 230 retail real estate properties in North America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Barkley received his B.S. degree from Indiana University in 1974 and was awarded a J.D. degree from the Robert H. McKinney of Law in 1977.  Mr. Barkley joined Simon in 1978 as a staff attorney and was named Assistant General Counsel in 1984.  In 1992 he was named General Counsel of Melvin Simon & Associates, Inc. and was appointed General Counsel and Secretary of Simon Property Group, Inc. at the time of its formation in 1993.

Mr. Barkley is a member of the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations and was elected in 1991 to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  Mr. Barkley previously served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Robert H. McKinney School of Law Board of Visitors.  He is a frequent lecturer, speaker and panelist on legal issues as they relate to public real estate companies.

Mr. Barkley resides with his wife Cindy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A. J. Agarwal is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in New York. Mr. Agarwal oversees North American acquisitions for the Real Estate Group. He has been directly involved in a number of the Real Estate Group's investments, including Extended Stay Hotels, Apple Reit 6, Hilton Hotels, General Growth Properties, Brixmor Property Group, and Hotel del Coronado. Mr. Agarwal joined Blackstone in 1992. Prior to joining the Real Estate Group in January, 2010, Mr. Agarwal was a member of Blackstone's Financial Advisory Group, leading the firm's advisory practice in a number of areas, including real estate and leisure/lodging. Mr. Agarwal graduated from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Adam O Emmerich focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the REIT and publicly traded real estate areas, as well as on corporate governance and securities law matters. His practice includes a broad representation of public and private enterprises in a various industries throughout the United States and globally, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and financing transactions. He also has extensive experience in takeover defense and corporate governance matters.

Adam is recognized as an expert in corporate governance, in M&A, and in real estate by Who's Who Legal; as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon; as one of the world's leading lawyers in the field of mergers and acquisitions in the Chambers guide to the world's leading lawyers; and as an expert both in corporate governance and in M&A by Euromoney Institutional Investor's Guides, respectively, to the World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers and Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers.

Adam has represented the leaseholders of the World Trade Center in their rebuilding and insurance matters since 2001.  He is representing The Special Committee of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust in its merger with Colony American Homes and internalization of its manager, to create a combined company that will manage over 30,000 homes and have an aggregate asset value of $7.7.  He represented WP Glimcher in the formation of its $1.625 billion joint venture with O'Connor Capital Partner; Washington Prime Group in its $3.4 billion acquisition of Glimcher Realty; Klépierre S.A. in connection with its $9.68 billion acquisition of Corio N.V; Sunrise Senior Living in connection with its sale to Health Care REIT, the sale of the Sunrise management company to KKR, Beecken Petty and Health Care REIT, and various related financing matters and buy-outs of joint venture partners, in transactions involving total investment by Health Care REIT of $4.3 billion; AMB Property Corporation in its $15 billion merger with ProLogis, to create a REIT with combined assets owned and under management of $46 billion; Simon Property Group in its €1.5 billion acquisition of a 28.7% equity stake in Klépierre from BNP Paribas, in its $31 billion offer for General Growth Properties' bankruptcy proceeding, in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Prime Outlets, and in its $4.5 billion bid to acquire Capital Shopping Centres Group in the UK; Tishman Speyer and Lehman Brothers' $22.2 billion acquisition of Archstone-Smith; Ventas' $2 billion acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living REIT; The Mills' $7.9 billion sale to Simon/Farallon; Innkeepers USA's sale to Apollo; Starwood and Walton Street's $39.2 billion bid with Vornado for EOP; the Morgan Stanley/Onex acquisition of Town & Country Trust; Public Storage's proposed acquisition of Shurgard; Taubman Centers' successful defence of a hostile takeover attempts by Simon Property Group; the acquisition by Hometown America of Chateau Communities; the sale of Security Capital to GE; Security Capital's acquisition of Storage USA; public offerings by Security Capital of stock in Archstone and CarrAmerica; Security Capital's merger with Security Capital European Realty; Avalon's merger with Bay; the restructuring of the Taubman UPREIT and the exchange of the GM Pension Trust's 37% interest in the Taubman OP; Security Capital's acquisitions of large stakes in Carr Realty, Storage USA, Regency Realty and related matters, including the merger of Regency Retail and Pacific Retail Trust.

After serving as a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Adam joined the firm in 1986 and was named partner in 1991. He attended Swarthmore College and The University of Chicago, from which he received his J.D. with honors. While at the University of Chicago, Adam served as topics and comments editor of The University of Chicago Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was the recipient of an Olin Fellowship in law and economics. He is a frequent author and speaker on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, including at MIT’s Sloan Convocation and on India’s CNBC-TV18.

Adam is co-chair of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border M&A, co-chair of the advisory board of New York University’s REIT Center for the Study of Public Real Estate Companies, and a member of the American Law Institute.  He has served as co-chair of the NYU Real Estate Institute’s Annual Symposium on REITs since its inception. He is a member of the Corporate Academic Bridge Group of the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business, and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. Adam serves on the board of directors of the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and as president of the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority and also of the Friends of Rambam Medical Center.  He was previously a member of the board of directors of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School, The Ramaz School and co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the UJA-Federation in New York.

Adam lives in Manhattan with his wife, two daughters and son.

Cristina Arumi is a principal in the Ernst & Young’s National Tax Department and resides in Washington, DC.  Cristina is a member of the National Real Estate and Partnerships group, with a particular focus on tax advice related to real estate transactions.

Cristina regularly advises both public and private real estate investment trusts (REITs), including mortgage REITs, closely held real estate companies, real estate funds, and non-US real estate investors on a variety of matters. Cristina has worked on multiple transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, the formation and initial public offering of UPREITs, REIT conversions, roll-up transactions, downREIT transactions and public debt and equity offerings. Cristina also advises a number of REITs on ongoing operating matters, including compliance with tax protection agreements in the course of subsequent transactions and refinancings; and has extensive experience representing clients in requests for private letter rulings from the IRS, as well as experience representing REITs and taxable REIT subsidiaries undergoing IRS audits.

Cristina advises non-U.S. clients – individuals, foreign pensions and sovereign investors – of the U.S. tax implications of investments and operations in the United States, including the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). She also advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients regarding U.S. tax implications of a variety of cross-border transactions. 

Before joining Ernst & Young LLP in July 2013, Cristina was a partner and the global leader of the Tax Practice Area at Hogan Lovells.  During her 17 years at Hogan, Cristina advised on the tax aspects of many of the most complex and high profile real estate related transactions in the industry.  In addition, Cristina has worked with other corporate and partnership clients in numerous industries in connection with a variety of transactions, including taxable and non-taxable acquisition transactions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, and debt restructurings.

Cristina has made numerous speaking appearances at conferences hosted by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Practicing Law Institute and the American Bar Association.  Cristina received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the

Government Relations Committee, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Gil Menna is a partner in and serves as chair of Goodwin Procter’s Real Estate Capital Markets Group, as well as co-chair of its REITs Practice. Mr. Menna also participates in the firm’s M&A/Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Private Investment Funds and Tax Practices. He is a former member of Goodwin Procter’s Management and Executive Committees.

Mr. Menna represents many of the nation’s leading publicly traded real estate operating companies in connection with their merger and acquisition, corporate finance and corporate governance matters. In addition to his extensive knowledge of the public REIT industry, he also has significant experience representing a variety of real estate investment managers in connection with their private equity capital, merger and acquisition and portfolio acquisition transactions.

Mr. Menna is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading REIT attorneys. In 2010, he was honored with NAREIT’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the REIT industry. He has also been selected for inclusion to the Lawdragon 500 and is annually recognized as a “Star Individual” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

For the past eight years, Mr. Menna has captained Team Goodwin Procter in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a charity bike ride which raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In that time, Goodwin Procter has raised over $670,000 for cancer research and treatment.

Work for Clients

Since 2005, Mr. Menna has been involved on behalf of the firm’s clients in structuring and executing REIT transactions totaling in excess of $140 billion, with more than $120 billion in M&A transactions and $20 billion in equity and debt securities offerings.

Most recently, he has represented:

  • Paramount Group Inc. in connection with its $2.6 billion IPO, the largest IPO in the REIT industry ever
  • Essex Property Trust in its $15.4 billion merger with BRE Properties, creating the third-largest multifamily REIT in the country
  • MAA (Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.) in its $8.6 billion acquisition of Colonial Properties Trust, Inc.
  • Cole Credit Property Trust II in its $7.1 billion acquisition by Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.
  • AvalonBay Communities, Inc. in its $16 billion acquisition (in joint venture with Equity Residential) of Archstone Enterprise LP
  • CreXus Investment Corp in its $ 1 billion acquisition by Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

Professional Activities

Mr. Menna is a Board Associate member of NAREIT, and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and the board of directors of New York University's Real Estate Institute's REIT Center.

He is an adjunct professor and lecturer in law at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on real estate M&A and restructurings.

Mr. Menna has written and lectured extensively on topics in real estate securities and mergers & acquisitions, as well as on tax law issues facing the real estate capital markets industry.


In connection with the 50th anniversary of the legislation that established the REIT, Mr. Menna was honored by NAREIT with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Menna is also listed in the Lawdragon 500, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and U.S. News-Best Lawyers. In addition, he has been cited frequently in the legal press and was previously selected for inclusion in The American Lawyer’s “Forty-five Under 45” – a list of young lawyers “who are making their mark today and will lead the profession tomorrow.”


  • M.L.T., Georgetown University, 1983
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1982
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1978 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Menna is admitted to practice in California, Massachusetts and New York.

Jennifer Clark is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Reit Management & Research LLC (RMR), a privately owned real estate management company that manages five NYSE listed real estate investment trusts:  CommonWealth REIT, Hospitality Properties Trust, Senior Housing Properties Trust, Government Properties Income Trust and Select Income REIT.  RMR also provides shared services to two real estate based NYSE listed operating companies (TravelCenters of America LLC and Five Star Quality Care, Inc.) and to Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, a privately owned hotel management company.  In 2009, Jennifer was named a New England Super Lawyer and in October of 2013 she was included on the Legal 500’s Corporate Counsel 100 list.  Before joining RMR, Jennifer was a partner in Sullivan & Worcester LLP.  Jennifer is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Boston University School of Law.

Jodi J. Schwartz focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs, and financial instruments. Schwartz has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions in a wide range of industries. She was elected Partner in 1990.

Schwartz received her B.S. in economics magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, her M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) in 1984, her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984, and her LL.M. in taxation from the New York University Law School in 1987.

Schwartz is recognized as one of the world’s leading lawyers in the field of taxation, including being selected by Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and as a tax expert by Euromoney Institutional Investor Expert Guides. In addition, she is a member of the Executive Committee and past chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, and also is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Schwartz serves on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the Jewish Community Project of Lower Manhattan, and serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Schwartz lives in Manhattan with her husband, son, and daughter.

Karen Turk is a partner in the firm's Tax Practice. Ms. Turk's practice has included work on mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, reorganizations, joint ventures and international transactions. She has also assisted with the formation and operation of real estate investment trusts and investment funds. Ms. Turk joined Goodwin in 1999.


Ms. Turk is a member of the Boston, American and New York State Bar Associations.


Real Estate Tax Tax

Hedge Funds

Matthew J. Lustig is Managing Partner of North America Investment Banking as well as Head of Real Estate at Lazard.  He is responsible for managing Lazard’s investment banking businesses across North America, while continuing to advise clients on strategic transactions in the real estate and lodging industries.

Separately, on behalf of Lazard and its post-IPO successors in the private equity investment business, Mr. Lustig oversaw multiple funds with over $2.5 billion of equity capital invested in real estate operating companies and properties, and had been Chairman of Atria Senior Living, Inc. as well as chairman or a director of several other public and private portfolio companies. 

Prior to joining Lazard in 1989, Mr. Lustig was with Drexel Burnham Lambert and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mr. Lustig serves on the boards of Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:  BXP) and Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:  VTR).  He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and serves on the boards of Pension Real Estate Association, Larson Leadership Initiative at the Urban Land Institute, The Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School; he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Visitors at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, his alma mater.

Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, BSFS.

Robin Panovka co-heads Wachtell Lipton’s Real Estate and REIT M&A Groups.  He focuses principally on M&A and strategic transactions across the real estate, REIT, hospitality, gaming and retail sectors, and also advises on general cross-border M&A and large-scale projects, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.  He was honored with NYU’s Urban Leadership Award in 2015.

Robin has been named one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in the U.S., and is consistently ranked as one of the leading REIT and real estate M&A lawyers by Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal and similar publications.  He has been featured in a number of publications for his leadership in real estate and M&A, including as an American Lawyer “Dealmaker".

He is the co-author of "REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions," a leading treatise published by Law Journal Press, and has authored many articles and papers on related subjects. He is co-chair of the NYU REIT Center and has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business and Law Schools and in NYU’s Masters in Real Estate Program.  He is a founding director of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border M&A (XBMA), a joint venture among Peking University, Cambridge and NYU. He speaks frequently on topics in his fields, including chairing annual conferences for the NYU REIT Center, Practising Law Institute and XBMA.  He is also active on a number of educational and non-profit boards, including the boards of Duke Law School, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), and NYU’s Real Estate Institute; is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and serves on the Cornell University Council.

Robin was heavily involved in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center for more than a decade following its destruction on September 11, 2001, including negotiating the master plan for the redevelopment, and the related “footprint swap,” chronicled in the Cornell Real Estate Review, American Lawyer Magazine and other publications.

Steve Hentschel

Steve Hentschel has enjoyed a 23-year career as a real estate investment banker and has completed over $75 billion of transactions. Prior to starting Hentschel & Company in May 2013, Steve Hentschel founded the real estate investment banking group at Gleacher & Company in 2009 and built it into a practice that was the #1-ranked REIT M&A advisor by transaction value in the United States league tables(1) in 2012, advising on 5 transactions with a value of $29.5 billion. Year-to-date in May 2013 that practice was ranked #7(1), advising on $3.7 billion transaction value.

Mr. Hentschel previously spent 10 years at Lehman Brothers from 1996 to 2006 as a senior member of its Global Real Estate Group and 3 years at Wachovia Securities from 2006 to 2009 as head of the New York Real Estate Investment Banking office. From 1990 to 1996 Mr. Hentschel worked at Prudential Securities in CMBS and residential mortgage and asset-backed securitization businesses and also advised the Resolution Trust Corp.

As part of a diverse career in real estate Mr. Hentschel has advised on M&A, raised private capital, bookrun IPOs, raised public capital, written fairness opinions and made principal investments that include the landmark take-private of Gables Residential for $3 billion that initiated the REIT go-private wave of 2005 – 2007. His sector experience includes multifamily, office, malls, retail, triple net lease, manufactured home community, single family rental, industrial, timeshare, self-storage, student housing, specialty finance and mortgage REITs.

Mr. Hentschel earned an engineering degree from Princeton University in 1989. At Princeton Mr. Hentschel was captain of the tennis team and the team was Ivy League champion in 1988; he also achieved an individual NCAA ranking of #16.

Tom Grier is a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate for J.P. Morgan. Tom is a 20 year veteran of real estate investment banking. Over the span of his career, Tom has advised real estate clients on mergers and acquisitions and raising equity and debt capital for his clients as well as defense assignments and asset sales.

Mike is co-head of the Global Real Estate Investment Banking business and serves as a strategic advisor to a number of private and publicly traded real estate companies with regard to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and general corporate finance matters. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1988 and has spent over 25 years focused on the real estate business. He was named managing director in 2000 and partner in 2006.

Mike is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, The Real Estate Roundtable and the Urban Land Institute, and is on the board of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Mike earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.

David J. Goldschmidt represents investment banks and U.S. and international issuers in a variety of financing matters, including public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, and international securities offerings. Mr. Goldschmidt also counsels U.S. and international clients on an ongoing basis, including advising on corporate governance, SEC filings and disclosure issues.

Mr. Goldschmidt is very active in representing and advising real estate investment trusts (REITs) in connection with capital market transactions, including many initial public offerings and general corporate matters. He represented the underwriters in the IPO of Brixmor Property Group, the largest retail REIT IPO in 20 years and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. in the largest mortgage REIT initial public offering to date. REITs Mr. Goldschmidt has represented include American Capital Agency Corp.; Arbor Realty Trust; Care Investment Trust Inc.; JER Investors Trust Inc.; Newcastle Investment Corp.; SL Green Realty Corp.; and Quadra Realty Trust, Inc. Mr. Goldschmidt also has significant experience advising investment banks involved in the REIT capital market arena. He has advised underwriters in connection with a variety of transactions, including offerings by iStar Financial Inc.; Mack-Cali Realty Corporation; Medical Properties Trust, Inc.; Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust; and Vornado Realty Trust. Additionally, he represented the underwriters in the initial public offerings of Cypress Sharpridge Investments, Inc.; Extended Stay America, Inc.; Invesco Mortgage Capital, Inc.; Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp.; Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.; and ZAIS Financial Corp.

Mr. Goldschmidt also has extensive experience advising issuers and underwriters on offerings by high-technology and communications companies, including advising on offerings by Spotify Technologies SA; XM Satellite Radio Inc.; DRS Technologies, Inc.; AuthenTec, Inc.; L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.; Saifun Semiconductors Ltd.; RRSat Global Communications Network Ltd.; and Camtek Ltd.

In addition, Mr. Goldschmidt’s practice focuses on representing issuers and investment banks in connection with private and public securities offerings by Israeli companies. Mr. Goldschmidt has represented, among others, NICE Systems Ltd.; Koor Industries, Ltd. and the underwriters in connection with offerings by 012 Smile.Communications Ltd.; Barak International; Partner Communications Company Ltd. and Israel Chemicals Limited. He also provides Israeli clients with ongoing corporate advice.
Mr. Goldschmidt also is involved in developing new financial products. For example, he was the lead corporate attorney involved in developing the IDS product, which is a unit representing a share of stock and high-yield debt. He also has developed alternative investment vehicles for Ellington Financial LLC and Highland Financial Partners. Additionally, Mr. Goldschmidt represents private companies in their venture capital financing rounds and joint ventures.

Mr. Goldschmidt repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America, IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal and Euromoney and Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys. Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America noted that “handling diverse offerings for REITS, Israeli companies and high-tech businesses, Goldschmidt remains hot in any economy as one of the go-to experts on navigating the IPO process.”

Mr. Goldschmidt was featured in an article on REIT IPOs in the weekly e-newsletter IPO Week in Review. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on a variety of corporate finance and governance-related topics, including presenting at the Practising Law Institute’s “Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2009” program, Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum on “Delivering on Your Promises” (a discussion of post-IPO strategies and responsibilities), the annual meeting of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals on “Enterprise Risk Management and the Board’s Role in Managing Risk” and the Oppenheimer IPO Summit on “Legal Matters and the Role of Counsel in the IPO Process.”


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1987 (Member, Review of Law and Social Change)

B.A., New York University, 1984 (magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

New York

James J. Hanks, Jr. is a partner with the 600-lawyer firm of Venable LLP, with offices in Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington.  He received his A.B. from Princeton University; his LL.B. from the University of Maryland Law School, where he was an editor of the Maryland Law Review; and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.  For a year after receiving his LL.B., Jim was law clerk to Judge Charles Fahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Approximately 80% of all publicly traded REITs are formed under Maryland law.  Jim and his colleagues advise approximately 60% of this group, as well as privately-held REITs and other entities, on Maryland law in connection with REIT formations, equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, takeover defenses, stockholder litigation and corporate governance matters.  Jim has advised buyers or sellers in more than 250 mergers or acquisitions, many valued at more than U.S. one billion dollars (U.S.) each, including providing advice to Equity Office Properties Trust in its $40 billion sale to Blackstone, at that time the largest private equity buy-out and the largest real estate transaction in history; to The Hillshire Brands Company (formerly Sara Lee Corporation) in its sale to Tyson Foods, Inc. in 2014; and, in 2016, to the Special Committees of the Boards of Directors of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc. and JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp.  He has also represented parties in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions.  Jim regularly serves as independent counsel to boards of directors and board committees of REITs and other major U.S. corporations and as an expert witness in connection with significant transactions, stockholder litigation, conflicts of interest and corporate governance issues.  He also advises foreign governments on revision of their corporate and securities laws.

For over 20 years, Jim was a Visiting Senior Lecturer of Management at the S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where he has taught securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  Jim was also for many years a Senior Lecturer at Northwestern Law School, where he taught M&A and corporate governance.  In addition, he has taught short courses and classes in corporation law at various law and business schools in the United States, China, the Republic of Georgia, Guatemala, South Africa and Zambia.  From 1996 through 2014, Jim taught a course in U.S. and European corporate governance at the Cornell Law School-Université de Paris I (Sorbonne) Summer Institute in Paris and, from 2006 through 2015, a course in Corporate Law and Governance in the Northwestern Law School-Instituto de Empresa Executive LL.M. program.  During the Fall, 2003, he was Commerzbank Visiting Professor of Law at Bucerius Law School, in Hamburg, Germany, and has been a Visiting Professor of Law there for several years since then.

Jim is the author of the definitive 800-page treatise Maryland Corporation Law (published in 1990 and supplemented annually) and the co-author (with former Stanford Law School Dean Bayless Manning) of Legal Capital (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2013).  He is also co-editor of the Handbook for the Conduct of Shareholders’ Meetings (1st and 2nd eds.).  Jim is the author of several law review articles and a frequent speaker on corporation law and governance issues, especially for REITs.  For more than 30 years, he has been actively involved in the revision of the Maryland General Corporation Law, the Maryland REIT Law, the Model Business Corporation Act, the Corporate Director’s Guidebook and the Fund Director’s Guidebook.  He is a member of The American Law Institute.

For many years, Jim has appeared in The Best Lawyers in America in three categories:  Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.  He is currently rated as a “Star Individual” by Chambers USA Legal Directory.  In 2008, he received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award of the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Business Law, which was subsequently named in his honor.  In 2012, he was the fifth (and first American) recipient of the Honorary Medal of Bucerius Law School, presented by the former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Helmut Schmidt, and also was elected to first place in The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award for 2012.  In 2015, Jim received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Maryland Law School.

Jim is thrilled to be married to Sabine Senoner, of Kitzbühel, Austria, and they have an utterly charming daughter, Maria Dorothy, age twelve, who will talk your head off in German or English.

Joshua Ford Bonnie is a partner in Simpson Thacher’s Corporate Department. Mr. Bonnie routinely represents issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.  Mr. Bonnie is also active in the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice and regularly advises a number of public companies on general corporate and securities law matters.

Mr. Bonnie has advised a significant number of companies on their initial public offerings, including:

  • Brixmor Property Group Inc. (2013) – the third largest U.S. REIT IPO in history
  • Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. (2013)
  • The Carlyle Group L.P. (2012)
  • Regional Management Corp. (2012)
  • FXCM Inc. (2010)
  • DynaVox Inc. (2010)
  • The Blackstone Group L.P. (2007) – the largest U.S. IPO of 2007
  • MasterCard Incorporated (2006) – the largest U.S. IPO of 2006
  • Evercore Partners Inc. (2006)
  • Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (2005)
  • Cohen & Steers, Inc. (2004)
  • Accenture Ltd (2001) – the second largest U.S. IPO of 2001

Mr. Bonnie has also advised a number of companies on significant strategic transactions, including Blackstone on its sale of $3 billion of non-voting common units to a sovereign wealth fund established by the People’s Republic of China and The Carlyle Group on the 2007 and 2010 investments in that firm by Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic development and investment company.  Mr. Bonnie also counseled Ingersoll Rand on its 2009 reorganization incorporating its parent company in Ireland.

Mr. Bonnie has also represented major investment banking firms, including BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Bonnie was featured in the American Lawyer’s “Dealmakers of the Year” in 2008, is recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 United States as one of the leading capital markets practitioners in the United States and is endorsed by PLC Which LawyerChambers says “[a]s a young up-and-coming name, Joshua Ford Bonnie is considered one of the sector’s future stars. Numerous sources refer to his ‘tremendously knowledgeable and calm demeanor’ as well as his ‘practical sense and deep understanding of his client’s issues.’”

Michael Bilerman, Managing Director, manages Citi’s Global real estate investment research franchise and heads the US real estate and lodging team with coverage of almost 80 real estate and lodging equity securities.  Michael and the Citi REIT team have consistently been ranked as a top team in external client polls including Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates.  Michael has spent his entire career in real estate having joined Citi in August 2004 following 6 years at Goldman Sachs.  He began his career in Goldman's real estate investment banking department working in both New York and London and then became a senior analyst in Goldman's Investment Research department covering the REIT sector.  In June 2007, Michael was included in Institutional Investor's second annual "20 Rising Stars of Real Estate" feature, acknowledging up-and-coming real estate professionals who will likely set the trends in the rapidly changing real estate industry.  Michael was named to Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team in 2008, a position he has held for the last 6 years straight.  Michael is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Pension Real Estate Association, NYU Shack Real Estate Advisory Board and NAREIT, including being a member of NAREIT's Real Estate Investment Advisory Board.  Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in finance and strategic management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Wendy Gill, CPA
Senior Vice President - Corporate Operations and Chief Accounting Officer


B.S. in Accounting, University of Delaware

As Senior Vice President – Corporate Operations and Chief Accounting Officer for Columbia Property Trust, Wendy Gill provides oversight for corporate operations and financial reporting to ensure optimization and compliance for core policies and initiatives for the company. Ms. Gill oversees the day-to-day accounting functions at the portfolio and individual property levels, as well as reporting to the SEC, the Board of Directors, and other corporate governance forums for Columbia Property Trust. She also oversees the company’s Human Resources, IT, and Communications functions and serves as Treasurer and interim Principal Financial Officer.

Ms. Gill has over 17 years of experience in the accounting and finance industries. Previously, Ms. Gill served with Wells Real Estate Funds for 11 years, first as Accounting Vice President before earning a promotion in 2007 to Chief Accounting Officer. She previously served with Arthur Andersen in the firm’s Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. offices, working with various publicly traded and privately held companies, with a focus on the real estate and hospitality services industries. Her client list included Wells Real Estate Funds, Saks Incorporated, Marriott International, Allstate Financial Corp., CSL Ventures,, REIT Management & Research Inc., Paralyzed Veterans of America, and many others.

Ms. Gill holds the Certified Public Accountant designation from the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy. She is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Guy Metcalfe is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Chairman of Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment banking business with a presence in 5 continents and over 10 countries.  Guy has been at Morgan Stanley for 25 years and has advised real estate clients on over $300 billion of transactions and financings.

Guy is an active member of various real estate industry professional affiliations, including National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Pension Real Estate Association, Asian Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles and The Real Estate Roundtable where he recently served as Co-Chair of the Capital Policy Advisory Committee . 
Guy has served as an advisor to the New York City Partnership and the New York City Investment Fund, is an executive committee and board member of the Trey Whitfield School, an inner-city school in East New York, Brooklyn and Schools-That-Can, a network of high-performing inner-city schools serving low-income communities nationwide. 
Guy graduated with an undergraduate business degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and lives in New York with his wife and two children.