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Paul Jakubowski

Partner

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

Jakubowski, Paul

For nearly 30 years, Paul Jakubowski has represented investors, developers and operators in a wide range of real estate transactions and development projects nationwide. His extensive experience in all aspects of real estate law includes joint ventures, acquisitions, developments, leases and financing transactions across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes. A notable practitioner, Mr. Jakubowski is a recognized leader in the field of tenant-side headquarters lease transactions and has established a premier company-side practice in Boston, where he serves as the chair of WilmerHale's Real Estate Practice.

Mr. Jakubowski counts numerous real estate groups among his clients, including REITs, foreign investors in US real estate, national retailers and private equity real estate funds. His practice is national and covers all property types. He works frequently with WilmerHale's tax, corporate, bankruptcy, financial institutions and litigation groups.

Current and Recent Engagements

Headquarters Leasing

  • Some of the largest and highest-profile office lease transactions in Boston and other markets over the past five years, including the following tenant representations:
    • Kronos Incorporated – 450,000 sf in Lowell, Massachusetts
    • Demandware – 240,000 sf build-to-suit
    • Financial services firm (Boston tower, in progress) – 250,000 sf
    • LPL Financial (new construction) – 400,000 sf campus in South Carolina
    • SharkNinja (suburban Boston building renovation) – 200,000 sf
    • Brown Brothers Harriman (Boston tower, fully renovated) – 400,000 sf
    • WilmerHale (Boston tower) – 300,000 sf
    • TripAdvisor new construction – 300,000 sf
    • Cimpress (suburban Boston, new construction) – 300,000 sf
    • MFS (Boston tower) – 300,000 sf
    • Avid (suburban Boston) – 200,000 sf, three buildings
    • Constant Contact (suburban Boston) – 250,000 sf
    • Pegasystems (Cambridge) – 160,000 sf, two buildings
    • Pioneer Investment Management (Boston tower) – 150,000 sf
    • LPL Financial (San Diego, new construction) – 400,000 sf
    • WilmerHale (NY tower) – 200,000 sf

Private Equity/Capital Markets/REITS

  • Sale of a $1.2 billion portfolio of structured real estate loans for a German Finance Ministry agency
  • Workout and sale of a $300 million loan secured by an Acapulco resort
  • Acquisition, financing and development of a $300 million proton therapy center in Manhattan for the acquirer/developer 
  • Numerous acquisitions and sales for a public industrial REIT (national)
  • Numerous acquisitions and sales for a public office REIT (national)
  • Laboratory leasing and related activities for a public life sciences REIT (Boston/Cambridge area)
  • Acquisitions, sales and financings of multifamily industrial and office assets for several private equity real estate funds
  • Numerous joint venture negotiations and financings for both capital side and operator side partners
  • Syndicated private placements for sponsor

Opportunistic Investments and Development

  • Acquisition, redevelopment and expansion of an office park in suburban Boston into a premier 400,000 square foot life sciences campus (represented operator in venture with capital partner, leases to pharma tenants, several financings and sale)
  • Acquisition, repositioning, financing and sale of more than 100 office buildings, malls and retail centers in New England for a variety of Boston-based real estate investors
  • Leasing and financing of a former I-495 corporate campus to life sciences tenants – 500,000 sf
  • Acquisition, financing, development and leasing of New York city's first proton therapy facility, a $350 million project under construction on E. 126th Street in Manhattan
  • Acquisition and financing of educational campuses on behalf of a for-profit education provider in New York and Massachusetts

Retail

  • Acquisition, leasing, development of dozens of store and distribution center sites for numerous retailers, including three of the largest retailers in the US
  • Acquisition, financing and sale of malls and retail centers in New England

Corporate Users

  • M&A activity and development and leasing of various types (office, lab, call centers) for WilmerHale's diverse base of corporate clients, nationally and internationally, including such companies as Analog Devices, Cumberland Farms, Skyworks, MFS, Pioneer, Avid, PerkinElmer, Dean Foods, Constant Contact, Danaher, A123 Systems, MicroStrategy, Stream, Thermo Fisher and The Medicines Company, as well as many early stage companies represented by WilmerHale's Emerging Company Practice

Professional Activities

Mr. Jakubowski is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts, and American Bar Associations and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He serves on the boards of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the urban planning and transportation leader A Better City. He is also a director of the Real Estate Finance Association.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in the 2013-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his real estate practice, with a clients commenting that he is "perfect in every way: he has always been available when needed and always delivers a perfect product" and "he understands what we are looking for; he has a great skill set and is always available." In 2005 and 2006, he was recognized by Chambers USA for his exceptional standing in the legal community.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2007-2017 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his real estate and construction practice
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2005-2016 issues of Boston Magazine

Publications & News

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June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 3, 2016

WilmerHale Represents MKS Instruments in Acquiring Newport Corporation and Securing $980 Million Acquisition Financing

WilmerHale represented its long-time client MKS Instruments, Inc., a global technology provider, in closing its acquisition of Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in photonics solutions, for approximately $905 million.

January 21, 2016

FinCEN Sets Its Sights on Luxury Real Estate

On January 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued Geographic Targeting Orders that will temporarily require title insurance companies to report the identities of the natural persons behind companies paying cash for high-end residential real estate in Manhattan and Miami-Dade County.

December 17, 2015

Barclays Completes Sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial

On December 4, 2015, Barclays PLC completed the sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial Corp. WilmerHale represented Barclays through this transaction, which was announced on June 8, 2015.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

February 5, 2015

Thermo Fisher Scientific Strengthens Bioproduction Offering by Acquiring Advanced Scientifics, Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced it has acquired Advanced Scientifics, Inc. (ASI).

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Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988

BA, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1985, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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