Burton, Douglas L.

Douglas L. Burton

Doug Burton is a well-regarded real estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience in private equity investment and joint ventures, development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing. His clients include top pension fund advisors, Fortune 50 corporations, developers and nonprofit institutions, with a broad range of asset classes, including hospitality, multi-family, seniors housing, office, industrial, retail and life sciences.

Community Involvement

Mr. Burton was the president of his alumni class at Amherst College from 2002-2012, and past member of the board of directors of the Mountain View Association. 

Professional Activities

Since 2001, Mr. Burton has been a frequent lecturer and guest lecturer at the MIT Center for Real Estate, both conducing full-day professional development seminars and teaching graduate level courses. Most recently, he was a guest lecturer speaking about distressed loans and capital arrangements at a joint MIT-NYU class in May 2016.

Mr. Burton has co-taught professional development seminars and spoken as a guest lecturer for various graduate level courses at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate since 2009, most recently as a guest lecturer speaking about commercial real estate workouts in February 2011.

He has been regular guest lecturer at Columbia University's MSRED Program since 2009, most recently speaking about distressed loans and capital arrangements in October 2016.

Mr. Burton is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association.

Experience

  • Private Equity Investments

    Representation of investment managers in billions of dollars of joint ventures, financings, acquisitions and dispositions, including the work-out of multiple troubled loans and joint venture arrangements, including:
    • Joint venture and acquisition of a trophy office tower in San Francisco for more than a quarter billion dollars
    • Acquisition of a $110 million lifestyle shopping center under redevelopment in Texas
    • Formation and financing of an $80 million partially seeded joint venture to acquire retail properties on a national platform
    • Disposition of a $110 million portfolio of industrial properties across multiple funds in three states, including the transfer of a municipal development authority bond arrangement
  • Seniors Housing

    • Representation of the institutional owner in the sale of a portfolio of CCRCs for more than $200 million in Florida
    • Representation of the majority equity investor in the joint venture, financing, work out, and ultimate disposition of a $50 million IL facility with home health care on a ground lease in California
    • Representation of the majority equity investor and owner in the joint venture, financing, workout and sale of an $80 million portfolio of IL, AL and ALZ facilities in Washington
    • Representation of the investment advisor and owner in the portfolio sale of 12 licensed facilities, across multiple comingled funds, for $300 million
  • Retail

    • Representation of one of the two largest home improvements centers in the acquisition, leasing and development of numerous sites throughout the East Coast, including both stand-alone sites and sites forming integrated components of larger shopping centers, as well as sites purchased out of bankruptcies
    • Representation of a national quick service restaurant in its expansion into the northeast market
  • Development/Hospitality

    • Representation of a Developer in the site acquisition and subsequent development of the tallest residential tower in the City of Boston
    • Representation of a Developer in the acquisition, debt and equity financing, branding and subsequent development of the first five-star hotel in Iceland
    • Representation of a developer in the acquisition, debt and equity financing, development and operation of a ground leased nationally listed historic site as a 300-room luxury hotel, including the implementation of a historic tax credit structure, and the negotiation of leases and management agreements with the signature bar, restaurant and hotel manager

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, Cornell Law School, 1996

      magna cum laude Order of the Coif
    • BA, Amherst College, 1992

      magna cum laude
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

    • New York

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