Real Estate TRANSACTIONAL

WilmerHale's Real Estate Practice is renowned for its sophisticated representation of investors, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and institutions on complex real estate projects and transactions. Working closely with our European offices and colleagues in our Tax, Litigation, Securities, Labor and Employment, Fund Formation, Bankruptcy and Environmental Groups, we provide a full range of services to US and international clients on matters across the globe. Lawyers in our practice are members of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and have been recognized by Chambers, U.S. News and other publications and organizations for their outstanding achievements, experience and reputation.

We cover the spectrum of real estate sectors and industries, including hotel and hospitality, office, retail, multi-family, industrial, seniors housing, energy, and distressed assets. Our clients include public and private companies, REITs, private equity funds, operators, developers, universities and other nonprofit institutions, and lenders. For all of our clients, we provide unsurpassed service and the creativity, insight, experience, flexibility and responsiveness to achieve their business goals.

Contacts

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Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6948 (t)

paul.jakubowski@wilmerhale.com

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Vice Chair, Real Estate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6870 (t)

sean.boulger@wilmerhale.com

Barnett, Keith R.

Keith R. Barnett

Partner

+1 617 526 6930 (t)

keith.barnett@wilmerhale.com

Boulger, Sean T.

Sean T. Boulger

Partner

+1 617 526 6870 (t)

sean.boulger@wilmerhale.com

Burke, Robert D.

Robert D. Burke

Partner

+1 617 526 6470 (t)

robert.burke@wilmerhale.com

Burton, Douglas L.

Douglas L. Burton

Partner

+1 617 526 6270 (t)

douglas.burton@wilmerhale.com

Jakubowski, Paul

Paul Jakubowski

Partner

+1 617 526 6948 (t)

paul.jakubowski@wilmerhale.com

Edwards, Stephen M.

Stephen M. Edwards

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6067 (t)

stephen.edwards@wilmerhale.com

Gold, H. David

H. David Gold

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6425 (t)

david.gold@wilmerhale.com

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Susan M. Kincaid

Special Counsel

+1 617 526 6577 (t)

susan.kincaid@wilmerhale.com

Experience

We have extensive experience in real estate capital management, institutional and pension fund equity and debt investment, development and permitting, leasing and foreign investment. Among other significant matters on which we are currently engaged, we have:

  • served as counsel to a European agency lender that owns $6 billion of real estate loans and assets in the United States on workouts, loan sales, asset management and litigation matters, including the sale of a portfolio of more than $1 billion in complex mortgage and mezzanine loans;
  • represented the developer of a 56-story tower containing a luxury hotel and condominiums in Boston's Back Bay, which will be the third tallest building in Boston;
  • represented a public REIT in the development of a 1,500,000-square-foot life sciences office and laboratory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and
  • represented of one of the world's largest retail companies in site assembly, acquisitions, ground leases, permitting and the development of dozens of new stores, expansions and conversion projects throughout New England.

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America – Recognized 107 lawyers, naming nine partners "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2018 edition of its peer-reviewed publication. Real Estate Partners Keith Barnett, Sean Boulger, Doug Burton, Paul Jakubowski and William O'Reilly were recognized.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Recognized our real estate practice in 2011–2017 with a client saying our attorneys are "bright, knowledgeable and committed to serving our best interests." Another source commented: "The team impresses us with their bench depth, their technical knowledge in all facets of real estate law, their market knowledge in equity joint venture terms, and their flexibility."
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended the firm for Real Estate and recognized Keith Barnett, Sean Boulger, Doug Burton, Paul Jakubowski and William O'Reilly in the Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate category in its 2017 edition. 
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2010–2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings, the firm was honored with first-tier and second-tier national rankings in real estate law and land use and zoning law, as well as first-tier metropolitan rankings in Boston.

Publications & News

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May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 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 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 15, 2018

Infrastructure Series: Paying for and Permitting Water Infrastructure

While President Trump's Infrastructure Plan highlighted the need for investment in the nation's water infrastructure, there are opportunities and resources available now to assist in developing water infrastructure projects.

March 8, 2018

Infrastructure Series: Fast-Tracking Electric Transmission Infrastructure

In the coming weeks, the US Department of Energy is expected to undertake its fourth triennial national congestion study. DOE may then designate one or more National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors, in which projects can be fast-tracked. This client alert was also published by Law360.

March 8, 2018

New Partnership Audit Rules in Effect; Partnerships and LLCs Should Consider Changes

A new “centralized partnership audit regime” is now in effect for partnerships, including limited liability companies (LLCs) that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes (which we refer to collectively as “partnerships”). The new regime, which was enacted by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, applies to all partnerships (domestic and foreign) for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.

January 24, 2018

SCOTUS: WOTUS Rule Suits Belong in District Courts

On January 22, 2018, the US Supreme Court unanimously held that challenges to the Obama-era Clean Water Rule, commonly referred to as the WOTUS Rule (for “waters of the United States”), must be filed in federal district courts rather than directly in federal appeals courts. The case is National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense et al., case number 16-299.

January 12, 2018

Tax Act: Key Issues for Pass-Through Entities, Including the Carried Interest

There are several key issues for pass-through entities related to the Tax Act.

January 12, 2018

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Summary

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed sweeping tax reform legislation (H.R. 1) into law. The new law, commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, makes significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code that will have an impact on individuals, pass-through businesses, corporations, tax-exempt organizations, executive compensation and international taxation.

December 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Rapid7 in Attainment of New, Consolidated Global Headquarters in Boston

Rapid7, Inc., a leading provider of analytics solutions for security and IT operations, announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from 100 Summer Street to The Hub on Causeway in Boston.

November 1, 2017

WilmerHale Honored Throughout 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms List, Named Intellectual Property Litigation Firm of the Year

WilmerHale has been recognized among the 2018 U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® list of Best Law Firms, an honor it has earned since the inception of these rankings in 2010.

August 7, 2017

Real Estate Finance: Massachusetts

A Q&A guide to real estate finance law for borrowers and lenders in Massachusetts written by Partner Paul Jakubowski and Special Counsel Stephen Edwards, published by Practical Law (Thomson Reuters 2017).