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Real Estate Funds

Mayer Brown advises real estate fund sponsors and investors on structuring funds and investments creatively and efficiently and maximizing opportunities in the market.

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Our Real Estate Funds team helps global leaders in private equity real estate raise funds with institutional, retail and private investors across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We represent 9 of the top 10 and 14 of the top 20 real estate investment managers in the world. We work with sponsors to plan and manage their real estate fund raising effectively from a commercial, tax and marketing perspective. Advising clients with a US-investment focus and those seeking to attract capital globally, we have structured and executed funds using both domestic and off-shore vehicles, giving us an in-depth knowledge of both domestic and international markets. Our lawyers advise on the structuring, marketing, regulation and operation of public and private investment funds in a range of jurisdictions, including emerging markets such as Latin America, China, India, Central Asia and Africa. These funds include limited partnerships, authorized and unauthorized unit trusts and closed-end and open-end investment companies with a wide range of investment styles and objectives, including real estate, infrastructure, private equity, hedge and venture capital funds. Our clients own and manage real estate in all asset classes worldwide, including office, industrial, retail, residential, hospitality, debt and agriculture.

Our team advises on a wide variety of investment structures, including commingled funds, club deals, programmatic joint ventures and separate accounts. We have practical experience addressing their critical issues, including capital decisions, governance, liquidity and risk allocation. With our in-depth knowledge of both domestic and international markets, we keep our sponsor clients up to date with market terms and investor negotiation strategies. We also advise investors on the potential tax, regulatory and other legal implications of a wide range of real estate investment vehicles.  Our tax team has significant experience with REITs, REMICs, and other structures that help achieve efficient structures.  Representing both fund sponsors and investors, we  have a deep understanding of the market for key fund terms.

Mayer Brown is a leader in the emerging defined contribution (DC) alternative fund space. As a result of our combined strength in ERISA and real estate fund formation, we anticipated the importance of DC developments to the real estate fund industry and have been thought leaders on structures that address the unique needs of the DC market. Mayer Brown is a member of Defined Contribution Real Estate Council, and our partners are active in the organization.

One of our core strengths is our regulatory support for established funds in today’s changing regulatory environment. We advise on investments, secondary market transactions, leveraged financing, subscription facilities, admission of new investors and recent developments. We monitor the regulatory changes that impact fund clients, including provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, such as the Volcker Rule, and recent amendments to the Investment Advisers Act.

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