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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Real Estate

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What the team is known for

Preeminent team offering top-tier advice across a range of areas, including permitting and entitlement matters and property transactions. Also offers expertise in real estate financing. Particularly highlighted for its strength in complex, large-scale projects. The team maintains a diversified portfolio of deals, which also includes a range of sophisticated transactions and multiphased projects. Client base includes developers, public agencies and investors.

Strengths

One source says: "The firm is first-rate for real estate matters. They have deep bench strength and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience on large, complex transactions."

Another remarks: "They are very responsive and are proactive."

"They provide a high level of service, especially on the equity side of things," notes a client, adding: "They are very smart, very thorough, and they have a style of working which fits well with our organization."

Work highlights

Represented Hines in its acquisition, entitlement, financing and development of a $2 billion mixed-use 678-foot tower and new public bus terminal in the air rights above the South Station Transportation Center in Boston.

Notable practitioners

Barbara Trachtenberg has a robust real estate practice advising real estate investors in connection with acquisitions, development, financings and joint ventures. She has additional expertise in leasing transactions.
"Barbara is exceptionally smart; she brings a lot of sophistication to deals and has a very strong strategic mind." "Barbara continues to impress; she is tireless and provides sophisticated counsel on a range of real estate topics. She is a trusted and go-to adviser."

Bryan Connolly advises clients on a wide array of matters. He often works on real estate developments, acquisitions and dispositions and joint ventures.
"He is very thoughtful and very thorough." "Bryan is fantastic. He is very responsive, thoughtful and a strategic thinker, and he has very strong interpersonal skills."

Cara Nelson works on a range of matters, including real estate acquisitions, joint ventures and developments. Her clients include pension funds.
"Cara is very practical, very smart and is great at getting a deal done, particularly in handling the most sophisticated deals." "Her general approach and her style is very impressive. She is very diligent and is rigorous in finding a solution that works for us as a client."

Geoffrey Howell represents a client base consisting of owners, lenders and developers. He advises on the full spectrum of real estate transactions.
"He is one of the greatest people to have on the other side of a deal."

Chair of the firm's national real estate group John Sullivan is highlighted for his work on acquisitions and joint ventures. His clients include developers and investors.
"John is a superb lawyer, he is the best transactional lawyer we have worked with across the globe. He is technically very skilled, but he brings a unique ability to understand and balance the business needs with the legal constraints." "John is far and away the best real estate attorney I have worked with."

John Rattigan is a leading lawyer in the real estate field. He regularly counsels developers, investors and public agencies on complex development projects and real estate transactions.
"John is exceptionally well-versed in the legal requirements and is very innovative and current. He gets to the essence of the issue quickly and is an excellent writer.""He is always top of the list and he is very impressive."

Richard Rudman continues to be a leading practitioner in the field. He offers expert counsel on issues such as real estate development and financing.

Thanos Matthai focuses his practice on real estate acquisitions, joint ventures and financing transactions.
"He is wonderful at client management." "He is very strong."

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Real Estate

DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Location

33 Arch Street

26th Floor

Boston

Massachusetts

USA

MA 02110-1447

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Massachusetts

Real Estate


Barbara A Trachtenberg
Band 3
Bryan Connolly
Band 4
Cara J Nelson
Band 3
Geoffrey A Howell
Band 3
John L Sullivan
Band 1
John Rattigan Jr
Band 1

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