Jones Day

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Respected real estate practice, with particular strength in financing transactions. Advises premier banks and other lenders, as well as developers and owners. Offers noted capability in transactions involving distressed assets. Noted especially for its national and international reach.

Strengths Peers note that the firm has a "very large real estate practice," with "top-caliber practitioners in Georgia."

A client says: "The team as a whole has a desire to make sure that we come away with the best outcome." 

Work highlights Advised Wells Fargo in connection with a $550 million revolving credit facility to a publicly traded homebuilder, which involved a syndicate of 16 lenders.

Notable practitioners

Michael Lee is recognized by market sources as a "very strong attorney, who is very practical, enjoyable to deal with and hard-working." He handles financing and acquisition transactions involving every type of property. Clients say: "He is very thorough in explaining the legal and business issues, and helpful with determining which issues are important to negotiate."

Scott Specht is well versed in the full range of transactional real estate matters, including acquisitions, joint ventures and financings. He is described by market sources as "very experienced" and an "effective lawyer who does a very good job."