Operating at the intersection of Wall Street and Main Street, Willkie’s Real Estate Department leverages its industry experience and multi-disciplinary approach to advise clients on every deal aspect, regardless of structure, size, location or property type. We represent a diverse group of clients — public and private, foreign and domestic, real estate investment trusts (REITs), hedge funds, developers and family offices — in real estate transactions throughout the United States and internationally.

The team regularly advises large institutional clients on multibillion-dollar real estate transactions, organizes public and private REITs, and advises on opco-propco transactions, REIT mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and a broad array of complex mortgage and mezzanine financings, as well as other transactions involving public and private capital markets. We also work on complex single-asset and multi-property portfolio acquisitions and sales, formations and recapitalizations of joint ventures, and leasing and development transactions, workouts and in- and out-of-bankruptcy restructurings.

The Real Estate Department advises on transactions across the full spectrum of real estate sectors, including office, retail and malls, hospitality and gaming, industrial and logistics, life sciences, digital and data centers, multi-family residential, infrastructure and mixed-use.

In addition to our market-leading real estate equity investor capabilities, Willkie has a real estate finance practice representing the market’s leading institutional lenders, debt funds and investors.

Our interdisciplinary approach to the practice of law, and the cooperative spirit that it engenders in all of our attorneys, enables us to excel at transactions of all kinds. We, in turn, are regularly called upon to provide sophisticated real estate advice on transactions – such as mergers, acquisitions, asset sales and restructurings – led by the firm’s other practice groups. We coordinate the work of several of the firm’s practice areas, including Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Asset Management, Business Reorganization & Restructuring, Private Wealth, Tax, Communications & Media, Environment, Health & Safety and Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits.

Our Real Estate Department is designated among the country’s leading real estate practice groups by prestigious publications such as The American Lawyer, Best Lawyers, BTI Consulting, Chambers, Euromoney, Global Counsel, IFLR1000, Institutional Investor,Law360, Legal 500, The Real Deal and Who’s Who. Willkie Real Estate partners have been consistently named to Law360’s annual list of “MVPs” in Real Estate as well as its “Rising Stars” list. Chambers USA 2023 ranks Willkie as a leading firm for each of New York Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance, New York Real Estate: Mainly Dirt, and Nationwide Real Estate. Sources reported to Chambers, “their expertise is in the very sophisticated end of the real estate realm,” “they are always two or three steps ahead on the chess board, strategic thinkers” and “they are commercial and have the market knowledge, technical expertise and depth of experience.”


We have represented and continue to represent prominent real estate owners, operators, lenders, developers and tenants, in marquee commercial deals throughout the United States and internationally. Representative clients include:

  • Aspen Skiing Company
  • Breakthrough Properties
  • Brookfield Office Properties
  • Cain International
  • Caruso
  • Centerbridge Partners
  • Choice Hotels
  • CIM Group
  • Credit Suisse
  • DiamondRock Hospitality Company
  • DigitalBridge Group (f/k/a Colony Capital)
  • Faropoint
  • GI Partners
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Harbor Group International
  • Harel Insurance & Finance
  • Hudson’s Bay Company
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Mack Real Estate Group
  • Meadow Partners
  • Mesa West Capital
  • MSD Capital
  • Natixis
  • Oaktree Capital Management
  • Paramount Group
  • Related Fund Management
  • SL Green Realty
  • SMBC
  • Sunrise Senior Living
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Trammell Crow Company
  • Ventas, Inc.
  • Washington Prime Group
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