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DLA Piper LLP (US), David Sickle, Chicago, USA

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David Sickle

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Real Estate




In his real estate finance practice, David represents both borrowers and lenders in the origination of securitized debt and other structured finance transactions, including single-asset and multi-state/multi-property mortgage loans, mezzanine loan transactions and secured and unsecured lines of credit. In recent years, he has developed a significant practice representing private equity sources, as well as developers and other entrepreneurial clients in the placement of equity and structuring joint ventures.

David also has an active practice in retail leasing, representing both landlords and specialty tenants in shopping center transactions. He particularly focuses his retail leasing practice on motion picture theaters and other entertainment uses; among his clients are major movie theater circuits and nationally recognized shopping center developers.


JD, University of Michigan Law School; BS, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘knowledgeable, thorough and easy-to-work with attorneys’ are housed in offices all over the US, which reflects the fact that real estate is a core practice area for the firm. In Boston, well-regarded practice head John Sullivan represented Oxford Properties Group in its $1.29bn acquisition of two Class A office buildings from the Blackstone Group, while in Chicago Jesse Criz and David Sickle acted for Harrison Street Real Estate Capital in connection with its $1.9bn acquisition of Campus Crest Communities. The firm’s substantial overseas offering ensures the practice is involved in a high quantity of inbound international deals and, in one example, San Francisco-based Stephen Cowan and Lynn Cadwalader acted for Mirae Asset Global Investment in the $780m acquisition of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel in Hawaii. In Washington DC, key players include global co-chair Jay Epstien and Frederick Klein, while in New York, Scott Weinberg and Jason Goldstein are thought by one client to be ‘among the best in the area of representing mortgage lenders and mezzanine lenders’. The New York offering was further enhanced by the hire of Eugene Pinover from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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