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Jesse Criz

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Real Estate Finance; Tax; Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate; Real Estate; Finance; Transactional Tax Planning


Partner; Co-Leader, Real Estate Capital Markets Practice; Co-Managing Partner, Chicago Office


Jesse Criz represents institutions, investors, developers and entrepreneurial companies in all aspects of the real estate capital markets area, consisting of a wide variety of complex domestic and international real estate, corporate, and partnership transactions, including public and private securities offerings, formation of private real estate funds and all forms of public and private REIT transactions.

Jesse also concentrates his practice in the areas of federal and international taxation and the laws affecting business entities.

Jesse has extensive experience in the real estate area, including representation of real estate opportunity funds and publicly traded and privately owned real estate investment trusts (REITs). He has represented sponsor and investors in connection with the formation of many private real estate funds in the US, Europe and Asia. He also has structured and closed many REIT transactions, including REIT mergers and acquisitions, formations of private REITs, partnership roll-ups and UPREIT transactions. In addition, Jesse has structured inbound real estate investments by foreign real estate funds and the formation and establishment of domestic and international real estate funds, including certain funds as private REITs.

Jesse also has extensive experience representing REITs and other real estate owners in structuring and closing real estate joint venture transactions, many of which involve real estate development activities


J.D., Loyola University Chgicago School of Law; B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne; CPA

United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises on REIT formation, roll-up transactions, IPOs, secondary debt and equity offerings, acquisition and financing transactions, and M&A. The client list includes Black Creek Diversified Property Fund, CNL Healthcare Properties II, KBS Growth & Income REIT, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust and W PCarey. Recent work includes acting for WP Carey, a publicly traded, net-lease REIT, on its merger agreement with Corporate Property Associates 17 - Global, a publicly held, non-traded REIT. Raleigh office managing partner Robert Bergdolt leads the advice on non-traded, publicly offered REITs and is 'a joy to work with, knows his stuff and has a very practical real-world approach to problem solving'. Robert LeDuc, who splits his time between Minneapolis and Chicago, is co-national REIT tax chair; also key to the group is Kerry Johnson of the New York and Chicago offices, Chicago's Jesse Criz and Greg Hayes, San Diego-based Darryl Steinhause, and Christopher Stambaugh and Carrie Hartley in Raleigh.

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