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Gilbert Menna

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Partner Chair, Real Estate Capital Markets


Gil Menna is a partner in and serves as chair of Goodwin Procter’s Real Estate Capital Markets Group, as well as co-chair of its REITs Practice. Mr. Menna also participates in the firm’s M&A/Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Private Investment Funds and Tax Practices. He is a former member of Goodwin Procter’s Management and Executive Committees.


M.L.T., 1983 Georgetown University J.D., 1982 Georgetown University Law Center B.A., 1978 Syracuse University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

United States

Real estate

Within: Leading lawyers

Gilbert Menna - Goodwin

Within: Real estate

Goodwin handles acquisitions and dispositions, development, design, construction and leasing matters, with a particular focus on the leisure and hospitality industry. Other areas of expertise include joint ventures, alternative capitalization strategies, and fund structuring and formation for sponsors and managers. Andrew Sucoff recently advised Brookfield Financial Properties on its $15.3bn acquisition of the remaining 66% of GGP not already owned by Brookfield and its affiliates. Another highlight included acting for Boston Properties on a joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board which included the acquisition of a leasehold of an office campus in Santa Monica with an aggregate value of $661m. Team head Minta Kay advised GreenOak Real Estate Advisors on the formation of a joint venture with a subsidiary of The Glick Family Office to to acquire 1200 New Hampshire in Washington DC; this involved mortgage and mezzanine financing of $150m. A further recent highlight included the representation of Cabot Industrial Value Fund IV, a closed private equity fund, on the sale of a $1.8bn industrial portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust. Samuel Richardson specializes in financing, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and also deals with restructuring debt and equity investments. Gilbert Menna is also recommended. Diana Brummer joined as partner in New York from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. All named attorneys are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

The team at Goodwin has particular expertise in acting for special committees. Stuart Cable and Mark Opper advised the independent transaction committee of the board of Sprint on its merger with T-Mobile, and Cable and Lisa Haddad also advised a special committee of the board of Foundation Medicine on the company's merger with Roche. Joseph Johnson and Andrew Goodman and Gilbert Menna in New York acted for Lasalle Hotel Properties, which was sold to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in a hostile deal following involvement from activist investors. Other key contacts include John Egan and Michael Minahan. Named lawyers are based in Boston unless otherwise noted.

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M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Goodwin has extensive experience advising buyers and sellers on high-value and high-profile corporate and M&A transactions, and the practice has sector expertise in technology, life sciences, REITs and financial institutions, as well as private equity buyouts; it also handles hostile M&A deals. Significant clients are AMAG Pharmaceuticals, AppNexus, Fresenius Medical Care North America, Centerview Partners and Brookfield Properties. Stuart Cable, who currently serves as the chair of the M&A and corporate finance practices for the technology and life sciences business units, is 'a truly outstanding expert in navigating complex deals through the various gates and is able to balance sometimes quixotic legal requirements with practical solutions'; and John Egan III acted for AppNexus, a global internet technology company, in its definitive agreement to be acquired by American multinational conglomerate AT&T. Other significant highlights included the team advising the independent transaction committee of the board of directors of Sprint on its merger with wireless network operator T-Mobile US; and acting for sports uniform retailer Varsity Brands Holding on its sale to Bain Capital Private Equity. Lisa Haddad, who is particularly focused on public company M&A, corporate and securities expert John Haggerty and Deborah Birnbach, whose clients include healthcare, life sciences, technology and financial services companies, jointly chair the firm’s public M&A and corporate governance practice. Also highly rated are joint REITs and real estate M&A chair Gil Menna, David Cappillo, Michael Patrone and Jared Fine; Scott Joachim was hired for the Silicon Valley and New York offices from Fenwick & West LLP. Named advisers are in Boston unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Leading lawyers

Gilbert Menna - Goodwin

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Goodwin's 'team has the depth and breadth to assess and address the complex issues of REIT structuring, operations and qualifications'. It advises both public and private REITs and real estate investment bankers on equity and debt offerings for existing clients, IPOs, M&A transactions and complex joint venture investments. Key clients include LaSalle Hotel Properties, Boston Properties, Brookfield Financial Properties, Gaming & Leisure Properties, Medical Properties Trust and Prologis. The practice acted for LaSalle Hotel Properties, a multi-operator REIT that owns, redevelops and repositions upscale hotels, in its merger agreement with Pebblebrook Hotel Trust; and advised Medical Properties Trust on its high-value joint venture agreement with Primonial Group. It also assisted Gaming and Leisure Properties, a REIT specializing in casino properties, with its simultaneously entering into purchase and sale agreements, and new and amended master leases. Gilbert Menna and Ettore Santucci, who divide their time between Boston and New York, co-chair the firm’s REITs and real estate M&A practice; also highly regarded are New York partner Yoel Kranz and Boston's Marc Lazar.

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