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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Jonathan Schechter

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Jonathan Schechter advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients with respect to a wide range of domestic and international real estate-related transactions. Mr. Schechter has extensive experience representing private equity investors in connection with the formation of joint ventures and acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, financings and development of real estate and real estate-related assets.


The George Washington University Law School, J.D. with High Honors (Order of the Coif, Law Review); City University of New York, Brooklyn College, B.A., summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa).

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Kirkland & Ellis LLP , which combines ‚Äėintellectual capacity, commercialism, professionalism and technical legal expertise', handles a broad range of legal issues, including M&A, joint ventures, debt restructurings, private equity fund formations, financing and REIT matters. The firm's client roster includes sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, pensions organizations and other institutional investors.¬†Christopher Hartmann¬†advised Starwood Capital Group on its $835m sale of 16 multifamily assets and interests in REIT entities to CapitaLand International. Jonathan Schechter acted for GAW Capital Partners on a $225m loan as part of a $650m syndicated leasehold financing for the acquisition and redevelopment of a multi-use hotel property in New York. Scott Berger¬†specializes in the private equity aspects of domestic and international real estate and real estate-related transactions. Another recent highlight included representing Marriott Vacations Worldwide on its $4.6bn acquisition of ILG. Chicago-based Joshua Hanna¬†acted for First State Super on its investment in a $1bn joint venture with Lendlease to develop and operate multifamily residential rental properties in various US cities. Rachel Brown, who is also based in Chicago, advised V√§rde Partners on the $605m sale of its interest in the Utah ski mountains. Chicago-based Andrew Small¬†is also recommended. Justin Elliott¬†joined as partner from¬†Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP¬†and John Goldman¬†joined as partner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Other clients include Atrium Hotels, Oak Street Real Estate Capital, Gramercy Property Trust and The Blackstone Group. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly advises public REITs on their largest and most significant M&A matters; the practice also routinely assists its clients and their boards of directors on governance issues, such as shareholder activism, takeover readiness and fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. Sarkis Jebejian led advice to commercial mortgage REIT Ladder Capital on an unsolicited $1.7bn acquisition proposal from Related Fund Management. Also highly rated are David Fox, Daniel Wolf, Michael Brueck, Scott Berger, Jonathan Schechter and tax specialist Michael Beinus, who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York. The partners named, unless otherwise stated, are in New York.

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