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Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Michael Rechtin, Chicago, USA

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Michael Rechtin

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Real Estate; Data Center Services; Structured & Real Estate Finance; Real Estate Development; Real Estate Leasing; Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs); Real Estate Pension Fund, Institutional Investor and Private Equity; Corporate; Commercial Finance


Partner and Chair of Data Centers Department


Michael D. Rechtin Jr. is a Real Estate partner in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. His practice has a focus on data center, headquarters, office, industrial and retail leasing. He also handles data center transactions in general, build-to-suit transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures and development. With more than 20 years of real estate law experience, Mr. Rechtin has represented life insurance companies both locally and nationally, Fortune 500 companies, pension funds and pension fund advisors, investment advisory groups, commercial developers, real estate entrepreneurs, REITs and professional services firms.

Mr. Rechtin represents clients on all related and tangential agreements in connection with data center work, including service level agreements (SLA), tax abatement and exemption agreements, vendor agreements, indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreements, telco and fiber licenses (long haul and last mile), master service agreements (MSA), service orders, and meet-me-room-related agreements (MMR).


American Bar Association; Illinois Bar Association; North Branch Works (Secretary and Board of Directors Member); Northwestern University Graduate School of Engineering (Adjunct Professor)


J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, cum laude (1992); B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989) Dean’s List

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is ‘excellent at solving deal issues from start to finish’ and provides ‘diligent efforts with common sense solutions’, advising on a range of matters including M&A, construction, finance, environmental issues, joint ventures, fund formation, development, leasing, land use and zoning and real estate litigation. The firm acts for commercial and investment banks, public and private pension funds, life insurance companies, developers, big-box retailers and institutional landlords. Los Angeles-based Richard Mendelson advised John Hancock Life Insurance Company on various matters including a $500m loan and acquisition of four properties, while New York-based John Napoli advised Workspace Property Trust on a $1.28bn loan from JP Morgan Chase. Peter Korda co-chairs the firm’s national structured and real estate finance practice group and the New York real estate department. Boston-based Andrew Shure and Eric Greenberg are also recommended, alongside Washington DC-based Thomas Galli and Cynthia Mitchell in New York. Robin Freeman and Mitchell co-lead the firm’s healthcare real estate and finance practice, Freeman is also chair of the San Francisco real estate department. In March 2018 Michael Rechtin joined the Chicago office from Baker McKenzie LLP and now chairs the firm's data center services practice group.

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