Mr Robert K. Smith > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
United States

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Securities, Corporate Governance and Board Advisory, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate Capital Markets, Mortgage REITs, Corporate




Mr. Smith is the co-head of the firm’s REIT capital markets practice and has more than 20 years of experience in advising REITs in various asset classes, including mortgage, office, industrial, data center, retail and self-storage REITs, on a broad range of capital markets, securities, governance and SEC compliance matters. Mr. Smith has represented both issuers and underwriters in numerous capital markets transactions, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, 144A offerings and other private placements.

In the last five years alone, Mr. Smith has been counsel in almost 80 separate securities offerings by REITs for combined gross proceeds of approximately $10 billion (including the then largest ever non-rated public offering of preferred stock). Mr. Smith leads a number of engagements for publicly traded REITs, including some of the largest publicly-traded mortgage REITs, and he is either issuer’s or designated underwriter’s counsel for a significant portion of all U.S. listed mortgage REITs. Mr. Smith also acts as exclusive outside corporate counsel on a pro bono basis to a national, real estate-focused, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education and diversity in underserved cities.


Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar


  • JD, SUNY Buffalo Law School, magna cum laude, Note and Comment Editor, The Buffalo Law, 2001
  • BA, St. Bonaventure University, cum laude, 1998

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP capital markets-based practice is based out of Richmond and is led by George Howell and David Wright . The team represents issuers and underwriters on high-value transactions and is skilled in public and private securities offerings, SEC compliance matters and IPO’s — James Davidson is the contact here. In Washington DC, Robert K. Smith  handles capital markets work, particularly 144A offerings and private placements. Federal income tax issues related to equity and mortgage REITs are dealt with by Kendal Sibley who is highly praised by clients.