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Clifford Chance

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Jay Bernstein

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Clifford Chance LLP

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Capital Markets


Jay L. Bernstein is Chairman of the Firm’s US Corporate Finance Group. He represents, in both domestic and international markets, sponsors, investors, investment banks, specialty finance companies, REITs and other real estate, finance and hotel companies in their capital raising and merger and acquisition activities. He is also the Co-Head of the Americas Region's Financial Institutions Group, which assists a range of financial institutions, including insurance companies, specialty finance companies, asset management firms, business development companies, banks and investment banks, in their capital raising and merger and acquisition transactions. Jay's clients include leading specialty finance companies, REITs, investment banking firms, private equity and other institutional investors providing equity and debt capital to real estate, finance and hotel companies. He also advises institutional clients in the formation of private equity funds dedicated to real estate and hotel investments and represents several of these private equity funds in their investment activities. Since 1997, Jay has participated in more than US$25 billion of capital raising and mergers and acquisitions transactions involving real estate, finance and hotel companies primarily in but also outside of the US. These transactions include a variety of IPO transactions, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, strategic investments and mergers and acquisitions. Jay also represents issuers and underwriters in public and private and equity and debt offerings in a variety of other industries, including industrial manufacturing.


Boston University School of Law (JD, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1984; Lake Forest College (BA, with highest honors), 1981

United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Leading lawyers

Jay Bernstein - Clifford Chance

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Clifford Chance's REIT team in New York brings together a cross-section of lawyers from the real estate, capital markets, M&A, funds, governance, regulatory, finance and tax practices; it has experience in the US and international markets, with notable clients including Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Colony NorthStar, ReNew REIT and Corporate Property Associates 17 - Global. REITs practice leader Jay Bernstein, US tax, pensions and employment practice tax head Richard Catalano, Jason Myers, Larry Medvinsky and Clifford Cone acted for CNL Financial Group, a private investment management firm, in both the formation of an externally managed non-traded company, CNL Strategic Capital (the company), and the company's IPO; and co-head of the US capital markets practice Kathleen Werner and Catalano led advice to Corporate Property Associates 17 – Global, a publicly held non-traded REIT, on its merger with WP Carey, a large, diversified net-lease REIT. Andrew Epstein and Jake Farquharson are also highly rated; Steven Mastrovich, former managing director of three major investment banks, joined as counsel.

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