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DLA Piper LLP (US)
33 ARCH STREET
26TH FLOOR
BOSTON MA 02110-1447
United States
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Work Department

Real Estate; Finance; Real Estate Finance; Restructuring; Real Estate Investment; Real Estate Investment Trusts; Real Estate Asset Management; Real Estate Funds and Private Equity; Life Sciences

Position

Partner; Co-Chair, Global Real Estate Practice; Chair, US Real Estate Practice

Career

John Sullivan has a broad-ranging practice that encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate, with a particular emphasis representing public and private pension plans, opportunity funds, investment advisors and non-US investors in equity, debt, hybrid and joint venture transactions throughout North America. 

A significant portion of John’s practice involves representing institutional investors in real estate joint ventures. He has significant experience representing US fund sponsors of US and European real estate funds. He also has substantial experience representing both lenders and borrowers in complex real estate loan workouts and restructurings throughout the US.

Memberships

Real Estate Finance Association; Pension Real Estate Association

Education

J.D., Cornell Law School; B.A., College of the Holy Cross

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

(Leading lawyers)

John SullivanDLA Piper LLP (US)

Very commercial in its approach, with a unique understanding of the real estate business’, DLA Piper LLP (US) handles the full range of real estate matters, including permitting, development, capital markets and joint venture transactions. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use development projects, cross-border transactions, acquisitions and sales, financing on the lender and borrower side, sports development projects, leasing, construction and design, and corporate matters. Clients include private and public companies, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, developers, lenders and government entities. Boston-based US real estate chair John Sullivan, who is ‘smart and commercial, and a great person to deal with’, recently advised Cottonwood Management on its $900m development of Echelon Seaport. Atlanta-based Maxine Hicks acted for Texas Rangers Baseball Express on advising, drafting and negotiating the documents for a $1bn mixed-use project, which includes the team’s new ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The firm continues to act as national real estate counsel for Blackstone on the acquisition, sale and financing of hotels across the country. Another key highlight included advising the Walt Disney Company on the real estate aspects of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Other clients include Uber, Prudential Real Estate Investors, InterContinental Hotels Group, Greystar Capital Partners and AIG Global Real Estate. Also recommended are Washington DC-based Jay Epstien, who co-chairs the global real estate sector, and Boston-based Cara NelsonChris Smith joined from Shearman & Sterling LLPAntonio Calabrese joined from Cooley LLP, Scott Kapp joined from Dentons; and Bruce Saber joined from Arnold & Porter; they are based in New York, North Virginia, Chicago and New York respectively. Frederick Klein in Washington DC and Michael Hamilton in Los Angeles are also recommended.