Jesse Criz > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0089
United States

Work Department

Corporate; Finance; Global Investment Funds; Investment Management and Funds; Mergers and Acquisitions; Real Estate Finance; Real Estate Funds and Private Equity; Real Estate Investment Trusts; Tax; Transactional Tax Planning; Real Estate


Partner; Head, Investment Management and RECM Practice; Co-Managing Partner, Chicago Office


Jesse Criz heads DLA Piper’s Investment Management and Real Estate Capital Markets practice. He also co-manages the firm’s Chicago office. For more than 20 years, Jesse has guided clients through their most critical transactions and advised them on strategic decisions in all aspects of their businesses, creating true partnerships with his clients.

Throughout his career, Jesse has practiced in the areas of taxation, corporate and vehicle formation. Today, he focuses on advising investment management firms in all aspects of their businesses, primarily regarding the structuring and formation of private investment vehicles and all of their investment activities, both in the United States and globally.

Jesse is formally trained as a tax attorney and has extensive experience representing real estate investment trusts (REITs). He regularly advises firms on structuring all types of funds, co-investments and separate accounts. In addition, he has experience in M&A transactions in the investment management sector. He has led numerous highly complicated domestic and international real estate, corporate, and partnership transactions, including going private transactions, public and private REIT formations and securities offerings, REIT mergers and acquisitions, partnership rollups and UPREIT transactions.

Jesse has also structured and advised global investment management firms on cross-border real estate investments and the formation of foreign real estate funds, most recently in Europe and Canada.


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law; B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; CPA, Illinois

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to maintain its reputation as a leading investor-side offering, with the team providing ‘well thought out, comprehensive and bespoke advice‘ to more than 250 institutional investors, including some of the largest and most active sovereign wealth funds, endowments, insurance companies, public pension plans and financial institutions. Recently, the team has also been increasing its focus on sponsor-side work, and has developed particular strength in real estate, energy, and infrastructure fund formation. This dual focus is exemplified by the group’s leadership structure, with key specialized practitioners split between the Chicago and Austin offices; the former location fields Jesse Criz – who co-chairs the investment management practice – and Nathaniel Marrs – who oversees sponsor-side work, while the latter is the base for Criz’s counterpart, David Parrish, and Marrs’ opposite number, investor-side specialist Nicole Brennig. Another illustration of the firm’s ever-growing dedication to sponsor-side mandates was the recent arrival of Ken Muller, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, to the San Francisco office.