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

Real Estate Finance; Real Estate Investment; Real Estate Asset Management; Emerging Growth and Venture Capital; Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity; Asset Based Lending; Technology; Food and Beverage; Financial Services




Scott Kapp represents family offices, entrepreneurial clients and a diversified group of private companies at various stages of development, including private equity and venture-backed companies.

He provides strategic advice on both legal and business issues, including capital and deal structure, litigation and transaction strategy, and strategic planning. In addition, Scott regularly advises clients in a variety of areas within the real estate industry, including in the acquisition, disposition, management, construction, development and leasing of office, industrial, multi-family and retail properties.


J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; M.B.A., The University of Chicago; B.A., University of Wisconsin

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

Dentons advises lenders, borrowers, and developers on a range of real estate financing and development projects  in sectors including finance, insurance, healthcare, energy, and student housing. Robert Fernandez recently acted for Citadel Enterprise Americas on the leasing of 400,000 square feet to maintain its headquarters in Chicago. Another highlight included the firm’s work for Greenland USA on a $400m construction loan, while Patrick Moran acted for Riverside Investment & Development Company on the negotiation of a master redevelopment agreement with National Railroad Passenger Corporation for a $1bn development project and joint venture. Linda White continues to advise Blackstone on the $500m renovation of Willis Tower in Chicago; this involves construction, leasing and intellectual property issues. Atlanta-based Bill Timmons has a nationwide practice advising on financing transactions including construction, permanent and revolving credit loans. David Fenley joined as partner in Kansas City from Husch Blackwell LLPRobert Stephan joined as counsel from Chapman & Cutler LLP. Nikki Fanous joined as counsel in the Dallas office from Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, P.C.. Scott Kapp left for DLA Piper LLP (US). All named attorneys are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

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.