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DLA Piper LLP (US)

1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104, USA
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Work +1 212 335 4500
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Fax +1 212 335 4501
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www.dlapiper.com

Kerry Johnson

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Work 1 212 335 4948
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Real Estate

Position

Partner

Career

Kerry Johnson concentrates on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and general corporate law. Her primary focus is the real estate industry, particularly exchange-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and their underwriters.

A significant portion of Kerry's practice includes representation of exchange-listed REITs in initial public offerings, secondary offerings, at-the-market offerings and follow-on public offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as private securities offerings under Rule 144A and Regulation D. Kerry also represents leading investment banking firms in initial public offerings and follow-on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

Education

JD, Wake Forest University; BA, University of Pennsylvania


United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Efficient, business savvy and knowledgeable’, DLA Piper LLP (US)’s REIT practice is composed of ‘specialists in their fields’. Most notably, Raleigh-based Robert Bergdolt is ‘a nationally recognized expert in private REITs’ and heads a team that is particularly well known for its experience in the formation of public non-traded REITs. Bergdolt acted for an impressive raft of high-profile clients over the past year including Blackstone REIT. New York-based rising star Kerry Johnson had a banner year and led on several significant deals, such as handling Highwoods Properties’ $300m senior notes offering. REIT tax lead Robert Le Duc, who splits his time between Minneapolis and Chicago, is ‘a prominent name’.

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