Composition of Shareholders and Investment Properties
The Investment Management Group of Burk advises clients on the full array of complex issues throughout the industry. We represent a wide variety of developers, lenders, investment banks, pension funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), private equity funds, U.S. and international investors, and major corporations. Our representations include public and private offerings of various types of real estate securities and REITs; securitized lending transactions; leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants; real estate litigation; real estate workouts and restructurings; and the development and acquisition of office buildings, hotels, casinos, resorts and shopping centers.
A significant focus of the firm’s real estate practice is the representation of national and regional real estate investors and lenders in numerous development projects throughout the United States, including office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and luxury condominiums. We have substantial experience in the acquisition, development, operation and disposition of hard assets, equity interests and debt, including nonperforming loan and J-REIT transactions. We have represented sovereign wealth funds, foreign corporations and high-net-worth individuals in real estate-related transactions around the globe.
We provide integrated advice, drawing on all relevant practice groups across the firm’s global offices to offer our clients comprehensive guidance and innovative solutions on local, cross-border and global matters. Our group also represents sophisticated investors in these matters, as well as individuals and teams in complex carried interest planning, intergenerational events and exits.
Domestic Capital and Foreign Assets
We represent sponsors and investors in the formation and capitalization of all types of private funds with all major investment strategies. We offer extensive experience in forming funds pursuing a range of traditional debt and equity strategies in both private equity and hedge markets, such as buyout, venture capital, fund of funds, infrastructure, co-investment, real estate, debt and distressed funds, as well as funds targeting particular geographies, multi-strategy funds, and special situations investment funds with unique economic and liquidity arrangements.
We represent clients organizing a wide range of cross-border private fund structures, including master-feeder structures, managed accounts, funds of one, trust structures and parallel fund structures. Our team approach reflects cross-disciplinary thinking, closely integrated within the firm’s practices globally, and our extensive database of private funds documentation provides our teams with current and detailed market trend information.
Drawing on the firm’s depth of regulatory experience, we provide clients with integrated teams to advise on strategic planning and compliance decisions, including matters related to the changing regulatory landscape triggered by the Dodd-Frank legislation; the European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and related reforms; the offering and marketing of funds, commodities and derivatives regulation; and broker-dealer, insurance and bank regulatory matters.
We are conversant with the wide variety of financial, tax, regulatory and commercial issues that these transactions present. As a result, we have developed considerable fluency in related disciplines — including tax, compensation and the applicable regulatory regimes — and a deep understanding of the underlying investment products.
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We work with a diverse set of banking and nonbanking institutions, including universal banks, securities firms, national banks, exchanges, and information providers.