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Bruce Gilchrist

Bruce Gilchrist

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Bruce Gilchrist is a partner in Hogan Lovells’ corporate finance and securities groups.  For many years, a substantial part of Bruce’s practice has focused on REITS and other entities and individuals engaged in the real estate industry, including owners and operators of hotels, office buildings and multifamily properties, homebuilders, and management companies.

He has participated in acquisitions and business combinations involving mergers, stock purchases, asset transactions, partnership rollups (both public and private), leveraged buyouts, and tender offers. He has represented issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, reorganizations, and recapitalizations. In addition to dealing with the securities and corporate finance law aspects of various transactions, Bruce regularly advises clients concerning compliance with the federal securities laws and regulations, including those relating to corporate governance and disclosure obligations.

Bruce has been recognized as a leading REIT lawyer by Chambers and Legal 500.  In 2013, the American Lawyer recognized him as a Dealmaker of the Year for his work on Equity Residential’s acquisition of Archstone in a joint venture with AvalonBay Communities.

Bruce grew up in Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from Columbia College in 1972 with a degree in Classics.  He received an MA in Classics from Columbia in 1974.  He received his law degree in 1980 from Columbia, where he was a Notes and Comments editor for the Columbia Law Review and was named a James Kent Scholar.  After law school, Bruce clerked for Justice Morris Pashman of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Bruce has served for over 15 years on the Board of Directors, and is a past president, of the American Civil Liberties Union for the Nation’s Capital and is currently a member of the National Board of the ACLU.

Representative Experience

  • Advising Equity Residential in its $16 billion acquisition of Archstone with AvalonBay; Archstone-Smith in its $22.2 billion acquisition by Tishman Speyer and Lehman Brothers; Trizec in its $8.9 billion acquisition by Brookfield and The Blackstone Group; Lehman Brothers/ING Clarion in their $2.8 billion acquisition of Gables; Parkway Properties in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Thomas Properties Group and the concurrent sale of 3 office properties to Brandywine Realty Trust; Kingdom Hotels in its acquisitions of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Raffles, in a joint venture with Colony Capital, and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, in a joint venture with Cascade Investments (private investment vehicle of Bill Gates); GE on its $2.3 billion disposition of Storage USA to Extra Space Storage and Prudential Real Estate Investors; Trizec in its participation with GE in the $3.8 billion acquisition of Arden.
  • Advising Host Hotels & Resorts in its conversion to a REIT and concurrent acquisition of the Blackstone hotel portfolio and rollup of various public and private hotel partnerships.
  • Advising Charles E. Smith Residential, in its IPO, which was the first public rollup transaction by a REIT, and the underwriters in the IPOs of CarrAmerica, which pioneered the UPREIT structure, and Empire State Realty Trust, which included a public rollup.
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