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Gil Menna

Gil Menna

Goodwin Procter LLP

New York, NY, USA


Gil Menna is a co-chair of the firm’s REITs and Real Estate M+A Practice. Mr. Menna also participates in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Public Companies, Real Estate Tax and Private Investment Funds Practices. He is a former member of Goodwin’s Management and Executive committees, and former chair of the firm’s global Real Estate Capital Markets Group.

Mr. Menna represents many of the nation’s leading publicly traded real estate operating companies in connection with their merger and acquisition, corporate finance and corporate governance matters. In addition to his extensive knowledge of the public REIT industry, he also has significant experience representing a variety of real estate investment managers in connection with their private equity capital, merger and acquisition and portfolio acquisition transactions.

For the past eight years, Mr. Menna has captained Team Goodwin in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a charity bike ride which raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In that time, Goodwin has raised over $670,000 for cancer research and treatment. He has also participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge charity bike ride for 20 years.

Areas of Practice

REITs and Real Estate M+A
Mergers + Acquisitions
Capital Markets
Public Companies
Real Estate Tax
Real Estate Investment Funds

Experience

Over the several years, he has assisted clients in structuring and executing REIT transactions totaling well in excess of $160 billion, with more than $120 billion in M&A transactions and $40 billion in equity and debt securities offerings.

Most recently, he has represented:
  • Monogram Residential Trust in connection with its proposed highly structured $3 billion privatization transaction with Greystar and a consortium of foreign investors
  • Underwriting syndicate in Invitation Homes’ $1.8 billion IPO, the largest U.S. IPO since October 2015 and the second largest REIT IPO ever
  • MAA (Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.) in its $3.9 billion acquisition with Post Properties Inc.
  • The Scion Group LLC in its $1.4 billion acquisition (in joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation) of University House Communities Group, Inc.
  • Paramount Group Inc. in connection with its $2.6 billion IPO, the largest IPO in the REIT industry ever
  • Essex Property Trust in its $15.4 billion merger with BRE Properties, creating the third-largest multifamily REIT in the country
  • MAA (Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.) in its $8.6 billion acquisition of Colonial Properties Trust, Inc.
  • Cole Credit Property Trust II in its $7.1 billion acquisition by Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.
  • AvalonBay Communities, Inc. in its $16 billion acquisition (in joint venture with Equity Residential) of Archstone Enterprise LP
  • CreXus Investment Corp in its $ 1 billion acquisition by Annaly Capital Management, Inc.
Professional Activities

Mr. Menna is a Board Associate member of NAREIT, and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and the board of directors of New York University's Real Estate Institute's REIT Center.

He is an adjunct professor and lecturer in law at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on real estate M&A and restructurings.

Mr. Menna has written and lectured extensively on topics in real estate securities and mergers & acquisitions, as well as on tax law issues facing the real estate capital markets industry.

Recognition

Mr. Menna is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading REIT attorneys and has practiced in the real estate M&A and real estate securities area for over 33 years. In 2010, during NAREIT’s 50 anniversary, he was honored with the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the REIT market. He is annually recognized as a “Star Individual” in Nationwide REITs by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was most recently named to the Legal 500’s inaugural Hall of Fame list for his work in the REIT space. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Lawdragon 500, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. News-Best Lawyers and, as a young lawyer, was previously selected for inclusion in The American Lawyer’s “Forty-five Under 45” – a list of young lawyers “who are making their mark today and will lead the profession tomorrow.”

Credentials

Education
  • M.L.T., 1983
    Georgetown University
  • J.D., 1982
    Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., 1978
    Syracuse University
    (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
Admissions

Bar
Massachusetts
California
New York

Courts
U.S. Tax Court
Gil Menna is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Disruptors in the Global Market as a Catalyst for REIT M&A and Restructurings: Fact or Fiction; Public-to-Private Deals and Other Transactions - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Monday, January 22, 2018
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Corporate Governance Trends in the Public REIT Sector: An Evolving Landscape - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Monday, January 22, 2018
Top Ten Practice Points by Experts: REIT IPOs - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Monday, January 22, 2018
Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Monday, January 22, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Disruptors in the Global Market as a Catalyst for REIT M&A and Restructurings: Fact or Fiction; Public-to-Private Deals and Other Transactions - Disruptors in the Global Market as a Catalyst for REIT M&A and Restructurings: Fact or Fiction; Public-to-Private Deals and Other Transactions, Monday, January 22, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Disruptors in the Global Market as a Catalyst for REIT M&A and Restructurings: Fact or Fiction; Public-to-Private Deals and Other Transactions - Disruptors in the Global Market as a Catalyst for REIT M&A and Restructurings: Fact or Fiction; Public-to-Private Deals and Other Transactions, Monday, January 22, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Disruptors in the Global Market as a Catalyst for REIT M&A and Restructurings: Fact or Fiction; Public-to-Private Deals and Other Transactions - Disruptors in the Global Market as a Catalyst for REIT M&A and Restructurings: Fact or Fiction; Public-to-Private Deals and Other Transactions, Monday, January 22, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 26, 2018, New York, NY
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