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Gil Menna

Gil Menna

Goodwin Procter LLP

New York, NY, USA


Gil Menna is a partner in and serves as chair of Goodwin Procter’s Real Estate Capital Markets Group, as well as co-chair of its REITs Practice. Mr. Menna also participates in the firm’s M&A/Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Private Investment Funds and Tax Practices. He is a former member of Goodwin Procter’s Management and Executive Committees.

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.

Mr. Menna is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading REIT attorneys. In 2010, he was honored with NAREIT’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the REIT industry. He has also been selected for inclusion to the Lawdragon 500 and is annually recognized as a “Star Individual” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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

Work for Clients

Since 2005, Mr. Menna has been involved on behalf of the firm’s clients in structuring and executing REIT transactions totaling in excess of $140 billion, with more than $120 billion in M&A transactions and $20 billion in equity and debt securities offerings.

Most recently, he has represented:

  • 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

In connection with the 50th anniversary of the legislation that established the REIT, Mr. Menna was honored by NAREIT with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Menna is also listed in the Lawdragon 500, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and U.S. News-Best Lawyers. In addition, he has been cited frequently in the legal press and 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.”

Education

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

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Menna is admitted to practice in California, Massachusetts and New York.

Gil Menna is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Columbus, OH
Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Boston, MA
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