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Patricia McGowan

Patricia McGowan

Venable LLP

Baltimore, MD, USA


Patricia McGowan is a partner with the 600-lawyer firm of Venable LLP, with offices in Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  Her practice focuses on a wide range of corporate law matters, including corporate governance, securities transactions, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on Maryland corporation law as it relates to real estate investment trusts (REITs), financial institutions and healthcare companies.  Approximately 80% of all publicly traded REITs are formed under Maryland law and Ms. McGowan and her colleagues advise over one half of this group, as well as privately-held REITs and other entities, on matters of Maryland law.

Ms. McGowan has served as Maryland counsel in more than two dozen initial public offerings, including 5 hospitality REITs, as well as multiple follow-on and at-the-market offerings.  She has acted as Maryland counsel to a publicly-traded hotel management corporation in its divestiture of 28 hotels in an approximately $4.2 billion transaction and has advised the special committees of several companies in their consideration and negotiation of strategic alternatives. In addition, she has served as Maryland counsel in the spin-offs of two publicly-traded REITs and in several publicly-traded REIT mergers.

Ms. McGowan served as Past Chair of the Business Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and as Past Chair of its Committee on Corporation Law and is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section and the Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section.  She received her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University and her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law.
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