Real Estate Pension Fund, Institutional Investor and Private Equity


Seyfarth’s Real Estate Pension Fund, Institutional Investor and Private Equity practice provides innovative investment counseling to some of the largest public and private pension funds, insurance companies, REITs, private equity firms and foreign and other institutional investors. 

Over the last several years, our team has handled some of the largest deals among institutional investors, including:
  • The largest industrial property transactions of 2013 and 2015 according to Real Estate Alert
  • The fourth largest industrial portfolio transaction of 2014 according to Real Estate Alert
  • Two of the top five largest single property retail transactions of 2015 according to Real Estate Alert
  • Two of the top 10 largest portfolio retail transactions of 2015 according to Real Estate Alert
In addition to representing real estate focused private equity firms in their joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions of income-producing and development properties, we also regularly represent institutional investors in organizing and planning co-investments, joint ventures, and private and public REITs. We partner with our clients in evaluating the fit of investments within their strategy and legal limitations, provide guidance on fiduciary issues as affected by ERISA, state pension codes and regulations, and ERISA standards, and advise on unrelated business taxable income (for those funds which are UBTI sensitive), and when applicable, REIT compliance rules. Our partnership goes beyond just closing the deal — we assist clients in the ownership and management of properties long after the deal has closed.
Members of Seyfarth’s Institutional Investor team are recognized as leaders in their field by Chambers USA and The Legal 500, among the elite American College of Real Estate Lawyers, or are active participants in the Pension Real Estate Association and National Association of Public Pension Fund Attorneys. Our team has decades of experience and meets regularly to stay on top of the latest developments and innovations in real estate investments, adding tremendous value to our clients’ transactions.
We also understand that part of what we do as lawyers is manage a process—whether it be closing a large acquisition or working with clients to navigate a complex entity structure.  To be effective process managers, we have adopted SeyfarthLean techniques to help our clients achieve their goals more efficiently and at lower costs.