Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that REIT duo Stuart A. Barr and Cameron N. Cosby have joined the Firm as partners in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Barr and Mr. Cosby will work closely with the Firm's robust capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and real estate practices to represent real estate investment trust (REIT) clients.
Mr. Barr will be a partner in the Corporate Department and will serve as the head of the Firm's REIT Practice. He represents issuer and underwriter clients on public equity and debt offerings, including initial public offerings, and also represents public REITs and private real estate companies on merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Cosby joins as a partner in the Tax Department and will focus on advising REITs on the tax aspects of real estate and partnership transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, merger and acquisition transactions, and joint ventures. Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Barr and Mr. Cosby were both partners at Hogan Lovells.
“Stuart and Cam's extensive REIT experience will help further augment our current practice and provide our clients in this space with sophisticated legal counsel on their most complex needs,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “I am thrilled to welcome them to the Firm.”
“We are uniquely positioned to provide market-leading experience in both our real estate and REIT practices,” added Jonathan L. Mechanic, chair of the Firm's Real Estate Department. “I look forward to partnering with Stuart and Cam.”
“We are excited to add a partner of Stuart's reputation and experience to head our REIT practice. He brings a wealth of securities law experience and real estate industry knowledge to the Firm, further deepening our strong practices. Cam's high-caliber tax experience will be of great help in this space as well,” said Daniel J. Bursky, head of the Firm's Capital Markets Practice. “We are confident that Stuart and Cam's addition will only further help our clients strategically navigate this sector in upcoming years.”
Mr. Barr is consistently recognized by Chambers & Partners
as a leading individual in REITs, and by Legal 500
in US Real Estate: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). He received his JD, cum laude
, from New York University School of Law and his BS, magna cum laude
, from Duke University.
Mr. Cosby is regularly recognized by Chambers & Partners
as a leading individual in REITs: Tax and by Legal 500
in US Real Estate: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and US Taxes: Non-Contentious. He received his JD from William & Mary Law School, where he was editor of the Administrative Law Review
, and his BS from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.
“Stuart and Cam bring with them an outstanding REIT practice that aligns well with our current capital markets, tax, mergers and acquisitions and real estate experience,” added Alan S. Kaden, co-chair of Fried Frank's Tax Department and managing partner of the Washington, DC office. ”We are pleased to welcome them to the Firm, and to the DC office.”
Clients regularly turn to Fried Frank for REIT-related transactions. The Firm serves as principal corporate, tax, and securities counsel for public and private REITs, real estate operating companies, and other real estate financing companies as well as investment banks, financial institutions, and real estate funds. The group is well-versed in the issues facing public and private real estate companies and real estate financing companies and offers a range of advisory services, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions transactions, roll-ups, financings, securities offerings, and restructurings. The REIT group also represents clients in portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, joint venture transactions, and the formation of real estate funds.