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Robert C. Lee (Bob)

Practice Leader Real Estate


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  • University of Michigan (J.D. cum laude 1985); University of Virginia (Bachelor of City Planning, American Planning Association Outstanding Student Award, 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Bob Lee has more than 30 years of experience representing real estate private equity clients in domestic U.S. and cross-border real estate investments, joint ventures, and private fund and REIT formations. He has negotiated complex equity and debt investments, co-investments, public and private real estate company mergers and acquisitions, and fund and asset management company buyouts in the United States, U.K., Europe, and Asia. Bob also has led both buy-side and sell-side teams in large portfolio transactions. He co-leads Jones Day's Real Estate Practice worldwide and leads the Firm's Real Estate Funds group.

Bob has represented clients such as Greystar Real Estate Partners, Henderson Park Capital Management, LaSalle Investment Management, Meyer Bergman Limited, Orion Capital Managers, Resolution Property, Transwestern Investment Group, and Trigate Capital in the formation of more than $25 billion in real estate private equity funds, joint ventures, and co-investments and more than $20 billion in portfolio acquisitions and dispositions and public and private real estate company mergers and acquisitions.

Bob is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and serves on the board of trustees of the Chicago Historical Society and its Chicago History Museum. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Landmarks Illinois and After School Matters, a public/private partnership that provides after school and summer programming to Chicago Public High School students through paid apprenticeships and internships in the arts, technology, sports, and communication.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA directory (2004-2018) — Illinois, real estate — described as "business-savvy with extensive commercial knowledge" and recommended by clients as providing "crystal clear counsel" and having a "very agile mind for complicated transactions and structures"

    Legal 500 (United States) — described as "sharp and adept"

    World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers (Euromoney)

    Best Lawyers in America

    Illinois Super Lawyers
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