Michael J.Austin (Mike)

Associate

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Mike Austin represents clients in complex real estate transactions. His practice includes real estate private equity fund formations, joint ventures, sale-leaseback transactions, acquisition and disposition of real estate, and commercial leasing of retail and industrial space throughout the United States. In addition, he has assisted clients involved in developing public-private partnerships with states, municipalities, and universities for the operation of major infrastructure assets, such as tollways, bridges, utility systems, and parking systems. Mike has been involved in some of the largest public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure transactions in the United States, including representing The Ohio State University in connection with the monetization of its parking facilities for $483 million and the monetization of the University's energy assets.

In addition to Ohio State, Mike works regularly with clients such as LaSalle Investment Management, Meyer Bergman, Orion Capital Managers, Shake Shack, StepStone Real Estate Group, Transwestern Investment Group, and TriGate Capital. He also helped represent the City of Detroit in the confirmation of its plan of adjustment, focusing on the City's infrastructure assets, including its electrical system, art collection, and real estate.

Prior to attending law school, Mike worked as a legal management consultant, providing consulting services to in-house legal departments for Fortune 500 companies.

Experience

  • DTE Energy enters into energy services agreement with Wayne County for utility plant serving Wayne County's to-be-constructed criminal justice centerJones Day advised DTE Energy in connection with the negotiation of an energy services agreement with Wayne County for a central utility plant serving Wayne County's to-be-constructed criminal justice center.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Cineworld Group completes asset monetization strategies in United States through cinema sale-leaseback transactionsJones Day advised UK headquartered, Cineworld Group PLC in connection with an asset monetization strategy in the United States involving a combined cash consideration of $556.3 million cinema sale-leaseback transactions to convert a substantial portion of Cineworld’s U.S. real estate holdings into cash to leverage its equity and optimize efficiency.
  • Transwestern forms second real estate private equity fund, TSP Value and Income Fund IIJones Day advised Transwestern Investment Group in connection with the formation of its second real estate private equity fund, TSP Value and Income Fund II, L.P., which raised $200 million.
  • Cortec Group sells WU Holdco to The Carlyle Group and TA AssociatesJones Day advised the Cortec Group in the sale of WU Holdco, Inc., the holding company for Weiman Products, LLC and Urnex Brands, LLC, which are leading developers, manufacturers, and distributors of specialty cleaning products for the consumer and commercial markets, to The Carlyle Group and TA Associates.
  • Greystar forms joint venture between Greystar, MIRA Real Estate, part of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, and APGJones Day advised in the formation of Greystar Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (Greystar APAC), a Singapore joint venture between Greystar, MIRA Real Estate, part of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, and APG.
  • Trico Group acquires Performance Pumps business of UCI International HoldingsJones Day advised Trico Group Holdings, LLC in connection with its acquisition of the Performance Pumps business of UCI International Holdings.
  • Northeastern University negotiates contract with QIC Global Infrastructure structure to manage, operate and maintain University's parking system for 50 yearsJones Day advised Northeastern University in its negotiation with Brisbane, Australia-based QIC Global Infrastructure (QIC) for QIC to manage, operate and maintain the University's parking system for 50 years in exchange for an upfront payment.
  • Henderson Park acquires iconic Westin Paris-VendomeJones Day advised Henderson Park Real Estate Fund I in connection with its €550 million (US$647 million) acquisition of the iconic Westin Paris-Vendome hotel.
  • Cooper Standard acquires Lauren Manufacturing and Lauren PlasticsJones Day advised Cooper Standard regarding its acquisition of Lauren Manufacturing and Lauren Plastics, extruders and molders of organic, silicone, thermoplastic and engineered polymer products with expertise in sealing solutions for industrial and specialty automotive applications.
  • Fortus Partners forms Detroit Renaissance Real Estate Fund, LPJones Day advised Fortus Renaissance GP, LLC in the fundraising for the real estate private equity fund, Detroit Renaissance Real Estate Fund, LP.
  • Tigo El Salvador to sell and lease back towers to SBA Communications Corporation for approximately $145 millionJones Day is advising Telemóvil El Salvador S.A. de C.V. ("Tigo El Salvador"), a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A., in the sale of up to approximately 800 wireless communications towers to a subsidiary of SBA Communications Corporation ("SBA").
  • Jones Lang LaSalle fund buys 51 percent ownership stake of 12-property portfolio of shopping centers in New York and New Jersey areaJones Day advised Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated in connection with an advised fund participating in the buyout of a 51 percent ownership stake of a 12-property portfolio of shopping centers in the New York and New Jersey area.
  • Meyer Bergman closes European Retail Partners III FundJones Day acted as counsel to Meyer Bergman, Ltd. in the formation and closing of Meyer Bergman European Retail Partners III, which, together with its dedicated co-investment vehicles, is a €990 million real estate private equity fund making investments in the retail sector  across Europe.
  • StepStone forms joint venture with Milhaus, acquires five multifamily developments, and forms additional joint venture with Milhaus for acquisition of multifamily development project located in MissouriJones Day represented StepStone Group LP in connection with the (i) formation of a joint venture with Milhaus and the acquisition by such entity of five multifamily developments located in Indiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and (ii) formation of an additional development joint venture with Milhaus for the acquisition of a multifamily development project located in Missouri and capital commitments for the acquisition of additional multifamily development projects.
  • Jones Lang LaSalle invests in CER Italian LogisticsJones Day advised Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated in connection with its investment in CER Italian Logistics L.P., a fund that targets opportunistic real estate investments in Italy.
  • Greystar forms open ended core plus fund and acquires Monogram for approximately $4.4 billionJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on a number of related transactions culminating in the acquisition of Monogram Residential Trust, Inc. (a publicly traded REIT based in Plano, Texas), an owner, operator, and developer of luxury apartment communities with a significant presence in select coastal markets, in a transaction valued at approximately $4.4 billion, including the debt assumed or refinanced in connection with the transaction.
  • Lam Research acquires Coventor, Inc.Jones Day advised Lam Research Corporation in its acquisition of Coventor, Inc., a leading provider of simulation and modeling solutions for semiconductor process technology, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • The Ohio State University forms comprehensive first of its kind energy management program worth approximately $1.2 billionJones Day advised The Ohio State University in connection with a comprehensive energy management program for the University to be provided by Ohio State Energy Partners, a consortium comprised of ENGIE North America Inc. and Axium Infrastructure US Inc.
  • AquaBounty completes purchase of Bell Fish Company's aquatic biomass farming facilityJones Day represented AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market, in connection with its $14 million purchase of Bell Fish Company's aquatic biomass farming facility in Albany, Indiana.
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