Deborah R.Huerta


Chicago + 1.312.269.4280

Deborah Huerta advises domestic and international clients on commercial real estate matters, including real estate private equity fund formations, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets, and leasing of retail, office, and industrial space. She also advises clients on the real estate aspects of M&A, energy, and bankruptcy transactions and assists the Firm's Fortune 500 clients with management of their real estate assets.

Deborah regularly works with clients such as Henderson Park Capital Managers, Meyer Bergman Limited, Blackstone Group, Greystar Real Estate Partners, NRG Energy, and Navistar International Corporation. Other notable representations include assisting The Ohio State University in connection with the monetization of its energy assets.

In addition, Deborah leverages her real estate knowledge and prior clerking experience to counsel clients on transactional and litigation pro bono matters. Her pro bono work has included representing Anixter Center, Family Focus, and Landmarks Illinois. She also assisted a juvenile sentenced to life without parole in obtaining a reduced sentence under the Miller v. Alabama decision.

Deborah is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association.


  • OGE Energy acquires 146 MW combined cycle natural gas-fired power generation facilityJones Day advised Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp., in the purchase of a 146 MW combined cycle natural gas-fired power generation facility from Oklahoma Cogeneration, LLC in Oklahoma City, and subsequently renamed it Frontier Power Plant.
  • Navistar acquires 51 acre property in Huntsville, Alabama for new engine plantJones Day is advising Navistar International Corporation in connection with the acquisition of an approximately 51 acre property in Huntsville, Alabama for its new engine plant.
  • OGE Energy acquires 360 MW coal-fired generation facilityJones Day advised Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp., in the purchase of a 360 MW coal-fired generation facility and associated equipment from AES Shady Point, LLC, now known as River Valley Power Plant.
  • Henderson Park forms Henderson Park Real Estate Fund I ("HPREF I")Jones Day represented Henderson Park Capital Management in the formation of Henderson Park Real Estate Fund I ("HPREF I"), a $2.2 billion pan-European opportunistic and value added real estate investment fund, and in the Fund's related subscription-based credit facility.
  • USG acquired by Gebr. Knauf for $7 billionJones Day advised USG Corporation in the acquisition by Gebr. Knauf KG ("Knauf") of all of the outstanding shares of USG in a transaction valued at $7 billion.
  • Invenergy acquires multistate portfolio of renewable energy projectsJones Day represented Invenergy Wind Development LLC in its purchase of a multistate portfolio of development-stage wind and solar energy generation projects.
  • Adtalem Global Education sells DeVry UniversityJones Day advised Adtalem Global Education in the sale of DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management to Cogswell Education, LLC, a company with significant experience in higher education.
  • NRG Energy sells ownership in NRG Yield and NRG's Renewables Platform to Global Infrastructure PartnersJones Day represented NRG Energy, Inc. in the sale of NRG’s ownership in NRG Yield and NRG’s Renewables Platform to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for cash proceeds of $1.375 billion, subject to certain adjustments.
  • Nine Dragons Paper acquires Catalyst Paper Corporation for $175 millionJones Day advised Nine Dragons Paper in its $175 million acquisition of the Rumford, Maine and Biron, Wisconsin paper mills of Catalyst Paper Corporation.
  • 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.
  • Illinois victim of torture sentenced to life without parole at age 17 wins early releaseOur Jones Day team, working in collaboration with Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic and DLA Piper, helped to secure the early release of Jaime Hauad from prison because he had been subject to torture by Chicago police officers during their investigation of the crimes underlying his conviction.
  • 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.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Wells Fargo Commercial Insurance businessJones Day advised USI Insurance Services ("USI"), a portfolio company of KKR and CDPQ, on the acquisition of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc. ("WFIS") from Wells Fargo & Company.
  • 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.
  • Citizens Bank provides $150 million credit facility to Golden West Packaging GroupJones Day represented Citizens Bank, N.A. in connection with a $150 million credit facility provided to Golden West Packaging Group LLC, a holding company for investments in the packaging industry.
  • Newell Brands sells Tools division to Stanley Black & Decker for $1.95 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the $1.95 billion sale of its Tools business, including the Irwin®, Lenox®, and Hilmor® brands, to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Rivian acquires manufacturing facility in IllinoisJones Day advised Rivian Automotive in its purchase of the Mitsubishi Motors North American facility in Normal, Illinois.
  • Nick Weber forms Henderson Park Capital ManagementJones Day represented Nick Weber in the formation of Henderson Park Capital Management, a London based private equity real estate asset management platform. Stone Point Capital, a Connecticut-based private equity firm, Kuwait Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund, and Wafra Investment Advisory Group, a New York and Kuwait-based investment manager, are the cornerstone investors in the management company.
  • Digital Bridge acquires DataBankJones Day advised Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC, an investment firm that owns and operates communications infrastructure assets, on its acquisition of DataBank, Ltd., a leading North American provider of enterprise-class data center solutions including colocation, managed services, as well as cloud and network services, from Avista Capital Partners.
  • Specialty Silicone Fabricators sold to Trelleborg ABJones Day advised Specialty Silicone Fabricators, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of high-precision silicone components for medical technology original equipment manufacturers, in connection with the sale of all of the company's outstanding stock and real estate owned by certain entities related to shareholders of the company to Trelleborg AB, a Sweden-based leader in engineered polymer solutions.
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