James I.Kinnebrew


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James Kinnebrew has more than 15 years of combined experience as both a lawyer and a CPA advising on the federal income tax aspects of complex commercial transactions. His practice has a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border real estate transactions, strategic joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, capital markets transactions, restructurings, financings, and workouts. He also advises on domestic and international real estate private equity fund formations and operations, the formation of public and private REITs, and debt and equity offerings by public REITs.

James works regularly with clients such as DDR, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LaSalle Investment Management, StepStone Real Estate Group, the Townsend Group, and the Westbrook Real Estate Funds. In addition, he has represented sponsors of real estate investment funds throughout the fundraising process, including DivcoWest, Henderson Park Capital Managers, Kildare Partners, LoanCore Capital, Thackeray Partners, and TriGate Capital. James also regularly counsels sovereign investors with respect to their investments in the United States.

Prior to joining Jones Day, James was a tax associate in the Washington, D.C. office of a large New York-based law firm, where he primarily focused on the taxation of partnerships, REITs, and other pass-through entities. He also represented institutional investors, including pension funds and other tax-exempt entities, in their domestic and international investment activities.

Prior to entering the legal profession, James practiced as a certified public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on tax matters across a variety of industries.


  • Vantage Data Centers forms $3.5 billion strategic partnership with Colony Capital to advance data center growthJones Day is advising Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data center campuses, on forming a strategic partnership with Colony Capital, Inc. valued at $3.5 billion to accelerate the expansion of Vantage’s best-in-class, wholesale data centers throughout North America and Europe.
  • JTC acquires NES Financial for up to $116 millionJones Day advised JTC PLC in the acquisition of NES Financial, a technology-enabled provider of specialist fund administration and treasury services recognized on the San Francisco Business Times top Bay Area fintech list, for up to $116 million.
  • Gilde Healthcare V raises €416 million for its venture and growth capital fundJones Day represented Gilde Healthcare in connection with the establishment of Gilde Healthcare V, a venture & growth capital fund that invests in digital and home health, medtech, diagnostics, research tools and instruments, and therapeutics.
  • Mill Creek forms programmatic joint venture with fund managed by QuadReal Property GroupJones Day represented Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC in the creation of a programmatic joint venture with a fund managed by QuadReal Property Group.
  • PFA acquires stake in $1 billion U.S. multifamily portfolioJones Day represented Domain Capital Group, designated asset manager to U.S. multifamily operator Simpson Housing, in a joint venture with Danish pension fund PFA where PFA took a 49% stake in a $1.05 billion portfolio that includes apartment buildings in Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Houston, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle and comprises nearly 3,500 units.
  • The University of Iowa forms comprehensive energy management program worth approximately $1.165 billionJones Day advised the University of Iowa (UI) in connection with the concession for its energy and water systems, in a public-private partnership (P3) with a consortium of ENGIE and Meridiam.
  • Foundry Commercial Partners completes recapitalization of its GP investment platformJones Day represented Foundry Commercial Partners, LLC in the recapitalization of its GP investment platform.
  • SITE Centers completes $195 million registered public offeringJones Day represented SITE Centers Corp., a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust, in connection with its $197.5 million registered public offering of 13,255,000 Common Shares.
  • DataBank acquires LightBoundJones Day advised DataBank in connection with the acquisition and related financing of LightBound, an Indianapolis-based provider of colocation, Internet, voice, network, and cloud services.
  • Hill-Rom sells surgical consumable products to Audax Private Equity for $170 millionJones Day advised Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), which recently rebranded as Hillrom, in its $170 million sale of certain surgical consumable products and related assets to an affiliate of Audax Private Equity.
  • Whitman/Peterson forms Core Plus FundJones Day advised Whitman/Peterson LLC in connection with the formation of its Core Plus Fund, which raised $115 million.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SITE Centers Corp. refinances $900 million mortgage loanJones Day advised SITE Centers Corp. in connection with the refinancing of a $900 million mortgage loan provided by Column Financial, Inc.; JP Morgan; and Morgan Stanley which was collateralized by mortgage liens on 24 U.S. properties, one Puerto Rico Property, and a pledge of equity interests in the owners of 12 Puerto Rico properties.
  • 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.
  • Vantage Data Centers acquires Canadian-based 4Degrees Colocation for approximately $200 millionJones Day advised Vantage Data Centers, a leading provider of data centers in support of business and mission-critical applications, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Canadian-based 4Degrees Colocation from Videotron Ltd., a Quebecor Media Inc. (QMI) subsidiary, for approximately $200 million.
  • LendingTree acquires ValuePenguin for $105 millionJones Day advised LendingTree, Inc. in its $105 million acquisition of Value Holding Inc., the parent company of ValuePenguin.com, a personal finance website that conducts in-depth research and analysis on a variety of topics from insurance to credit cards.
  • ACG Equity Partners acquires housing community in Lincoln, NebraskaJones Day advised AGC Equity Partners Private Equity Secondary Fund II L.P. in its acquisition of Aspen Lincoln, a 632-bed student housing community located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • SITE Centers Corp. establishes $250 million at-the-market programJones Day represented SITE Centers Corp., a self-administered real estate investment trust, in connection with the establishment of an at-the-market program for the sale of up to $250 million of its Common Shares.
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