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.


  • Transwestern forms joint venture to develop Stanmore Warner Ranch in Round Rock, TexasJones Day advised Transwestern Investment Group on the formation of a joint venture to develop Stanmore Warner Ranch, a 336-unit multifamily project in Round Rock, Texas.
  • DataBank acquires zColo for $1.4 billionJones Day advised DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, in connection with the acquisition and financing of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, from Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. for $1.4 billion.
  • Wells Fargo-led syndicate of lenders successfully negotiate secured $1.1 billion restructuring credit facility for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)Jones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”), as administrative agent, in connection with the Chapter 11 financial reorganization plan of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (“PREIT”), a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages a portfolio of shopping malls totaling over 23 million square feet of retail space.
  • Affiliate of Transwestern Investment Group forms joint venture to develop industrial and warehouse buildingsJones Day advised an affiliate of Transwestern Investment Group in its joint venture to purchase certain real property in California and develop industrial and warehouse buildings.
  • SITE Centers acquires interest in BRE DDR Retail Holdings IV LLCJones Day advised SITE Centers Corp. in its acquisition of Blackstone's interest in BRE DDR Retail Holdings IV LLC (Bayside JV), a joint venture that owns and operates retail shopping centers.
  • A large national bank forms joint venture to acquire Spring Creek Gardens Condominiums in Brooklyn, New YorkJones Day advised a large national bank in its joint venture with a local operating partner for the acquisition and related financing of the property known as Spring Creek Gardens Condominiums in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Vantage Data Centers forms $3.5 billion strategic partnership with Colony Capital to advance data center growthJones Day advised 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.
  • Real estate private equity firm forms programmatic joint venture for industrial real estate development properties in United StatesJones Day advised a global real estate private equity firm’s GP co-investment vehicle in the formation of a programmatic joint venture to make equity investments in industrial real estate development properties in the United States, including in connection with the joint venture’s initial investment.
  • Greystar closes $600 million Greystar Credit Partners IIJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and its affiliatess in its $600 million real estate debt venture focused on acquiring various debt products, focusing on subordinated and securitized debt instruments.
  • 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.
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