A. MichaelLee (Mike)


Atlanta + 1.404.581.8428

Mike Lee has 20 years of experience handling complex commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States with emphasis on development, financing, and leasing. Mike counsels developers, owner-operators, and investors in all aspects of the development process and has assisted clients with a variety of multifamily, office, retail, hotel, industrial, and health care projects. Mike represents both borrowers and lenders in connection with acquisition, construction, and permanent financing and has significant experience in loan restructurings, workouts, and other transactions involving nonperforming loans. He also devotes much of his practice to advising corporate clients with respect to their acquisition, disposition, leasing, and other real estate needs.

Mike's representative transactions include: representing Mill Creek Residential, Terwilliger-Pappas Multi-Family Partners, and Trammell Crow Residential in the negotiation of joint ventures with equity investors, construction contracts, and construction loans for multifamily and mixed-use projects; assisting Eastman Chemical Company with the sale of a business unit requiring the segregation of its plant facility through a complex ground lease and reciprocal easement regime; and advising Wells Fargo Bank in connection with the extension of credit facilities to a provider of terminaling, storage, and related services to the energy industry, which included a $600 million revolving credit facility.

Mike is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and its Real Property Section and has served as a speaker for Georgia Bar programs on leasing, lending, and construction topics. He serves as the Pro Bono Partner for the Atlanta Office and chairs his office's annual United Way corporate campaign.


  • Cumulus Media sold broadcast communications tower portfolio to Vertical Bridge REIT for $208 million in sale/leaseback transactionJones Day advised Cumulus Media Inc. in the sale and leaseback of its broadcast communications tower portfolio to Vertical Bridge REIT for $208 million.
  • Global systemically important bank (GSIB) conducts risk assessment to determine impact of LIBOR transition on enterprise-wide portfoliosJones Day is advising a GSIB with respect to enterprise-wide portfolios impacted by the LIBOR transition, including conducting portfolio-wide risk impact assessments, analyzing various consumer products, and developing litigation contingency plans.
  • Trammell Crow obtains financing for development and construction of 378-unit multifamily project located in Houston, TexasJones Day advised Trammell Crow Residential in connection with its construction loan for the development and construction of a 378-unit multifamily project located in Houston, Texas.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Borchers from The Jordan CompanyJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Borchers Group Limited, a global specialty chemicals company known for its innovative high-performance coating additives and specialty catalyst solutions, from The Jordan Company, L.P.
  • Eastman Chemical leases portion of Texas City site to Gulf Coast Ammonia and Air Products, Inc.Jones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in its strategic project with Gulf Coast Ammonia and Air Products, Inc. to lease a portion of Eastman’s Texas City site.
  • LORD Corporation acquired by Parker Hannifin for $3.675 billionJones Day advised LORD Corporation in its $3.675 billion acquisition by Parker Hannifin Corporation.
  • Leading financial services company amends and restates $400 million asset-based revolving credit facility for lawn & garden supplies and pet supplies providerJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as lead arranger and administrative agent, in connection with an amendment and restatement of its $400 million asset-based revolving credit facility to a company providing lawn & garden supplies and pet supplies.
  • Exide Technologies completes $1.1 billion comprehensive new financing and recapitalizationJones Day represented Exide Technologies, a global leader in stored energy solutions for the automotive and industrial markets, in connection with a comprehensive new financing and recapitalization transaction.
  • Milliken & Company acquires PolartecJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Polartec, a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc.Jones Day advised Milliken & Company, an industrial manufacturer that is active in a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering, performance and protective textile materials, in connection with the acquisition of Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc., leading manufacturers of cohesive bandages and tapes for healthcare, animal health, and sports medicine industries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • KeyBank and KeyBanc Capital Markets provide $235 million credit facility to ATI Merger Sub, Avalign Holdings, and Avalign TechnologiesJones Day represented KeyBank National Association as administrative agent, collateral agent, documentation agent, issuing lender, and swing line lender, and KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., as joint lead arranger and bookrunner, in a $235 million first lien credit facility provided to ATI Merger Sub, Inc., Avalign Holdings, Inc., and Avalign Technologies, Inc. in connection with Linden Capital Partners' acquisition of Avalign Technologies, Inc.
  • Kenall sold to Legrand, North and Central AmericaJones Day advised Kenall Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of innovative, energy efficient, and sustainable specification grade lighting and control solutions for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, in its sale of the Company to Legrand, North and Central America.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Canyon Bakehouse for $205 millionJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its $205 million acquisition (including a performance-based contingent payment of $5 million) of Canyon Bakehouse, LLC, a privately held, gluten-free baking company based in Johnstown, Colorado.
  • The Nature Conservancy purchases more than 11,000 acres of property in Camden County, GeorgiaJones Day advised The Nature Conservancy in connection with its purchase of more than 11,000 acres of forested and marshland property in Camden County, Georgia.
  • Mill Creek to develop multifamily project in Framingham, MassachusettsJones Day advised Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC in connection with the development of a multifamily project in Framingham, Massachusetts including, inter alia, preparation of a construction contract and related documents and negotiation of a construction joint venture agreement with an institutional equity investor and construction financing.
  • Amzak Capital Management acquires StampTechJones Day represented Amzak Capital Management, LLC in connection with its acquisition of StampTech, Inc., a provider of fabricated sheet metal and metal stamping.
  • Eastman Chemical leases portions of its Texas City, Texas plant to Gulf Coast AmmoniaJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in connection with the ground lease of portions of its Texas City, Texas plant to Gulf Coast Ammonia, LLC for construction of a world-scale hydrogen-based ammonia production plant and a related deep water dock facility.
  • Investment banking and securities firm provides $255 million revolving credit facility and term loans supporting midstream oil and gas company in ColoradoJones Day represented the administrative agent in connection with a $255 million revolving credit facility and term loans supporting a midstream oil and gas company in Colorado.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 7, 2002
      A Primer on Construction Contracts from the Owner's Perspective, The Annual Commercial Real Estate Program, State Bar of Georgia and ICLE
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