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.


  • Flowers Foods acquires Papa Pita BakeryJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its acquisition of Papa Pita Bakery, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality bagels, tortillas, breads, buns, English muffins, and flat breads.
  • Helios Technologies acquires Schultes Precision ManufacturingJones Day advised Helios Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Schultes Precision Manufacturing, Inc., highly trusted specialist in manufacturing precision machined components and assemblies for customers requiring very tight tolerances, superior quality, and exceptional value-added manufacturing processes.
  • GE Additive sells revolutionary hydrogen and fuel agnostic generator technology to HyliionJones Day advised GE Additive, part of GE, a world leader in the sale of metal additive technologies and manufacturing, in the sale of a new hydrogen and fuel agnostic capable generator ("KARNO") to Hyliion Holdings Corp., a leader in electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 semi-trucks.
  • Aaron's Company acquires BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 millionJones Day advised The Aaron's Company, Inc., a leading technology-enabled, omnichannel provider of lease-to-own and purchase solutions, on its acquisition of BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 million.
  • Eastman sells adhesives resins business product lines for $1 billionJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in the $1 billion sale of its adhesives resins assets and business to Synthomer plc.
  • Integrated Power Services acquires three companiesJones Day advised Integrated Power Services (IPS) in the acquisition of Industrial Electric Machinery (IEM), Reed Electric & Field Service, and A+ Electric Motor.
  • SITE Centers acquires Madison International's interest in six assets for $107.2 millionJones Day advised SITE Centers Corp. in its acquisition of Madison International's 80% interest in six assets for $107.2 million ($134 million at 100%) with the mortgage debt related to the properties repaid upon closing.
  • Greystar acquires $2 billion portfolio from The Finger CompaniesJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC in connection with a $2 billion acquisition of a portfolio from The Finger Companies.
  • Eastman sells tire additives business product lines to One Rock Capital PartnersJones Day advised Eastman Chemical in the $800 million sale of the rubber additives (including Crystex™ insoluble sulfur and Santoflex™ antidegradants) and other product lines and related assets and technology of the global tire additives business of its Additives & Functional Products segment to an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Koffee Kup BakeryJones Day advised Flower Foods, Inc. in the acquisition of Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc.
  • Huber Engineered Materials subsidiary acquires Nutri Granulations business assets of IMCD US, LLCJones Day advised Huber Engineered Materials with the acquisition through its subsidiary, J.M. Huber Micropowders Inc., of the Nutri Granulations business assets of IMCD US, LLC in La Mirada, California.
  • Stonemont Financial Group forms joint venture to acquire logistic centers and other industrial properties throughout U.S.Jones Day advised Stonemont Financial Group, LLC in connection with a joint venture to acquire logistic centers and other industrial properties throughout the U.S.
  • PGT Innovations acquires 75% ownership stake in Eco Window Systems for $108 millionJones Day advised PGT Innovations, Inc. in its $108 million acquisition of a 75% ownership stake in Eco Window Systems and its related companies, which are leading manufacturers and installers of aluminum, impact-resistant windows and doors serving the South Florida region, as well as PGTI's related $60 million Rule 144A and Regulation S add-on offering of 6.75% Senior Notes due 2026.
  • Unibloc Pump acquired by May River CapitalJones Day advised Unibloc Pump in its sale to May River Capital, a Midwest-based private equity firm focused on helping high-caliber industrial businesses grow and prosper.
  • Wells Fargo provides financing for construction of mixed-use project in Atlanta, Georgia known as “Midtown Union"Jones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in connection with aggregate loans in the amount of $300 million for the construction of a mixed-use project in Atlanta, Georgia known as “Midtown Union".
  • 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.
  • 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