Bob Lee is an innovative and experienced advisor who co-heads Jones Day's Real Estate Practice worldwide. He has spent more than 30 years representing real estate private equity investors, management teams, and sponsors in global fund, REIT, and other capital formations and in purchases and sales of asset portfolios and public and private real estate companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.
Bob leads cross-disciplinary and cross-border teams of real estate, private equity, M&A, finance, tax, and regulatory lawyers in complex equity and debt investments; joint ventures, co-investments, and fund formations; public and private real estate company mergers and acquisitions; asset management company mergers, buyouts, and professional "lift-outs"; and large portfolio transactions.
Bob has represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, Henderson Park Capital Management, LaSalle Investment Management, Meyer Bergman Limited, Mill Creek Residential Trust, Orion Capital Managers, Transwestern Investment Group, TriGate Capital, and others in the formation of more than $30 billion in real estate private equity funds, "club deals," "funds of one," joint ventures, separately managed accounts and co-investments, and more than $20 billion in portfolio acquisitions and dispositions and public and private real estate and management company mergers and acquisitions.
Bob serves on the board of trustees of the Chicago History Museum and the board of directors of After School Matters, a public/private partnership that provides after school and summer programming to Chicago Public High School students through paid apprenticeships and internships in the arts, technology, sports, and communications.
Exempt Reporting Advisers: Requirements for Investment Advisers that Qualify as Venture Capital Advisers or Private Fund Advisers
Distressed Times Call for Ordinary Measures: Revisit Your Loan Covenants to Avoid Springing Recourse Liability
- June 7, 2012
Jones Day Chicago 2012 MCLE University
- May 5, 2010
Real Estate Outlook: Navigating & Prospering in 2010
- October 2008
Large Fund Sponsors' Roundtable: Fund Allocation & Portfolio Management Strategies Necessary to Reach the 20% Benchmark, session chair, IMN's 9th Annual European Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum
- June 3, 2008
Around the World in 90 Minutes: Luxembourg Fund Structuring, National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) Senior Legal Officer Discussion Forum
- November 15-16, 2005
Single Country Funds vs. Pan European Funds vs. Global Real Estate Funds, The 6th Annual European Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum, Information Management Network
- July 25-26, 2005
Complex Portfolio and International Investments, Non-Core Real Estate Funds Forum, Institute for International Research
- June 1-2, 2005
Deal structuring: What are the critical issues? - Keys to getting the best terms on your next deal and Deals that have gone bad: Why? The Sixth Annual U.S. Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum, Information Management Network
- April 27-30, 2005
The Globalization of the REIT Industry, 16th Annual ABA Real Property Symposium
- December 2-3, 2004
Creating an Opportunity Fund: Legal, Tax & Accounting Considerations, The Fifth Annual European Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum, Information management Network
- June 1-2, 2004
Structuring for Overseas Real Estate Investments, The Fifth Annual U.S. Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum, Information management Network
- November 10-11, 2003
Real Estate Private Equity, The Fourth Annual European Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum, International Management Network
"Business-savvy with extensive commercial knowledge"Chambers USA
- University of Michigan (J.D. cum laude 1985); University of Virginia (Bachelor of City Planning, American Planning Association Outstanding Student Award, 1982)
Law360 Real Estate MVP (2018)
Chambers USA directory (2004-2019) — Illinois, real estate — described as "business-savvy with extensive commercial knowledge" and recommended by clients as providing "crystal clear counsel" and having a "very agile mind for complicated transactions and structures"
Legal 500 (United States) — described as "sharp and adept"
World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers (Euromoney)
Best Lawyers in America