Brian L.Sedlak

Practice Leader Real Estate

Chicago + 1.312.269.4334

Brian Sedlak co-leads Jones Day's Real Estate Practice worldwide and oversees the Firm's Corporate Real Estate Services Practice (CRES). He advises clients with respect to large-scale infrastructure projects and represents Fortune 500 companies, large U.S. developers, and real estate funds with their real estate portfolios and investments. He represents the owners and financing parties of major infrastructure assets in the United States, including power generation facilities, parking facilities, and toll roads. He also has significant experience in portfolio sale-leaseback transactions; engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements; general secured financing; joint ventures; and annexation and development of real property.

Brian has led some of the largest public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure transactions in the United States, including representing The Ohio State University in connection with the monetization of its parking facilities for $483 million and the monetization of the University's energy assets in excess of $1 billion, as well as Northeastern University's parking monetization and the University of Iowa's energy monetization in excess of $1 billion. He also has represented companies in development and construction projects for coal-fired plants, biomass facilities, mines, wind farms, and air quality control systems. In addition, Brian represents Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of their real estate, including disaggregations, portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, and leasing.

Brian is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and a board member of the Dean's Advisory Counsel for the Department of Business and Management of Northeastern Illinois University. He also serves on the boards of MetroSquash and The Grant Park Orchestral Association.


  • Navistar to sell Melrose Park, Illinois, campus to developerJones Day is advising Navistar International Corporation in the sale of its Melrose Park, Illinois, facility to a developer who has an actionable plan to redevelop the parcel into a state-of-the-art industrial business park.
  • Bally's forms $120 million joint venture with Ira Lubert to construct and operate state-of-the-art casino in Centre County, PennsylvaniaJones Day is advising Bally's Corporation in its $120 million joint venture with Ira Lubert to jointly design, develop, construct, and manage a Category 4 licensed casino to be located within a 15-mile radius of Unionville Borough, Centre County, Pennsylvania, and majority equity interest in the partnership, including 100% of the economic interests of all retail sports betting, online sports betting, and iGaming activities associated with the project.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings acquires three casinos from Eldorado and Caesars for $180 millionJones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the $155 million acquisition of Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, from Eldorado Resorts, Inc., and Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in New Jersey from Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Vici Properties Inc. for $25 million.
  • University of Idaho announces public-private partnership for concession of university's utility systemJones Day is representing the University of Idaho in connection with the University's public-private partnership with a joint venture between Plenary and Sacyr for a 50-year lease and concession of the University’s energy assets.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings to acquire Tropicana Evansville casino in series of transactions valued at $624 million in the aggregateJones Day is advising Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the $624 million acquisition of the Tropicana Evansville casino operations from Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Subsidiary of Navistar enters into 20 year lease for bus manufacturing facilityJones Day advised Navistar International Corporation in connection with a 20 year lease for IC Bus, a bus manufacturing facility at Tulsa International Airport.
  • Havertys completes sale-leaseback of three properties in Texas, Florida, and VirginiaJones Day advised Havertys in its sale-leaseback of three properties in Texas, Florida, and Virginia for a total of $70 million.
  • U. S. Steel executes Option Agreement for potential joint venture with Stelco Inc. to acquire 25% interest in Minntac at enterprise value of $2.4 billionJones Day represented United States Steel Corporation, an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe, in connection with the execution of an Option Agreement for a potential joint venture with Stelco Inc., a vertically integrated Canadian steelmaker.
  • 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.
  • DTE Energy enters into energy services agreement with Wayne County for utility plant serving Wayne County's to-be-constructed criminal justice centerJones Day advised DTE Energy in connection with the negotiation of an energy services agreement with Wayne County for a central utility plant serving Wayne County's to-be-constructed criminal justice center.
  • Navistar acquires 51 acre property in Huntsville, Alabama for new engine plantJones Day is advising Navistar International Corporation in connection with the acquisition of an approximately 51 acre property in Huntsville, Alabama for its new engine plant.
  • 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.
  • USG acquired by Gebr. Knauf for $7 billionJones Day advised USG Corporation in the acquisition by Gebr. Knauf KG ("Knauf") of all of the outstanding shares of USG in a transaction valued at $7 billion.
  • Invenergy acquires multistate portfolio of renewable energy projectsJones Day represented Invenergy Wind Development LLC in its purchase of a multistate portfolio of development-stage wind and solar energy generation projects.
  • Blackstone Group sells 757 room hotel in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJones Day advised The Blackstone Group in connection with the sale of a 757 room full service hotel located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Rivian receives $700 million investment led by AmazonJones Day advised Global Oryx Company Limited and Rivian Automotive Inc. in a $700 million investment led by Amazon.
  • NRG Energy sells south central power generating business to Cleco Corporate Holdings for $1.0 billionJones Day represented NRG Energy, Inc. in the sale to Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC (Cleco) of NRG’s South Central business for a total purchase price and cash proceeds of $1.0 billion, subject to certain adjustments.
  • Trico Group acquires Performance Pumps business of UCI International HoldingsJones Day advised Trico Group Holdings, LLC in connection with its acquisition of the Performance Pumps business of UCI International Holdings.
  • 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.
  • Northeastern University negotiates contract with QIC Global Infrastructure structure to manage, operate and maintain University's parking system for 50 yearsJones Day advised Northeastern University in its negotiation with Brisbane, Australia-based QIC Global Infrastructure (QIC) for QIC to manage, operate and maintain the University's parking system for 50 years in exchange for an upfront payment.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 6, 2013
      Jones Day Chicago 2013 MCLE University
    • February 14, 2013
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, Harnessing Regional Opportunity in the new Energy Economy
    • May 19, 2011
      Jones Day MCLE University - Chicago
    • May 5, 2010
      Real Estate Outlook: Navigating & Prospering in 2010
    • November 18, 2009
      Wind Energy Development: Real-Estate Related Legal Issues with Wind Energy, ABA Webcast
    • August 4, 2009
      Anywhere the Wind Blows: Real Estate Related Issues for Wind Farm Developments, ABA Annual Convention
    • July 27-29, 2009
      CORENET: Managing Projects in Global Markets, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • June 4, 2009
      Leasing: Legal Perspectives, NAIOP Advanced Development Practices Course
    • March 7, 2008
      Infrastructure In the U.S. - Salient Issues, Association of German Public Sector Banks
    • April 28-29, 2007
      CORENET: Managing Projects in Global Markets, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • April 25-27, 2007
      Developing Infrastructure for the Public Sector from a Bidders Perspective, U.S. Infrastructure Summit
    • June 4, 2006
      What the Experts Think: The State of Chicago Real Estate,  Chicago Real Estate Organization (CREO)
    • July 25-26, 2005
      Complex Portfolio and International Investments, Non-Core Real Estate Funds Forum, Institute for International Research
    • July 25-26, 2005
      CORENET: Advanced Office Leasing, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • July 25-26, 2005
      CORENET: Construction Law, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • 2005
      Impact of Expanded 401K-type DC Pension Plans on Labor Mobility and FDI, METI
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