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Robert C. Lee (Bob)

Practice Leader Real Estate


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  • University of Michigan (J.D. cum laude 1985); University of Virginia (Bachelor of City Planning, American Planning Association Outstanding Student Award, 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Recognized as a Law360 Real Estate MVP, Bob Lee is an experienced and creative advisor. He co-heads Jones Day's Real Estate Practice worldwide and has spent more than 30 years representing real estate private equity investors and sponsors in global fund, REIT, and other capital formations and in investments into real estate companies and assets in the United States, 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 buyouts; and large portfolio transactions.

Bob has represented clients such as Greystar Real Estate Partners, Henderson Park Capital Management, LaSalle Investment Management, Meyer Bergman Limited, Mill Creek Residential Trust, Orion Capital Managers, Transwestern Investment Group, and TriGate Capital in the formation of more than $25 billion in real estate private equity funds, joint ventures, and co-investments and more than $20 billion in portfolio acquisitions and dispositions and public and private real estate company mergers and acquisitions.

Bob is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and he 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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • 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
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