Investment Management > Real Estate and Infrastructure Funds

With over 150 lawyers in the firm devoting the majority of their time to counseling real estate and infrastructure clients, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is one of the premier law firms representing real estate and infrastructure fund sponsors and investors worldwide. As such, we are able to advise clients throughout the life cycle of a real estate or infrastructure fund, from formation to general real estate, infrastructure, regulatory, tax and corporate advice through exit strategies.

Supporting clients within the real estate or infrastructure sectors is a priority for Akin Gump. Recognizing the unique attributes of these asset classes, we have built a dedicated real estate and infrastructure sector group that spans multiple legal disciplines and jurisdictions. Unlike many of our competitors that take a “one size fits all” approach to private equity-style funds, we believe that advising real estate and infrastructure funds requires a special understanding of the underlying investments, as well as of the fund terms and structures for such funds.

The attorneys have business acumen and legal skills in the correct balance.

Chambers USA, 2012

Real Estate Funds

The past few years have been some of the most challenging that the real estate sector has ever had to face, requiring legal counsel who can address the many obstacles that may arise throughout the life cycle of a real estate fund and provide clients with successful results. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in structuring and establishing real estate funds in both established and emerging markets.

Our team has formed some of the world’s largest and most complex real estate funds. We advise clients in relation to various multijurisdictional real estate funding and joint venture structures, including:

  • traditional fund structures
  • direct real estate investments
  • real estate operating companies
  • joint ventures with asset managers, co-owners, developers and operators 
  • real estate finance transactions, including mezzanine lending, CDOs and CMBs, whole loans and convertible loans.

Our tax lawyers who specialize in private funds possess substantial experience in the real estate sector and are industry leaders in their ability to guide clients through the unique tax issues related to real estate investing in the United States, including UBTI, ECI and FIRPTA and similar issues in respect of the foreign investment.

We represent the full range of funds within the real estate sector, from first-time funds to large, institutional sponsors or investors worldwide. Our lawyers have experience representing clients across numerous strategies, including core, core plus, opportunistic, distressed and hybrid strategies. In addition, we have extensive experience in all asset classes, including residential and multifamily, commercial, warehouse and logistics, agriculture and real estate related securities.

Infrastructure Funds

In recent years, infrastructure has emerged as a fully fledged asset class that has become a focal point for sponsors and investors. Our infrastructure funds group combines the knowledge and experience of the firm’s lawyers who focus on the infrastructure sector with that of highly experienced lawyers firmwide who span multiple jurisdictions and disciplines, including:

Our holistic approach to each engagement gives us a unique vantage point on the sector that allows us to identify trends and new growth opportunities within both established and emerging markets. Our international network of lawyers in the infrastructure funds practice spans multiple offices, including New York, Washington, D.C., London, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Moscow and Dallas. The firm’s India practice, founded by members of the investment management practice, also plays an integral part in our representation of clients within this sector.

Our commitment to our clients frequently extends beyond serving as legal counsel. As a result of the deep and extensive history and reach of our practice, we are able to leverage our relationships with sponsors, managers, institutional investors, developers, contractors, banks and financial institutions, export credit agencies, multilateral lenders, governments, operators and other service providers within the infrastructure and funds industry to advance the business interests of our clients.