Mr. Marrs is recognized as a leading expert in real estate, private equity and investment fund formation and management: REITs.

 

The Legal 500 2012

Nathaniel M. Marrs

Chicago
  • 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 5800
  • Chicago, IL 60606
  • USA
 
 

Nathaniel Marrs, a partner in the Chicago office, represents domestic and international fund sponsors, and other institutional owners and operators of real estate, in a variety of corporate transactions, including fund formations and investments, joint ventures, portfolio and single asset acquisitions and dispositions, and financings.

Mr. Marrs has substantial experience with a variety of property types, including retail, industrial, office, multi-family, hotels and casinos, and a variety of debt and equity investment strategies, including CMBS, senior and subordinate financing, and preferred and common equity investments. He has worked with open and closed-end real estate fund sponsors focused on core, core-plus, value-add and opportunistic strategies, and his practice has a significant cross-border element, with non-US clients focused on investment opportunities throughout the United States, and US clients focused on investment opportunities throughout Asia, India, Europe and the United Kingdom. Mr. Marrs’ transactional experience includes multi-jurisdictional REIT and real estate investment management M&A transactions.

Mr. Marrs is regularly recognized as a leading expert in real estate and real estate-related areas of law by The Legal 500 (2011-2013) and was selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois for Real Estate Law: Commercial and Real Estate Law: Finance by Leading Lawyers Network.

Mr. Marrs is an Advisory Board Member of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Real Estate Alumni Group (REAG) and a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA). He has been an active speaker on real estate-related topics throughout his career, including at NYU Schack, Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Kellogg School of Management. In addition, he has authored numerous articles for various publications, including PREA, The Real Estate Finance Journal and Financial Times.

 

Mr. Marrs' recent experience includes representation of:

Fund Formations and Investments

  • New principal-led sponsor group in the formation of a US-focused real estate value-add fund
  • Institutional fund sponsor in the formation of a US-focused real estate opportunity fund
  • New principal-led sponsor group in the formation of a US-focused real estate opportunity fund
  • Institutional fund sponsor in the formation of a pan-Asian real estate opportunity fund
  • Institutional fund sponsor in the formation of a Japanese logistics fund

Other Transactional Matters

  • Kennedy Wilson in the acquisition of a US$1.8 billion loan portfolio from the Bank of Ireland, including the implementation of multiple levels of equity joint ventures and debt financings
  • Wrightwood Capital in the sale of its real estate fund management business to Ares Management
  • Real estate fund sponsor in a joint venture investment in a portfolio of US hotels
  • Real estate fund sponsor in the purchase of a note secured by US industrial properties and the subsequent acquisition of such properties
  • Principal-led sponsor group in the formation of a private operating partnership acquiring a portfolio of US self-storage properties 
 
  • Bar Qualification
    • Illinois
    Education
    • MBA, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 2004
      Dean's List Multiple Quarters
    • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1996
    • AB, University of Michigan, 1993
      summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Five-time Angell Scholar
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