Mark Semotiuk, a real estate M&A lawyer, represents private equity funds and REITs in corporate real estate matters across asset classes.

Mr. Semotiuk leverages Latham’s robust global platform and trusted client relationships to execute high-value real estate transactions, including:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions
  • Secondaries and recapitalizations
  • Joint ventures, co-investments, and preferred equity placements
  • Property and corporate financings
  • REIT and private equity fund structuring

Mr. Semotiuk, a Chartered Financial Analyst, began his career in real estate finance, so he brings a strong business perspective to understanding how each transaction’s legal requirements support clients’ business imperatives. 

Mr. Semotiuk’s matters include advising:

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Dispositions

  • Stonepeak Partners on: 
    • The US$5.65 billion acquisition of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    • Its acquisition and financing of a portfolio of Amazon distribution facilities across the United States
  • Ares Management on:
    • The US$2.4 billion take-private of Front Yard Residential
    • Various acquisitions and dispositions across asset classes, including REIT share, portfolio, and large single asset transactions
  • BREIT, various Blackstone funds, and Link Logistics Real Estate in a variety of acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures across asset classes
  • AGC Equity Partners on its acquisition, financing, and sale of a portfolio of triple net industrial assets in the southeastern United States

Secondaries and Recapitalizations

  • Brookfield Real Estate Secondaries Fund on a US$452 million GP-led recapitalization with Berkeley Partners of 24 industrial assets
  • StepStone Group Real Estate on a series of transactions, including:
    • Various real estate fund investments, including the recapitalization of a fund valued in excess of US$2.8 billion
    • A US$300 million equity commitment to recapitalization of Asia Capital Real Estate’s Fund III, an investment in Asia Capital Real Estate’s Fund IV, and the creation of a Fund IV co-investment vehicle
  • A sovereign wealth fund in a US$1.2 billion equity recapitalization of one of the world’s premier real estate companies

Joint ventures, co-investments, and preferred equity

  • StepStone Group Real Estate on transactions across Europe, Asia, and North America, including a:
    • Programmatic joint venture to acquire and develop multi-family assets
    • Series of co-investments in a variety of asset classes, including office, senior housing, single family rental housing, mobile housing, and hotels
  • Corten Real Estate Partners on a strategic venture with Gencom and Provenance Hotels for a portfolio of eight hotels across the United States
  • Invitation Homes on a series of joint ventures with Rockpoint to acquire approximately US$2 billion in single-family homes 

Property and corporate financings

  • Blackstone and Shorenstein in their US$290 million refinancing of 45 Fremont in San Francisco 
  • Highgate and ICONIQ Capital in their US$180 million mortgage and US$100 million mezzanine financing of The Newbury Boston
  • AGC Equity Partners on a:
    • US$150 million portfolio acquisition financing
    • US$38 million construction loan financing
    • US$68 million bridge loan financing
  • Invitation Homes on:
    • A series of warehouse facility financings for over US$1.65 billion
    • A series of mortgage loan securitizations for over US$10 billion*

REIT and private equity fund structuring

  • Tryline Capital on its private fund formation
  • on the launch of Wander Atlas, the industry’s first vacation rental REIT
  • Invitation Homes on its:
    • US$250 million equity commitment to launch Pathway Homes
    • US$1.54 billion initial public offering*
    • Subsequent US$11 billion merger with Starwood Waypoint Homes*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • Master of Real Estate Development, University of Southern California
  • BA in Business Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute
  • JD, Fordham University
  • LLM in European Union Law, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)