Mark Semotiuk is a real estate M&A attorney that 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 consummate 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 is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Before his legal career he worked in real estate finance, which allows him to bridge each transaction’s legal requirements with his 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)