Bruce W. Gilchrist

Bruce W. Gilchrist

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 5686

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

'He is a very hard worker and incredibly responsive.' 'He is technically extremely smart.'

Clients quoted in Chambers USA 2021

Bruce Gilchrist, ranked as one of the leading lawyers for REITs, has been involved in some of the largest and most complex mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs involving REITs and other real estate companies, including the first UPREIT IPO and the creation of the first hospitality UPREIT.

Clients rely on Bruce to develop transaction structures that address complicated or novel situations in M&A and corporate finance work, as well as to help negotiate large, multifaceted transactions.

Bruce represents entities and individuals engaged in the real estate industry, including owners and operators of hotels, office buildings and multifamily properties, homebuilders, and management companies. Bruce also advises clients on energy-and- infrastructure-related capital markets, financing, and restructuring transactions.

In his 35 years of practice, Bruce has counseled on acquisitions and business combinations involving mergers, stock purchases, asset transactions, partnership rollups and operating partnership unit transactions (both public and private), leveraged buyouts, and tender offers. He has assisted in the structuring of joint venture arrangements for the ownership or acquisition of individual properties, portfolios, and entire real estate companies. Bruce has represented issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other public offerings, as well as private placements of equity and debt securities, reorganizations, and recapitalizations.

Bruce helps clients concerning compliance with federal securities laws and regulations, including those relating to corporate governance and disclosure obligations.

Bruce has been recognized as a leading REIT lawyer by Chambers and Legal 500.

Awards and recognitions

2007-2013, 2018-2022

REITs (Nationwide)
Chambers USA


Finance: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, Recommended
Legal 500 US


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Capital Markets: Equity, Notable Practitioner


Capital Markets: M&A, Notable Practitioner


Real Estate, Notable Practitioner

Education and admissions


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1980

M.A., Columbia University, 1974

B.A., Columbia College, 1972


Director, American Civil Liberties Union, National Capital Area Chapter

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

New York

Representative experience

Advising Home Properties Inc. on its proposed US$7.6bn acquisition by Lone Star Funds and a related DownREIT transaction with UDR Inc.

Advising General Electric on the sale of its US$27bn global real estate equity and debt portfolio to Blackstone and Wells Fargo.

Advising Industrial Income Trust Inc. on its US$4.6bn acquisition by Global Logistic Properties Ltd. and a related liquidating trust transaction.

Advising Equity Residential in its US$16bn acquisition of the Archstone assets and liabilities from Lehman Holdings in a joint venture with AvalonBay.

Underwriters' counsel in the US$2.6bn IPO of Paramount Group Inc., the largest REIT IPO in history.

Advising Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs as underwriters' counsel in the US$1.1bn IPO of Empire State Realty Trust.

Advising Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. in its conversion from a corporation to an UPREIT and related partnership rollups.

Advising NextEra Energy Partners, a renewable energy yieldco, in its US$200m public equity offering and concurrent US$700m private placement.

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