Dominique Song is a principal in the Real Estate Practice and global Corporate Practice. In her real estate practice, Dominique advises real estate/fund sponsors, institutional investors, family offices, developers and lenders in all areas of commercial real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, financings, developments, 1031 exchanges and real estate fund formation. Her expertise extends to all real estate asset classes, with an emphasis on multifamily and value-add strategies.

    In her corporate M&A/PE practice, Dominique advises private equity funds, venture capital funds and other institutional investors and strategic acquirers on capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, early and late-stage investments, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and secondary transactions.

    Dominique previously served as general counsel for a real estate multifamily sponsor/operator with more than US$1 billion in assets under management, and was the CEO of the company’s private equity subsidiary. Before that, she headed a real estate private equity firm/fund manager with more than US$1.6 billion in assets under management, where she held leadership and P&L responsibility for its acquisitions, capital, investor relations and asset management teams.

    Before receiving her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dominique was an investment banking analyst with Goldman Sachs.

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    Private Equity M&A

    • Advising on a global private equity fund’s US$1.9 billion acquisition of a premier digital imaging solutions developer.
    • Advising on a sovereign wealth fund’s US$100 million cornerstone investment in a healthcare solutions market leader.
    • Advising a premier private equity firm with US$53 billion in AUM on its portfolio company’s acquisition of a leading professional engineering services firm.
    • Advising a middle-market private equity firm with US$300 million in AUM on its acquisition of a drive-in fast food restaurant chain.
    • Advising a middle-market private equity firm with US$280 million in AUM on its acquisition of a healthcare technology and software solutions company.

    Strategic M&A

    • Advising on a publicly listed multinational software company’s US$380 million acquisition of a semiconductor IP core company.
    • Advising on a leading silicon valley software company’s US$161 million acquisition of a data integration and management company.
    • Advising a publicly listed gaming company with US$8.5 billion in market capitalization on its acquisition of a social/mobile gaming company.
    • Advising on a publicly listed multinational food company’s US$575 million cross-border acquisition of a poultry business in Mexico and Brazil.
    • Advising a publicly listed postage meter, e-commerce and software company with US$1.2 billion in market capitalization on its acquisition of a real-time content marketing company.
    • Advising the largest freight railroad company in North America with US$425 million in market capitalization on its acquisition of a transportation technology services company.
    • Advising on a large international marine container and transportation equipment company’s US$566 million cross-border acquisition of a Norwegian OTC-listed ship-building giant.

    Real Estate Private Equity (Joint Ventures, Acquisitions and Dispositions)

    • Advising a leading real estate private equity firm with US$12.7 billion in AUM on its 50% ownership purchase of 3 million square feet of prime NY real estate.
    • Advising a leading multinational bank on its US$275 million senior mortgage loan to a public REIT-backed borrower.
    • Advising a global alternative investment management firm with US$99 billion in AUM on its joint venture with a Houston-based real estate investment, development and management firm to acquire four buildings totaling 440,000 square feet.
    • Advising an established investment manager with US$12 billion in AUM on its joint venture with a national real estate investment, development and management firm to acquire a 107-acre development parcel.
    • Advising a multifamily-focused real estate private equity firm with US$1.6 billion in AUM on its acquisition of more than 3,000 residential units across 12 deals in Florida and Texas, and its joint venture structuring with capital partners.
    • Advising a multifamily-focused real estate sponsor/operator with US$1 billion in AUM on its acquisition of nearly 2,000 residential units across four deals in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi, and its joint venture structuring with capital partners.
    • Advising a multifamily-focused real estate sponsor/operator with US$1 billion in AUM on dispositions of more than 1,500 residential units across six deals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

    Fund Formation

    • Advising on a multifamily real estate sponsor/operator’s structuring and formation of its inaugural value-add real estate private equity fund.
    • Advising on a multifamily real estate sponsor/operator’s structuring and formation of its fourth close-ended real estate private equity fund.
    • Advising on a multifamily real estate investment group’s structuring and formation of its flagship hybrid debt and equity evergreen fund.
    • Advising on a multifamily real estate investment group’s structuring and formation of its EB-5 fund.

    Capital Markets

    • Advising on an online advertising software company’s US$105 million IPO.
    • Advising on a global mobile communications giant’s November 2013 US$2 billion high-yield debt offering and September 2014 US$3 billion bond offering.
    • Advising on a publicly listed multinational food company’s US$500 million Rule 144A and Regulation S notes offering.
    • Advising on a publicly listed electric transmission and distribution company’s US$375 million secured senior notes offering.

    Education

    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2012
    • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Cross-Disciplinary Program in Business Economics & Public Policy, 2012
    • Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, B.S., Finance, 2007
    • University of Oxford, St. Hilda’s College, Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Visiting Student, 2006

    Admissions

    • Texas, 2015
    • California, 2013

    Languages

    • English
    • Chinese (Mandarin)
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