John Thomas leads the Real Estate Practice, comprising more than 150 lawyers globally. He has a diverse practice representing developers, lenders, institutional investors and tenants in all varieties of real estate transactions. His practice includes real estate lending, the acquisition and sale of real estate, leasing, development and the negotiation of joint venture agreements.
John is a leader in the senior living finance industry, having represented lenders, investors and developers in financing transactions for more than 200 senior living communities, including acquisition and construction loans, tax-exempt bond financings, mezzanine loans and private placements of debt and equity. His finance experience includes significant loan restructuring work as both debtor and creditor counsel.
John also has an active practice representing government entities and developers in the negotiation of public-private partnerships for the development of real estate assets, usually under a long-term ground lease, master lease or concession agreement.
John’s clients include a number of offshore investors in US real estate, representing them in acquisitions, sales, financing and acting as investor partners in the development of a variety of real estate assets, including senior housing, office buildings, multifamily, student housing and data centers.
Prior to joining the firm, John acted as general counsel for Artery Properties, Inc., and has worked in a non-legal capacity for Washington DC-area developers and managers of commercial real estate.