Morrison & Foerster Hires New REIT Group Partner in DC Office 


Morrison & Foerster has hired Alice Connaughton, with her more than 18 years of advising firms in capital market transactions, as a partner in its real estate investment trust (REIT) group, according to a press release from the global law firm.

Connaughton began working out of the firm’s Washington D.C. office last Tuesday, according to a MoFo spokesman. She joined MoFo from international law firm Greenberg Traurig, which did not respond to Commercial Observer’s request for comment regarding Connaughton’s departure.

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“[Alice] is a nationally recognized REIT lawyer with a long and impressive track record representing public, non-traded REITs, and we are excited to have her join our team,” David Slotkin, a co-chair of MoFo’s REIT group, said in a prepared statement.

Connaughton’s focus on non-traded REITs deals with capital markets, mergers and acquisitions “and corporate governance matters,” per the release, which noted that she has helped firms raise more than $20 billion in public offerings.

Some of her clients have included Industrial Property Trust and Black Creek Industrial REIT IV, according to the MoFo spokesman. She also advises her clients “in all aspects of their business,” according to the release.

Calling Morrison & Foerster “one of the most active and highly regarded REIT practices in the U.S.,” Connaughton said in a prepared statement that her new role is “an exciting opportunity” to further build out the practice.