Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Continues Strategic Growth of REIT Group with Addition of Another Highly Regarded Partner

Heath Linsky further enhances MoFo’s public, non-traded REIT capabilities, following the recent arrival of partner Ali Connaughton

07 Mar 2019

ATLANTA (March 7, 2019) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Heath D. Linsky has joined the firm as a partner in its market-leading REIT Group and will also play a key role in its Corporate Finance | Capital Markets Group.

Mr. Linsky, a well-known lawyer in the REIT space, focuses on representing public companies, primarily non-traded REITs, in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, and Exchange Act reporting. In addition, he also regularly represents clients in private funds and organization, including real estate, private equity, and hedge funds.

“Heath is an exceptional lawyer whose focus on non-traded REITs adds significant value to our nationally recognized REIT practice, which provides sophisticated capital markets, tax, M&A and real estate representation to both listed and non-listed REITs,” said David Slotkin, co-chair of the firm’s REIT Group. “Adding Heath to the team, along with our other new partner Ali Connaughton, combines two of the best non-traded REIT practitioners under one platform and strengthens our position as a one-stop-shop for all REIT types and their sponsors.”

Justin Salon, co-chair of the firm’s REIT Group, added, “Heath and Ali are two of the finest practitioners in the REIT space, and we’re delighted to have them both on our team. Building a robust non-traded practice as part of our service offerings to REIT clients was a strategic priority for our group, and Heath’s and Ali’s synergistic practices perfectly complement our market-leading platform and further establish us as a destination firm for all REITs and their sponsors.”

Mr. Linsky is recommended by The Legal 500 United States for real estate investments trusts in its 2018 guide, and he has been recognized as a top lawyer for REITs by Chambers USA. Mr. Linsky received both his J.D. and B.A. from Emory University and will continue to practice in Atlanta.

“I was drawn to Morrison & Foerster for a number of reasons, including the firm’s outstanding reputation in the REIT space, its commitment to the continued growth of the firm’s preeminent REIT practice and its progressive culture and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mr. Linsky. “I have known Ali Connaughton for a long time and I am excited to partner with her to create the leading non-traded REIT practice in the country. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and contributing to the continued growth of the firm’s REIT Group.”

Morrison & Foerster’s nationally recognized REIT Group is one of the most active in the country and one of the only full service firms in the U.S. for all REIT types and their sponsors. Representing both traded and non-traded REITs, the group has a strong bench of lawyers with extensive experience in the areas of capital markets, M&A, tax, real estate, real estate financing, investment management, and corporate governance. Mr. Linsky is the latest partner to join the expanding practice. In addition to adding Ms. Connaughton in Washington, D.C., the firm also recently welcomed partner Jay Blaivas from The Blackstone Group, where he oversaw all tax-related aspects of the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (BREDS) business, including its draw-down funds, hedge funds, non-traded regulated investment companies, and publicly listed mortgage REIT. The REIT practice also recently announced the promotions of Andrew Campbell to partner and Emily Beers to of counsel in Washington, D.C.



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