Lauren Bellerjeau brings significant M&A and REIT experience; Adds further depth to D.C. corporate bench
Ms. Bellerjeau represents publicly and privately held companies in a variety of corporate and securities matters, with a particular emphasis on M&A, as well as public securities offerings and corporate governance matters. She has been particularly active representing REIT issuers in complex formation transactions in connection with initial public offerings. Her clients span a number of industries with a focus on real estate, aerospace/defense, healthcare, technology, and industrial and consumer goods.
“Building upon our already successful REIT practice has been a priority for the firm and Lauren’s deep experience will further our growth in this area. With significant M&A activity in the REIT sector, Lauren’s arrival is well-timed, and she will be an essential part of our team,” said David Slotkin, co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Finance Practice Group and head of the Corporate practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Lawrence Yanowitch, global co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, added: “Lauren is an accomplished M&A practitioner, and her arrival further strengthens our already deep bench of M&A lawyers on the East Coast. Her extensive experience with aerospace/defense and REIT transactions is a great match with our leadership in those sectors.”
In the past year, Morrison & Foerster’s REIT Practice has handled over $20 billion in M&A transactions and $2 billion in securities offerings. It is recognized for its engagement on some of the most high-profile matters in the REIT space over the past several years, including representation of UDR, Inc. in connection with Lone Star’s $7.6 billion acquisition of Home Properties, Inc., AmREIT in its $763 million acquisition by Edens Investment Trust, Trade Street Residential in its pending merger with Independence Realty Trust, Global Logistic Properties in multiple deals with an aggregate value of approximately $14.1 billion, and Equity Residential in its $16 billion acquisition of Archstone Enterprise. The firm’s REIT practice has also led multiple initial public offerings in 2015 including those by Community Healthcare Trust and Jernigan Capital. In addition, the firm’s D.C. corporate practice advised Inovalon in its $685 IPO and represented underwriters in connection with Royal Dutch Shell’s $10 billion bond offering.
“I am thrilled to join Morrison & Foerster and look forward to contributing to its continued growth, particularly in the REIT space,” Ms. Bellerjeau said. “The firm’s premiere M&A practice, global platform and its collaborative culture are among the many qualities that attracted me to the firm.”
Ms. Bellerjeau’s representative transactions include:
Ms. Bellerjeau joins Morrison & Foerster from Hogan Lovells, where she was a partner. She received her law degree summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Indiana Law Review and her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Richmond.