Practice Areas
  • The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2002
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 1999
Bar & Court Admissions
  • State of Illinois

James R. Whitney

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T. 312.629.7354
F. 312.984.3150

Jim concentrates his practice on general corporate and securities matters. He has experience in a number of substantive areas, including corporate finance, public offerings and private placements, joint ventures, contract negotiations and mergers and acquisitions of both public and private companies.

Representative Clients

  • Care Capital Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CCP)
  • First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR)
  • Hub International Limited
  • T2 Capital Management, LLC
  • Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR)

Representative Matters

  • First Industrial Realty Trust Stock Offerings

    Served as primary counsel to NYSE-listed industrial REIT with respect to several public offerings utilizing diverse structures, including a 12.5 million share of common stock ($65.6 million) firm commitment underwriting, various "bought deal" underwritten offerings of an aggregate of over 35.1 million shares of common stock for gross proceeds of over $450 million, continuous “at-the-market” programs offering up to 10 million shares, 12.5 million shares and 13.3 million shares of common stock, respectively, and direct stock sales of up to 5 million shares pursuant to a dividend reinvestment and direct stock purchase plan. The offerings utilized takedowns from a universal shelf registration statement on which we previously represented the company.

  • First Industrial Realty Trust Waterfall Debt Tender Offer

    Served as primary counsel to First Industrial in connection with its cash tender offers for $160 million and $87 million, respectively, in aggregate principal amount of notes utilizing a "waterfall" structure to prioritize accepted tenders.

  • First Industrial Realty Trust Credit Facilities

    Served as primary counsel to First Industrial in connection with the negotiation of its $625 million unsecured revolving credit facility, $200 million unsecured term loan facility and $260 million unsecured term loan facility.

  • Ventas Acquisition of Senior Care, Inc.

    Served as primary counsel to Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company and one of the largest healthcare REITs in the U.S., in connection with the acquisition of the outstanding shares of Senior Care, Inc.

  • Ventas Acquisition of Lillibridge

    Served as primary counsel to Ventas in connection with its $380 million acquisition of Lillibridge Healthcare Services, Inc. and its related entities, and real estate interests in 95 medical office buildings.

  • Ventas Acquisition of Sunrise Minority Interests

    Served as primary counsel to Ventas in connection with its $186 million acquisition of real estate interests in 58 senior living communities from Sunrise Senior Living.

  • Hub International Insurance Agency Acquisitions

    Represented Hub International Limited and its affiliates in more than 25 acquisitions of insurance agencies through a combination of asset and share acquisitions.

  • Medgenics, Inc. Initial Public Offering

    Served as counsel to Medgenics, Inc., an Israeli clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, in its U.S. initial public offering of common stock on the NYSE Amex.

  • The Shidler Group/Pacific Office Properties Trust Reverse Merger

    Represented The Shidler Group in connection with the formation of a new public west coast-focused office properties REIT in a "reverse merger" transaction involving the contribution of The Shidler Group's western U.S. office building portfolio to a newly created operating partnership subsidiary of Pacific Office Properties Trust and the assumption of indebtedness in excess of $750 million.

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review