Doug concentrates his practice on commercial real estate, corporate and business planning matters. He has experience representing both institutions and entrepreneurs in those areas.
Doug’s real estate practice includes a particular emphasis on representing publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and institutional lenders. He has significant experience in the structuring and operation of domestic and international joint ventures that combine institutional partners with developers. Doug also has experience with Shari'ah-compliant financing techniques. In addition, Doug’s practice includes experience with all types of leasing, acquisitions and dispositions.
Doug’s corporate practice has allowed him to provide innovative solutions to clients that range from institutional investors to principals of technology start-up companies to executives at Fortune 500 companies. Much of his work has involved structuring transactions ranging from establishing complex joint ventures to working with entrepreneurs to create new companies. Additionally, Doug’s corporate practice has included the negotiation of many stock and asset sales and financings as well as debt purchases, trademark and software licensing, transportation contracts and employment agreements.
Representation of Ventas in connection with the lease of a portfolio of over 50 skilled nursing facilities to multiple tenants within a 3-month time span.
Represented First Industrial in the formation of four joint ventures with CalSTRS, including three joint ventures for an aggregate investment of $1.8 billion in U.S. real estate and a $285 million joint venture for real estate investment in Canada; and in the negotiation of several subscription debt facilities with WestLB AG, New York branch, including two multicurrency facilities totaling $950 million.
Represented U.S. Bank in $300 million revolving credit facility for Pacific Capital Bank secured by refund anticipation loans. This financing replaced a securitized conduit facility that had been used in prior years and was the first such credit facility.
Activities & Honors
- Member, Chicago Bar Association
- Clerk, Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Order of the Coif
Speaking Engagements & Presentations
- March 2009
Articles & Publications
- May 5, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- April 14, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- March 31, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- August 4, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- October 22, 2010 – WSJ.com
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors, 1992
Dartmouth College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1989
Bar & Court Admissions
- State of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
- Bank of America
- First Industrial Realty Trust
- U.S. Bank