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Leslie (Les) B. Reese, III

Washington, D.C.

Leslie (Les) B. Reese, III

Les Reese counsels both public and private companies on issues that arise in securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, and corporate governance matters.

He also advises clients in corporate transactions ranging from venture financings and private placements to public offerings. By handling a range of transactions, Les is able to advise companies and investors across the business lifecycle.

Les focuses on real estate investment trusts (REITs) and also represents clients in a variety of other industries, including aerospace, defense and government services; life sciences and healthcare; and technology, media, and telecommunications.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Les was an associate at another leading international law firm, where he advised clients on cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private financings. Prior to attending law school, Les served as an officer in the United States Army, where, in addition to learning how to fly, he learned the importance of service and of getting things right the first time.

Representative experience

Represented Landmark Apartment Trust, Inc. in its US$1.9bn acquisition by an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group and Milestone Apartments REIT.

Represented Orbital Sciences Corporation in its US$4.5bn merger with the aerospace and defense groups of Alliant Techsystems Inc.

Represented Colonial Properties Trust in its US$8.6bn merger with Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.

Represented Cross Match Technologies, Inc. in its US$215m acquisition by Francisco Partners.

Represented International Finance Corporation (IFC) in venture capital financings of emerging clean energy and technology.

Represented Anthem, Inc. in more than US$6bn in debt securities offerings.

Represented Colony Financial, Inc. in more than US$600m in convertible debt offerings.

Represented Tesaro, Inc. in its US$200m convertible notes offering.

Represented Vivus, Inc. in its US$250m convertible notes offering.

Represented underwriters in respect of multiple registered equity and debt offerings.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008
  • B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point, 1996

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
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