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Stuart A. Barr

Washington, D.C.

Stuart A. Barr

During his 20 years in corporate finance and M&A practice, Stuart Barr has been involved in many of the largest and most complex IPOs and M&A transactions.

Clients rely on him to lead complicated transactions and develop transaction structures to address complicated or novel situations and to help negotiate large multifaceted transactions. Stuart also has significant experience in leading the corporate aspects of investigations for publicly traded companies.

Stuart's practice focuses on REITs and other entities and individuals engaged in the real estate industry, including owners and operators of hotels, office buildings, data centers, multifamily properties, triple-net lease, and self-storage companies. Stuart also works on IPOs and M&A transactions for companies in the government contracts and software industries.

Stuart has represented issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, reorganizations, and recapitalizations. Stuart has participated in acquisitions and business combinations involving mergers, stock purchases, asset transactions, partnership rollups and operating partnership unit transactions (both public and private), leveraged buyouts, and tender offers. In addition to leading securities and corporate finance aspects of transactions, Stuart regularly advises clients concerning compliance with the federal securities laws and regulations, including those relating to corporate governance and disclosure obligations.

Stuart has been recognized as a leading REIT lawyer by Chambers.

Representative experience

Advising Hilton in connection with its proposed spin-off to separate its real estate operations.

Advising Four Corners Property Trust following its spin-off from Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Advising Landmark Apartment Trust in its US$1.9bn sale to Starwood Capital Group and Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust.

Advising Equity Commonwealth following its proxy contest and change in management.

Advising Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the other underwriters in the US$2.6bn IPO for Paramount Group Inc., the largest REIT IPO.

Advising Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the US$1.1bn IPO for Empire State Realty Trust.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, New York University School of Law, 1994
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1990

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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