Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Keith Barnett is an experienced lawyer who has developed a successful practice representing clients in all aspects of commercial real estate, including real estate finance, development, acquisitions, sales and leasing. During the course of his career, Mr. Barnett has represented local, national and international clients, including some of the world’s largest publicly traded retailers, investors, developers, pension fund advisors and life insurance companies, among others, in various real estate transactions.
Mr. Barnett represents national retailers in all their real estate needs, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, permitting and development. He has also represented clients in connection with numerous major real estate developments, including hotel projects, retail developments, office buildings, biotechnology and high technology facilities, residential developments, warehouse and industrial facilities and academic buildings. Mr. Barnett has significant experience in connection with various different real estate finance options including traditional mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, preferred equity investments and so-called "bond leases," "synthetic leases” and other accounting and tax sensitive transactions and is a leader in the firm’s Distressed Real Estate Solutions Group, working to advise clients in various positions with respect to options and opportunities, including loan workouts, foreclosure advice and debt and equity restructurings. Mr. Barnett also has a very active practice representing owners and tenants in connection with various leasing transactions and buyers and sellers in connection with both the acquisition and disposition of real estate in all asset classes. Representative clients include investors, developers, retailers, pension fund advisors, life insurance companies, commercial banks, opportunity investors and publicly traded companies, including some of the world's largest publicly traded retailers.