John Sullivan is chair of DLA Piper's US real estate practice and co-chair of the global real estate practice, and is highly recognised and respected throughout the commercial real estate industry. He has a broad-ranging practice that encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate, with a particular emphasis on representing public and private pension plans, opportunity funds, investment advisers and non-US investors in equity, debt, hybrid and joint venture transactions throughout North America. John has been lead counsel for many of the largest US real estate transactions, including representing an institutional investor in the approximately USD4 billion acquisition of a privately held REIT owning approximately 180 industrial properties in 15 states and a related management and development platform, and representing investment advisers with respect to programmatic joint ventures for the acquisition, financing and development of multi-family, retail, office and logistics properties throughout North America. He is on the board of the Boston Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is regarded as a thought leader, particularly with respect to real estate joint ventures and hybrid debt/equity structures. John is a guest lecturer on joint ventures at the MIT Real Estate Center and Columbia Business School, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Policy Committee.