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Jennifer M. Kiely

Member / Chair, Real Estate Practice

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Jennifer is Chair of the Firm's Real Estate Practice. She represents clients in connection with all aspects of acquisitions, dispositions, and financings of office, industrial and multifamily properties throughout the continental United States. Jennifer’s experience includes representing investors in joint ventures and other interest purchases in complex commercial real estate transactions.  Jennifer also has extensive experience counseling real estate borrowers in obtaining and refinancing loans on diverse properties, opposite CMBS, bank, and insurance lenders.

She frequently represents real estate and pension funds, among other owners and operators of commercial real estate, across a spectrum of real estate transactions and also provides clients with strategic counsel on existing and potential issues and opportunities as market and economic conditions evolve. 

Education

  • Boston University School of Law (JD)
  • Harvard University (BA, Sociology)

Experience

  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the acquisition in a joint venture of an office tower in Boston, Massachusetts valued at over $850 million, which is the largest acquisition in the city’s history.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the acquisition of membership interests in an entity owning an office tower in New York valued at $350 million.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the acquisition of membership interests in an entity owning an office and retail tower in New York valued at $425 million and related joint venture documentation.
  • Represented a multifamily investment company in the acquisition and financing of a multifamily property in Stamford, Connecticut valued at $105 million.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the acquisition of membership interests in an entity owning an office property valued at $110 million in California and related joint venture documentation.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the sale of property in San Jose, CA valued at $135 million and related provision of seller financing to the property buyer.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the acquisition of membership interests in an entity owning an office property valued at $288 million in Bellevue, Washington and related joint venture documentation.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the acquisition of an office property valued at $230 million in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Represented a private real estate firm in the sale of an office tower in valued at $350 million.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the sale of property in Washington, DC valued at $213 million.
  • Represented a private real estate investment firm in the sale of property in Boston, Massachusetts valued at $562 million.
  • Represented a client in a $1.6 billion acquisition of a highly diversified portfolio of 256 primarily light industrial assets comprising over 30 million square feet across 16 major U.S. markets.
  • Represented a client in $111 million CMBS loan in connection with the refinancing of a 9 property portfolio located in the Western and Midwestern United States.
  • Represented a value add fund in a $27 million acquisition of a 7 property industrial portfolio located in Missouri.
  • Represented a value add fund in an $86 million sale of an office property located in Houston, Texas.
  • Represented a value add fund as borrower in connection with a $42 million Fannie Mae loan to refinance a multi-family apartment community located in Phoenix, Arizona.

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Real Estate Law (2018 – 2021)

Involvement

  • Chair, United Way Real Estate Breakfast Committee
  • Member, Real Estate Finance Association
  • Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Member, Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization

Viewpoints

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Today, April 20, 2020, Governor Charles Baker signed into law an act providing for a moratorium on evictions and as well as foreclosures of residential property (the “Act”) during the pendency of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 emergency declared by the Governor on March 10, 2020.
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On March 23, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts issued COVID-19 Order No. 13 requiring all businesses and organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” (“Essential Services”) to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 12:00 noon on April 7, 2020. On March 31, 2020, Governor Baker issued a related order, COVID-19 Order No. 21 (the “Order”) extending the operation of its previous order to May 4, 2020 and updating the list of Essential Services based on federal guidance.
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On March 23, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts issued COVID-19 Order No. 13 (the “Order”) requiring all businesses and organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” (“Essential Services”) to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 12:00 noon on April 7, 2020.  
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New York on Pause: What Landlords Need to Know

March 24, 2020 | Blog | By Alexandra Calistri, Jennifer Kiely

As part of the “New York State on PAUSE” response to the COVID-19 outbreak, on March 20, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.8 requiring a 100% reduction of the in-person workforce of all non-essential businesses in New York State. While the reduction of in-person workforce is broad reaching, the essential services exception serves to allow landlords to continue providing basic security, janitorial service, and other services truly needed for maintaining and operating their buildings.  Furthermore, landlords and tenants should be able to maintain the IT infrastructure needed for remote work, provided they are doing so in a manner that otherwise comports with the NY State on Pause requirements. 
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News & Press

Mintz Member Jennifer Kiely featured in Law360’s recent publication of the lawyers who made partner or were promoted to leadership positions in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Mintz is pleased to announce that Jennifer Kiely has been named Co-Head of the firm’s Real Estate Section. Ms. Kiely is a Member of the firm based in the Boston office, representing clients in complex real estate matters.
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Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.