Overview

Ben Briggs is an investment funds partner focused on the real assets sector. His entire practice is dedicated to structuring, negotiating and forming real estate funds and their management companies. Ben has particularly deep experience with open-ended, evergreen and other permanent capital structures. He also spends a significant portion of his time advising global private equity sponsors moving into the real estate space.

Ben also has extensive experience in structuring club deals, new platforms, programmatic and other JVs, as well as insurance dedicated funds, opportunity zone investments, REIT M&A and UPREIT transactions. As an associate, Ben split his time between tax and real estate funds and transactions.

Throughout his career, Ben has been involved as legal counsel in a wide range of complex matters in the PE space, including extraordinary events involving private investment funds and their sponsors, such as high-stakes "key person" events, investor defaults, strategic investments in a fund sponsor and minority stake sales, seed capital and anchor investor arrangements, regulatory investigations, crisis management issues and other significant matters and transactions.

In addition to the many fund sponsors he represents, Ben's clients have also included sovereign wealth funds making anchor investments in new funds/platforms, investor advisory committees, senior investment professionals, family offices and other constituents involved in real asset investments.

Representative Clients

A&E Real Estate Holdings, AJ Capital Partners, Ares, Blue Vista, Clarion Partners, Davidson Kempner, ElmTree Funds, EQT, Federal Capital Partners, GID, InfraRed Capital Partners, King Street, KKR, Lennar, Macquarie, Merit Hill Capital, Pearlmark, Principal Real Estate Investors, Rockbridge Capital, Sound Mark Partners, Sycamore Partners, Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Warburg Pincus.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

“The IRS Clarifies REIT Definition of “Real Property” in New Proposed Regulations” co-authored for PREA Quarterly, Fall 2014

“Foreign Governments and U.S. Real Estate Investments: Proposed Section 892 Regulations Offer Welcome Clarifications” co-authored for Journal of Taxation of Financial Products, Volume 10, Issue 1 2012

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010Illinois

Education

  • Georgetown University Law CenterLL.M., Taxationwith Distinction2010

    Dean’s List

  • Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.2009
  • University of MichiganB.S., MathematicsHonors, with High Distinction2006