LOS ANGELES, CA – June 9, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – As announced to the markets this morning, O’Melveny & Myers client Catellus, one of the top public industrial REITs, has signed a deal to be acquired by ProLogis, the largest public industrial REIT, in a $5 billion merger – the largest real estate deal in 2005. With this deal and the firm’s representation of Macerich in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Wilmorite that closed a month ago, O’Melveny & Myers has handled two of the largest REIT M&A deals of the year.
The deal involved an incredible effort by an O’Melveny & Myers legal team led by partner Mark Easton. The O’Melveny & Myers team included mergers & acquisitions partner Fred McLane, counsel Christine Tam, and associates Victor Chen, Andrew Ellis, Chris Morris, Carolyn Heiser and Anita Choi. Partner Linda Griffey and counsel Elizabeth Simon advised on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. Partners Pete Ritter and Dean Weiner and counsel Bob Fisher advised on tax matters. Partner Tom Muller advised on real estate, counsel Rebecca Farrington advised on antitrust, and partner Seth Aronson on potential shareholder litigation.
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