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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2003, Harno Scholar; CALI Award, Negotiations and Real Estate Transactions
    • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000

Eric Greenfield focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border real estate transactions. He represents clients in connection with structuring, negotiating, and documenting all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, finance, leasing, and disposition of office, retail, industrial, and warehouse assets.

A strong focus of Eric’s practice revolves around campus housing throughout the United States. His clients include investors, lenders, fund sponsors, purchasers, sellers, and joint venture partners. Eric also has experience in construction financing involving office, hotel, apartment, condominium, cooperative, and mixed-used projects. He regularly represents lenders and borrowers on real estate projects throughout the United States and Mexico. He has represented parties in joint venture vehicles, property management agreements, brokerage agreements, and development agreements.


  • Representation of publicly traded REIT in connection with 23 sale/leaseback transactions in 10 states with aggregate transaction value in excess of $200 million.  Our representation in these matters included all aspects of the transaction, including negotiation of the purchase and sale and lease agreements, related due diligence, land use diligence and closing of transaction.
  • Represented client on its acquisition of an existing $1+ billion valued office portfolio with properties located in four states by negotiating joint venture agreements with amongst various partner groups, coordinating closing and numerous deliverables amongst lenders and other parties, mezzanine and senior loan documentation, negotiation of property management agreements and other ancillary closing deliverables, assist with licensure and legal compliance issues related to acquiring such properties and managing them on a go forward basis.
  • Represented developer and operator of high end student housing in connection with a programmatic joint venture with a major life company to finance and operate stabilized student housing projects nationwide; original closings involved approximately $500 million in equity investment. The transaction involved negotiating the joint venture, recapitalizing each asset and significant tax planning to optimize tax treatment for investors remaining in the transaction. Additionally, the transaction required the negotiation of the redemption of existing capital investors.
  • Represented developer and operator of high end student housing in connection with a programmatic joint venture with a major life company to finance the development and construction of new student housing projects nationwide; the first closing involved approximately $50 million in equity investment. The transaction involved negotiating the joint venture, negotiating construction financing, obtaining zoning and other entitlements, and significant tax planning. Additionally, the transaction required the negotiation of the redemption of existing capital investors.
  • Negotiated an up to $150 million private equity capital infusion by a NY based investment fund into an existing development company to provide capital for expansion and growth. The investment was structured as debt to maximize available deductions and minimize net cost to the company. The investment included a parallel structure to accommodate projects with historic tax credits. The transaction involved due diligence on approximately 40 projects, all organizational matters, contribution agreements for each project, debt review and analysis, significant consent requirements from both existing equity investors and debt holders. 
  • Representation of publicly traded REIT in connection with the $51MM sale/leaseback of an approximate 250,000 sq. ft. office complex in McLean, Virginia. Our representation included all aspects of the transaction, including negotiation of the Purchase and Sale and Lease Agreements, related due diligence, land use diligence and closing of transaction. 
  • Representation of publicly traded REIT in connection with the $10MM portfolio sale/leaseback of six early childhood education facilities in the Denver metropolitan area. Our representation included all aspects of the portfolio transaction, including negotiation of the Purchase and Sale and Lease Agreements, related due diligence, land use diligence and closing of transaction.  
  • Representation of a campus housing developer in purchase of a note.
  • Retail Site Redevelopment - Redevelopment of an 88-acre retail site including the structuring of economic development incentives, including both Tax Increment Financing and a Community Improvement District; the issuance of municipal bonds to fund the project; the development and analysis of redevelopment pro formas; land assemblage including dozens of property owners; condemnation proceedings; blight and environmental remediation;litigation; and serving as lead negotiators and chairs of numerous meetings before the City Council, TIF Commission and numerous taxing jurisdictions.
  • Mall Redevelopment - Redevelopment of existing mall site. The total project cost was $250 million. Polsinelli obtained all entitlements for new mixed-use improvements and securing incentive packages from state and local governments totaling $55 million.
  • Acquisition, development, construction, equity raise, loan and related corporate matters with respect to domestic and international student housing projects, senior lifestyle centers, residential and retail buildings and commercial office ventures located throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Latin America. 
  • Representation of developer in the $407-million plus pre-construction sale of five properties.
  • Assisted client with the roll-up of approximately 30 student housing developments valued at almost $1 billion into a holding company concurrently with the admission of a new private equity investor funding approximately $125 million for future growth.
  • Representation of a campus housing developer in connection with multiple refinancings of various properties.
  • Representation of a lender in a several hundred million dollar refinancing of a portfolio of resort hotels in Mexico.
  • Representation of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company's Mexican lending subsidiary, Prudential Asset Holdings - Mexico, in connection with industrial property financing involving subsidiaries of AMB-SGP Mexico, LLC, and G. Acción S.A. de C.V.
  • Representation of Prudential Real Estate Investors in connection with a $400 million real estate fund targeting retail investments in Mexico.
  • Acquisition of over 60 commercial properties throughout the Chicagoland area.
  • Acquisition of Armani building in Los Angeles, California
  • Assist United Kingdom based firm in placing debt and equity in United States on multiple transactions.
  • Assist United Kingdom based insurance company in multiple office leases and transactions.
  • Represented real estate fund in acquisition of numerous supermarket anchored strip centers
  • Represented hospital in sale of multiple nursing home properties.
  • Represented publicly-traded company in workouts with existing tenants on properties throughout the country. 
  • Represented company in an over $2 billion joint venture for office product located across the company.