People: Michelle L. Barnett, Senior Counsel

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Michelle L. Barnett

Senior Counsel

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 881-5456
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Ms. Barnett is senior counsel in the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Barnett is a trusted advisor for sponsors and general partners of investment funds, principally focused on the real estate industry. She counsels clients on transaction structure, offering and investment documentation, and broker-dealer agreements.

The laws, regulations, and other considerations involved in the structuring, implementation, and monetization of real estate investment programs are complex. Ms. Barnett helps sponsors and general partners navigate these matters to structure, document, and implement these programs, including like-kind exchange and qualified opportunity fund programs. She has been a key participant in more than 100 investment funds.

Ms. Barnett has unique knowledge and substantial experience in a variety of corporate and real estate practice areas. This includes commercial finance, capital markets and securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure and governance, and complex real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financings.

She also has substantial experience advising clients on the use and negotiation of state and local economic incentives throughout the country to assist in the financing of new industrial, commercial, multifamily and mixed use projects. In connection with the implementation of certain incentives, Ms. Barnett has represented clients in hundreds of bond-financed sale-leaseback transactions.

Ms. Barnett's perse background gives her a unique ability to advise clients on various aspects of a deal, particularly at the intersection of the corporate, finance, and real estate practice areas.

Ms. Barnett is a member of the Firm’s National Pro Bono Committee and regularly represents non-profit organizations in a variety of organizational, governance, and transactional matters.

 

Ms. Barnett is senior counsel in the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Barnett is a trusted advisor for sponsors and general partners of investment funds, principally focused on the real estate industry. She counsels clients on transaction structure, offering and investment documentation, and broker-dealer agreements.

The laws, regulations, and other considerations involved in the structuring, implementation, and monetization of real estate investment programs are complex. Ms. Barnett helps sponsors and general partners navigate these matters to structure, document, and implement these programs, including like-kind exchange and qualified opportunity fund programs. She has been a key participant in more than 100 investment funds.

Ms. Barnett has unique knowledge and substantial experience in a variety of corporate and real estate practice areas. This includes commercial finance, capital markets and securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure and governance, and complex real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financings.

She also has substantial experience advising clients on the use and negotiation of state and local economic incentives throughout the country to assist in the financing of new industrial, commercial, multifamily and mixed use projects. In connection with the implementation of certain incentives, Ms. Barnett has represented clients in hundreds of bond-financed sale-leaseback transactions.

Ms. Barnett's perse background gives her a unique ability to advise clients on various aspects of a deal, particularly at the intersection of the corporate, finance, and real estate practice areas.

Ms. Barnett is a member of the Firm’s National Pro Bono Committee and regularly represents non-profit organizations in a variety of organizational, governance, and transactional matters.

 

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University (2004)
    A.E. Bernsteen Award for Best Oralist, Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition, 2004; Arthur E. Petersilge Award for Excellence in Wills, Trusts and Future Interests, 2003 

  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University (2001)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA)
  • Institute for Portfolio Alternatives
  • Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Presentations

  • Moderator, “An Exchange of 1031 Ideas with Industry Leaders,” Institute for Portfolio Alternatives, IPAVision 2019, Toronto, Canada (September 24, 2019)
  • Presenter, "Anatomy of a Deal: Due Diligence; Transfer of Personal Property and Contracts," Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta, GA (March 22, 2017)
  • Presenter, "Anatomy of a Deal: Personal Property and Contracts," Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta, GA (June 2, 2016)

Publications