Jesse Criz heads DLA Piper’s Investment Management and Real Estate Capital Markets practice. He also co-manages the firm’s Chicago office. For more than 20 years, Jesse has guided clients though their most critical transactions and advised them on strategic decisions in all aspects of their businesses, creating true partnerships with his clients.

Throughout his career, Jesse has practiced in the areas of taxation, corporate and vehicle formation. Today, he focuses on advising investment management firms in all aspects of their businesses, primarily regarding the structuring and formation of private investment vehicles and all of their investment activities, both in the United States and globally. 

Jesse is formally trained as a tax attorney and has extensive experience representing real estate investment trusts (REITs).  He regularly advises firms on structuring all types of funds, co-investments and separate accounts.  In addition, he has experience in M&A transactions in the investment management sector. He has led numerous highly complicated domestic and international real estate, corporate, and partnership transactions, including going private transactions, public and private REIT formations and securities offerings, REIT mergers and acquisitions, partnership rollups and UPREIT transactions.

Jesse has also structured and advised global investment management firms on cross-border real estate investments and the formation of foreign real estate funds, most recently in Europe and Canada.