Michael Kessler focuses his practice on public and private REITs, particularly novel financing structures. He participated in developing some of the very first mortgage REITs and is recognized for his innovative expansion of the REIT sector into new asset classes, such as energy efficiency and clean energy loans.
An experienced and versatile securities lawyer, Michael regularly advises clients on U.S. securities laws, as well as cross-border securities and mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt offerings, and corporate finance transactions.
Michael’s thorough understanding of regulatory compliance and reporting requirements helps clients navigate complex legal and tax issues. He also serves as outside counsel on corporate governance matters, including executive compensation, shareholder activism, board fiduciary duties, risk management, and corporate social responsibility.
Bar Admissions : New York
Georgetown University (J.D., 2005)
University of Florida (B.S., 2002)
Oliver Scholars, which prepares high-achieving African-American and Latino students from underserved NYC communities for success at top independent high schools and prestigious colleges, board of directors and chairman, Nominating and Governance Committee
Children’s Arts Guild, which offers arts education to underserved children, board