Matthew T. Harris

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8119
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Matt is a partner in the Corporate & Securities and Real Estate practice groups, and is the leader of the firm’s Private Equity practice. Matt works with private equity and real estate funds, institutional limited partners, family offices, investors, entrepreneurs, operators and developers to bring deals together from both a legal and business perspective.

Clients rely on him to guide them through critical business milestones such as the formation of joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, private offerings and syndications. He is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of complex partnership/operating agreements for corporate and real estate investments and executes upon a variety of transactions and financings.

Matt’s private equity practice is enhanced through positions he has held at operating companies and investment firms. He served as general counsel and chief credit officer for a privately-held business with operations in over 40 states. He was also previously associated with a large, international Atlanta-based law firm. Prior to law school and business school, Matt worked in the financial sector at Morgan Stanley and SunTrust Capital Markets Inc. He pulls from all of this experience for his clients’ benefit, providing the guidance businesses need to make important decisions for the best possible outcome.

Experience

  • Represented a private equity backed healthcare operating company as part of a global roll-up strategy

  • Represented a leading multi-billion dollar private equity fund in numerous transactions in the hospitality sector

  • Represented a real estate private equity fund in multiple $100 million+ hotel transactions

  • Represented general partners in connection with the formation of multifamily, commercial office, preferred equity, and residential real estate funds.

  • Represented an investment vehicle in the acquisition, financing and syndication of a portfolio of multifamily properties to foreign and domestic investors.

  • Represented Fortune 100 company in its equity and convertible note investment in a distribution company.

  • Represented a $150 million private equity fund focused on the medical office sector in its formation, capital raising and joint venture investments.

  • Represented a private equity fund in its formation of multiple private REITs and related stock offerings.

  • Represented a retail real estate focused operator in complex partial disposition of partnership interests.

  • Represented a state pension fund as the anchor investor in a distressed residential mortgage opportunity fund.

  • Represented energy/logistics operating company as outside general counsel handling all legal matters including financings, general contract negotiations and special capital projects.

  • Represented one of the largest multifamily developers in the country in acquisitions, dispositions and financings.

Credentials

  • Cornell University, Master of Business Administration — 2010
  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Master of Business Administration — 2010
  • Mercer University, Juris Doctor — 2006
  • Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Arts — 2001
  • State of Georgia 2006
    • Cornell University Real Estate Council
    • State of Georgia Bar Association
    • Marist School, Class Alumni Representative

Recognition

  • “Rising Star,” Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011 and 2014-19
  • “Legal Elite,” Georgia Trend, 2014

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