Biography

Brad is co-chair of the firm’s REIT practice group. He has an international practice and is well known for his experience in complex financing transactions—including cross-border transactions, business mergers and acquisitions, and strategic investments—in a wide variety of industries such as real estate, financial services, and technology. His clients include national governments and governmental agencies, public and private real estate companies (including developers, operators, investors, brokerages and service companies), REITs, investment and commercial banks, private equity funds and trust companies.

In his practice, Brad represents private and public companies, partnerships, and funds (including REITs, other real estate entities, entrepreneurial businesses, private equity funds and entertainment and media-based companies) in a variety of U.S.-based domestic and Asian-based cross-border capital markets transactions, including:

  • Raising capital in private offerings and through initial public offerings, secondary offerings of debt and equity, and through taxable or tax-exempt bonds issued by governmental agencies
  • Mergers and acquisitions, including roll-up transactions and real estate portfolio acquisitions and dispositions

In addition, Brad represents:

  • Underwriters in connection with capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and secondary offerings of debt and equity
  • Boards of directors and special committees in a variety of board-related issues
  • National governments and governmental agencies in a variety of matters, including capital raising, urban redevelopment, legislative drafting, policy formulation regarding capital formation and economic development
  • Chinese entertainment and media-based companies in connection with their U.S. operations, including investments in and production of films, acquisition of media content, and investments in and acquisitions of entertainment and media-based businesses

Brad has served as an advisory board member and chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Regulatory Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and as a member of the Council of Governors and vice president of the executive committee of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association. Through his involvement with NAREIT and APREA, he has been active in legislative initiatives in the REIT and finance industry in the U.S., Asia and Europe, including:

  • Drafting NAREIT's responses to the initiatives proposed in the wake of the accounting irregularities of Enron and WorldCom
  • Working with the staff of the SEC on several policy initiatives relating to real estate-backed securities; the interplay between the securities and bankruptcy laws; and the SEC’s “Plain English” drafting project
  • The drafting of the Philippine REIT framework
  • The drafting of the asset-backed security/securitization law of the People’s Republic of China
  • Advising study groups and other interested parties in the People’s Republic of China on the adoption of a REIT scheme and other financial reform initiatives

* Admitted to practice only in Missouri

    Before Fox Rothschild

    Brad was a senior partner at three of the world’s largest law firms, where he served in various leadership roles, including serving as Hong Kong managing partner and Asia practice chair and as co-chair of a global real estate capital markets practice. Immediately before joining Fox, Brad was an attorney with a national law firm.

    Beyond Fox Rothschild

    Brad is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to cross-border finance, REITs, innovative financing structures and mergers and acquisitions. He has spoken at numerous conferences and university programs around the world, including in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, South Africa and the United Kingdom. His university teaching experience includes courses on China real estate investment at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Graduate MBA Program; at Tsinghua University’s Joint Program with Harvard; and at the University of Texas’ (Dallas) MBA Program.

    Honors & Awards

    • Named among the "Best Lawyers in America," Best Lawyers (2009, 2017)
    • Named to “Who’s Who in the World” (2014)
    • Named as a leading lawyer in the U.S. in Real Estate Investment Trusts in Chambers USA (2007-2010)
    • Named as one of the world's leading lawyers in Real Estate Investment Trusts in Chambers Global (2008-2010)
    • Named among the “Leading Lawyers in Real Estate Investment Trusts” Legal 500 (2009)
    • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell