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Daniel M. LeBey

Daniel M. LeBey Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions

Daniel’s principal areas of practice are capital markets and securities law, private equity and fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. He has a particular focus on transactions involving real estate investment trusts (REITs).

He advises REITs and their sponsors through the entire life cycle of a REIT from formation through the initial public offering process, and thereafter with respect to equity and debt capital markets transactions, SEC reporting and compliance, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions, and corporate governance. Daniel also regularly serves as counsel for the underwriters in capital markets transactions.

Daniel also advises boards of directors and special committees on strategic transactions and other governance matters. 

In addition to REITs, Daniel advises clients in a variety of other industries ranging from technology to manufacturing to infrastructure. Before law school, Daniel worked as an analyst at a New York bank, where he developed a strong foundation in corporate finance. He spent his early years as an attorney focusing on bank M&A deals before becoming a real estate capital markets lawyer. He leverages this background together with his deep understanding of clients' businesses and industries to provide tailored, practical, creative legal guidance to help clients meet their objectives. Clients in particular appreciate his "thoroughness and attention to detail," according to Chambers USA, where a reviewer also praised him as "extremely intelligent" and "very efficient" (2019).

Daniel also serves as the managing partner for V&E’s Richmond office.

Experience Highlights

Capital Markets

  • Ellington Financial Inc. in its $115 million public offering of Series A fixed-to-floating rate cumulative redeemable preferred stock
  • Underwriters to PLH Group, Inc in its $208 million Rule 144A offering of class A-1 common stock 
  • Underwriters to Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc. in its $115 million public offering of Series H cumulative redeemable preferred stock 
  • Ellington Financial LLC in its $86 million investment grade offering of senior notes and subsequent note exchange 
  • Underwriters to Clipper Realty Inc. in its $88 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Global Medical REIT Inc. in its $33 million public offering of common stock, $71 million public offering of common stock, $77 million public offering of series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock, $36 million public offering of common stock, and $150 million initial public offering of common stock
  • American Residential Properties, Inc. in its $330 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT in its $47 million public offering of common shares 
  • Issuer’s counsel in numerous initial and follow-on public equity offerings, private offerings of common stock under Rule 144A and Regulation S, private placements under Regulation D, and public and private offerings of preferred equity and debt securities
  • Underwriters’ counsel for leading regional, national, and international investment banking firms in numerous initial and follow-on underwritten public and private offerings of equity and debt securities

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

  • Oncor Electric Delivery Company in its $2.2 billion acquisition of InfraREIT
  • NorthStar Realty Finance in its approximately $16 billion combination with NorthStar Asset Management Group and Colony Capital in an all-stock merger of equals 
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of MVP REIT II in the acquisition of MVP REIT by MVP REIT II in a stock-for-stock merger
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Moody National REIT I in the merger of Moody National REIT I and Moody National REIT II 
  • American Residential Properties, Inc. in its $1.4 billion stock-for-stock merger with American Homes 4 Rent 
  • Blackstone Group LP in its formation and capitalization of a private residential mortgage REIT 
  • Northern Pacific Group in its formation and capitalization of a private investment fund focused on SFR properties 
  • Sandpiper Hospitality in its formation of 7 different private investment funds and a private REIT focused on extended stay hotels 


Contact Details

Richmond

T +1.804.327.6310
dlebey@velaw.com
901 East Byrd Street
Suite 1500
Richmond, VA 23219
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Daniel's Practices

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1992 (Editorial Board, Georgia Law Review)
  • Princeton University, A.B., English, Distinction in American Studies Program, 1987
  • Admitted to practice: Georgia; Virginia
  • Chambers USA, REITs (Nationwide), 2007–2019
  • Legal 500 U.S., Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2017 and 2019; Real Estate: REITS, 2017–2019; Capital Markets: Debt, 2019; Construction, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.)Corporate Law, 2017−2020
  • Member:  National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Member:  Princeton Association of Virginia, President 2007-2009