Picton, Charles E.

  Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chuck is a member of the firm’s real estate group.  His practice focuses on finance, acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing matters.  He has represented borrowers in connection with a multitude of real estate-based finance transactions, including mortgage, mezzanine, and construction loans originated by life companies, domestic and foreign balance sheet lenders (stand alone and syndicate), and CMBS originators.  Chuck also has significant experience representing institutional lenders in a wide variety of loan transactions secured by equity pledges, raw land, office properties, multi-family residential projects, retail centers, and golf courses.  In addition, he has extensive experience representing borrowers in connection with the restructuring of distressed debt and representing public and private companies with respect to the acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing of real estate assets.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Chuck was Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel at General Growth Properties (GGP), where he most recently served as head of the Capital Markets practice group.  Chuck represented GGP in connection with dozens of mortgage and mezzanine loan originations, with average proceeds well in excess of $100,000,000 and total proceeds exceeding $10 billion.  During his nearly 6 years at GGP, through a unique cross-departmental experience, Chuck gained an in-depth understanding of the retail industry, handling not only property and corporate-level financings, but also new developments, redevelopments, sales, acquisitions, public financings, anchor transactions, joint venture transactions, and big-box and theater leases.  Chuck also developed a proficiency in interacting and negotiating with loan servicers.  During GGP's bankruptcy, Chuck was active in the complex claims settlement process and played an integral role in the negotiation and documentation of the consensual restructuring of nearly $15 billion of secured debt.


  • University of Illinois, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
  • The George Washington University, M.A., with distinction, 1998
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1994

Practice Area

  • Real Estate

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