George C. Fatheree, III

George C. Fatheree, III

George Fatheree is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson who guides clients in complex real estate and art law transactions.

Mr. Fatheree’s clients value his commercial approach and pragmatic advice, market perspective, collaborative style, creative problem-solving and ability to execute time-sensitive transactions. Mr. Fatheree has experience in a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including joint ventures, fund formations, financings, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and real estate M&A, with industry focus in hospitality, industrial, multifamily, entertainment venues, sports arenas, casinos and energy deals. Mr. Fatheree also advises artists, museums and other arts and culture institutions in complex corporate transactions.

Mr. Fatheree is a member of the Real Estate Executive Council, the leading trade association for minority executives in the commercial real estate industry, and has also served on the executive committee for the LA County Real Property Section. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Fatheree was the chief operating officer of the California Charter Schools Association, an education-reform nonprofit. He also developed substantial business experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Booz·Allen & Hamilton, and co-founded govWorks.com, an Internet company, for which he was named one of Silicon Alley’s Top 25 Minority Entrepreneurs.

Mr. Fatheree was named a 2020 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year by the Daily Journal, in recognition of his representation of the J. Paul Getty Trust in acquiring the photography archives of Ebony and Jet magazine. He has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the California Real Estate category. He was named one of Real Estate Forum’s Top 50 Real Estate Professionals Under 40 and an Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Fatheree has an active pro bono practice and has dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono work, including securing reparations for survivors of the Holocaust; authoring a successful amicus curiae brief to California’s Supreme Court on behalf of public school students with diabetes; representing the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in its acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art performing arts academy; representing charter schools in acquiring, leasing and financing school facilities; advising school districts on education reform issues; and helping students with special needs to help them access educational services. In 2015, Mr. Fatheree co-founded The Associates Committee, a national nonprofit foundation awarding grants to public interest organizations that was recognized by the Financial Times for Innovation in Social Responsibility.

Mr. Fatheree graduated cum laude from Harvard University where he studied government and religion. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School and is a Fritz B. Burns Scholar and member of Alpha Sigma Nu.

Experience

Mr. Fatheree’s clients have included:*

  • Amherst Residential in multiple joint ventures, financings and sales involving portfolios of single-family homes.
  • Ares Management in its financing and development of the Makena Golf and Beach Club.
  • Canyon Partners in the negotiation of property management agreements for an industrial portfolio.
  • Caruso Affiliated in various financing and loan modification transactions.
  • Various casino operators in the negotiation of master lease and operating agreements.
  • CIM in multiple real estate loans, including bridge loans and construction financing.
  • Deutsche Bank in multiple real estate financings, including of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and the Intercontinental Barclays Hotel, which involved a Sharia-compliant financing structure.
  • Fortress Investment Group in financing the Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.
  • GI Partners in various data center and medical office leasing transactions.
  • GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, in its financing and acquisition of a national portfolio of industrial properties.
  • Iconiq Capital in its construction loan for the development of the Taj Hotel.
  • InvenTrust, a publicly-traded REIT, in the sale of University House Communities, a portfolio of student housing projects.
  • J. Paul Getty Trust in leading a consortium of foundations in the acquisition of the priceless photographic archive of Ebony and Jet magazines at auction. The transaction was publicized by multiple media outlets, including The Art Newspaper, The National Law Journal and Bloomberg Law, which covered the deal in an article titled “Munger Tolles Partner Helps Save Archive of U.S. Black History.”
  • Los Angeles Clippers in multiple engagements including negotiating a stadium agreement for its development league team.
  • Panasonic Avionics Corporation in negotiation of its new headquarters lease.
  • The Peebles Corporation in its formation of a fund to support diverse real estate developers.
  • Stockdale Capital Partners in multiple engagements, including its acquisition and financing of the Horton Plaza shopping center in San Diego and its joint venture and financing of Scottsdale’s Galleria Corporate Centre.

*Includes representations prior to Mr. Fatheree’s affiliation with Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Mr. Fatheree serves on the boards of Bet Tzedek, a nonprofit law firm providing free legal aid to society’s most vulnerable and Loyola Law School, where he teaches real estate law.

Pro Bono

Pro Bono/Board Service

Mr. Fatheree has an active pro bono practice and has dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono work, including securing reparations for survivors of the Holocaust; authoring a successful amicus curiae brief to California’s Supreme Court on behalf of public school students with diabetes; representing the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in its acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art performing arts academy; representing charter schools in acquiring, leasing and financing school facilities; advising school districts on education reform issues; and helping students with special needs to help them access educational services. In 2015, Mr. Fatheree co-founded The Associates Committee, a national nonprofit foundation awarding grants to public interest organizations that was recognized by the Financial Times for Innovation in Social Responsibility.

Mr. Fatheree serves on the board of Bet Tzedek, a nonprofit law firm providing free legal aid to society’s most vulnerable; the John M. Langston Bar Association, Los Angeles County’s bar association for African-American lawyers; and the Real Estate Executive Council, a professional trade association to promote the interests of minority executives in the commercial real estate industry.

Mr. Fatheree also serves on the board of Loyola Law School, where he teaches real estate law.

Publications

“Workouts Involving UPREIT and DownREIT Properties: A Guide for REIT Executives,” Real Estate Finance Journal, Summer 2011