George Fatheree is a transactional attorney in Munger, Tolles & Olson’s real estate group. His clients value his market perspective, pragmatic deal approach, creative problem-solving and ability to execute complex transactions. Mr. Fatheree works on a wide array of commercial real estate transactions, including joint ventures, fund formations, financings, developments, purchases and sales, portfolio deals, leasing, real estate M&A, sports arena/casino deals and energy transactions. He has also advised museums, educational institutions and other non-for-profit organizations in a variety of corporate, real estate and governance matters.
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.
- Casino operators in the negotiation of multiple master lease and operating agreements.
- 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.
- GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, in its financing and acquisition of a national portfolio of industrial properties.
- InvenTrust, a publicly-traded REIT, in the sale of University House Communities, a portfolio of student housing projects.
- Los Angeles Clippers in multiple engagements including negotiating a stadium agreement for its development league team.
- 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 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.
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.
Prior Work Experience
Prior to joining Munger, Tolles & Olson, Mr. Fatheree worked at Skadden, Arps and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Fatheree worked in public education reform as the Chief Operating Officer of the California Charter Schools Association and founded the Charter Schools Legal Defense Fund. He also previously worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and Booz·Allen & Hamilton. He co-founded govWorks, an Internet company, and was named one of Silicon Alley’s Top 25 Minority Entrepreneurs.
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.
- “Workouts Involving UPREIT and DownREIT Properties: A Guide for REIT Executives,” Real Estate Finance Journal, Summer 2011