David J. Pezza

Partner, Chicago



David Pezza is a Partner in the Global M&A Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate Industry Group, based in the Chicago office. David's practice focuses on sophisticated real estate transactions, including the representation of private and institutional investors, and owners and developers in connection with the acquisition, disposition, development and financing of commercial real estate properties. He has also been involved in the negotiation and structuring of joint-venture agreements with respect to the various transactions he has been involved in.

David's experience includes a wide range of asset types, including mixed use projects, land for development, retail properties, office buildings and hospitality projects.

David is a Certified Public Accountant.

David has had significant experience in: Real Estate Development, Acquisitions and Dispositions, Financing, Leasing, Loan Workouts, Ground Leases, Construction, and Economic incentives.

David is the Chairman of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors for the Diocese of Joliet.

Bars and Courts
DePaul University
College of Law
DePaul University
College of Commerce


David's representative transactions prior to joining the Firm include the representation of:

dMY Technology Group, Inc. II (NYSE: DMYD), a SPAC, in its $1.5 billion business combination with UK-based Genius Sports Group, the leading provider of sports data and technology powering the sports, betting and media ecosystem.

dMY Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE: DMYT), a SPAC, in its US$1.78 billion business combination with Rush Street Interactive, LP, a US-based online casino and sports betting company.

Avon Rubber p.l.c. (LSE: AVON), a leading provider of life critical personal protection systems to military and first responder markets, in its US$130 million acquisition of Team Wendy, LLC, a leading supplier of critical protective systems including helmets and helmet liner and retention systems for military and first responders.

The purchaser/owner of 12 regional shopping centers having a value in excess of US$2 billion in two separate transactions and continuing in the leasing and management of those and additional shopping centers across the United States.

The purchase of an over 100 property loan portfolio having an outstanding loan balance in excess of US$4.5 billion, including all Real Estate related matters associated with such purchase and issues arising thereafter.

An institutional real estate investor in the acquisition, financing and operation of five first-class hotels valued at more than US$600 million.

The joint venture comprising Centennial Real Estate Co., Montgomery Street Partners, USAA Real Estate Co. and Westfield America for a US$100 million refinance of the 1.4 million-square-foot Fox Valley Mall located in Aurora, Illinois.

Grupo Verzatec in its pending US$360 million acquisition of the engineered materials business of Crane Co.

Institutional real estate investor in the formation of a development program with an international manufacturer for the development and construction of a dozen major manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada.

The developer of a Casino, including development and construction agreements and assistance in the licensing process.

An institutional real estate investor in a major mixed use development, including the ground lease and land acquisition, 150,000-square-foot office lease, 33,000-square-foot health and fitness facility lease, US$65 million financing, US$20 million tax increment financing, numerous retail leases and the development and sale of a hotel pad site.

Numerous borrowers in mortgage and secured loan transactions having a collective value in excess of US$750 million within the last 12 months.

Speaking Engagements

Moderator at Bisnow's Chicago Retail Forum - The Future of Retail: Development, Design, and Technology Chicago, IL, March 2019

Moderator at Bisnow's Chicago Student Housing and University Development Event Chicago, IL, March 2018

Moderator at Bisnow's National Retail Summit: Midwest Series Chicago, IL, February 2018

Moderator at Bisnow's National Retail Summit: Southwest Series Dallas, TX, September 2018