“Thompson & Knight Adds Real Estate Attys In NY, Texas”
Thompson & Knight LLP added two real estate and banking partners in New York and Houston whose experience includes representing banks, real estate investment trusts and investors for the financing and structuring of transactions.
Doug Stewart and Michael H. Jo joined Thompson & Knight in January and collectively bring nearly 60 years of experience working in the real estate and finance industry, the firm said.
Stewart, who joined the firm’s Houston office from Winstead PC, has worked on real estate deals for banks such as Wells Fargo, Citizens Financial Group Inc. and Comerica Inc. Jo, who joined the firm’s New York office from Carlton Fields, has experience helping manage the legal team at a bond rating agency where he helped work on mortgage-backed securities and collateralized loan obligations.
Stewart said he joined Thompson & Knight due to the firm’s reputation in the real estate and banking field, his long-standing relationship with managing partner Mark Sloan and the opportunity to grow the firm’s Houston office.
“I’ll be able to work on much larger, more sophisticated transactions because of the depth and experience of their team,” he told Law360.
Stewart’s practice includes representing banks for a variety of real estate projects, including industrial sites, mixed-use structures and office buildings, he said. He works with clients around the country, and has been part of projects in Salt Lake City, Miami and Los Angeles, he said.
Jo represents real estate investment trusts, banks and other financial institutions for deals, and includes advising on mortgage and mezzanine financing, equity investments and more, the firm said.
Stewart had been with Winstead since 2009. Before that he was at a predecessor firm of Eversheds Sutherland for three years, and was at Locke Lorde for 28 years.
Stewart received his law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Texas.
Jo joined Carlton Fields in 2018. From 2006 to 2018, Jo worked for a variety of groups, including investment management firms, a REIT and a bond rating agency. From 2001 to 2006, he was at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he arrived from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Jo graduated from New York University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University.