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Lawyers in Real Estate 2020: Manulife’s Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer L. Wilson joined Manulife in 2011 and is Associate Chief Counsel in the North American Investment Law group. Based in Boston, Wilson is responsible for management of the real estate legal team that includes: acquisition and disposition of assets, financing, leasing, the structuring of separate accounts and discretionary funds.

She has acted as primary workout and restructuring counsel for Manulife’s commercial mortgage portfolio in the US and Canada and has helped originate some of the portfolio’s largest or most sophisticated loans. Wilson has helped structure and effect a variety of investment vehicles and joint ventures to invest in real estate across the US and Canada.

Wilson supports many aspects of Manulife’s global real estate practice in both debt and equity and for the company’s general investment account and for third party investors. She helped structure and execute a vehicle to permit life insurance subsidiaries in Asia to invest in real estate across Asia and Australia. Additionally, she has acted as primary acquisition counsel for a publicly-traded REIT in Singapore that invests in US properties.

Prior to joining the company, Wilson worked for six years at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the New York office. She holds degrees from both the UCLA School of Law and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

In addition to a stellar legal career, Wilson also worked for the United Nations Missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo as part of the civil administration and the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

It’s for these reasons that we named Jennifer Wilson to our inaugural grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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