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Rosemarie T. Thurston | Connect CRE

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Rosemarie T. Thurston


Alston & Bird

Leads the REITs and real estate funds team at Alston & Bird

Has led more than $50 billion of capital raising transactions

Served as counsel to the first-ever dual-share class, NAV-based REIT

Rosemarie Thurston is a partner with the financial services & products group at Alston & Bird, leads the firm’s REITs & real estate funds team, and serves on its management committee. She represents real estate companies, underwriters, real estate funds, and investment management firms in public securities offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, and ongoing securities law compliance.  

Thurston’s broad experience advising public and private companies on complex securities matters, including leading more than $50 billion of capital raising transactions, renders her a frequent national speaker on related topics. She served as counsel to the first-ever dual-share class, NAV-based REIT in a $2.25-billion continuous public offering. Her industry insights and drive for client service give her clients confidence they have a lawyer they can count on to add value to their business. 

These are some of the reasons that we named Thurston to our Atlanta & Southeast grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 

Thurston frequently speaks on REIT and alternative investment fund industry issues at national conferences. She is recognized in the REITs category by Chambers USA and Chambers Global and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Securities/Capital Markets Law. She is the recipient of the 2016 “Outstanding Service Award” from the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives and was named a 2019 ‘Women in Real Estate” honoree by Connect CRE.  


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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).