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Anthony J. Aiello


Sidley Austin

Head of Sidley’s Chicago Real Estate group

Represents both borrowers and lenders on structured finance transactions

Ranked as a Leading Individual in the Illinois Real Estate practice section of Chambers USA since 2005

Anthony Aiello is a partner in, and head of, Sidley’s Chicago Real Estate group. He brings a high level of experience and a practical approach to problem solving in his practice where he concentrates in transactional real estate. 

Aiello represents a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, REITs, real estate funds, utility companies, banks and developers and has particular experience in real estate acquisition, development, construction, leasing and disposition, as well as joint venture and preferred equity transactions, including transactions involving office buildings, department stores, industrial facilities and hotels. 

In the area of real estate finance, Aiello represents both borrowers and lenders in connection with structured finance transactions, including single-asset and multi-state/multi-property mortgage loans and mezzanine loan transactions, as well as construction loans and take-out financing. He also represents several lenders in loan workout and restructuring matters. 

Aiello also has an active leasing practice representing both landlords and tenants in various leasing transactions, including office, retail and industrial leasing, as well as ground leases, build-to-suit leases and leveraged lease transactions. 

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

Aiello has been ranked as a Leading Individual in the Illinois Real Estate practice section of Chambers USA each year from 2005–2021. He is recommended in The Legal 500 US 2013–2015 for Real Estate and Construction. Aiello has also been recognized and listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America each year from 2011–2020, as well as within the Who’s Who Legal: Real Estate editions in 2012–2021. 


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