NEW YORK (February 22, 2005) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has advised its regular client Forest Capital Partners LLC in its $1.65 billion acquisition of 2.2 million acres of commercial timberlands formerly owned by Boise Land & Timber Corp. The acquired timberlands are located in the Pacific Northwest, Minnesota, Alabama, and Louisiana.
Forest Capital Partners LLC is a Boston-based timberland investment company and, as a result of this acquisition, is now the fourth largest owner of commercial timberland in the United States. The acquisition, which was completed in one month and closed on February 4, 2005, is believed to be the largest ever single purchase of timber properties. Forest Capital completed the transaction using two private REITs controlled by a small group of investors, including Forest Capital Partners.
Sutherland's Timber and Forest Products Group has successfully represented clients in a multitude of timberland transactions, involving millions of acres, and with an aggregate consideration of more than $8 billion. The Group's work involves large properties in all the major timber-growing regions in the United States. The practice group's activities include acquisitions, sales, exchanges, joint ventures, complex cutting contracts and management agreements, leases of timber properties, conservation easements, acquisition of foreign timber rights, traditional mortgage financings, specialized installment note financings, private and public securitizations, debt financings and sale/leasebacks. Forest Capital Partners LLC has been a client of Sutherland's Timber and Forest Products Group since the company was formed nearly four years ago.
The Sutherland team was led by Bill Bradley in New York and included Bob Copps, of the Corporate Group, and Eric Sidman, of the Real Estate Group, also based in New York. The team also included Haynes Roberts and Erin Grotz, of the Real Estate Group, Bob Pile, of the Business Practice Group, with Patrick Whelchel and Michael Voynich, Danny McKeithen, Scott Wright and Amanda Wilson of the Tax Group, Ed Kallal and Eric Fenichel, also of the Business Practice Group, all of whom are based in Atlanta.