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Edward U. Lee III
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 410.347.8704
Fax: 410.223.3484

Co-Chair, Business and Corporate Law Section

Co-Chair of the firm’s Business and Corporate Law Section, Ed Lee advises a broad range of corporate, real estate and other business clients in connection with mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, corporate restructurings and other commercial transactions, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and commercial and real estate finance.  He has significant experience with taxation issues that arise in connection with corporate, partnership and real estate transactions, as well as with financial restructurings, loan workouts, and insolvency and distressed debt.  He regularly serves in the role of outside general counsel on a wide range of commercial issues.  

Mergers and Acquisitions

Experience with all aspects of the mergers and acquisition process, including pre-transaction planning, and corporate clean-up; negotiations and deal drafting and documentation; and closing and other post-closing matters.  

Sale of health information technology government contractor with roll-over equity. Transaction value approximately $250,000,000.

Sale of non-profit, two-hospital health system located in two states to out-of-state, for-profit buyer including disposition all real estate, professional office and other buildings; outpatient, ambulatory, physician management, and other ancillary healthcare practices and businesses including equity interests in multiple JV entities.  Transaction value approximately $61,000,000.

Sale of full service revenue management firm specializing in the healthcare industry. Transaction value approximately $50,000,000.

Multi-stage sale of equity interests in private-equity financed acquisition with founder roll-over equity. Transaction value approximately $28,500,000.

Business and Corporate Law

Outside general counsel for many of his clients directly advising and coordinating representation across a wide range of business, litigation and other legal needs.

Representation of a super-regional distributor of heavy construction equipment.

Representation of financing, investing and advisory solutions company in the healthcare and multifamily industries.

Representation of governmental IT contractor.

Representation of regional land development company.


Representation of borrowers in single-lender and syndicated asset-based financings for working capital or finance of acquisitions, dividends or recapitalizations.

Borrower’s counsel in a $200,000,000 syndicated facility for a heavy equipment manufacturer.

Borrower’s counsel in a $120,000,000 syndicated facility for a raw materials processor and distributor.

Borrower’s counsel in a $65,000,000 syndicated facility for a software developer.

Borrower’s counsel in a $20,000,000 loan for a software development and service company.

Representation of borrowers in real estate based financing, including:

Borrower’s counsel in a $119,000,000 securitized financing - multi-property commercial property portfolio.

Borrower’s counsel in a $52,000,000 securitized financing - commercial property.

Borrower’s counsel in a $34,500,000 life insurance company financing for a private student housing project.

Borrower’s counsel in a $30,000,000 state development company bond financing for privatized student housing project.

Real Estate

Representation of regional real estate developer and landowners.

Buyout of limited partners in private student housing project. Transaction value including replacement financing approximately $34,500,000.

A regional petroleum jobber in the acquisition and operation of real estate and supply interests involving more than 100 regional service stations. Transaction value approximately $91,000,000.

Numerous acquisitions and dispositions of real estate in transactions ranging between $1,000,000 to $15,000,000.

Various privatized student housing developments.


Advisor on tax issues arising in connection with corporate, partnership and real estate transactions.

In conjunction with business and corporate work, provides tax counsel to clients concerning entity and joint venture structures, operational and transactional planning, company restructurings, equity issuances and exit strategies.

Provides tax advice to business owners and wealthy individuals in connection with structuring tax-efficient transfers of business interests and other property.

Regularly advises clients on the taxation of pass-through entities such as S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Business Reorganizations

In the recent economic downturn and in the sometimes challenging economy that has followed, Mr. Lee has advised business owners on issues relating to insolvency and distressed debt.

The project owner in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale of a 400+ apartment unit complex in Washington, D.C.

A country club in the restructuring and refinance of its primary credit facility

A Maryland general contractor in a restructuring of finances.

A real estate developer in a Chapter 11 based restructuring and refinance, including the disposition and finance of private water and sewer assessments.

A national software development company in the workout and restructuring of its asset based lending credit facility and subsequent successful refinance.


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - present

Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star," 2009 - 2011

Memberships & Activities

Member: Maryland State Bar Association

Member: American Bar Association

Member: Association for Corporate Growth


  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. 1996) cum laude
  • University of Richmond (B.A. 1993)