Mary Ellen Pisanelli serves as outside counsel for a large publicly traded client, Welltower Inc., formerly Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE-HCN), and manages a team of professionals who service most legal matters for Welltower. Her principal areas of practice are corporate finance, SEC disclosure, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.
Welltower, an S&P 500 company and a real estate investment trust (REIT), invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund real estate infrastructure. Welltower owns interest in approximately 1400 properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Over the last 25 years, Mary Ellen has played a prominent role in Welltower's growth, leading the Shumaker team in Welltower’s SEC registered capital transactions aggregating over $30 billion in gross proceeds, with over $25 billion raised since January 1, 2010.
Mary Ellen joined Shumaker in 1982 and has been a partner since 1990. She has served as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, been the relationship Partner for Welltower since 1991 and serves as a Co-Chair of the Firm’s REITs practice group.
Since 2005, Mary Ellen has been listed in The Best Lawyers In America and has been featured in a number of publications.
Mary Ellen represents Welltower Inc., formerly Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE-HCN), in Welltower’s capital transactions, securities law matters, acquisitions, dispositions and corporate governance issues, among other matters.
- In 2015 and through March 1, 2016, Mary Ellen served as lead counsel in Welltower's public offerings of shares of common stock and U.S. senior unsecured notes, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $1.25 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively. Welltower’s equity offering in 2015 included its largest overnight marketed deal in the REIT sector in 2015 with $1.5 billion in proceeds, priced at $75.50 per share, the highest offering price in Welltower’s history. Similarly, Welltower’s issuance of $700 million of 10-year unsecured debt in March 2016 was Welltower’s largest single-trance debt offering in its history.
- In 2015 and 2016, Mary Ellen and the Shumaker team assisted Welltower in its completion of approximately $4.8 billion and $3.0 billion of gross investments, respectively, and approximately $1.2 billion and $2.0 billion of strategic dispositions, respectively.