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Christopher W. Papavasiliou

Partner / Boston


Christopher W. Papavasiliou is a partner in Nutter’s Real Estate Department. Chris has a 360-degree perspective—having represented clients on all sides of real estate transactions—which he uses to help his clients find sensible resolutions that can work for all parties. Known for his pragmatic approach and steadfast devotion to efficiency, he isolates and distills issues quickly in an easy-to-understand manner while staying keen to his client’s overall goals. Chris has a particular specialty representing real estate investors, funds and operators through the lifecycle of real estate portfolios: acquisition and assemblage, financing, repositioning, leasing, construction, day-to-day property management needs and successful disposition.

Notable Experience and Client Impact

  • Represented a client with the acquisition, repositioning, stabilization and property management needs of a portfolio of 20+ value-add warehouse and industrial assets throughout the Northeast, including the sale of the portfolio to an institutional investor
  • Represented DivcoWest with the day-to-day leasing, property management and construction needs of the 700,000 square foot mixed-use project at One Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA
  • Serve as transaction counsel to a fund acquiring flex and office properties along the East Coast, including acquisition, leasing and day-to-day property management needs
  • Represented Novaya Real Estate Ventures and Wheelock Street Capital in the acquisition of a 14-building portfolio and related financing, leasing, and disposition of individual buildings
  • Represent a client with the negotiation of construction contracts and leasing of suburban life science buildings converted from office space
  • Represented a public pharmaceutical company with their varied construction needs, including drafting a suite of form documents and the negotiation of a construction contract and design agreements for a $70 million manufacturing facility in southeast Asia
  • Represent a client with the construction financing of a 140-unit multifamily project
  • Represented a developer with the negotiation of a construction contract for a $60 million tenant build-out for the headquarters of a publicly traded company
  • Represent WuXi Biologics with its development of a $300 million GMP manufacturing facility in Worcester, MA and leasing of life science and warehouse space in the mid-Atlantic

Chris continues his leadership outside the firm as a member of ULI's Boston Market Council and the Boston Bar Association.

During law school, Chris served as an articles editor on the Emory Law Journal. In addition, he worked part-time in the legal department of a publicly traded residential real estate investment trust. Before law school, he served as a trial clerk with the United States Tax Court, traveling across the country, and worked in the closing department of a large mortgage company.



  • WuXi Biologics

    Nutter served as legal counsel to WuXi Biologics, a global company with leading open-access biologics technology platforms, in its purchase of an approximately seven-acre parcel of land at The Reactory, a 46-acre, master-planned biomanufacturing campus in Worcester, MA.

  • T.F. Boyle Transportation, Inc.

    Nutter served as legal counsel to T.F. Boyle Transportation, Inc. in its acquisition by Toronto-based Andlauer Healthcare Group Inc. (TSX: AND).

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Education & Admissions


Emory University School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, with Honor, Sidney Parks Scholar, 2008
Georgetown University, B.S., 2002


  • Massachusetts

Industry Expertise

Chris continues his leadership outside the firm as a member of ULI's Boston Market Council and the Boston Bar Association.

In the Community

Chris is active in his hometown as a soccer coach for his youngest son’s team and a Den Leader for his oldest son’s Cub Scout Den.

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