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Financing & Lending

Our Real Estate Finance & Lending Group brings together a seasoned, pragmatic and highly-skilled team of lawyers equipped to advise commercial real estate lenders and borrowers on national financing transactions. In 2018, our team closed financing transactions in excess of $1,000,000,000 throughout the United States alone. Our team has extensive experience with virtually all asset types and routinely advises on financing transactions secured by land, condominium and cooperative, office buildings and complexes, multi-family, hotel and hospitality, shopping centers, industrial/warehouse/self-storage, senior and student housing, stadiums, assisted living and healthcare and medical properties. Our prolific client base includes: national and regional banks, private equity funds, insurance companies, family offices, bridge lenders, developers, owner-operators, domestic and international investors, joint ventures and public companies.

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Financing, Debt Acquisitions & Sales Representative Matters

We recently concluded a transaction for a national development company involving a housing project in a major New Jersey city which included county issued tax-exempt bonds, negotiation of a tax abatement agreement, and an equity infusion by a major investment bank.

Represented a foreign lender in connection with a proposed $1.2 billion investment in a major hotel/casino beachfront resort development involving various tax credit arrangements and numerous regulatory approvals.

Represented the purchaser of 75 distressed mortgage loans from a troubled bank and handled the sales, modifications, workouts and litigations or bankruptcies in connection with the affected properties.

Represented a private specialty real estate finance company in completing a loan to a REIT to finance the acquisition and leaseback of fifteen CVS Pharmacy stores in 11 states, which included the review of separately owned “SPE” REIT subsidiaries, the terms of the leaseback by CVS Pharmacy, estoppels, SNDAs and tenant corporate lease guaranties, along with the coordination of Borrower’s and Lender’s local counsels with regard to state specifics of the loan documentation and numerous enforceability opinions within a very short timeframe.

Represented a private equity fund in the origination of a loan on a 140,000-square-foot Manhattan office building, which included due diligence coordination and negotiation of loan documents.  Just prior to closing, our client’s interest in the deal turned to a participation interest, with another private equity group playing the lead lender role, and represented the client in negotiating a joint venture operating agreement between the co-lenders, a participation agreement and the terms of the intercreditor relationship between the participants.  Subsequent to closing of the loan, the lead lender sold its interest in the loan to our client, and we represented the client in its acquisition of the loan.  When the borrower thereafter elected to turn over the property to our client, we assisted the client with a complicated deed in lieu of foreclosure transaction with the borrower and numerous guarantors.  Subsequent to the completion of the deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transaction, we successfully represented the client in the sale of the property, one of only several Manhattan properties of that size to trade in 2009.

Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a B-4 Note from an institutional lender, the Note being part of a capital stack of $567,675,000 and secured by three major office buildings in Arlington, Virginia. 

 

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