We run a premier real estate financing practice that includes the representation of real estate lenders, borrowers, issuers, underwriters, and investors in ordinary-course, complex, and highly structured transactions in domestic and international markets. In addition to our general financing practice, we have developed specialties in the representation of German banks and the financing of REITs.

We have been forerunners in the development of highly successful and sophisticated real estate financing techniques that have emerged in recent years. For example, Shearman & Sterling structured the first-ever syndicated financing of a Japanese distressed debt portfolio, as well as the first-ever subscription financing for a European real estate investment fund.

Whether structuring highly profitable transactions in the Asian or European markets or advising clients on US projects such as the construction financing of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, our attorneys are at the cutting edge of local and global real estate financing. Our group is widely acknowledged as a provider of world-class legal services on every aspect of real estate financings, from inception to close. We have the resources to lead you to the achievement of your business goals in real estate finance.

Our financing attorneys are actively involved in these areas:

  • Syndicated lending
  • Mezzanine financings and A/B structures
  • Credit enhancements
  • Development loans
  • Mixed debt/equity financings
  • Tax-exempt financings
  • Lending credit arrangements
  • Shared appreciation loans
  • Equity "kicker" financings
  • Loan portfolio transactions
  • Sale lease-back financings
  • Securitized lending
  • Correspondent loan programs
  • Traditional mortgage and construction lending
  • Multi-state secured financings
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