Real Estate Finance
Stark focuses on representing financial institutions in all aspects of real estate financing transactions. We represent clients in transactional matters including traditional mortgage portfolio lending, SBA lending, construction lending, mortgage origination for commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) conduit lending programs, mortgage loan securitizations, loan servicing and defeasance matters, mezzanine lending, real estate investment trusts and equity funds investing in real estate. We also regularly serve as agent’s counsel in syndicated real estate loan transactions.
Stark attorneys also have specific experience in agency lending transactions involving Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA, mortgage banking and mortgage brokerage services and letter of credit backed construction bond transactions. Our attorneys have extensive experience in transactions involving all types of commercial real estate, including office, retail, hotel, warehouse/industrial, multifamily, condominium, resort and ground leased properties. In addition, we have represented financial institutions in builder and warehouse lines for the development of large residential real estate projects with closed transactions in almost every jurisdiction in the United States.
In addition to our representation of clients in real estate lending transactional matters, we represent financing institutions and other lenders in loan modifications and complex debt restructurings, loan workouts (including forbearance agreements and deeds-in-lieu), mortgage foreclosures, loan sales, liquidation of REO properties and real estate portfolio sales. We also regularly provide guidance in connection with bankruptcies, receiverships and creditors rights litigation involving real estate and counsel a variety of clients in connection with lender liability issues as well as other related matters.
In connection with representing our lender clients the group often collaborates with the firm’s real estate department to address related real estate issues such as zoning, insurance, construction contracts, leasing and environmental matters which are regularly involved in specialized real estate lending transaction. We also collaborate with third parties who have business, REMIC and REIT tax and other knowledge, when necessary.