Commercial Real Estate Lending

Robinson+Cole's commercial real estate finance practice is national in scope, including representation of banking institutions, Wall Street investment banks and institutional lenders, and funds in complex structured finance transactions, including construction, conduit, interim, and permanent financing; forward loan commitments; lines of credit; mezzanine loans; loan participation; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac origination; mortgage-backed bond credit enhancements; and commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions (CMBS).

We approach each transaction on behalf of both our borrower and lender clients with a fresh outlook while relying on our extensive experience to identify the best and most efficient manner by which to structure, negotiate, draft and close the particular loans.

We have experience with transactions across the United States that involve commercial properties; industrial complexes; local and regional shopping centers; office buildings and parks; hotels and resorts; time-share resorts; multifamily residential developments, including cooperatives, condominiums, affordable housing; and nursing home and health care facilities. The collateral securing these loans may include fee, leasehold, and ground leases. 

Robinson+Cole also has significant experience in the representation of lenders providing financing for low- and moderate-income housing and related community development transactions. We are involved in structuring affordable housing transactions utilizing federal, state, and local subsidy and incentive programs, including low-income housing tax credits, and we maintain strong working relationships with governmental housing authorities nationwide. Our lawyers are committed to helping clients meet their affordable housing lending objectives and fulfill their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

    • Experience
      • Represented administrative agent and syndicate of lenders in connection with $200 million revolving and term-loan facility to fund a "going private" transaction, a dissenting shareholder reserve and working capital needs, secured by real property located throughout the United States and a blanket lien on all other assets.
      • Represented a Boston-area college in a recapitalization campaign, which involved securing financing facilities and analyzing the impact of certain capital reconstruction programs on a 100 million-dollar real estate portfolio.
      • Representation of CMBS lender in connection with the $8 million financing of a 5 property cross-collateral pool of mixed use properties in Chicago, Illinois.


      • Representation of CMBS lender in connection with the $4.7 million financing of a portfolio of self-storage properties in Massachusetts.


      • Representation of Westchester County Industrial Development Agency concerning a tax incentives project to locate a large pharmaceutical research corporation in a vacant biotech complex in Greenburgh, New York, resulting in 550 jobs retained or created in Westchester County.
      • Representation of a real estate investment company in refinancing $6 million of purchase money financing on a multifamily apartment project in Lawrence, Kansas.
      • Representation of national cinema company in redevelopment of cinema sites in Connecticut and in securing liquor licenses for venues (2008-2009). In 2009, prepared opinions of local counsel on mortgages for refinancing of various assets in CT and RI.
      • Served as lead counsel on a $72 million dollar financing arrangement involving the acquisition of 17 shopping centers located in five different states. Our work involved the coordination of 17 individual co-borrowers and five local counsels. The financing project was completed within one month's time.
      • Represented the property owner, borrower and guarantors in connection with the refinancing of approximately $5 million in debt with Massachusetts bank. The representation included (i) drafting and negotiating the term sheet, commitment letter, and complete set of loan documents, (ii) handling numerous due diligence matters including title, survey, corporate and financial documentation, and (iii) modifying certain loan documents post-closing.
      • Represented client in acquisition and refinance of large tracts of farmland, including title and environmental review.
      • Represented a Fortune 500 company in connection with the due diligence, permitting, remediation, and construction of a $280 million pharmaceutical facility on a waterfront and coastal brownfield.

      • Retained to complete title aspects for the acquisition of existing purchase by various entities, and closing a $20 million-plus loan transaction for Southport on Cape Cod.

      • Represented borrower concerning land use, title, and construction advice in connection with financing for substantial expansion of resort hotel. Project included land acquisition and swaps, condominium amendment, partnership revisions, workout of existing notes payable, extensive title analysis, stock certification, due diligence, and negotiation of all loan documentation.
      • Engaged by a Fortune 100 company to dispose of real estate consisting of parcels of unimproved land and two office buildings, together with negotiating leases in excess of 70,000 square feet for each of two new corporations resulting from a corporate divestiture and restructuring.
      • Representation of an aerospace and defense company in the financing and aspects of the purchase of a $22 million research, development and industrial facility in California.
      • Real Estate Finance

      • Representation of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in the documentation, negotiation, due diligence and closing of consecutive construction-to-permanent loans in Hartford, Connecticut.

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