Commercial Real Estate Lending


Robinson+Cole's commercial real estate finance practice is national in scope and includes the representation of banking institutions, for-profit and nonprofit mortgage banks, investment banks and institutional lenders, and funds in complex structured finance transactions. The practice encompasses the following:

  • 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
  • commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transactions

Our Services and Our Team

Our comprehensive experience embodies wide-ranging transactions across the United States, including the following:

  • 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, and affordable housing
  • nursing home and health care facilities
  • development sites and assemblages

Robinson+Cole has extensive experience in representing lenders providing financing for low- and moderate-income housing and related community development transactions. We structure affordable housing transactions using federal, state, and local subsidy and incentive programs, including low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and new markets tax credits. 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).

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 in which to structure, negotiate, draft, and close each loan.

    • Experience
      • Representation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lenders in originating in excess of $1 billion of Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities (MBS) loans and Freddie Mac capital markets execution (CME) loans on a national basis. 

      • Representation of a national bank in originating in excess of $1 billion annually of construction and rehabilitation loans for multifamily and mixed-use properties on a national basis.

      • Representation of a CMBS lender in connection with the $8 million financing of a five-property, cross-collateral pool of mixed-use properties in Chicago, Illinois.

      • Representation of a 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.

      • Served as lead counsel on a $72 million financing arrangement involving the acquisition of 17 shopping centers located in five different states in five cross-collateralized pools.

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

    • News
      • December 6, 2023

        Robinson+Cole Expands Affordable Housing Finance Practice with Addition of Six Lawyers in Washington, DC

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      • October 14, 2011

        Governor Malloy Celebrates Company Robinson & Cole Helped Relocate to Connecticut

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Our Team