Al Williams represents clients in complex commercial real estate transactions, with a particular focus on the acquisition, financing, and development of U.S. real estate assets.
Al regularly represents financial institutions originating and investing in syndicated, securitized, construction, mortgage, and mezzanine loans secured directly or indirectly by large-scale commercial real estate projects across a wide range of assets classes, including office buildings, shopping centers, multifamily apartment buildings, condominium developments, industrial properties, hotels, and healthcare facilities.
Al also represents real estate developers, owners, and operators in the acquisition, development, construction, management, leasing, and ultimate disposition of real estate assets across the United States. He represents domestic and foreign investors in the structuring and documentation of strategic joint ventures, and he represents lenders in the making of subscription lines of credit, borrowing base facilities, unsecured lines of credit, and other similar credit facilities to private equity funds and REITs.
In the wake of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Al has represented clients in a broad variety of restructurings and workouts and in the exercise of remedies in connection with troubled loans, as well as in bankruptcy proceedings involving distressed real estate investments.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Al worked for the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt of the Eastern District of New York and in the construction group of a law firm in New York.
Al received his J.D. cum laude from the St. John’s University School of Law, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Al has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for New York Real Estate for 2019-2021.Show More
A preeminent real estate company in the construction financing of an ongoing 1.75 million square foot landmark development project in Reston, Virginia.
A private equity fund manager in the entitlement, financing (including preferred equity), development, and lease-up of a 500,000 square foot office building in Brooklyn, New York.
A life insurance company in the origination and syndication of a $375 million term loan secured by a master-leased historic redevelopment site in New York City slated for occupancy by a Fortune 50 company and other mixed-use purposes.
A major U.S. lending institution in the origination of over $5 billion of mortgage loans slated for CMBS securitization.
A major U.S. bank in the origination and restructuring of a $360 million revolving line of credit made available to a privately held student housing REIT.
A private debt fund in the acquisition of a portfolio of mezzanine loans secured by mixed-use properties across the United States.
A flexible office space provider in the acquisition, debt and equity financing, and leasing of an office building in San Francisco, California.
A foreign developer in a joint venture investment in connection with the construction and rehabilitation of a 350,000 square foot condominium tower rising above a historic seminary in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
The largest senior secured creditor of a real estate operating company throughout debtor’s insolvency proceedings.
A U.S. bank in the workout and restructuring of a series of mortgage loans secured by a portfolio of multifamily apartment buildings in the wake of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019.