John has more than 25 years of experience handling complex real estate transactions on behalf of institutional and private investor and family office clients.
John works on behalf of lenders, borrowers, buyers, sellers, sponsors, and investors in transactions involving office, retail, multifamily, hotel, and entertainment assets in all phases of their life cycles. Clients turn to John for his broad base of experience and for his practical approach in helping them achieve their objectives.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, John served as Associate General Counsel at Forest City Ratner Companies, where he was responsible for a wide variety of legal matters, including sales and acquisitions, mortgage loan financings, office and retail leasing, joint ventures, ground leases, loan restructurings, mixed-use developments, and public-private partnerships. Prior to working at Forest City Ratner Companies, John was a real estate associate at Morrison & Foerster.
John is recommended by Legal 500 US 2019.
The borrower in a $151 million mortgage loan from a German bank secured by eight multifamily residential projects in Brooklyn, New York.
The senior lender in the extension and restructuring of a mortgage loan in the original amount of $90 million secured by a hotel property in New York, New York, including dealings with a subordinate mezzanine lender.
A lender on mortgage loans totaling over $70 million for the construction and redevelopment of logistics facilities in Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas.
The seller in the sale of two portfolios of apartment buildings in San Francisco and Berkeley, California to five different buyer groups involving aggregate sale proceeds of over $250 million.
The buyer in the acquisition of numerous triple-net leased retail projects in California having aggregate purchase prices of over $60 million.
The seller in the sale of an office building in Menlo Park, California for $31 million.
A syndicate lender acquiring a $50 million interest in a partially advanced $265 million mortgage loan facility for the redevelopment of a hotel resort in Hawaii.
A lender in a $90 million construction loan facility for a mixed-use project in Washington, D.C., including a $6 million revolving credit facility for a build-to-suit grocery store component secured by a pledge of progress payments to be made to the borrower by a national grocery store chain.
The owner in the negotiation and establishment of a reciprocal parking easement for a shared underground parking garage servicing two apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York.
The sponsor in the formation of a 51/49 joint venture with an institutional investor on a seven-building medical office complex in San Jose, California previously owned 100% by the sponsor, including acting as borrower’s counsel for the joint venture on a $110 million mortgage loan to fund the buy-out of exiting sponsor parties and future development activities by the new joint venture.