Thomas E. Tether

Of Counsel | New York | (212) 336-4345
(212) 336-4345

Tom Tether has 30 years of experience in real estate, finance, construction, and corporate law.

Tom’s experience includes real property acquisitions and dispositions; commercial mortgage financing; complex joint ventures and partnerships; negotiating and closing complex, multiparty transactions; project financing through various governmental and private sector debt and equity sources; large-scale mixed-use property development projects; drafting and negotiating related transaction documentation and business agreements; corporate finance; mergers and acquisitions; leveraged leasing; infrastructure development; commercial leasing; loan workouts; bankruptcies; and litigation. He has experience with virtually all real estate asset classes, including multifamily, office, retail, industrial, and hospitality.

Before joining Morrison Foerster, Tom was general counsel, executive vice president, and secretary for the Americas region of international property development, construction, and infrastructure company Lendlease Group, where he oversaw all legal and compliance services throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Before joining Lendlease, Tom was assistant general counsel and director of global real estate at Viatel, Inc., an international public telecommunications company, and, prior to that, was an associate in the real estate group of an international law firm, focusing on complex real estate transactions, including sales, acquisitions, development projects, and financings across all real estate asset classes.

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  • A foreign investor in the sale of multiple commercial office buildings in New York and Washington, D.C., with sale prices ranging from $120 million to $450 million.

    An investment manager in connection with a $30 million equity investment in a joint venture for the recapitalization and repositioning of a commercial office park in Orlando, Florida.

    Banks, investment firms, and non-traditional lenders in connection with loan originations, modifications, and refinancings throughout the United States involving a variety of asset types, include multifamily and office properties.

    A client in the purchase of membership interests in a joint venture involved in the acquisition and development of a 60-story condominium building on 5th Avenue in New York City. Subsequent financing for the project was completed with a $269 million bank construction loan and $100 million preferred equity investment from an Asia-based developer and investor.

    A client in a joint venture for the acquisition, development, and construction financing of a master planned urban regeneration project on over 14 acres in the River South area in Chicago. The project consisted of public improvements and eight buildings and over 3,750 condominium, townhome, and multifamily residences. Tom also represented the client in the subsequent dissolution of the joint venture, leading to a split of assets in the overall development.

  • Managed the negotiation, documentation, and closing for a developer of large-scale public private partnerships (PPPs) involving the development, construction, and long-term management of military housing units on military bases for the U.S. Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force). Successfully closed fourteen separate housing privatization projects in multiple phases with a total of over 40,000 housing units on 28 military installations and the only privatized lodging program within the DoD, consisting of over 12,000 lodging units on 40 Army installations located in 24 states.

  • The operating partner in a joint venture with a major international company for investment in telecommunications infrastructure and subsequent execution of development and master lease agreements with a major telecommunications carrier for an initial committed investment by the joint venture of $400 million into the carrier’s national rooftop network.

    Negotiation of purchase and sale agreements for the sale of membership interest in SPE entities involved in the acquisition and development of solar renewable energy projects.

    The purchaser in connection with the acquisition of a telecommunications tower developer from a private equity-owned railway operator.

    The purchaser in connection with the acquisition of a real estate development and management company specializing in the development, construction, and long-term leasing of medical office buildings (MOBs).



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