Real Estate Finance


We represent many of the principal domestic and foreign institutions providing financing and related investment support for real estate acquisition, development, construction, and long-term investment. Our clients include banks, investment banks, finance companies, insurance companies, mezzanine investment funds, and mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs). We represent our clients in transactions involving assets in the U.S. and abroad. We have particular expertise in Asia, and our Real Estate Group includes a number of real estate attorneys resident in our Tokyo office. In the U.S., we are regularly involved in multi-asset, multi-state lending arrangements.

We advise clients in structuring and documenting a wide variety of lending transactions, including conventional mortgage loans, development and construction loans, syndicated loans, loans originated for securitization, mezzanine loans, A/B loans, credit lease and credit enhanced financings, and hybrid loans, such as participating and convertible mortgage loans. A significant part of our finance practice involves the representation of lead lenders in the origination and syndication of large syndicated loans and structured loans. We have extensive experience in negotiating intercreditor and co-lender arrangements. We regularly represent lenders in connection with financings to real estate investment and opportunity funds, secured and unsecured credit facilities to REITs, and loans for the acquisition of discounted debt and other distressed assets. We are experienced in documenting and negotiating financing transactions involving all major real estate product types, including office, commercial, industrial, multi-family, residential, hospitality, and energy.

We also frequently represent borrowers. This representation allows us to combine our knowledge of the constraints and challenges faced by the real estate owner/developer with our understanding of the legitimate concerns and requirements of the lending community, facilitating appropriate solutions to the issues, and ensuring the efficient negotiation and closing of transactions.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
National: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
New York: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
San Jose: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
San Diego: Litigation - Real Estate (Tier 2)


Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016
Japan: Real Estate: International Firms
Japan: Real Estate: Domestic
China: Real Estate: International Firms


Chambers USA 2017
California: Real Estate
New York: Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance
Nationwide: REITs


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016
Japan: Real Estate: International Firms and Joint Ventures
China: Real Estate: Foreign Firms


Legal 500 US 2017
Real Estate
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Land Use/Zoning


Here is what they say about us:

"MoFo is truly the best firm I have ever hired"
(Chambers USA)

“‘excellent on finance matters’ and possesses ‘deep industry knowledge’”
(Legal 500 US)


"The team is strong, they work efficiently and are always available"
(Chambers USA)


"An outstanding team of very knowledgeable lawyers"
(Legal 500 US)


"The strongest real estate law team...second to none"
(U.S. News & World Report)

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