Real Estate Banking & Finance

Whether providing counsel directly to banks or to those seeking financing from traditional and innovative lenders and investors, Freeborn’s attorneys leverage their years of experience to manage all manners of financing for their clients. Our banking and finance practice combines the knowledge of multiple practices, including our Corporate Practice Group, Real Estate Practice Group, Litigation Practice Group and Bankruptcy Practice Group. This gives us the ability to handle the full breadth of our clients’ financial issues.

For lenders, we provide a full suite of legal services. This includes general corporate counsel and transactional assistance, such as the development and review of lending agreements. We also represent lending institutions and investors, including private equity firms, as both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration. In the event a lender becomes a creditor due to a borrower’s bankruptcy, we help navigate our clients through the process to mitigate any potential losses.

We represent a variety of borrowers across multiple industries, including owners and developers in construction and real estate, food manufacturers, transportation companies and healthcare organizations, among many others. Our banking and finance counsel includes general transaction assistance – including contract review and negotiations – as well as litigation and bankruptcy support.

Our real estate and construction attorneys advise on all stages of the financing process for lenders, investors and borrowers. We work with some of the largest and most successful real estate developers, owners and investors as well as lending institutions that finance large-scale real estate projects.

Our work includes advising companies and sophisticated individual investors in connection with the acquisition, leveraging, repositioning and disposition of real estate throughout the world. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of real estate lending, including construction, “mini-perm” and permanent loans, mezzanine loans, transitional bridge financing, preferred equity and ground leases. We also represent lessors, lessees and investors in a wide spectrum of lease transactions, including operating leases, leveraged leases, synthetic leases, finance leases, tax-oriented leases, municipal leases and sale-leasebacks. We assist with municipal financing in connection with the issuance of general obligation, revenue and special purpose bonds as well as with the issuance of letters of credit for the construction of manufacturing and industrial facilities, low-income housing developments, special service areas and major non-profit cultural institutions.