K&L Gates has extensive experience in all areas of real estate finance and serves a diverse client base in this area across our global platform. We have a long history of representing both banking and other institutional lenders as well as borrowers in all aspects of real estate finance transactions.
We provide the full spectrum of services associated with financing real estate projects, ranging from straightforward acquisition, development, and construction loans, to bilateral and syndicated facilities, to mezzanine and other subordinated debt facilities, to transactions involving highly complex vehicles, structures, and financing techniques.
We represent banks and institutional investors in the financing of commercial, industrial, and residential developments and have significant experience representing both lenders and borrowers in a variety of complex commercial mortgage finance transactions. These transactions include multi-property, cross-collateralized, and cross-border financings, as well as traditional single-asset mortgage financings.
We offer a full array of legal services to the mortgage banking/consumer finance industry, including regulatory compliance, acquisitions and dispositions of loan portfolios, loan servicing arrangements and acquisitions, and mergers of mortgage banking/consumer finance concerns. Our experience in representing sophisticated lenders and developers provides us with the proper tools to structure and effectively implement many forms of financing transactions.
We have advised many clients concerning troubled real estate projects that must be restructured, refinanced, or liquidated, including both lenders and borrowers in connection with nonperforming or poorly performing loans. We also have structured sophisticated workouts and rearrangements of relationships. We have experience regarding the interplay between bankruptcy and creditors' rights law and real estate law, including the relative rights of landlords and tenants in a bankruptcy setting.
Our business-grounded approach enhances outcomes for our clients. Many of our real estate and bankruptcy attorneys gained experience in prior recessionary cycles, such as the one following the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s. Those attorneys were involved with Resolution Trust Corporation matters and represented bank-owned subsidiaries established to own, operate, and dispose of foreclosed assets. For more details, see our Distressed Real Estate practice description.
We offer clients a variety of structural options to meet the specific needs of any given transaction, such as corporations, limited partnerships, business trusts, joint ventures, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and REITs. We are also experienced in structuring and implementing tiered entity arrangements, and creating family limited partnerships and other planning techniques designed to minimize gift and estate taxes. These approaches can result in flexible arrangements for the sharing of risks and rewards. We have also advised clients with respect to like-kind exchanges and other tax-deferral mechanisms.
We have experience in state and local tax matters in our major markets and frequently structure transactions to address issues of transfer taxes, business privilege taxes, and tax-exempt financing. Additionally, we advise on obtaining state law tax advantages from conservation and redevelopment of real estate, and our experience includes local real property tax assessment appeals.