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At K&L Gates, an integrated, interdisciplinary, multi-office practice team focuses on the representation of institutional real estate lenders holding troubled real estate loans and mortgage-backed securities as well as borrowers seeking to restructure troubled debt and investors who own or desire to acquire distressed real estate and real estate loans.


More than 180 real estate lawyers, 65 bankruptcy lawyers, and 50 financial services litigation lawyers with significant experience in these disciplines make up this practice. Our practice offers extensive market experience, knowledge, and presence, providing our clients a local connection for interests they have across a wide geography with our offices throughout the U.S., the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.


Our practice includes:

  • Representation of both borrowers and new equity sources in negotiating the recapitalization of borrowers as part of an overall financial restructuring strategy. 
  • Representation of real estate lenders, special servicers, and borrowers in loan restructurings, forbearances, bankruptcy proceedings, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, receivership actions, and deficiency collection proceedings. 
  • Defense of lenders with respect to the many types of claims arising from troubled real estate loans, including lender liability. 
  • Representation of lenders and investors as owners of foreclosed real estate, with respect to a full array of asset management, leasing, and disposition issues as well as the formation and operation of new entities for lenders in syndicated facilities to act as owners of foreclosed collateral. 

Many of our real estate and bankruptcy lawyers have years of experience going back to prior recessionary cycles, such as the one following the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s. Those lawyers were involved with Resolution Trust Corporation matters and represented bank-owned subsidiaries set up to own, operate, and dispose of foreclosed assets.

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Assisted a client on the workout/foreclosure of an acquisition and development loan secured by projects in a five-county region.
Restructuring and Workout
Represented a commercial bank in restructuring a defaulted loan portfolio secured by multiple parcels of commercial property.
Represented a foreign bank with respect to its restructure of an approximately 1000-unit self-storage/vehicular storage facility in Costa Mesa, CA.
Represented a global investment bank with respect to the workout of a mortgage loan facility to a nationally-known developer encumbering a large mixed-use redevelopment in St. Louis, MO.
Represented a lender in the workout of a loan to an owner and operator of a troubled shopping mall, including interaction with local government in connection with a redevelopment of the mall.
Represented a senior secured lender in restructuring a loan to a publicly-held golf course REIT.
Represented an international bank and its wholly-owned U.S. investment bank in workouts and, as necessary, Chapter 11 cases for a number of mortgage lending and servicing companies involved in "sub-prime" and "alt A" mortgages with regard to outstanding loans, repurchase, swap and related derivative agreements, purchasing of servicing rights, and prosecution/defense of claims arising from credit market disruptions.
Represented a foreign bank consortium with respect to the workout of a construction loan encumbering a building in New York, NY.
Represented a major national bank’s community development affiliate acting as equity investor in a seven-property portfolio of low-income tax credit apartment projects in Florida, to restructure and secure obligations and guaranties made by the sponsor of the projects.
Assisted a client in restructuring a master line of credit secured by six projects developed by a national homebuilder in four states.