is Co-Chair of Cadwalader’s Corporate Finance Practice. His expertise
is in real estate finance, mortgage banking, and debt restructurings. His clients include
financial institutions and other investors in real estate and related transactions. His
practice involves advising lenders and investors in all aspects of secured financings and
he has a particular expertise in the sale of performing and non-performing commercial
mortgage and mezzanine loans in the secondary market. Bill often counsels clients in
restructuring problem loans and on servicing issues that arise in securitized debt. Recent
transactions on which Bill has represented clients include the following:
- Purchase of $1 billion in commercial mortgage loans from an institutional seller.
- $650 million single asset securitization on a state-of-the-art "green" building.
- $2 billion financing post-bankruptcy of a national hotel chain.
- Restructuring of the $22 billion financing used in the acquisition of Hilton Hotels Corp.
- Restructuring of $1 billion of debt for a national casino operator.
Other notable transactions are:
- $650 million financing on a 55 property retail portfolio during the fourth quarter of 2009, one of the first single-borrower securitizations post-credit crisis.
- $1.3 billion financing in connection with the acquisition of five Chicago office buildings that were a part of the original EOP portfolio.
- $1.2 billion financing used for the acquisition of the Lord & Taylor department store chain.
- $563 million financing in connection with the purchase of the World Trade Center complex in the summer of 2001 and the subsequent insurance litigation.
Each year since 2007 Bill has been named a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of Real Estate
Finance by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
. The Legal 500
has annually recognized Bill as a leading real estate/capital markets practitioner.
Bill co-authored the article “From Bankruptcy-Remote to Risk-Remote: Reframing the
Single-Purpose Entity in the CMBS Finance” published in the New York Law Journal on
August 23, 2010 as well as the article “Use of Mezzanine Debt in Commercial Mortgage
Loans,” which was published in the New York Law Journal
on September 20, 2004. Bill
was a recent faculty member for the PLI seminar entitled "Negotiating Real Estate Deals
2011" in which he spoke on "Representing Lenders in a Changed Environment".
Bill received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and earned his B.A. from The
Catholic University of America (summa cum laude
, Phi Beta Kappa). Bill is admitted to
practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, and in the District of Columbia.