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David W. Forti

David W. Forti

Dechert LLP

Philadelphia, PA, USA


David W. Forti focuses his practice in the areas of real estate finance and securitization. Mr. Forti represents various lenders, issuers, funds, b-piece buyers, master servicers and special servicers in transactions involving loan origination, mezzanine financing, loan sales and purchases, preferred equity transactions, CMBS securitization, post- closing modifications, work-outs and foreclosures.

Mr. Forti is consistently recognized as a leading real estate lawyer by legal referral guide Chambers USA, which, in its most recent edition, cited him as being “well respected by clients for possessing a ‘deep understanding of the market’ [and being] ‘really sharp’”. He is also included in The Legal 500 (U.S.), the Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

Education

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1992, cum laude

University of Pittsburgh, MBA, 1995

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1995, magna cum laude, editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and the Journal of Law and Commerce, and a member of the Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Pennsylvania New York

Memberships and Professional Activities

Mr. Forti is active in the CRE Finance Council (CREFC) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and has served on numerous CREFC and MBA committees. He is a regular author and speaker on a wide range of issues relating to commercial real estate finance and securitization.

Speaking Engagements

  • CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2016 - Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY and by webinar (February 11, 2016)
  • The Servicer - A Rating Agency Perspective — MBA Panels - Servicing & Technology Conference, Chicago, IL (May 17, 2011)
  • Refinancing Commercial Loans in 2011: Problems, Pitfalls and Opportunities — 14th Annual Real Estate Institute Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (December 3, 2010)
  • 8th Annual Borrowers' & Investors' Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans & Preferred Equity Financing — Presented by IMN with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (December 1, 2008)
  • Large Underwriters’ New Origination Panel: What Opportunities Has The Senior Market Collapse Produced? Under What Circumstances Are You Comfortable Putting Out Money? — Information Management Network/ 8th Annual Borrowers’ & Investors’ Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans & Preferred Equity Financing, New York, NY (December 1, 2008)
  • The Real Estate Lender’s 2008 Guide to Structured Debt, Workouts, Foreclosures, and New Opportunities (San Francisco) — Presented by Dechert’s Finance and Real Estate Practice, San Francisco, CA (May 21, 2008)
  • The Real Estate Lender’s 2008 Guide to Structured Debt, Workouts, Foreclosures, and New Opportunities (New York) — Presented by Dechert’s Finance and Real Estate Practice, New York, NY (May 1, 2008)
  • General Structural, Corporate, SEC, and Tax Issues — Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008)
  • Representing Lenders and Borrowers — Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008)
  • Special Securitization Opinion Letters — Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008)
  • The Role of the Rating Agency — Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008)
  • Borrowers’ and Lenders’ Forum on Mezzanine Lending — Presented by the Information Management Network with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (November 26, 2007)
  • Comparing Assets & Uses: When Should You Use the CMBS market vs. the CDO market? — The Second Annual Real Estate CDO Symposium, New York, NY (February 21, 2007)
  • The Second Annual Real Estate Symposium — Presented by Information Management Network with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (February 20, 2007)
  • Real Estate Finance in the Capital Markets: Risks and Rewards — Seventh Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study: Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Chicago, IL (May 19, 2005)
  • Working Out Securitized Commercial Mortgages — Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (May 26, 2004)
  • Financing Mezzanine: Credit Lines and Exit Strategies — 3rd Annual Borrowers’ Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans, New York, NY (December 4, 2003)
  • Legal Compliance — CREF Asset & Technology Conference: Pilot Through Changing Times, Sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, New Orleans, LA (June 19, 2003)
  • Securitized Lending: Entering the Twilight Zone — Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Commerical Leasing Institute, Washington, DC (April 2, 2003)
  • Second Generation Mezz: New Structures Panel — The 2nd Annual Borrowers’ Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans, New York, NY (December 4, 2002)
  • Bridging the Gap: Servicing and Surveillance — Standard & Poor’s Global Real Estate Group, New York, NY (November 19, 2002)
  • Underwriter and Rating Agency Issues in Securitized Loan Transactions — International Council of Shopping Centers 2002 Law Conference, Boca Raton, FL (October 24, 2002)
  • CMBS: Structured Finance Too -- A Discussion of the Latest Structuring Trends and Legal Issues Surrounding CMBS — Standard and Poor’s Structured Finance Seminar, Orlando, FL (April 9, 2002)
  • B Note Investments — The Commerical Mortgage Securities Association’s CBMS Investors Conference, Miami, FL (January 7, 2002)

Publications

  • Best Law Firm - Corporate Practices — The Legal Intelligencer (September 1, 2015)
  • Real Estate MVP: Dechert's David Forti — Law360 (December 13, 2013)
  • Payment Priorities: Impact Of Special Servicing Fees On B-Note Holders — Real Estate Finance & Investment (January 11, 2010)
  • B-Notes Under Pressure: Payment Priorities and Impact of Special Servicing Fees and Other Expenses on Distributions to B-Note Holders — Dechert OnPoint (November 17, 2009)
  • B-Notes Under Pressure: Part Three of Three — Real Estate Finance & Investment (June 22, 2009)
  • B-Notes Under Pressure: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Control Appraisal Events and Loss of Control — Dechert OnPoint (April 23, 2009)
  • What B-Note Holders Need To Know (Part One) — Real Estate Finance & Investment (April 6, 2009)
  • B-Notes Under Pressure: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding B-Note Holder’s Right to Replace a Special Servicer — Dechert OnPoint (March 26, 2009)
  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding B-Note Holder Consent and Consultation Rights — Dechert OnPoint (March 16, 2009)
  • Proposed TARP Legislation Addresses REMIC Loan Modifications/Dispositions and New Home Mortgage Loan Relief Program — Dechert OnPoint (February 20, 2009)
  • The Impact of New Vapor Intrusion Standards on CRE Lending - Part Two — Real Estate Finance and Investment (May 12, 2008)
  • The Impact of New Vapor Intrusion Standards on CRE Lending - Part One — Real Estate Finance and Investment (April 28, 2008)
  • Covered Bonds: FDIC Action Might Spur US Covered Bond Growth — Dechert OnPoint (April 1, 2008)
  • Slicing and Dicing: A Primer on Selected Legal and Structuring Issues — CMBS World (Spring 2005)
  • Underwriter and Rating Agency Issues in Securitized Loan Transactions — ICSC 2002 Law Conference (October 24, 2002)
  • Mezzanine Debt: Suggested Standard Form of Intercreditor Agreement — CMBSWorld (Spring 2002)
  • Select Bankruptcy Cases Affecting Commercial Real Estate Finance and Securitization -- AB Loans — Presented at the Commercial Mortgage Association’s CMBS Investors Conference (January 7, 2002)
  • Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities and the Rating Agency Process — Chapter 19, Securitizations: Legal and Regulatory Issues, by Patrick Dolan and C. VanLeer Davis (2001)
  • Bankruptcy Remote Structuring — Presented at Standard & Poor’s Structured Finance Seminar (April 1-3, 2001)
David W. Forti is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Creating the Securitized Asset - CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2017: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Componentizing the Securitized Asset - CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2017: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Componentizing the Securitized Asset (PowerPoint slides) - CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2017: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Componentizing the Securitized Asset - Componentizing the Securitized Asset, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Creating the Securitized Asset - Creating the Securitized Asset, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Componentizing the Securitized Asset - Componentizing the Securitized Asset, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Creating the Securitized Asset - Creating the Securitized Asset, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Componentizing the Securitized Asset - Componentizing the Securitized Asset, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Creating the Securitized Asset - Creating the Securitized Asset, Tuesday, February 07, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2017: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, Atlanta, GA
CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market, Monday, February 05, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
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