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Laura Ciabarra

Dechert LLP

Hartford, CT, USA

Laura G. Ciabarra is the managing partner of the Hartford office and also practices out of the New York office. Ms. Ciabarra advises on subordinate lending with an emphasis on mezzanine finance, B-notes  and participation interests, and complex intercreditor and co-lender agreements. She regularly represents major real estate funds, banks and other financial institutions on large-scale transactions involving complicated mezzanine and subordinate debt structures. For example, she led the team representing all of the mezzanine investors in the record breaking $38 billion Blackstone acquisition of EOP and then reprised  that role on behalf of the junior mezzanine lenders in Blackstone’s $26 billion acquisition of Hilton.

Ms. Ciabarra began her career as a bankruptcy attorney and has extensive experience in the creditors rights and debt restructuring areas. She has handled numerous workouts of defaulted loans in which her expertise in the structured finance and subordinate debt markets has been critical to successfully resolving troubled investments.

Ms. Ciabarra represents both lenders and borrowers in various financing activities, and represents large private real estate funds with respect to the development and acquisition joint ventures in the United States and Latin America acting variously as joint venture, acquisition and borrower’s counsel.

Since 2006, Ms. Ciabarra has been recognized as a leading New York real estate finance lawyer by Chambers USA. The Legal 500 (U.S.) has recognized Ms. Ciabarra as a leading New York mezzanine finance practitioner and capital markets practitioner every year since 2007. She is also recognized for her work in finance in both the 2009 and 2010 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, and for real estate law in the 2014 edition.


Yale University, B.A., 1989
Yale Law School, 1992
University of Cambridge, Graduate studies
The London School of Economics and Political Science, Graduate studies

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York

Related Events

December 1, 2008 to December 2, 2008 | Presented by IMN with Sponsorship by Dechert
8th Annual Borrowers' & Investors' Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans & Preferred Equity Financing
New York, NY

May 1, 2008 | Presented by Dechert’s Finance and Real Estate Practice
The Real Estate Lender’s 2008 Guide to Structured Debt, Workouts, Foreclosures, and New Opportunities (New York)
New York, NY

Rankings and Recognition

May 23, 2014 | Chambers USA
Chambers USA Recognizes 72 Dechert Lawyers and Recognizes Dechert’s Practices in 29 Categories

May 24, 2013 | Chambers USA
Chambers USA Recognizes 72 Dechert Lawyers and Recognizes Dechert’s Practices in 30 Categories

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