Distressed Real Estate

The current state of the real estate market has created both challenges and opportunities. From the first hint of trouble for a lender with real estate assets on a watch list, or for an owner who has real estate floundering through workout, bankruptcy or litigation, McGuireWoods’ Distressed Real Estate team provides a highly skilled, integrated team of transactional, bankruptcy and litigation lawyers to take problem real estate assets and turn them into income producing successes for our clients.

Our attorneys provide nationwide counsel and interdisciplinary solutions to a broad range of clients including lenders, private equity investors, specialty finance firms, borrowers, debtors, developers, municipalities, investment banks, landlords and tenants.

Our capabilities include:

Pre-workout Services

For our lender clients we perform pre-workout analyses for troubled loans, loan portfolios and lender liability avoidance by utilizing the experience of our seasoned real estate practitioners. Coupled with our environmental, corporate and tax lawyers as needed, our team regularly assists clients in performing rapid due diligence reviews for key components. For our borrower or debtor clients sensing trouble for their assets, we perform due diligence and asset clean up, develop alternative strategies to address lender concerns, and if necessary, provide pre-bankruptcy planning.

Workout

In troubled real estate workouts we help our clients identify and implement a wide array of solutions for their specific needs. We assist both our lender and borrower clients with all aspects of loan workouts, including forbearances, loan modifications, project entitlement and development issues, and negotiations to bring the lender, borrower and other interested parties together to successfully restructure and document their deal. We also provide counsel in all types of real estate matters in bankruptcy, including single asset real estate case issues, adequate protection of the lender’s interest in collateral, stays against lien enforcement, valuation of collateral, assumption or rejection of leases, and restructuring loan terms through a confirmed plan of reorganization.

Enforcement Actions

When enforcement actions are necessary, our collaborative team of skilled bankruptcy, litigation and real estate lawyers work closely and efficiently to pinpoint the most effective remedies for our lender. For example, our team regularly handles a variety of matters including judicial and non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, deeds-in-lieu, receivership actions, deficiency collections and related litigation. We defend lenders against lender liability claims, countersuits, and other claims arising from distressed real estate loans, in both state and federal courts across the numerous jurisdictions nationwide.

Investment Opportunity

Our clients regularly use our Distressed Real Estate team’s services for their investment in troubled real estate deals. The investment may come as acquisition (or disposition) of all asset types, including commercial, industrial, retail, office, mixed-use, multi-family, single family, warehouse, condominium, residential, or hotel and resort. The investment may also occur as a mezzanine loan, a joint venture formation, or a cash infusion with a preferred return. Alternatively, clients utilize our services to buy or sell notes or other debt instruments, effectuate bulk sales and auctions, and to consolidate rights and liens prior to remedy execution. We also draw upon the skills of our corporate and tax lawyers to structure investments transactions most favorably for our clients.

REO or Investor Assets

In the event an asset is held, post foreclosure or post deed-in-lieu, whether by a lender client in REO or an investor in a portfolio, our Distressed Real Estate team uses its depth of experience to resolve any outstanding issues relating to entitlements, community associations, zoning, permitting, municipal relationships, leasing, and environmental issues. Whether a client plans to hold the asset for a period of time while waiting for a stronger market, or intends to instantly reposition the asset and sell it into the current market place, we are experienced in the sale and acquisition of real property assets, including marketing and brokerage issues, for lenders and investors alike.

Specialty Services; Leases; Municipalities; CMBS

Our Distressed Real Estate team regularly serves as counsel to landlords and tenants confronting potential or actual bankruptcy from one or both parties to a lease. We also frequently provide advice to our municipal law clients regarding their bonds and permits for distressed real estate situations and their obligations regarding the development of distressed real estate sites.

Our clients routinely call upon our skills and capabilities to help them make essential business decisions when faced with a distressed real estate situation. We stand ready to assist them in their endeavors.

CONTACTS

James E. Van Horn Partner T: +1 410 659 4468
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U.S. regional federal banks and national banking associations (N.A.’s)

Successful dismissal of scores of foreclosure challenge lawsuits arising from the U.S. foreclosure crisis in both federal and state courts. Our representations in these suits helped shape the legal landscape for real estate foreclosures in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Warehouses in recovery

Represent two office warehouses seeking to recovery from their property insurer more than $15 million in losses resulting from Hurricane Ike. Settled prior to trial.
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Major national and regional lending institutions

Representation of major national and regional lending institutions with pre-workout and pre-foreclosure review of loan documents and title and claims issues; delivery of analysis and readying project for foreclosure/deed in lieu or note sale; construction defects, condominium association and HOA issues, lease review and addressing defaulted tenants, preparation for post-foreclosure stabilization for residential, commercial, mixed use, office, retail, industrial, hospitality projects and portfolios.
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National bank in portfolio workout

Representation of a national bank in foreclosure and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings involving a failed mountain resort development and loans in excess of $20 million.
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CMBS special servicer

Represented CMBS special servicer on loan workouts, foreclosures and guaranty litigation for securitized commercial loans secured by real estate in Florida.
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Distressed loan portfolio sale

Representation of the seller in the sale of a portfolio of distressed loans in the aggregate principal amount of $300 million.
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Lease assumptions and rejections in chapter 11 cases

Representation of both debtors and landlords in lease assumptions and rejections in chapter 11 cases, including representation of an institutional landlord of approximately 30 properties in foreclose on a Southwestern retailer restructuring debt under chapter 11.
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National bank in Chapter 11 residential real estate bankruptcy

Representation of national bank in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings involving dozens of residential real estate developments.
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National lender in industrial portfolio workout

Representation of national lender in restructuring multi-state portfolio of loans secured by industrial portfolio.
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National lender in major hotel bankruptcy

Representation of lender in Chapter 11 of operator of 600 room hotel, successfully opposing cramdown and obtaining relief from stay. Represented lender in subsequent bankruptcy of land lessor to prior debtor, again obtaining relief from stay. In addition, representation of a trustee in bankruptcy of Midwestern publicly held limited partnerships with hotels undergoing Chapter 11 reorganization.
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National lender in sale of notes

Representation of national lender in sale of debt instruments in lieu of real property collateral.
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National lender in workout of larger urban portfolio

Representation of national lender in forbearance and workout of multi-parcel urban portfolio of prominent developer.
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Partially complete condominiums

Representation of lender in workout and foreclosure of incomplete construction and development projects, including partially complete condominium projects.
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Post foreclosure development

Post foreclosure development documentation, leasing and sale of real property.
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Post foreclosure portfolio assistance

Post foreclosure portfolio assistance modification to declarant rights, covenants, HOA declaration and by-law revisions.
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Post foreclosure stabilization

Post foreclosure stabilization of various REO portfolio and sales including bulk sales and auctions of commercial, multifamily, warehouse, industrial, residential and commercial condominiums.
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Representation of national and regional lending institutions and special servicers in forbearance foreclosures

Representation of national and regional lending institutions and special servicers of CMGS loans in workouts and forbearance agreements, foreclosures, guaranty enforcement actions, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and state receivership proceedings.
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Restructuring of syndicated asset-based loan for sports franchise

Out-of-court restructuring of a $200 million syndicated asset-based loan involving a sports franchise that included a mezzanine facility to provide needed cash flow.
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Large retail tenant in General Growth bankruptcy

Representation of large retail chain tenant in General Growth Properties chapter 11 case.
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Lenders in judicial foreclosure actions

Representation of lenders in judicial foreclosure actions in multiple jurisdictions.
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John Huske Anderson Jr. John Huske Anderson Jr.
Partner
300 North Third Street
Suite 320
Wilmington, NC 28401-4099

T: +1 910 254 3828
F: +1 910 254 3900
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Ilene A Bailey Ilene A. Bailey
Counsel
500 East Pratt Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-3169

T: +1 410 659 4449
F: +1 410 659 4478
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Douglas W Charnas Douglas W. Charnas
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1757
F: +1 202 828 2980
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Douglas M Foley Douglas M. Foley
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 202 857 1720
F: +1 202 828 3301
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T:+1 804 775 1193

Shawn R Fox Shawn R. Fox
Senior Counsel
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2165
F: +1 212 548 2150
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Cheryl O'Donnell Guth Cheryl O'Donnell Guth
Counsel
500 East Pratt Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-3169

T: +1 410 659 4420
F: +1 410 659 4525
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T. Craig Harmon T. Craig Harmon
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1097
F: +1 804 698 2074
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Dion W Hayes Dion W. Hayes
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 804 775 1144
F: +1 804 698 2078
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T:+1 212 548 2100
F: +1 212 548 2150

Colleen Heibeck Colleen K. Heibeck
Counsel
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5706
F: +1 404 443 5758
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David E Huffine David E. Huffine
Partner
300 North Third Street
Suite 320
Wilmington, NC 28401-4099

T: +1 910 254 3812
F: +1 910 254 3900
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J. Trevor Johnston J. Trevor Johnston
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2246
F: +1 704 444 8730
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Brian A Kahn Brian A. Kahn
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2351
F: +1 704 444 8869
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John H Maddock III John H. Maddock III
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1178
F: +1 804 698 2186
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Bill Mayberry Bill Mayberry
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2024
F: +1 704 444 8751
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Aaron G McCollough Aaron G. McCollough
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8256
F: +1 312 698 4522
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Paul J McNamara Paul J. McNamara
Counsel
300 North Third Street
Suite 320
Wilmington, NC 28401-4099

T: +1 910 254 3816
F: +1 910 254 3900
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Charles L Menges Charles L. Menges
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4331
F: +1 804 698 2119
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E. Kristen Moye E. Kristen Moye
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5423
F: +1 703 712 5238
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Ken Noble Kenneth E. Noble
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7005
F: +1 212 715 2309
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Stephen D Peterson Stephen D. Peterson
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5719
F: +1 404 443 5764
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Anand V Ramana Anand V. Ramana
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1734
F: +1 202 828 2973
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Matthew P Rash Matthew P. Rash
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4300
F: +1 804 698 2121
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Manley W Roberts Manley W. Roberts
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2151
F: +1 704 444 8770
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Patrick M Shelley Patrick M. Shelley
Counsel
500 East Pratt Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-3169

T: +1 410 659 4413
F: +1 410 659 4527
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Calvin Shin Calvin Y. Shin
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8266
F: +1 310 956 3140
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