Real Estate Capital Markets

McGuireWoods’ multidisciplinary real estate capital markets industry team helps Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, commercial developers, investors, buyers and sellers, and nonprofit organizations, in all aspects of real estate financing and development. We recognize that success in sophisticated real estate transactions and development endeavors demands a multi-disciplinary perspective. Our team draws upon our firm’s well established expertise in areas such as construction litigation, corporate transactions, environmental concerns, fund formation, financing, leasing, land use and zoning, restructuring and insolvency, and tax to name a few areas. Our team members consistently have leadership roles in facilitating sophisticated projects that have transformed neighborhoods, cities and regions. We are equally committed to being mindful of evolving market trends and financing strategies necessary to drive outcomes, enhance values and help to realize strong returns.

Increasingly, our real estate capital markets clients are taking on complex multidisciplinary projects that require a depth and breadth of legal services that inevitably cross traditional boundaries. The real estate capital markets team offers sophisticated assistance to clients at every stage of the real estate process, from due diligence at the outset of a project, to deal closing and beyond.

Members of the real estate capital markets industry team have extensive involvement and knowledge in multifamily agency lending transactions involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as mortgage banking and mortgage brokerage services and letter of credit-backed construction bond transactions. The group handles transactions involving all types of commercial real estate, including office, retail, hotel, warehouse and industrial, multifamily, condominium, resort and ground leased properties.  Our lawyers represents financial institutions and other parties that provide capital to the real estate industry in various forms and act as local counsel for investment banks and borrowers in major real estate finance transactions.  We assist clients with traditional mortgage portfolio lending, construction lending, mortgage origination for commercial mortgage-backed securities conduit lending programs, mortgage loan securitizations, loan servicing and defeasance matters, mezzanine lending, real estate investment trusts and equity funds investing in real estate. We also serve as agent’s counsel in syndicated real estate loan transactions.

In connection with representing lender clients, the group often collaborates with the firm’s real estate and land use lawyers to address related issues such as zoning, insurance, construction contracts, leasing and environmental matters, which arise in specialized real estate lending transactions. We also collaborate with firm partners who have business, REMIC and REIT tax, and other knowledge.

Our team also works together with our restructuring and insolvency practice that, combined with our strong presence in a real estate capital markets setting, makes us a logical go-to firm for commercial mortgage loan workouts and portfolio management.  Many of our real estate lawyers, insolvency and restructuring lawyers and litigators have experience in multiple workout cycles over their careers and have represented lenders in negotiated and adversarial resolutions to distressed properties. 

Experienced group acting for a wide range of clients on complex transactional, zoning and land use matters. A go-to practice for real estate finance work and well versed in the purchase, sale and development of significant commercial and mixed-use projects. Continues to handle matters relating to transit and data center developments. Represents clients of all sizes, from local groups to Fortune 500 companies.