Four Prominent New York Real Estate Finance and Restructuring Lawyers Welcomed to Expanding Haynes and Boone Office


NEW YORK – In a major expansion of its East Coast real estate, finance, and real estate restructuring practices, Haynes and Boone, LLP announces the addition of four partners who bring a wealth of experience, particularly with top-tier New York financial institutions, real estate funds and private equity groups.

All four partners are making the move to the Haynes and Boone Finance Practice from the Paul Hastings New York-based real estate finance practice. They are Kenneth J. Friedman, Robert J. Grados, Steven Koch and Walter F. Schleimer. The group’s collective experience will be invaluable to Haynes and Boone clients as real estate, finance and bankruptcy/restructuring practices continue to create opportunities.

"We've gotten to know Steve, Walt, Ken and Bob well, having worked together on many projects," said Terry Conner, Haynes and Boone managing partner. "They are outstanding lawyers and people, and are recognized as top lawyers in real estate finance. We really like the fact that they have worked together for years and share our philosophies of client-focused service and teamwork. Their practices have been consistently strong over the years and have been resilient even in the current downturn."

In recent months through internal transfers and lateral hiring, the firm has bolstered its New York-based bankruptcy, securities regulation, white collar crime and finance capabilities. The firm has set a goal of expanding to at least 100 lawyers in New York in the next several years.

Brief biographies of the new lateral hires:

Kenneth J. Friedman brings a practice that focuses on real estate law and finance. He has broad experience in all aspects of real estate finance matters, having represented institutional lenders in single property and multi-state financing transactions, securitized loans, construction loans, mezzanine financing transactions and joint venture investments; property owners in acquisitions, sales and development transactions; landlords and tenants in commercial leases; and secured creditors in debt restructurings and the exercise of remedies, including UCC foreclosures and prearranged bankruptcy proceedings. Representative transactions include high-rise condominium projects, office developments, multi-family projects, regional mall transactions and land development deals throughout the country.

Robert J. Grados represents a variety of national and regional financial institutions, insurance companies, venture capital firms and institutional investors in structured finance transactions, including syndicated, securitized and single lender real estate-based transactions, construction and permanent loans, corporate credit facilities, and mezzanine, equity and subordinate credit facilities. In connection with each of the foregoing, Mr. Grados has been actively involved in all aspects of problem loan workouts, bankruptcies, restructurings and mortgage foreclosures. He also represents real estate investment funds, insurance companies and credit providers in complex real estate-secured and capital markets credit facilities, subscription credit facilities, warehousing and repurchase credit facilities and mezzanine credit facilities. Additionally, Mr. Grados’ capital markets practice encompasses representing clients in the structuring and placement of collateralized debt obligations.

Steven Koch focuses his practice in real estate law. He has closed many large, complex transactions for a variety of clients, including financial institutions, venture funds and private developers. He has been involved in joint ventures, multi-state lending, loan workouts, development work, sale-leaseback transactions, the purchase and sale of real properly and loans, and construction contracting. For the past several years, Mr. Koch’s primary focus has been in closing or buying subordinate debt positions such as mezzanine loans, B Notes, junior participations and preferred equity investments, on behalf of a variety of institutions.

Walter Schleimer practices commercial real estate law, with a primary focus on finance transactions. Mr. Schleimer regularly represents investment banks, commercial banks, debt funds and foreign lending institutions in their mortgage loan, mezzanine loan, preferred equity and other complex real estate transactions. Mr. Schleimer also represents investment funds and REITs in their financing transactions, including structured loans, syndicated loans, subscription lines and other credit facilities. Mr. Schleimer represents institutional lenders and borrowers in their loan work-outs and restructurings, including complex CMBS restructures, as well as matters that result in mortgage foreclosure, UCC sale or other enforcement proceedings or bankruptcy resolution. Mr. Schleimer represents institutional owners and developers in acquisition, joint venture, redevelopment, sales, and other traditional real estate transactions.

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