Michael Fein



T: +1 212 922 2200
D: +1 212 922 2247
M: +1 646 256 6340

EmailE: mfein@wfw.com

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Summary Open

Michael represents developers, investors, financial institutions, landlords and tenants in the acquisition, sale, financing (including loan workouts and debt restructurings), construction, development and leasing of commercial real estate.

His expertise spans the full spectrum of real estate assets from retail, office, industrial, hotels and leisure to residential and mixed-use in all types of transactions. He has particular expertise in advising on complex, multi-faceted real estate matters and has structured, negotiated and closed billions of dollars in complex real estate transactions.

Michael provides practical, end-to-end legal representation, adding particular value through his commercial approach and focus on achieving tax or other cost reductions.

Michael is Head of the Real Estate group in New York.

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    Michael’s experience includes advising:
    • A global Fortune 100 insurance company in the joint venture acquisition, financing and development of multiple office, multi-family and retail projects throughout the United States, including in New, York, New York; San Diego, California; Boca Raton, Florida; Huntersville, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Seattle, Washington
    • A large New York real estate company in the sale and financing of various hotels in New York City.
    • A global Fortune 500 insurance company in the joint venture acquisition, financing and development of a 269-unit multifamily project in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • A global Fortune 500 insurance company in the joint venture acquisition and financing of a 290-unit multifamily project in the Los Angeles, California area.
    • A large New York developer in the sale of an assemblage of several development properties on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
    • A national hotel operator in the joint venture financing and improvement of a large hotel complex in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • A large German Landesbank on the workout of a US$729m mortgage loan secured by three hotels in Florida and Arizona and a US$740m mortgage loan secured by several office properties in the Seattle, Washington area.
    • Various large institutions in the leasing of office and retail space throguhout the United States.
    • On the restructuring of cross-collateralized loans in excess of US$300m, secured by three office buildings in midtown Manhattan.
    • On the financing of a mixed-use development with hotel, condominium and retail components in Telluride, Colorado in the form of a US$150m construction loan and a US$30m mezzanine loan.
    • On the acquisition of a large apartment complex of more than 250 units on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
    • On the acquisition of a large office building in downtown San Francisco.
    • On the leasing of a headquarters office building of 700,000 square feet in midtown Manhattan.
    • On the leasing of an office headquarters building of more than 135,000 square feet in Parsippany, New Jersey.
    • On various sale-leaseback financings, each involving more than 50 properties in several states.
    • On a multi-state transaction involving the acquisition, construction and leasing of a warehouse and a manufacturing facility.

Education Open

  • 1993: J.D, Benjamin N.Cardozo School of Law
  • 1990: B.S.B.A , Boston University

Employment Record Open

  • 2010-present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner and Head of Real Estate New York
  • 2006 – 2010: Kramer Levin Natfalis & Frankel LLP, Special Counsel

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