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Education

    • University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, 2009)
    • Cornell University (BA, 2004) 

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David Gardner

Associate

David Gardner is a senior associate in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group focusing on structured real estate transactions. His matters encompass (often simultaneously on a single deal) the following disciplines: joint venture agreements (both capital and sponsor-side representation), financing (both borrower and lender-side representation), preferred equity arrangements, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and other development and management arrangements. 

 

With this breadth of experience, Mr. Gardner understands the competing motivations of all stakeholders in a given transaction; this, in turn, enables him to constructively advocate for what truly matters to his clients and affords him credibility with those across the table.

 

More recently, Mr. Gardner has been involved in the origination of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) loans, as well as the creation of funds and other corporate investment vehicles, including under the Qualified Opportunity Zone program. 

 

Mr. Gardner joined the Firm in 2013 from the real estate department of Cooley LLP.  He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (with a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from Wharton) and his BA from Cornell University (Distinction in All Subjects).

 

His clients have included private equity funds, insurance companies, family offices, developers, operators, homebuilders, banks, and other institutional investors. Representative matters include the following:

 

Corporate Real Estate and Recapitalizations

“Investor-Side” Representations

  • Preferred equity investment in a Charlotte office park development, and the negotiation of related joint venture, condominium, reciprocal easement and management and development agreements. 

  • Origination of an “equity converter” loan for a ground-up condominium development in Fort Lauderdale, the subsequent conversion of the loan, and the negotiation of resulting joint venture and construction financing agreements.

  • Preferred equity investment in a multifamily project in Philadelphia and negotiation of related joint venture and third party refinancing agreements.

  • Recapitalization of a mixed-use development project in Hoboken, New Jersey and negotiation of related joint venture and construction agreements.

  • Preferred equity investment in a ground-up mixed-use project in Brooklyn, and related joint venture documentation.

“Developer-Side” Representations

  • Structuring of a Historic Tax Credit master lease for a project in Pittsburgh, and the negotiation of related joint venture/syndication and financing documentation.

  • Recapitalization of a mixed-use industrial complex in the Charlotte area involving a programmatic joint venture for the development of future phases.

  • Recapitalization a ground-up development in Tribeca, Manhattan by a joint venture comprised of a New York City developer with several Caymanian investment vehicles.

  • Joint venture (representing a publicly-traded, national homebuilder) and construction financing for the development of a “Gold Coast”, New Jersey condominium project.

  • Multiple Platform Joint Ventures (representing a publicly-traded, national homebuilder) with an institutional investor providing equity and debt financing for a national portfolio of entitled homesites.

Acquisitions/Borrower-Side Finance/Joint Ventures
  • Representations of various capital providers in the acquisition, joint venture, and financing of (i) a portfolio of mobile home facilities located throughout the central United States, (ii) a land parcel in Philadelphia for a ground-up multifamily project, (iii) a $146 Million office property in Los Angeles California, (iv) a $70 million multifamily project in Central Florida, (v) a $110 million multifamily project in Northern Virginia, (vi) a golf course in northern New Jersey, (vii) a $100 million portfolio of multifamily properties in Texas, and (viii) a $75 million portfolio of multifamily properties in South Florida.

  • Representations of various developers in the acquisition, joint venture and financing of (i) a $90 Million light industrial property in Long Island City, NY, and (ii) a $120 million multifamily project in Philadelphia.

  • Construction Financing (representing borrower) of more than $300 million for a ground-up condominium project in Tribeca, Manhattan.  

Sales
  • Sale of a $90 million office building in the Los Angeles area.

  • Sale of a $90 million office building in the Philadelphia area.

  • Sale by a private equity fund of its equity stake in a warehouse/light industrial property in central Massachusetts.

  • Sale of a $40 million office building in Atlanta.

Lender-Side Finance
  • Origination of a $12,000,000 CMBS loan encumbering a mixed-use property in suburban Philadelphia.

  • Origination by a New Jersey bank of multiple mortgage loans ranging from $5 million to $30 million secured by commercial properties in the greater New York City area.

  • Origination by an investment firm in the origination of several Mezzanine Loans for properties across the United States ranging from $6 million to approximately $15 million and related inter-creditor documentation.

  • Origination of an $18 million Mezzanine Loan for a Miami project, which was subject to a ground lease and occupied by a national flag hotel, and related inter-creditor documentation.

  • Origination of a $30 million mortgage loan secured by a retail property in SOHO, Manhattan, owned through a Tenancy-In-Common arrangement.

  • Origination of an $80 million mortgage loan secured by a portfolio of ground leased commercial assets of various classes.

Leasing
  • Representation of an institutional landlord in the leasing up of a 6 million square foot re-purposed industrial development in Brooklyn.

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