Lea Ann's practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate lending involving loan origination, mezzanine financing and CMBS securitization. She represents both financial institutions and borrowers on issues related to corporate finance, real estate acquisition and disposition, and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties. Her lending experience includes restructurings of large multi-tiered financing structures secured by major hotel and mixed-use condo and retail real estate developments involving large institutional senior and mezzanine lenders and equity investors.
Lea Ann has represented a range of prominent commercial lending institutions and conduit lenders, including RBS Greenwich Capital, Credit Suisse, Column Financial, and KeyBank National Association. Representation of these and such other high profile clients includes serving as lead counsel in the origination of multi-million dollar senior and mezzanine structured financings secured by commercial real estate and corporate asset types of all kinds, including hotel, mixed use condominium projects, retail, office and industrial portfolios. On the borrower side, Lea Ann serves as counsel to commercial real estate developers and private equity firms in the structuring and negotiation of large multi-tiered acquisition, construction and refinancing loan transactions, including workouts and restructuring of such loans.
In addition to structured finance transactions, Lea Ann has represented clients in loan participations, note purchase and sale transactions, and joint venture partnerships.
Led the real estate diligence for Starwood Capital’s acquisition of over $1.3 billion worth of Colorado multi-family projects from Equity Residential. The portfolio acquisition that includes 18 Colorado properties located between Boulder and metro Denver and totaling nearly 6,000 apartment units, was among a larger 72- property deal which also included apartment projects in D.C., Florida, California and Seattle and totaled 23,262 apartment units at a $5.3 billion aggregate sales price.
Represented CoBank, FCB, as tenant, under a build-to-suit lease in connection with the construction, financing and leasing of a new 270,000 square foot office building for CoBank's new headquarters.
Served as counsel to Guggenheim Investment Management, LLC as second lien lender in connection with construction financing for a Wyndam Hotel project in Avon, Colorado.
Assisted Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as Nevada corporate, real estate and gaming counsel in connection with a credit facility, including term loans and revolving loans, with Affinity Gaming, LLC (formerly Herbst Gaming, LLC), as borrower.
Represented DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in the sale of the Renaissance Charleston Hotel, a full service, 166-room Marriott managed hotel located in Charleston, South Carolina, to Diamond Rock Hospitality Co.