Steven J. Vainder - White & Case LLP

Steven J. Vainder

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 305-995-5226

Practice Experience

Mr. Vainder advises clients on all aspects of real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, operations, leasing, management, development and financing.

Representing investors, owners and other stakeholders, Mr. Vainder has participated in numerous complex real estate projects, including the development, financing and sale of shopping malls, large planned-unit developments, mixed use projects, hotel and hospitality assets and office and industrial parks.

Mr. Vainder also has extensive experience representing lenders and private equity funds with the restructuring, repositioning, disposition and acquisition of distressed real estate loans and assets.

Recent transactions include the representation of:
  • A U.S. real estate investment firm in the $262.5 million acquisition of the Miami Center, a 34-story, 851,900 square-foot tower, purchased from SCOA Miami Center (which had been owned by Sumitomo Corp. of America), the area's largest office deal since the property traded in 2008. Winner, Office Category, Daily Business Review "Top Dealmakers of the Year" 2012
  • The third largest newspaper company in the United States in the relocation of their flagship newspaper, The Miami Herald, from its current 1401 Biscayne Blvd. property to the former US Southern Command headquarters in Doral, to occupy more than 150,000 square feet of office space. Finalist, Leasing Category, Daily Business Review "Top Dealmakers of the Year" 2012
  • Carr Residential LLC, a South Florida residential developer, in connection with the acquisition, development and sale of a residential project in Broward County called Aqua Isles for $28.5 million. Finalist, Restructuring/Distressed Category, Daily Business Review "Top Dealmakers of the Year" 2012
  • A U.S. private equity fund in the acquisition of three separate portfolios of more than 150 distressed mortgage loans and REO properties, one of which involved purchase money financing. The loans, secured by residential, office, retail and hotel assets in over 15 states, amounted to nearly $350 million in unpaid principal balances.
  • A large Miami-based developer and operator of commercial and industrial properties in connection with a $460 million securitized loan to refinance its Florida portfolio.
  • A Mexican chemical producer in the real estate aspects of its $350 million acquisition of a fluorochemical business the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  • The North American division of a large Dutch bank in connection with the restructuring, repositioning, enforcement and disposition of $2 billion portfolio of loans and REO.
  • A U.S. private equity fund with its acquisition of a loan in an original principal amount of $350 million secured by a luxury resort and residences in Anguilla, British West Indies.
  • A U.S. subsidiary of a large Spanish concessionaire in connection with the renovation and operation of service plazas on Florida's Turnpike, including advising on a sublease and design build agreement for construction of a LEED-certified project valued in excess of $100 million.
  • A large regional bank in connection with several multi-million dollar acquisition and development loans for charter schools.
  • The Florida division of a public homebuilder in connection with the acquisition of distressed assets and land positions.
  • A large Fort Lauderdale-based developer and operator of commercial and industrial properties in connection with a construction loan for the development of a Publix-anchored shopping center.
  • A private investment group in its acquisition of community development district bonds and distressed assets throughout Florida.
  • A Moscow-based private equity fund in the formation of a joint venture with a local partner to acquire and redevelop several properties in the Design District of Miami.

Mr. Vainder is certified as a LEED® Accredited Professional by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). As a LEED® AP, he possesses a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and counsels clients who either voluntarily or by virtue of local, state or federal requirements seek to design, construct or renovate utilizing green or sustainable building practices.

From 1996 – 2004, Mr. Vainder served as a Legal Research and Writing Instructor at the University of Miami School of Law. From 2005 – 2007, Mr. Vainder was an instructor in the Real Property LLM Program at the University of Miami School of Law.

University of VirginiaBS 1993University of MiamiJ.D. 1996
Florida State Bar AssociationDade County Bar AssociationBuilders Association of South FloridaGreater Miami Chamber of Commerce Going Green Taskforce

Office Location

Southeast Financial Center, Suite 4900
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33131-2352
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law