Warren J. Bernstein is Co-Chairman of Kaye Scholer LLP’s Real Estate Department.
Mr. Bernstein has acted as counsel to owners of many types of real estate, both locally and throughout the world. These transactions cover a wide range, including purchases, sales, leases, joint ventures and development transactions. The clients he has represented in these transactions range from individuals to some of the largest real estate companies in the United States.
The lending transactions in which Mr. Bernstein has been involved include construction and permanent financing for office buildings, shopping malls, industrial and warehouse facilities, hotels and residential properties. These facilities range in size from several million dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars. They have incorporated the use of interest rate swaps and other interest rate protection mechanisms. The structures of these facilities include direct and securitized loans, credit enhancement devices in conjunction with tax-exempt and taxable bond issues and Eurobond transactions, and standby credit facilities for master limited partnerships. Among his lending clients are some of the world’s largest financial institutions.
The distressed real estate and loan situations in which Mr. Bernstein has represented clients include hotel, office building, shopping center and residential properties located throughout the United States.
Mr. Bernstein has been extensively involved in the negotiation of co-lending and participation arrangements.
Mr. Bernstein has lectured widely and published articles on various real estate topics. In Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Mr. Bernstein is recognized as a leading practitioner and is recommended by clients for his "strong understanding of business issues and strategy" and his "ability to focus on legal issues without pontificating in legalese." The Legal 500 recommends Mr. Bernstein for his "excellent business acumen and technical competence."