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Real Estate Investment & Finance

Vinson & Elkins’ Real Estate Investment & Finance team combines business acumen, industry and market knowledge, and support from a globally recognized Finance practice to serve as trusted counselors to our clients. In advising and representing clients, our lawyers go beyond the deal to offer proactive guidance and risk-avoidance strategies.

Investment Strategists

Providing the full range of real estate investment services, V&E’s Real Estate Investment & Finance lawyers structure, negotiate, document, and close real estate acquisitions, investments, sales, and loan arrangements across the United States. We have experience with every class of commercial real estate, including retail, office, industrial, multifamily, hotel, and mixed-use properties.  

We also advise on strategic investments, portfolio management, financing and refinancing of real estate investments, and distressed loans. V&E lawyers represent institutional and entrepreneurial lenders and investors, including real estate funds, REITs, joint ventures, and property owners. We also counsel developers with building and managing their property portfolios, addressing intercreditor issues, and assisting with asset evaluation, environmental due diligence, and compliance concerns. 

Finance Advice

We advise lenders, borrowers, and investors on all aspects of finance—from loan origination, capital deployment, and loan administration through refinancings, troubled loan workouts, and loan payoffs. The V&E team handles multi-property, multi-state, and multiparty financings, construction loans, and a full range of creative debt structuring and financing arrangements, including structured financings, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transactions, syndicated credit facilities, permanent loans, and mezzanine loans. Our lawyers know the product types and leading market terms, and deftly employ innovative structuring techniques to meet lender, investor, and borrower needs. Further, we work to optimize lender investment returns and secure their investments, while maximizing loan flexibility, and minimizing finance costs for borrowers and tax implications for investors. 

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Practice Highlights

  • Leading global private investment firm in the acquisition of Styron from The Dow Chemical Company
  • General Electric Credit Equities, Inc., the seller, in the $53.25 million simultaneous disposition of two commercial office buildings totaling approximately 442,000 square feet
  • Private equity fund in negotiating mezzanine and senior mortgage financing for the leveraged acquisition of a publicly traded real estate investment trust
  • A real estate investment firm in its $175 million portfolio loan secured by properties in Texas, Mississippi, and California
  • A real estate investment firm in its $190 million multi-sale asset roll-up and portfolio financing
  • A real estate investment firm in its $100 million office portfolio financing (District of Columbia, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas)
  • A subsidiary of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust in a $278 million term loan master credit facility with Walker & Dunlop/Fannie Mae secured by apartment properties in five states
  • A subsidiary of a REIT in a $85 million credit facility secured by apartment properties throughout the United States
  • A private equity investor in the acquisition of a controlling interest in an oilfield worker housing business owning nine “man camps” located in two states
  • TPG Capital in connection with all aspects of executive compensation in the $979 million acquisition of Ashland Inc.’s global chemical distribution business