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(212) 692-5535

cbrown@dsllp.com

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Education

    • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D. with distinction, 1993), Articles Editor and Consulting Editor of the Hofstra Law Review

    • Hofstra University School of Business (M.B.A. with distinction, 1993)

    • The University of Michigan (A.B., 1989)

Practice Groups

Craig L. Brown

Partner

Craig L. Brown is a member of the Real Estate, Joint Venture/Corporate Real Estate, and chairs the Homebuilders Practice Group.

 

Mr. Brown has nearly twenty-five years of experience in all principal areas of real estate law and has been at Duval & Stachenfeld for 19 years.  His practice focuses on the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and disposition of all types of domestic and international real estate assets, as well as structuring complex real estate joint venture transactions.  Mr. Brown has developed a reputation as a highly skilled and tenacious attorney who is singularly dedicated to his clients and the success of their businesses not only through truly excellent legal work, but also by helping them build their businesses through creating connections with the firm’s network of capital providers and sources of off-market deal flow.

 

Mr. Brown’s practice has also focused on advising Family Offices investing in real estate on the debt and equity side. He has developed an extensive network of family offices throughout the U.S. as well as internationally and specializes in family office related real estate transactions.

 

Having represented many prominent investment funds, homebuilders, developers, hotel operators, money center banks, and insurance companies in real estate and corporate transactions, Mr. Brown has developed significant expertise in the following areas:

  • complex joint ventures and corporate real estate transactions;

  • acquiring, financing and equity structuring of large real estate asset portfolios across multiple jurisdictions, including motels, nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals;

  • acquiring, financing and equity structuring of multi-family residential properties;

  • public-private partnership transactions;

  • acquiring, financing and equity structuring of all classes of office buildings, mixed-use office parks, hotels and full service resorts; and

  • restructuring distressed real estate loans for borrowers and lenders, as well as acquiring distressed real estate out of bankruptcy or foreclosure.

Representative matters handled by Mr. Brown include the following:

  • Represented publicly-traded, national homebuilder in connection with construction financing of major multifamily rental development in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  • Represented publicly-traded, national homebuilder in connection with joint venture and construction financing for development of West New York, New Jersey condominium project.

  • Represented publicly-traded, national homebuilder in connection with platform joint venture with institutional investor providing equity and debt financing for a national portfolio of entitled homesites.

  • Represented publicly-traded REIT in connection with over $2B in hotel portfolio acquisition financings.

  • Represented prominent industrial property investor and operator in connection with platform joint venture and corporate credit facility.

  • Represented prominent family office in connection with joint venture investments in and financing of properties located in the UK and Portugal.

  • Represented institutional investment fund in connection with the acquisition in bankruptcy and foreclosure of defaulted financing on distressed major shopping mall located in Washington, D.C., and subsequent settlement of outstanding litigation related thereto.

  • Represented institutional investment fund in connection with the acquisition, financing, and disposition of a portfolio of multifamily rental complexes located in and around Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Represented institutional investment fund in connection with the acquisition and financing of a prominent office and retail building in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Represented institutional investment fund in connection with the equity investment in, and disposition of a large portfolio of master-leased nursing homes, and related businesses.

  • Represented institutional investment fund in connection with the acquisition and financing of a national portfolio of nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals.

  • Represented institutional investment fund in connection with its acquisition and disposition of office properties in South Korea and Japan.

  • Represented private investment fund in connection with acquisition and joint venture equity structuring of a resort and related development property in Anguilla, BWI.

  • Represented international cruise line in connection with public-private partnership for development of a cruise port with upland facilities, and related berthing arrangements in Tortola, BVI.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Brown was an associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, and at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

 

Mr. Brown is admitted to practice in New York.

Associations:

  • Association of the Bar of The City of New York

Recognitions:

  • Super Lawyers: New York Metro: 2009-2017

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2018), Real Estate Law

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