- Touro College (J.D., 1989, Valedictorian)
- Clark University (B.S. History, with honors, 1979)
- New York
Thomas O’Connor is Chair of the Real Estate Finance Group and a member of the Real Estate Practice Group and Latin America Practice Group. Mr. O'Connor practices in the area of commercial real estate transactions with particular emphasis on real estate finance, acquisitions and sales. Mr. O'Connor represents major institutional lenders in financing transactions (including mezzanine debt) and real estate equity funds in the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate and debt. In connection with those transactions, he has assisted clients in forming real estate funds and in structuring their ownership and management interests through sophisticated joint venture arrangements. This has included numerous transactions in the Caribbean involving complex foreign and local law issues and compliance.
Mr. O'Connor has extensive experience representing clients in the acquisition of debt in the secondary market and the negotiation of complex co-lender, participation and intercreditor arrangements. Since 2008, Mr. O'Connor has also been active in the liquidation of distressed assets and in loan workouts and restructurings (including deed-in-lieu transactions) for both lenders and borrowers.
Mr. O'Connor represents several major institutions with respect to real estate finance, including Starwood Property Trust, Inc., Safra Bank of New York, C-III Asset Management, Northern Trust Bank, Oritani Bank, Hypo Real Estate Capital Corporation and The Caribbean Property Group.
Recent real estate transactions handled by Mr. O’Connor include:
- The acquisition and financing of a $1B portfolio of distressed debt and REO from Banco Popular.
- Restructuring of approximately $250M of mortgage and mezzanine debt with respect to the Marriot Resort & Stellaris Casino in Aruba.
- Disposition of the Snowmass Multi-Use Project in Snowmass, Colorado.
- Construction Financing with respect to a ground-up luxury residential condominium project in Manhattan (including structuring of E-B5 mezzanine debt).
Mr. O'Connor is a member of the New York Chapter of NAIOP and a member of the New York Executive Council's Financial Services Advisory Board. Mr. O’Connor has published featured articles regarding real estate finance in the New York Law Journal and also frequently speaks at industry conferences (including Information Management Network’s (IMN) real estate investors’ forums) and is a presenter for Strafford in their Webinar CLE seminars.
Prior to joining Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, Mr. O'Connor was a partner in the Real Estate Group of Cooley LLP (where he chaired the Real Estate Practice Group for nearly six years) and before that had previously worked in the real estate group of Weil Gotshal.
Mr. O'Connor is admitted to practice in New York.