Real Estate Finance

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Allen Matkins represents lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of debt investment matters.

We have wide-ranging experience structuring, documenting and negotiating all types of secured financing transactions for all major classifications of real estate assets including permanent, mezzanine, participating, revolving credit, and construction loans; CMBS; capital market and structured finance transactions. Our areas of focus include: 

  • Traditional and securitized debt structures 
  • Production loans for the development of residential tracts 
  • Sale and leasebacks 
  • Development bonds 
  • Ground lease financing 
  • Loan closing, servicing and workouts 

We also issue opinion letters on a wide array of matters including: 

  • Enforceability 
  • Usury 
  • Commercial Code 
  • Securitization and non-consolidation issues 

Strong relationships can often help minimize problems, expand opportunities, and allow us to develop more innovative solutions to challenges. On behalf of our clients, we routinely leverage our long-standing relationships with leading regional, national and international financial institutions including: 

  • Banks 
  • Insurance companies 
  • Pension funds 
  • Finance companies 
  • REITS 
  • Investment funds 
  • Investment banks 

In addition, our clients benefit from Allen Matkins' position as one of the leading real estate firms in the nation. The broad experience of our real estate practice enables our teams to craft creative and practical solutions which address the lender's concerns while still facilitating the borrower's need to close the financing in a timely and efficient manner. 

For example, the closure of a loan often requires the resolution of (often complex) land use, environmental and/or tax issues relating to the underlying real property collateral. Our teams and clients can quickly access the expertise of other attorneys in the firm who practice in related fields such as land use, environmental law, tax, bankruptcy and litigation.

  • Solid training and experience - they can handle anything we throw at them."
    - Managing Director, Global Finance Services Firm
  • Their level of service and responsiveness is what sets them apart."
    - Managing Director, Global Finance Services Firm


Lieske Stephen P

Stephen P. Lieske


San Francisco

(415) 273-7428