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Michael J. Barker

(he/him/his)

  • Partner | Real Estate

New York

T: +1.212.859.8124

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Michael Barker focuses on commercial real estate finance, including the origination of commercial loans, the purchase and sale of subordinated and mortgage debt, negotiating participation, intercreditor, and co-lender agreements.

Developers, owners, lenders, and institutional investors seek Michael’s representation in connection with commercial loan originations and restructurings, deed-in-lieu transactions, foreclosures, and discounted pay-offs. Clients benefit from Michael’s experience with mortgage, mezzanine, construction, and other financings; domestic and foreign acquisitions; development and construction projects; joint ventures; and real estate investment transactions involving commercial, residential, retail, and hospitality properties.

Michael’s diverse client list includes ACORE Capital, Apollo, Barclays, The Blackstone Group, Fortress Investment Group, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, KKR, Morgan Stanley, RFR Realty, Royal Bank of Canada, RXR Realty, SL Green Realty Corp., Starwoo...

Michael Barker focuses on commercial real estate finance, including the origination of commercial loans, the purchase and sale of subordinated and mortgage debt, negotiating participation, intercreditor, and co-lender agreements.

Developers, owners, lenders, and institutional investors seek Michael’s representation in connection with commercial loan originations and restructurings, deed-in-lieu transactions, foreclosures, and discounted pay-offs. Clients benefit from Michael’s experience with mortgage, mezzanine, construction, and other financings; domestic and foreign acquisitions; development and construction projects; joint ventures; and real estate investment transactions involving commercial, residential, retail, and hospitality properties.

Michael’s diverse client list includes ACORE Capital, Apollo, Barclays, The Blackstone Group, Fortress Investment Group, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, KKR, Morgan Stanley, RFR Realty, Royal Bank of Canada, RXR Realty, SL Green Realty Corp., Starwood Capital, TCIF, Tishman Realty, and Tishman Speyer.

Michael is ranked by Chambers and Partners in the Real Estate: Finance - New York category, where clients highlight his “extensive industry knowledge” and ability to provide “really good practical guidance.” He has also been recognized by Legal 500 in Real Estate Finance as a “Leading Lawyer,” where clients describe him as an “exceptionally talented lawyer” who “cuts through complicated issues and explains them as simply as possible, with his focus being on getting the deal done.”

Michael also is a member of Fried Frank’s Diversity Council.

Work highlights include:

  • Counsel to Apollo in connection with its $165 million construction loan for the redevelopment of 75 Howard, a waterfront condominium tower in downtown San Francisco, CA.
  • Counsel to ACORE Capital in connection with the following transactions:
    • $150 million mortgage and mezzanine financing to Glacier Global Partners and Triangle Assets for their 10-story, 230,000-square-foot converted warehouse office building at 10 Jay Street along to waterfront in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
    • $110 million mortgage and mezzanine construction financing relating to Ambassador College condominiums in Pasadena, CA.
  • Counsel to Blackstone in the following transactions:
    • $1.8 billion financing for Tishman Speyer’s construction of The Spiral, a 2.8-million-square-foot trophy office building located in the Hudson Yards district of New York, NY.
    • $645 million mortgage and mezzanine construction loan refinancing to a joint venture between Fisher Brothers, New Valley, and the Witkoff Group for the construction of a luxury condominium tower at 111 Murray Street in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York, NY.
    • $206m construction financing for The Bristol, a luxury residential condominium located in West Palm Beach, FL. $102 million construction loan for the development of Hyde Beach, a 450 unit mixed use condo-hotel project in Hollywood, FL.
    • $300 million pre-development financing relating to the proposed Nordstrom development located on 57th Street in New York, NY. $120 million construction loan for the construction and development of Biscayne Beach, a 399 unit luxury condominium in Miami, FL.
    • $590 million construction loan by Blackstone, Bank of China, Deutsche Bank, and Credit Agricole for the development of the Miami Design District, a creative neighborhood and shopping destination in Miami, FL.
    • $290 million construction loan for the development of the Surf Club, a premier Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Surfside, FL.
  • Counsel to Bank of America in the following transactions:
    • $300 million mortgage and mezzanine refinancing of the Standard High Line Hotel located in the historical Meatpacking District in Manhattan, New York, NY.
    • $200 million term credit facility for HHI Holdings LLC used to refinance existing debt and fund a cash distribution to its members.
  • Counsel to Cantor Commercial Real Estate in the following transactions:
    • Acquisition and redevelopment financing concerning Beekman Tower in New York, NY.
    • $580 million CMBS loan to refinance the Miracle Mile Shops in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Counsel to The Children's Investment Fund and Talos Capital Limited in the following transactions:
    • $1.25 billion in construction financing to HFZ Capital Group in connection with its 950,000 square foot luxury mixed-use project at 76 11th Avenue known as “The Eleventh” in New York, NY.
    • $290 million construction financing for the development of a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in New Orleans, LA.
    • $1.2 billion (approximately) mortgage and mezzanine financing to Apollo Real Estate and Ian Schrager Company relating to 160 Leroy Street, New York, NY.
    • $1.2 billion construction financing to Related Companies in connection with the development of 35 Hudson Yards, New York, NY. $850 million construction financing to Related Companies in connection with 15 Hudson Yards, New York, NY.
    • $500 million construction loan for the development of One Dalton, a premier Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Boston, MA.
    • $773 million mezzanine loan with respect to the Parkmerced residential project in San Francisco, CA.
    • $110 million acquisition and development financing with respect to The Sullivan Center in Chicago, IL.
    • $400 million construction financing with respect to 432 Park Avenue, New York, NY.
    • $660 million mortgage and mezzanine construction loan to Silverstein Properties and CalSTRS in connection with the Four Seasons Downtown Hotel and Residences at 30 Park Place, New York, NY.
    • Mezzanine loan to the Ashkenazy Acquisitions Corp. relating to property located at 625 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
    • $98 million construction loan for the development of 10 Sullivan Street in Soho, New York, NY.
    • $445 million construction and mezzanine loans for the development of 520 Park Avenue, New York, NY, a premier luxury residential condominium tower in Manhattan developed by Zeckendorf Development.
  • Counsel to Credit Suisse in the following transactions:
    • $2.8 billion CMBS financing to the LBO group which included the Whitehall Funds, Colony Capital and the Related Companies, among others, in the going-private transaction of the Kerzner Companies, the owner of the Atlantis Casino and Resort and the One and Only Ocean Club.
    • $860 million mortgage financing secured by Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
    • $360 million mortgage financing secured by the Resorts International Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
    • $800 million in mortgage financing secured by the Planet Hollywood Hotel (f/k/a The Aladdin Hotel) on "the Strip" in Las Vegas, NV, the first CMBS financing of a major Las Vegas casino.
    • Origination of approximately $105 million in dual currency offshore mezzanine and onshore mortgage acquisition and redevelopment financing secured by the retail shopping complex known as Shanghai Square Retail Podium located in Shanghai.
    • Origination of approximately JPY32.2 billion in offshore mezzanine and mortgage acquisition financing secured by the office complex known as China Central Place located in Beijing.
    • Origination of RMB1.162 billion in bridge mortgage financing and approximately $190 million in permanent dual currency offshore mezzanine and onshore mortgage financing secured by the retail shopping complex known as Shenzhen Central Walk located in Shenzhen.
  • Counsel to Extell Development Company in its $30 million financing for the purchase of air rights and pre-development work in connection with a mixed use development on East 86th Street in New York, NY.
  • Counsel to Firmdale Holdings Limited in the following transactions:
    • $65 million refinancing of the Crosby Street Hotel in New York, NY.
    • $50 million construction financing in connection with the construction of the 56th Street Hotel in New York, NY.
  • Counsel to JPMorgan Chase Bank in the following transactions:
    • $600 million construction financing to CIM Group and its partner LIVWRK for a mixed-use development at 85 and 95 Jay Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
    • Origination and syndication of a $900 million construction loan to affiliates of Extell Development for the development of Central Park Tower in New York, NY.
    • $748 million mortgage and mezzanine financing relating to 20 Times Square in New York, NY.
    • $90 million refinancing of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, NY.
    • $570 million mortgage and mezzanine construction financing relating to the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
    • $600 million mortgage and mezzanine financing relating to The Astor on West 75th Street in New York, NY; 88 and 90 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY; and The Metro on 53rd Street in New York, NY.
  • Counsel to MCR Development in connection with its $230 million construction financing for its planned redevelopment of the historic, Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport into a world-class airport hotel with more than 500 rooms.
  • Counsel to Morgan Stanley in the connection with the following transactions:
    • $313.5 million mortgage and mezzanine loans to Edward J. Minskoff Equities in connection with its acquisition of the Bluffs at Playa Vista creative office campus in Los Angeles, CA.
    • Origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans secured by 14 Wall Street, New York, NY.
  • Counsel to the RBC Real Estate Capital Markets division of the Royal Bank of Canada in the following transactions:
    • A mortgage loan with respect to One SoHo Square, New York, NY.
    • Acquisition of a US$75 million portion of a $175 million construction loan and the negotiation of co-lender agreement in connection therewith. The construction loan was originated in connection with the development of a residential condominium project at 200 East 62nd Street, New York, NY.
    • Sale of $60 million mortgage loan encumbering the building located at 292 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
    • Restructuring and modification of mortgage financing for the “Lipstick Building” located at 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY in connection with the borrower's Chapter 11 pre-packaged bankruptcy.
    • Sale of a portfolio of retail loans in an aggregate amount of $163 million.
    • $82 million acquisition financing for 1140 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY.
    • $943 million mortgage financing and $121 million senior mezzanine financing concerning the CalWest portfolio of properties.
    • $110 million mortgage and mezzanine refinancing of 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
    • £540 million refinancing for the Maybourne Group, as borrower, secured by Claridges, The Connaught and The Berkeley Hotels in London, England, and related loan participation arrangements.
    • Ongoing amendments to the $1.9 billion loan facility for The Blackstone Group’s “Invitation Homes” US residential portfolio.
  • Counsel to Starwood Property Trust in the following transactions:
    • $280 million acquisition and construction financing to The Hudson Companies relating to the construction of a new mixed-use development known as One Clinton in Brooklyn Heights.
    • $250 million mortgage and mezzanine financing to Meridian Group in connection with its redevelopment of 700 and 800 K Street in Washington, DC.
    • $175 million mortgage and mezzanine financing to Meridian in connection with its acquisition of the 10 acre campus known as Tysons Metro Center in Tysons, VA.
    • $262 million construction loan for the development of more than 300 single family homes on a 195 acre site along the coast of the Pacific Ocean known as Marblehead in San Clemente, CA.
    • $257.9 million construction loan for the development of more than 310 single-family detached and attached homes on a 194 acre site within 2 miles of the Pacific Ocean known as Pacifica in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
    • $60 million mezzanine loan for the refinancing of The Mark Hotel in New York, NY. The Mark Hotel is situated in an art deco style landmarked building in the upper east side of Manhattan.
  • Counsel to Tishman Speyer in connection with the construction financing of its multi-building Gotham Center commercial development in Long Island City, NY.
  • Counsel to Torchlight Investors in the following transactions:
    • Mortgage and mezzanine financing for the acquisition and renovation of the Hunt Valley Wyndham Hotel in Hunt Valley, MD.
    • Mortgage and mezzanine refinancing of the Sofitel Hotel in Miami, FL.
  • Counsel to UBS in the following transactions: $128 million acquisition and pre-development financing concerning 616 First Avenue, New York, NY.
    • $35 million acquisition and pre-development financing concerning 15-19 West 55th Street, New York, NY.
    • $130 million mortgage refinancing of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Denver, CO.
    • $49 million acquisition and pre-development financing concerning 20 East End Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Counsel to VNB New York Corp. (a subsidiary of Valley National Bank) in its construction financing to Brae Burn Country Club, Inc., to fund the cost of club renovations in Purchase, NY.

Professional associations

  • Member, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, CRE Finance Council

News and recognition

Events

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Diversity & Inclusion Forum 

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DEI Best Practices Roundtable
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