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Suzanne deVries Decker

(she/her/hers)

  • Partner | Real Estate

New York

T: +1.212.859.8351

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Suzanne deVries Decker represents developers and institutional investors.

Clients turn to Suzanne in connection with development and acquisition financings and refinancings. Her significant experience representing both borrowers and lenders benefits her clients in mortgage, mezzanine, and preferred equity financings of office, hotel, and multifamily properties and portfolios.

She has particular expertise in the negotiation of complex co-lender and intercreditor arrangements, including with respect to historic tax credits. Suzanne also counsels clients on the real estate aspects of M&A transactions, including specifically analyzing asset level financings in connection with REIT “take privates”. She regularly advises Blackstone, PSP Investments, Starwood Property Trust, Goldman Sachs, SL Green Realty Corp., Metroloft, and Jack Resnick and Sons, among others.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes Suzanne in Real Estate: Finance (New York). Clients speaking to the...

Suzanne deVries Decker represents developers and institutional investors.

Clients turn to Suzanne in connection with development and acquisition financings and refinancings. Her significant experience representing both borrowers and lenders benefits her clients in mortgage, mezzanine, and preferred equity financings of office, hotel, and multifamily properties and portfolios.

She has particular expertise in the negotiation of complex co-lender and intercreditor arrangements, including with respect to historic tax credits. Suzanne also counsels clients on the real estate aspects of M&A transactions, including specifically analyzing asset level financings in connection with REIT “take privates”. She regularly advises Blackstone, PSP Investments, Starwood Property Trust, Goldman Sachs, SL Green Realty Corp., Metroloft, and Jack Resnick and Sons, among others.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes Suzanne in Real Estate: Finance (New York). Clients speaking to the publication highlight her “creativity, practicality and excellent drafting skills.” Legal 500 also recommends her as a Next Generation Partner in Real Estate Finance.

Work highlights:

  • Counsel to Blackstone Real Estate Advisors in connection with the following:
    • Fried Frank acted as counsel to Blackstone in connection with its joint venture with Cardinal Group to acquire a student housing portfolio for $540 million. The portfolio includes 5,505 beds across eight properties. Fried Frank also advised the joint venture in its $225 million acquisition loan from BMO Harris Bank.
    • Fried Frank acted as counsel to Blackstone Real Estate in connection with a $860 million refinancing for a 14 property multi-family portfolio in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Washington, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tennessee.
    • Fried Frank acted as counsel to Blackstone in connection with a $268.1 million mortgage loan made by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, and assigned to Fannie Mae. Blackstone will utilize the loans to finance six multifamily properties across four states.
    • Aggregate $1.52 billion construction loans to a joint venture between Worthe and Stockbridge for the redevelopment of Burbank Studios in connection with Warner Brothers’ headquarters expansion, and sale of mortgage loan to Wells Fargo.
  • $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 City.
  • Counsel to The Children's Investment Fund in connection with its $355 million construction loan to Lightstone Group for its development of a dual-branded Marriott AC and Moxy Hotel at Fig + Pico, its mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles. Upon completion, the building will be approximately 38 stories and include about 744 rooms.
  • Counsel to JPMorgan Chase in connection with the following:
    • Historic tax credit arrangements in connection with $205 mortgage and mezzanine financing to 601w Companies and a bridge loan that will generate federal and state historic tax credits in connection with the redevelopment of the Dayton's Project at 700 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.
    • Historic tax credit arrangements in connection with JPMorgan Chase's $500 million construction loan to developer 601w for the redevelopment of the Old Main Post Office next to the Chicago River.

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Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2021

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Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2020

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