Freedman’s practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate financing. He regularly represents national banks and other institutional investors in the origination, purchase, sale and other disposals of senior and subordinated debt secured by complex commercial properties across the United States. He is also well versed in servicing and settling distressed and non-performing commercial real estate loans.

Spears represents clients in several transactions, including origination of CMBS loans, construction loans and mezzanine loans; secondary market transactions, including syndications, purchases and sales of loans, and negotiation of co-lender and intercreditor agreements; and workouts.

“David and John are extremely knowledgeable lawyers in real estate finance, and we are delighted to welcome them to the firm,” said Marc JaffeManaging Partner of Latham & Watkins’ office New York Office. “Their work helping clients achieve their commercial real estate financing goals here and across the United States will be a distinct asset.”

“With his entrepreneurial spirit and focus on complex commercial real estate finance issues, David is well placed to advise on large and structured finance transactions for banks, alternative lenders, mortgage REITs and other financial institutions. “, said Michelle KelbanGlobal Co-Chair of Latham’s Real estate practice. “In addition, John’s experience in complex multi-lender capital structures will be an excellent addition to the team as clients seek to take advantage of opportunities in today’s unique market environment. I am happy to welcome them both to the company.

latham has an established reputation as a premier firm for real estate transactions that involve complex financing arrangements,” Freedman said. “I am thrilled to be part of a team that provides high quality, innovative and creative advice to clients on some of their most interesting transactions.”

“I was drawn to latham because of its strong real estate platform and collaborative culture,” Spears said. “I’m thrilled to be part of a team that handles the most cutting-edge real estate transactions.

Freedman received his JD from New York University and his AB from the University of Chicago. Spears received her JD from New York University and a BBA magna cum laude in the finance of University of Georgia. Freedman and Spears join latham by Alston & Bird in New York.

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Marc JaffeManaging Partner of the New York office, +1.212.906.1281
Michelle KelbanGlobal Co-President, Real Estate Practice, +1.212.906.1607

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