Robert represents lenders in connection with the financing of commercial real estate, including the construction and development of hotels, resorts, condominium projects, and multi-family, office, retail and mixed-use developments.
His practice spans commercial real estate financing across North America, from acquisition, pre-development and construction loans and other forms of bridge financing to permanent loan facilities, and includes senior secured and mezzanine loans, preferred equity investments and more exotic structures, as well as participations, note-on-note financings, and master repurchase and other leverage facilities, involving most commercial real estate asset classes – resort and hospitality, multi-family, office, retail, industrial, storage and mixed-use projects – and includes loan restructurings and workouts.
Before practicing law, Robert was an economist in Washington, D.C., where he worked for Congress, the National Science Foundation, and a private-public research organization.
Robert is a graduate of the University of Chicago (A.B.) and Cornell University (J.D.), and is currently pursuing a masters degree in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Chicago. He has a strong facility for languages, and prides himself on being able to express complex technical and legal concepts in concise and understandable terms.
Robert has a deep understanding of commercial banking and lending laws, teaches continuing legal education courses across a range of commercial real estate topics from due diligence review to advanced financing structures, and is admitted to practice in Illinois, New York and New Jersey.