Keith Jones focuses his practice on representation of lenders, master servicers and special servicers in connection with the origination and servicing of CMBS loans and multifamily housing loans (including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans). He offers a solutions-based approach to assist clients to work through complex real estate issues, including providing creative solutions to CMBS loans, as well as loan origination and loan servicing issues.

    Keith has extensive experience in REMIC tax law, including providing REMIC tax advice and issuing REMIC tax opinions for both CMBS and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loan servicers. His work includes coordinating loan assumptions, partial collateral releases and substitutions, borrower consent requests, defeasances, non-consolidation opinions and other servicing matters. He also performs corporate M&A and corporate governance work, and routinely provides local counsel opinions for real estate transactions.

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    • Closed commercial loan origination transactions in excess of US$4 billion in loan balances for national CMBS lenders, and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
    • Closed servicing transactions for CMBS loan servicers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with loan balances in excess of US$3 billion.
    • Closed a US$145 million refinance of a high-profile office tower in New Orleans for a prominent national lender, with senior, junior and multiple mezzanine loan elements.
    • Closed a US$175 million acquisition of a high-profile hotel property in New York’s Times Square, with multiple layers of senior, junior and mezzanine loan elements, with related intercreditor agreements and issues.

    Education

    • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1997
    • Wake Forest University, M.B.A., 1997
    • Queens University of Charlotte, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993

    Admissions

    • North Carolina
    • South Carolina
    • Admitted only in North and South Carolina
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