Biography

With more than 30 years of diverse legal experience, Andy helps clients across a broad spectrum of business challenges, from executing strategic transactions to handling complex litigations, protracted bankruptcy proceedings and workout scenarios. He also advises clients on complex transactions relating to the acquisition and financing of real estate assets and businesses, including preferred equity, debt and convertible debt financings, joint venture agreements, and stock and membership interest purchase agreements.

In recent years, Andy has focused his practice on real estate transactions for some of the firm's highest-profile clients, including prominent investment funds and real estate operating companies.

He has recently represented a global real estate investment manager in a series of deals, including the purchase, repositioning and sale of a long-term leasehold on a $60 million Manhattan office property, the purchase of a Brooklyn ground lease to make way for a $100 million mixed-use development project, and the formation of a joint venture to develop a condominium project in Brooklyn. Andy had also represented purchasers and sellers of hotels, industrial properties and office buildings.

Real estate clients value Andy's ability to see both the big-picture economics and the small-print risks underlying a transaction. He honed this skill through many years of working in the aftermath of the real estate meltdown, representing both borrowers and lenders.

In the Lehman Brothers collapse, he represented joint venture partners in restructuring underlying mortgages and mezzanine debt aggregating $130 million, encumbering 26 apartment complexes throughout the country. In a novel Chapter 11 involving a mortgage lender for a 59-building apartment complex, Andy prevailed in obtaining pre-payment premiums, as well as default rate interest - the first such published decision in New York. He has also represented lenders and special servicers through Chapter 11 proceeding of major New York City office buildings, including 127 John Street, 1500 Broadway, 485 Fifth Avenue and 80 Broad Street.