Dealmakers

Two-Part, $11 Million Deal Creates New Home for Towing Company

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Using a 1031 exchange transaction to save on taxes, Miami's Downtown Towing is expanding its operations and moving to larger quarters.

Gunster attorneys Gregory Bader and Gustav Schmidt

Gunster Duo Advises on $67 Million Stonegate Bank Merger

By Mary Hladky |

Greg Bader and Gus Schmidt represented Stonegate Bank in its merger with Community Bank of Broward, a $66.7 million stock deal completed less than five months after the merger was announced.

Miami Apartment Sale Values Grove Complex at $30 Million

By Eleazar David Melendez |

A complex transaction in Miami's Coconut Grove for a 97-unit apartment complex took two years and some creative deal structuring.

received 12/2014- Miami-- Carlos Viana, with White & Case.

White & Case Team Arranges $1.3 Billion Package for Chile's Subway Expansion

By Mary Hladky |

Carlos Viana and his White & Case team represented the state-owned operator of Santiago, Chile's subway system in obtaining $1.3 billion in financing.

R. Stephen Sandiford, Alan D. Axelrod and Martin A Schwartz, with Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

Collaborative Effort Made $280 Million Deal Go Smoothly

By Eleazar David Melendez |

R. Stephen Sandiford, Alan Axelrod and Martin Schwartz of Bilzin Sumberg advised Dacra Realty in the sale of a 20 percent stake in its Miami Design District project, which went for $280 million.

Bank Founders Arrange $18 Million Sarasota Refinancing

Chris Caveglia and Kurt Hoffmann of HC Real Estate Capital arranged $18 million in refinancing for Marigot Bay Apartments in Sarasota through New York Life for seven years.

Norberto Quintana

Attorneys Helps Banking Syndicate in $400 Million Loan

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Norberto Quintana of Holland & Knight helped a Colombian bank obtain a $400 million loan facility from JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and two Japanese banking entities.

$20M Bulk Condo Deal Makes Way for Teardown at Key Largo's Ocean Reef Club

By Eleazar David Melendez |

George Pino represented a Key Biscayne developer in the bulk purchase of the Key Largo condo complex.

Avison Young Duo Helps Close $33 Million Purchase

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Two Avison Young brokers helped arrange the $33 million purchase of a Boca Raton office complex as part of a 1031 transaction.

received 12/2014- Miami-- Carlos Viana, with White & Case.

Lawyer Leads White & Case Team on $260 Million Project

By Julie Kay |

Carlos Viana led White & Case lawyers from Miami, Mexico City, London and New York City in negotiating and drafting three ship-or-pay agreements as well as financing documents with four different banks.

12/23/14- Miami-  Albert Diaz-Silveira and Colleen M. Grady, with Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP.

Lawyers Negotiate Purchase of Natural Gas Facility

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira firm negotiated the $168 million acquisition of a natural gas processing plant for a consortium of Trinidad and Tobago government agencies.

Coral Gables Office Deal Comes With Makeover Plans

By Samantha Joseph |

Altis Cardinal principal Frank Guerra leads his company's $22.5 million purchase of a 10-story office building and plans a $3 million makeover.

Stuart Kapp

Here's How Marketing the Quorum Business Center Was Difficult and How He Negotiated its Sale

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Stuart Kapp of Proskauer Rose marketed the Quorum Business Center in Deerfield Beach, which was difficult because the property has warehouse and office components.

Exec Persuades Bank to Lend for Cemetery Purchases

By Eleazar David Melendez |

In a rare deal for such assets, a South Florida executive with 27 years in the funerary industry purchased four funeral homes and three cemeteries.

Lawyer Protects HOA in Sale of Canyon Ranch Units, Amenities

A Hinshaw & Culbertson partner represented two homeowner associations in the $21.6 million sale of common areas and units.

Wayne Schuchts, Jack Lowell and Oscar Rivera

Bank's Resolve to Move Prompted Reluctant Seller as This Trio Represented Various Sides

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Wayne Schuchts, Jack Lowell and Oscar Rivera represented various sides in a $75 million deal for a bank building at 220 Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables.

3000 Biscayne Blvd.

CREC Brokers Arrange $19M Sale of Greater Miami Legal Services Headquarters

By John Pacenti |

Peter Mekras and Andrew Remick of CREC arrange the sale of the headquarters of Legal Services of Greater Miami to a developer.

Peter D. Lopez

This Miami Attorney Secures Loan Through Three Banks

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Stearns Weaver shareholder Peter D. Lopez negotiates the nearly $76 million construction loan for a 387-unit Miami condo tower at 1010 Brickell Ave.

Marcos Jimenez

He Forced $80M Sale Over Hail of Litigation

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Marcos Jimenez led a McDermott Will & Emery team in litigation that gained control of a prime downtown Miami property and sold it in a boom market.

Miami Lakes Real Estate Investment Firm Buys Vegas Apartments

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Kislak Organization of Miami Lakes purchased a Las Vegas apartment community for $29.3 million.

Broker Reps Buyer in $11M Key Largo Marina Resort Sale

By Samantha Joseph |

Marina broker Michelle Ash represented buyer Jonathan Weisberg on his $11.2 million purchase of Gilbert's Resort and Marina in Key Largo.

Pedro Hector Hernandez and Niyala Harrison, Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs Lawyers Work $1.2B Bond Deal

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Pedro H. Hernandez, who worked with Niyala Harrison and Pedro Miranda, helped with tax and revenue anticipation notes being issued in Puerto Rico to cover temporary cash shortages.

Broker Reps Buyer on 3-Unit, $18M Miami Beach Condo Deal

By Eleazar David Melendez |

A broker helped guide a time-poor but cash-rich client to a three-unit sale at a new Miami Beach ultra-luxury project.

Standing: Louis Archambault and Salomé Bascuñan. Richard N. Schermer, Harold Lewis and Wayne Pathman sitting.

Pathman Lewis Legal Team Guides $81M Apartment Portfolio Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Richard Schermer, Louis Archambault, Harold Lewis, Salome Bascunan and Wayne Pathman helped Miami-based Tzadik Acquisitions purchase and finance nearly 2,000 apartments in six counties.

Mortgage Executive Helps Company Save $140,000 a Year in Interest

By Samantha Joseph |

Randy Rienas , president of Compass Commercial Mortgage, completed an $8 million deal to refinance a commercial mortgage for Riverside Drive Investors.

Ira Rosner and David Barkus

Greenberg Duo Overcome Rivalry to Seal Acquisition

By Julie Kay |

Ira Rosner and David Barkus led a team of Greenberg Traurig attorneys representing MasTec in its acquisition of competitor WesTower Communications for $199 million.

Bill Bailey, Jay Caplin and Michael Manno

Trio Helps Steelbridge Close $85 Million Naples Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Jay Caplin, Bill Bailey and Michael Manno, Steelbridge Capital's South Florida principals, have an expansion strategy focused on Naples, an affluent West Florida community.

Stroock Partner Helps Negotiate Midtown Purchase, Construction Loan

Ira Teicher helps the developer navigate the tax implications of a $14 million acquisition and $80 million in construction financing.

Paul Stasaitis and Chris Drew

HFF Team Arranges $38M Refi on Sunrise Office Complex

By Eleazar David Melendez |

The commercial financing for Sawagrass Lake Center came together out of the desire of two firms to work with each other.

One Bal Harbour Residents Flip Shared Spaces

By Samantha Joseph |

Steven Carlyle Cronig helped reverse the ownership structure at One Bal Harbour to give residents control of the Miami Beach property, who then flipped ownership of the shared spaces.