Daniel Backer

Counsel

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8547
F 212 728 9547
dbackerwillkie.com

Daniel Backer is counsel in the Real Estate Department, focusing on a wide variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition and dispositions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings and leasing. He represents a broad variety of clients including domestic and international real estate companies, lenders, funds, private equity investors and other real estate investors on transactions across all types of asset classes, including office, shopping center, multi-family, hospitality, and health care.

Highlights

Daniel Backer is counsel in the Real Estate Department, focusing on a wide variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition and dispositions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings and leasing. He represents a broad variety of clients including domestic and international real estate companies, lenders, funds, private equity investors and other real estate investors on transactions across all types of asset classes, including office, shopping center, multi-family, hospitality, and health care.

Selected Significant Matters

  • Hudson’s Bay Company in its $400 million mortgage refinancing of the Lord & Taylor flagship property in New York City.
  • Colony Financial, Inc. in its pending $1.6 billion acquisition of Cobalt Capital Partners and its highly diversified portfolio of 256 primarily light industrial assets.
  • Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. in connection with real estate aspects of its $1.9 billion acquisition by Health Care REIT, Inc., and buyout agreements with joint venture partner Heitman for two separate portfolios relating to an additional sixteen senior living facilities with an aggregate value of approximately $480 million.
  • DiamondRock Hospitality Company in the $78 million sale of the Torrance Marriott.
  • Bloomberg L.P. in one of the largest New York office lease deals of 2011 —the negotiation of a lease of over 400,000 square feet of additional office space at 120 Park Avenue to accommodate Bloomberg’s rapid growth.
  • Citigroup with respect to its position in the $6.5 billion CMBS and mezzanine loan to Harrah’s.
  • AECOM Capital in a joint venture with the Mack Family Office and Urban Partners LLC, as co-general partners, and the related acquisition of five development sites located in the South Park district of Los Angeles, with a total projected development cost of approximately $280,000,000.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Joint Ventures, Part I: Considerations Entering into a Joint Venture, AFIRE Guide to US Real Estate Investing (2009), with Albert Behler and Eugene A. Pinover

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