Manuel A. Fernandez is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate – Transactional group, where he represents financial institutions, as well as institutional and non-institutional investors, in a variety of real estate matters, including real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing matters, distressed real estate transactions, real estate financings and the formation of real estate joint ventures.
Over the course of the past two decades, Mr. Fernandez has handled some of the largest real estate transactions in Florida. In 2015, he represented the purchaser in the acquisition of a block of commercial retail property on Lincoln Road for $370,000,000. More recently, he handled the purchase of the Southeast Financial Center in a deal in excess of $500,000,000 which was hailed by the Miami Herald as the largest single-building transaction ever completed in Miami. He has extensive experience representing both borrowers and lenders in commercial mortgage loan financings, including construction loans and mezzanine loans, and is recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the closing of mortgage loans originated for sale in connection with the issuance of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).
Mr. Fernandez is regularly recognized by prominent legal publications as a leader in his field, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
Mr. Fernandez is fluent in Spanish.
- The purchaser in the 2016 acquisition of the Southeast Financial Center in Miami, Florida for a purchase price in excess of $500 million in a transaction which the Miami Herald hailed as the largest single-building transaction in the history of Miami. Mr. Fernandez had also represented the seller in its acquisition of the property in 2007.
- The purchaser in the 2015 acquisition of a block of commercial retail property on Lincoln Road for $370,000,000.
- A pension fund in a joint venture with a developer and life insurance company established for purposes of redevelopment of property ground leased from the City of Coral Gables as a mixed-use project known as Merrick Park.
- Various financial institutions in the closing of mortgage loans aggregating several billion dollars originated for sale in connection with issuances of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), including the refinancing of an office building in the Watergate complex and the refinancing of the La Playa Resort in Naples, Florida.
- A joint venture between an opportunity fund and Crescent Resources in the acquisition of the Miami Center, as well as a $170 million refinancing of the property with UBS.
- A joint venture between a pension fund and Flagler Development in the acquisition of a development site in Coral Gables, Florida, and the construction of an office building on the site for Bacardi USA on a build-to-suit basis.
- A joint venture between a pension fund and an affiliate of Codina Partners in the acquisition and development of an office park in Doral, Florida, for office, residential, retail and civic issues, as well as the build-to-suit sale of facilities constructed within the park for the City of Doral as the municipality’s town hall.
- A joint venture between a hedge fund and Lionheart Capital in the acquisition of a site on Miami Beach currently being developed as The Ritz Carlton Miami Beach Residences, as well as the closing of a $105 million loan from the Bank of the Ozarks to finance the construction of the project.