Manuel A. Fernandez is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Transactions group, where he represents institutional and non-institutional investors and developers in a wide array 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, Manny has handled some of the largest real estate transactions in Florida, including the purchase of the Southeast Financial Center in a deal in excess of $500 million, 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 CMBS mortgage financings.
Manny is regularly recognized as a leader in his field by prominent legal publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He has also been recognized as a “Top Latino Lawyer” by Latino Lawyers Magazine for his instrumental role in closing some of the largest real estate transactions in Florida and throughout the U.S., and for his leadership in the Latino community.
Manny is fluent in Spanish.
- Arbor Realty Trust in the origination of mortgage loans throughout the United States for the company’s bridge lending platform.
- Rialto Mortgage Finance in the origination of CMBS mortgage loans throughout the United States.
- Purchaser in the $470 million acquisition of Pacific Place, a mixed-use office, retail and hotel project in San Francisco, California.
- Purchaser in the acquisition of the Dana Hotel in Chicago and the lease of the property to a boutique hotel operator based in Madrid.
- GPC Truss in the negotiation of a joint venture with Monument Realty and Junius Real Estate Partners for the development of a $105 million 310-unit apartment tower in the NoMa district in Washington, D.C.
- A joint venture between Quinlan Development Group and Building Land & Technology in the $152 million refinancing of the 41 Flatbush Building in Brooklyn, New York.
- GreenOak Real Estate in the negotiation of a joint venture with East End Capital, the joint venture’s $38 million acquisition of an iconic mixed-use project at 555 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, and the closing of a $27 million loan with Mesa West Capital to finance the acquisition.
- Turnbridge Equities in the closing of a joint venture transaction and construction loan for the development of a multifamily and retail development project in Austin, Texas.
- A real estate developer in various matters related to the development of a $200 million mixed-use hotel, medical office, multifamily and retail project in Tampa, Florida.
- BRP Development in the acquisition of real estate assemblages in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, and the redevelopment of the properties for multifamily residential use.
Experience prior to joining Kasowitz includes:
- Purchaser in the acquisition of the Southeast Financial Center in Miami, Florida, for a purchase price in excess of $500 million. The Miami Heraldhailed this transaction as the largest single-building transaction in the history of Miami. Mr. Fernandez also represented the seller in its acquisition of the property in 2007.
- Purchaser in the $370 million acquisition of a block of commercial retail property on Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida.
- Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, UBS, Wachovia and other financial institutions in the closing of several hundred CMBS mortgage loans (with principal amounts aggregating tens of billions of dollars), including the refinancing of trophy assets such as the Watergate 600 Building in Washington, D.C., and the La Playa Resort in Naples, Florida.
- A pension fund in a joint venture with a developer and life insurance company in the redevelopment of property ground leased from the City of Coral Gables as Merrick Park, one of the premier upscale mixed-use real estate projects in South 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 an affiliate of Codina Partners in the acquisition and redevelopment of an office park in Doral, Florida, that is now the centerpiece of Downtown Doral.