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Overview

Barbara Ferrer is an accomplished Real Estate Lending attorney. She represents institutional lenders and investors in all aspects of real estate-secured and asset-based loans, including construction loans, factoring arrangements, public-private financing, mezzanine financing, low income housing tax credits (LIHTC) and affordable housing equity, and debt financing.  She also represents clients in the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of large-scale commercial real estate projects.

Representative Experience

  • Represents lenders and investors in connection with complex co-lender agreements at securitized, non-securitized and multiple mezzanine capital stack levels, in all industry sectors, including office buildings, hotels, regional shopping malls and multi-family housing.
  • Represented developer of multi-family housing in the acquisition, disposition, development and construction of projects throughout Florida.
  • Represented national lender in connection with loans for the acquisition, rehabilitation and construction of low-income (LIHTC) housing projects.
  • Represented lender in connection with a multi-million dollar syndicated loan for the acquisition, development and construction of a mixed-used project (retail and multi-family housing) on land leased from the City of Miami.
  • Represented national lender in connection with a $146 million dollar syndicated construction loan for a mixed-use, three phase, transit oriented project known as “Douglas Link”. 
  • Represented national lender in syndicated “gap” financing transaction for the 826/836 Expressway expansion.
  • Represented international lender in connection with a $78 million dollar syndicated loan for the construction of a mixed-use project (retail and multi-family housing) on Biscayne Blvd.  The deal required the negotiation of a funds financed by a foreign lender as well as mezzanine financing.
  • Representation of national lender in multiple Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax-exempt bond financing transaction for construction and rehabilitation of public housing in the State of Florida.
  • Represented lender in the structuring and closing of a multi-million dollar loan for the acquisition, redevelopment and conversion to private housing of a government owned housing community located in Key West, Florida.
  • Representation of lender in $90 million dollar syndicated construction loan for the redevelopment of land and construction of a Marriott hotel and timeshare project located in Florida.
  • Representation of national lender in a multi-million dollar revolving credit and term loan facility to provide working capital funding for Tom Thumb Food Stores, a supermarket gasoline dealer, with stores and gas stations throughout South Florida, including complex perfection rules and regulatory issues.
  • Representation of lender in connection with multiple credit facilities, the proceeds of which were used to finance the expansion, including purchase of infrastructure assets, of a national major telecommunications company.
  • Represented bank in connection with a multi-million dollar loan for the acquisition and re-development of Riviera Plaza in Coral Gables.
  • Represented lender in the structuring and closing of a participation for the construction of Met Square in downtown Miami.
  • Represented client in the preparation of an unsolicited proposal summited to Miami-Dade Community College for the development of land in downtown Miami.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 2015-Present
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellows Program, 2015
  • Latin Builders Association, 2012-Present
  • Cuban American Bar Association, 1999-Present
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Miami, 1999-Present
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1997-Present

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2020
  • South Florida Legal Guide
    • Top Lawyer, 2013-2018, 2020
    • Up and Comer, 2009-2010, 2012
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2016
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2012-2015
  • Daily Business Review, Dealmaker of the Year, 2010

Publications & Presentations

Publications: Bill Would Make Public-Private Projects Easier
Daily Business Review|March 2016

Events: Commercial and Middle Market Banking Roundtable
Risk Management Association (RMA)|June 2015

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