Debbie J. Gezon

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Debbie Gezon’s real estate practice encompasses affordable housing and multifamily lending, real estate finance, commercial leasing, and real estate development transactions. While based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, she handles real estate matters throughout the country. She is a member of the firm’s Real Estate + Development Group.

    Affordable Housing Lending

    Ms. Gezon has extensive experience in all types of affordable housing lending transactions, including construction and permanent financing, tax-exempt bond financing, tax credit transactions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan and credit enhancement transactions, Affordable Housing Program (AHP) loan transactions, 236 decouplings, and other mortgage lending programs.

    Ms. Gezon has assisted lenders with financing transactions for affordable housing projects throughout the United States, including a $132 million development of a multi-use tower project in San Francisco, a $28 million development of a multifamily project in Denver, a $38 million mixed use development under a ground lease from the City of Los Angeles, and a $66 million Freddie Mac bond credit enhancement transaction for a project in Honolulu.

    Real Estate – Leasing and Transactions

    Ms. Gezon assists landlords and tenants with leasing retail, commercial, and industrial space. She negotiates and drafts lease agreements. She assisted an international Internet travel service with its office space lease and assisted another client with the leasing of a 135,000-square-foot building in Pomona, California.

    Ms. Gezon also handles property sale and purchase transactions, contracts, and financing, often involving multi-million dollar retail and commercial space. She recently represented an owner in the acquisition and financing of a major retail store in San Francisco.

    Real Estate - Development

    Ms. Gezon provides a full range of services to clients for their real estate development efforts, from negotiations, to contract drafting, to financing. She has assisted real estate owners and developers with a variety of projects. On behalf of a property owner, she played a key role in the negotiation and drafting of architectural, supplier and construction management agreements for the installation of an observation deck on a skyscraper in California, a project that has become a tourist destination. Ms. Gezon also assisted in the negotiation and drafting of the property management agreement of the observation deck space.

    Previously, Ms. Gezon was in-house counsel at Fannie Mae and in-house counsel for a privately held company with significant real estate holdings. Ms. Gezon also spent several years as a commercial bankruptcy lawyer and clerked for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Negotiated and drafted property and construction management agreements on behalf of a real estate developer, in connection with the construction of an observation deck and related space on top of a major office building in Los Angeles, California.

      • Represented the lead lender in a $132 million construction loan for the development of a multi-use tower project in San Francisco financed through tax-exempt private placement bonds with 4 percent tax credits.

      • Represented a national lender in a $28 million construction loan with a $19 million permanent loan for a project in Denver financed through a tax-exempt loan with 4 percent tax credits. 

      • Assisted the owner of a major retail store in San Francisco with the purchase of a $20 million property and the related financing. 

      • Represented a national lender in a $38 million construction loan for the development of a mixed use project in Los Angeles. The project involved a ground lease, affordable parcel sublease, grant infrastructure funds, and other subordinate financing.

      • Represented various Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lenders in affordable housing projects involving a host of issues including 9 percent tax credits, governmental subordinate debt, and payoff of tax-exempt bonds.

      • Represented a national lender in a $13 million construction loan for the development of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) project in Nevada under a ground lease from the local housing authority.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      California Bar Association
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