Martin A. Schwartz

Partner
305-350-2367
Area of Focus: Real Estate
“Very bright, very responsive and very easy to work with” - Chambers USA
GET TO KNOW Martin
Marty represents developers, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in all aspects of commercial real estate. He services clients throughout the entire development process, from land acquisition and financing to leasing and debt restructuring. Additionally, Marty has been constantly at the forefront of reshaping Florida's condominium law.

Marty also handles financing transactions for non-traditional lenders focused on Miami's development industry. With over 40 years of experience, Marty was named to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a prestigious fellowship reserved for the top 900 real estate lawyers in the nation.
Q & A
Why should a client hire you?
I have very diverse experience in complicated projects, and I have been through several downturns with my clients. I am experienced in handling new projects when construction is booming, and restructuring when the market is down.
How does your experience with condominium legislation help your clients?
It helps in two ways. For a client developing a new condominium project, I may spot issues that could be missed by someone without my background. In redeveloping existing condominium projects, my background working on legislative fixes to the 2007 termination statute have enabled me to avoid some of the pitfalls that may arise in attempting a termination strategy.
Do you have any unique areas where you mentor young attorneys?
I am trying to teach younger lawyers how to write in plain English rather than legalese. It may be difficult to articulate what plain English is, but it resembles Potter Stewart’s characterization of pornography — “I know it when I see it.” Perhaps the easiest way of characterizing plain English is in the negative: It is not typical legal writing.
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Martin's PRACTICES
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
Representation of Paramount Miami Worldcenter in obtaining a $170 million construction loan and two mezzanine loans totaling $150 million. One of the mezzanine loans included EB-5 financing. Work on these loans took over eight months and began even before the land purchase was finalized. Paramount Miami Worldcenter, the $650 million centerpiece of the $2 billion Miami Worldcenter, includes development of a 564-unit residential tower and six-acre amenity deck.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of Miami Design District Associates, a joint venture between Craig Robins of Dacra and L Real Estate, a global real estate development fund, in their efforts to transform a neglected downtown area into a high-end shopping destination by refinancing more than 40 properties in the Miami Design District. The financing consisted of two new loans, including a $251,500,000 construction loan, that were used, in part, to release an existing CMBS loan and satisfy another loan used for acquisition financing. At the time of financing, this transaction involved the largest construction financing since the real estate crash in 2008.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of Precision Response Corporation, a then-NASDAQ National Market company, from the time it was a privately-held company through its initial and secondary offerings by Goldman Sachs and its sale to InterActive Corp. in a merger transaction valued at $650 million. Additionally, we provided counsel regarding the acquisition and leasing of call centers throughout the world.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of leading Florida healthcare services provider and a dozen of its affiliated entities in restructuring the provider's $75 million syndicated line of credit facility, increasing the line to $125 million.
EXPERIENCE
Advised Craig Robins, The Dacra Group, and affiliated entities in the sale and issuance of a 50 percent interest in a multi-property Miami real estate portfolio.
INSIGHTS
Blog December 16, 2015
A Florida 2015 Condominium Law Amendment Condominiums were established in Florida in 1963. The condominium form of ownership in Florida has, therefore, been in effect for more than 50 years. An aging condominium stock sitting on valuable land gave rise to a modification of termination provisions in 2007, the effects of which are still playing out. In… Continue Reading
Blog June 19, 2015
Responding to perceived abuses in condominium terminations, the 2015 Florida Legislature passed Chapter 2015-175, amending the termination provisions of the Condominium Act. This statute clears up certain problems experienced in prior terminations while imposing a number of impediments to future terminations. If a termination plan is rejected, the period… Continue Reading
Blog June 16, 2015
The Distressed Condominium Relief Act enacted as Part VII of the Condominium Act in 2010 (“Act”) was a temporary measure to encourage absorption of unsold condominium units arising as a result of the Great Recession. This legislation attempted to allay the fears of potential investors about incurring developer liability in connection with… Continue Reading
CREDENTIALS
  • New York University, LL.M., 1968
    New York University, LL.B., Note and Comment Editor, New York University Law Review, 1967
    Brooklyn College, B.A., 1964
  • American Bar Association
    American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    Dade County Bar Association
    David Posnack Jewish Community Center
    Past President
    The Florida Bar

    Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council
    Commercial Real Estate Committee
    Condominium and Planned Unit Committee

    Florida Developers Counsel Group
    New York City Bar Association
    New York State Bar Association
    Section on Real Estate Law
  • Florida
    New York
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2014 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2011 - present

    Real Estate Forum, Annual Deals & Dealmakers, 2015

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Retail winner, 2015

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Real Estate Finance finalist, 2014

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Hotels, 2013

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers, Finalist, 2007 - 2008

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2014 - present

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2008, 2012 - present

    Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2015 - present

    AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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