Stacia Wells

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Area of Focus: Commercial Finance, Corporate
Stacia focuses on all aspects of corporate finance, including securitizations, debt restructurings, and workouts, and regularly represents clients in debt capital market transactions, joint ventures, and other secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine, and subordinate financings. Stacia also has experience representing clients in aviation and maritime finance transactions, as well as project financings (with a particular focus on public-private partnerships in the United States and Canada).
Stacia's clients include private equity firms, commercial lending institutions, private financiers, public and private companies in a variety of industries, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. She has extensive experience representing borrowers, lenders, underwriters and trustees in sophisticated financing transactions, including loan syndications, mortgage warehouse lending, cash flow and asset based financings, real estate financings, equipment financing (including aviation and maritime financing), interest rate swap and other derivative arrangements, debt and equity issuances (including 144(a) offerings), securitizations, acquisition financing, construction and project financing, and intercreditor arrangements. Her work with individuals and family offices consists of a full range of corporate and transactional needs, including direct investments, finance, acquisitions, recapitalizations, other liquidity events and corporate governance. She frequently counsels family investors in connection with their investments in private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds.
Q & A
What sets Bilzin Sumberg apart?
Bilzin Sumberg is particularly good at delivering efficient and cost-effective legal services to its clients.  We regularly provide clients with upfront budget estimates and keep clients apprised of our progress during the representation so there are no billing surprises at the end of a transaction. This is just one of the many tools Bilzin Sumberg embraces to foster stronger working relationships with its clients. 
What kind of relationship do you like to have with your clients?
My goal is to be both a trusted advisor and superior legal counsel to my clients. I try to not only develop a good professional relationship with them, but also a friendly, amicable relationship outside of the office. I firmly believe that knowing and understanding your clients is the key to successfully representing them.
Do you ever work across practices at the Firm?
I would be hard-pressed to name a deal where I have not reached out to someone in our Tax, Real Estate or Land Use practice. It is part of what we do here, being able to work collaboratively with our colleagues.
Representation of real estate investment fund manager in obtaining two subscription revolving credit facilities for new investment funds. The credit facilities, which total $450 million, will be used to facilitate nationwide investments in real estate and real estate-backed securities.
Representation of Miami Design District Associates, a real estate developer, in a $590 million international financing with a $490 million mortgage loan from lenders including major leading multi-national banks Deutsche Bank, Credit Agricole Commercial and Industrial Bank and Bank of China, and a $1...
Representation of Oleta Partners, LLC, a joint venture comprised of affiliates of the LeFrak Organization and Turnberry Associates, in the successful negotiation of the long-term ground lease and complicated leasehold financing for a 185-acre brownfields redevelopment site in the City of North Miami...
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.
Representation of real estate fund in increasing its subscription facility from $30 million to $250 million, thereby optimizing the fund's availability to make widespread real estate investments in response to the recovering real estate market.
Representation of real estate fund in obtaining $400 million to finance the acquisition of 20 multifamily properties across the United States. We also solicited a joint venture for our client with a national real estate investment firm.

“A good lawyer is one who is the center spoke in a wheel for each client, fostering and maintaining connections in every direction.”

  • Stanford University, J.D., 2004
    Tufts University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001
  • Commercial Finance Association
    Dade County Bar Association
    Professionalism Committee Member
    Education Committee Member
    Treasurer, Miami Chapter
    Junior League of Miami
    Finance Council Member
    Miami Finance Forum
  • California
    District of Columbia
  • Recognized Practitioner, Chambers USA, Banking & Finance,  2019

    Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2013 - present

    Real Estate Forum, Annual Deals & Dealmakers, 2015

  • Spanish
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