Debtors' counsel to Fontainebleau Las Vegas Holdings, LLC, and two of its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases in the Southern District of Florida. The debtors had over $2 billion of funded debt, had used $500 million of equity, and were prosecuting claims for $800 million in unpaid additional financing. Until it ceased construction, the Fontainebleau debtors were actively developing the "Fontainebleau Las Vegas," a signature "Tier A" casino hotel resort. We handled cash collateral negotiations, created a process for the numerous outstanding mechanic's lien claims, resolved litigation against certain lenders, and prepared and implemented an exit strategy. With Court approval, we conducted a "363" sale of the hotel to the highest bidder. A stalking-horse auction ensued in open court between a publicly-traded casino company and Carl Icahn, with Mr. Icahn ultimately being chosen as the successful bidder. In January 2010, Mr. Icahn closed on the sale of the hotel.
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...
Successful representation of California bank in complex mortgage foreclosure debt recovery action through state court and bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Florida, which resulted in the criminal indictment of the borrower´s principal for bank fraud.
Representation of debtor in possession in the chapter 11 case of Cabi Downtown LLC, the owner of an 849-unit condominium project owing over $250 million to a bank consortium, defaulting unit purchasers, trade creditors, and its general contractor. The case was the first large condominium filing in S...