MIAMI, FL Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, led by Corporate & Securities Partner Steven D. Lear, represented Lennar Corporation, one of the nation's largest homebuilders, and its Rialto segment, in the acquisition of a combined portfolio of in excess of $700 million of distressed real estate assets. In separate transactions, the combined portfolio was acquired from three large financial institutions at a discount, purchased partially with cash and also with senior unsecured financing provided by one of the selling institutions.
The assets, located in 17 states primarily in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, are comprised of an estimated 397 non-performing residential and commercial acquisition, development and construction loans, and several hundred real estate properties, including land, lots, single- and multi-family residential communities at varying stages of completion. Rialto will oversee and manage on a day-to-day basis the workout of all of the portfolios.
Lear was assisted in the transactions by Corporate & Securities partner Joanna Iglesias and Real Estate partner Jon Chassen. Earlier this year, Bilzin Sumberg represented Lennar when it acquired a 40 percent equity interest in two limited liability companies formed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Company ("FDIC") to own and manage distressed real estate loan portfolios having a total outstanding balance in excess of $3 billion. The loan portfolios are comprised of approximately 5,500 distressed commercial and residential real estate loans from 23 failed banks, and are backed by a variety of real estate such as partially developed land, residential units, raw land, finished home sites, retail space and office/industrial space. In that transaction, the FDIC retained a 60 percent equity interest in the limited liability companies.
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