Christopher Bender

Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1854

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Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1854
Fax: 215 754 4971
University Cornell University, B.S., 2004; Georgetown University, M.A., 2006
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2012
Admitted2012, Pennsylvania; New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Christopher E. Benderpractices in the area of real estate law and municipal finance. Mr. Bender's practice includes acquisitions and dispositions of real property, commercial financing, leasing and tax-exempt public financing.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2012-present

Selected Publications

•Co-author, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Weighs in on Amendments to Pa. Oil and Gas Act,Duane Morris Alert, December 23, 2013
•Author, Amendments to Pennsylvania's Uniform Condominium Act and Uniform Planned Communities Act,Duane Morris Alert, September 11, 2013
•Co-author, New Jersey Enacts Statutory Reforms to Eminent Domain Powers Under Local Redevelopment and Housing Law,Duane Morris Alert, September 11, 2013
•Co-author, N.J. Superior Court Finds That Condemning Authority Is Not Required to Negotiate with Mortgagee Prior to Initiation of Eminent Domain Action,Duane Morris Alert, February 21, 2013
•Co-author, Pa. Superior Court Extends Protection of Implied Warranty of Habitability to Subsequent Purchasers of a Newly Constructed Home,Duane Morris Alert, December 11, 2012; republished inReal Estate Law360,Pennsylvania Law360andContract Law360, January 15, 2013
•Co-author, N.J. Supreme Court Decides Level of Causation Required to Seek Damages Under the Spill Act,Duane Morris Alert, October 12, 2012

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Represented American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCP), a NASDAQ-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), with respect to real estate aspects of a merger transaction valued at $3.1 billion to acquire American Realty Capital Trust IV, Inc., a non-traded REIT. The combined company as a result of the merger will have pro forma enterprise value of $10 billion and will be the second largest REIT in the triple net lease sector. Represented an American petroleum and petrochemical manufacturer in documenting the transfer of an industrial complex to subsidiaries for $60 million. Served as co-underwriter's counsel for a syndicate of investment banking firms that sold $85,050,000 million in tax-exempt revenue refunding bonds. Served as underwriter's counsel for a syndicate of investment banking firms that sold two series of tax-exempt bonds aggregating over $210,000,000 across six sub-series of subordinate and convertible capital appreciation bonds. Represented non-profit organization in obtaining variance from local zoning code to operate a shelter and resource center for individuals transitioning from incarceration. Represented non-profit organization in successful appeal before the City of Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes to reclassify real property as tax-exempt.
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Christopher Bender

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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