Melissa Hinkle, a member of the firm's Management Committee, has experience with many types of commercial lending and other finance transactions, with an emphasis on representing investment and national banks and other lenders in the origination and securitization of commercial mortgage loans. She handles complex financings and is actively engaged in the sale of commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans in the secondary market. Her expertise includes mortgage lending, mezzanine finance, co-lending and participation arrangements, loan workouts and restructurings with a focus on complex real estate finance for the capital markets.
Melissa received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of South Florida. She co-authored the article "Use of Mezzanine Debt in Commercial Mortgage Loans," which was published in the New York Law Journal on September 20, 2004. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
• Representing national investment bank for the origination and securitization of mortgage and mezzanine loans of $630 million secured by 80 retail properties.
• Representing co-lenders in $1.8 billion financing for the acquisition of over 600 hotel properties from a bankruptcy estate.
• Represented a national investment bank in a $650 million financing secured by a 55 property retail portfolio during the fourth quarter of 2009, which was one of the first single-borrower securitizations following the credit crisis.
• $22 billion financing in connection with the acquisition of Hilton Hotels Corp. (named Deal of the Year for 2008 by the publication Real Estate Finance & Investments), as restructured during the first quarter of 2010.
• $1.3 billion financing in connection with the acquisition of five Chicago office buildings that were a part of the original EOP portfolio.
• A $54 million refinancing and securitization of three resort hotels in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa, Mexico.
• Represented originating lenders in structuring, documenting and sales of eleven tranches of mezzanine debt totaling $1.4 billion in connection with the acquisition financing of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village.
• $1.985 billion of refinancing secured by 13 resort hotels, including the sale of $685 million of mezzanine whole loans and participations.
• Represented international investment bank in providing the acquisition financing for two New York City office buildings secured by cross-defaulted mortgage and mezzanine loans totaling $272 million.
• Representation of group of lenders in the origination, securitization and secondary market sales of $1.5 billion mortgage and mezzanine loans secured by portfolio of 39 hotel properties.