Susan E. D. Neuberg: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Susan E. D. Neuberg

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate
  • Debt Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Emerging Markets
  • Debt Restructure and Distressed Real Estate
University Binghamton University, B.A., with honors; Stanford University, A.M.
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law (Certificate in Cuban Law/Legal Institutions); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D. Executive Editor, Cardozo Law Review
Admitted1984, New York; 1993, Connecticut; 2006, District of Columbia


Cardozo Women's Law Forum, Founding Member
Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Special Servicers and Investors Forums
Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Debt Finance and Portfolio Committee
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Real Estate Finance and Liens Committee
District of Columbia Builders Industry Association (DCBIA), Capital Markets Committee

LanguagesSpanish and Portuguese

Susan is a partner in the firm's DC and New York offices where she focuses her practice on structuring, negotiating and documenting debt and equity investments for major lenders, advisors and institutional investors. With an extensive knowledge of the capital markets and structured finance products, including CMBS, mezzanine debt, syndications, participations, and alternative real estate investment vehicles, she has been involved in the origination, workout and restructure of numerous debt instruments and portfolios involving commercial properties of all types, including hotels, marinas and resorts, retail, condominium, industrial and office properties throughout the U.S. and abroad. Susan's clients include multi-national banks, investment banks, life companies, CMBS portfolio managers and special servicers, pension funds and their advisors, as well as borrowers, owners and developers. Susan has extensive business and legal experience in a broad range of real estate, real estate finance and capital markets transactions, including securitized, conventional and construction lending, syndicated, and mezzanine debt, workouts, restructures, bankruptcies, servicing of nonperforming loans, note sales, transfers of servicing rights, portfolio management, joint ventures and fund formation. She represented the FDIC in its initial loss-share structured credit facilities and $3.2 billion debt and asset divestitures.

Susan is a frequent author and speaker. She is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC), Special Servicers and Investors Forums, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Debt Finance and Portfolio Committee, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Real Estate Finance and Liens Committee; and the District of Columbia Builders Industry Association (DCBIA), Capital Markets Committee.

Lending, Loan Servicing and Portfolio Management

•Ongoing representation of major CMBS and portfolio loan servicers

•Ongoing representation of conventional and CMBS lenders

•Restructured, foreclosed, modified or liquidated in excess of $5 billion of CMBS loans and loan portfolios secured by commercial office and retail properties, government leased properties, industrial parks, hotels, recreational facilities and multi-family projects

•Represented the FDIC in structured loss-share sales aggregating $3.2 billion for LLC interests backed by failed bank loans and servicing rights

•Represented private investors in private funds formation and the acquisition of distressed assets and servicing rights

•Negotiated and closed for a developer a $500 million construction loan and permanent credit facility secured by a major Washington, D.C. redevelopment project

•Negotiated and documented for a group of institutional investors the substitution of assets due to the bankruptcy of a municipal hospital representing 30% of a CMBS pool

•Structured, negotiated and closed for a major life insurance company, two senior subordinated term loan transactions and one senior and mezzanine leasehold transaction aggregating $200 million, secured by leasehold, office, and industrial interests located throughout the United States

•Structured, negotiated and closed for the lead lender a $242 million syndicated loan secured by a portfolio of office, industrial, R&D and retail properties located in Southern California

•Structured, documented, and timely closed, on behalf of Bank of America, GMAC, and CAPMARK, in excess of $200 billion secondary market CMBS transactions, including over seventy-five loan assumptions, substitution of collateral, transfers of beneficial interests, and TIC transfers

•Represented Bank of America, GMAC, and CAPMARK before Standard & Poor's, Moody's, and Fitch in connection with secondary market matters in excess of $3.2 billion requiring rating agency approval

•Represented TIAA-CREF in the acquisition of various B note and mezzanine real estate loan participation interests in excess of $700 million secured by shopping centers, office buildings and hotels

Asset Management and Recovery

•Represented a government sponsored agency in structuring the sale of equity participation interests of distressed assets

•Restructured senior and subordinated debt secured by numerous hotels including the Del Coronado, Hyatt Bethesda, Fort Lauderdale Marriott, Warwick Hotel, brand name motel chains and other hospitality projects such as golf courses, marinas and other recreational facilities in the United States and the Caribbean

•Drafted, documented, and negotiated for fund sponsors and other equity investors franchise agreements, comfort letters, license agreements, ancillary documentation, transfers of liquor licenses, concession and restaurant leases and agreements as well as contracts with architects, contractors, and project managers for multi- million dollar hotel renovation programs

•Responsible for the workout, restructure and sale of $4.8 billion dollars of real estate and underperforming loans for Travelers Realty Investment Company during 1993-1995

•Responsible for the structured bid pool program and note sales of $2.2 billion for Citigroup's Alternative Investments Group

•Negotiated and documented the conversion of 1 million square-foot New York office condominium and structured $135 million sales program targeted at not-for-profit agencies and national and international government entities on behalf of institutional developer/seller, including significant negotiations and coordination with Con Edison, the Empire State Development Corporation and the United Nations

Acquisitions, Dispositions and Equity Joint Ventures

•Represented Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in the formation of a programmatic equity joint venture hotel fund with a major New York-based international developer and affiliated construction company for the acquisition of sites, construction, and development of hotel projects in major metropolitan cities and the negotiation of hotel operating and management agreements

•Negotiated and closed for a major life insurance company, the acquisition of 2.1 million square feet of retail and 3.5 million square feet of commercial office properties nationwide

•Represented pension fund joint venture in the purchase and sale of hotel portfolios located in the United States, Caribbean and Latin America

•Represented Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in the formation of a joint venture and negotiations and documentation of the acquisition and financing of an office building and hotel complex in the Southeast, including the negotiation and documentation of a major restaurateur license agreement and franchise operating agreement with Marriott International

•Served as senior legal business advisor and chief negotiator for Citigroup's Alternative Investments in connection with the formation with Tishman Realty of $800 million international office acquisition and development venture fund

•Represented joint venture between Forest City and Vornado in connection with the Waterfront Redevelopment Project in Washington, D.C.

Corporate Real Estate and Leasing

•Represent hedge funds, REITS and private equity funds in leasing matters, ancillary contracts and agreements and other corporate real estate matters

•Represented corporate facilities divisions of two major financial institutions in lease negotiations and property management contracts as landlord for corporate real estate and as tenant for regional office facilities

•Negotiated leases nationwide for hedge funds, investment banks, other financial institutions, major retail and commercial tenants, and landlords, including national department store chains, international boutiques, and major sports franchises in prime urban and suburban locations, mixed-use developments, and retail strip centers

•Represented shopping center developers in the acquisition and development of strip malls, including the preparation of standard lease forms, property management agreements and other project agreements


Latin America

North America

Before Edwards Wildman

Before returning to private practice, Susan was in-house corporate counsel at Citigroup (successor to Travelers Insurance Company), where she was senior counsel for the Investment Management and Recovery Group at Travelers Realty Investment Company (TRIC), The Travelers Companies, and the Alternative Investments Group at Citigroup Global Investments. (Also at Washington, District of Columbia Office)

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Susan E. D. Neuberg

750 Lexington Avenue
New YorkNY 10022-1200


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