W. Christopher White

Phone212 504 6633

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Mortgage Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Workouts & Restructurings
University University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1973; London School of Economics, England
Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1977
Admitted1978, Massachusetts; 1981, New York

Christopher White is Chairman of the firm and a partner in the firm's Corporate Group. His practice is concentrated in commercial real estate, with an emphasis on debt and equity financing. He represents many of the largest U.S. and foreign institutional investors in real estate including investment banks, insurance companies, pension funds, commercial banks, and opportunity funds. He has represented these clients in the full spectrum of debt origination including construction loans, permanent loans, participating mortgages, convertible mortgages, and multistate and multiproperty mortgages affecting all types of properties, including office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, regional shopping centers, condominiums, industrial facilities, and mixed use properties. He has also represented some of the largest private real estate investors in joint ventures with real estate companies to acquire or develop office buildings, hotels, casinos and shopping centers. He has extensive experience in the workout of troubled assets, including restructurings, foreclosures, and bankruptcies.

In recent years, Chris has focused on capital markets financing of real estate in the U.S. and internationally. He has been the lead real estate attorney in Cadwalader's representation of investment banks and institutional lenders in numerous public and private securitizations, including pooled and single-asset transactions. Chris has also been active in a variety of other secondary market transactions, including the origination, purchase and sale of mezzanine loans, acquisition of performing and nonperforming commercial mortgage loans, and financing of portfolios of performing and nonperforming commercial mortgage loans.

Disruptions in the capital markets frequently create distress in debt and equity investments in real estate. Chris has represented mezzanine lenders and borrowers and mortgage lenders and borrowers in restructurings, foreclosures and bankruptcies of such loans.

Chris has been involved in numerous transactions involving U.S. capital markets financing for commercial properties in Europe and Latin America. He has represented U.S. investment banks and real estate companies in their acquisition of equity interests in real estate companies in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. He has also represented several U.S. financial institutions in their debt financings in England, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers, and The Legal 500.

Chris earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Michigan. He also attended the London School of Economics. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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News Releases

•Cadwalader Announces 2014 Management Committee
Jan 15, 2014

•Cadwalader Announces Leadership Succession Plan
Jan 09, 2014

•Cadwalader Recognized with Multiple Legal Aid Society Awards
Oct 25, 2013

•Super Lawyers 2013 New York Metro Edition Recognizes More Than 30 Cadwalader Attorneys
Sep 18, 2013

•Cadwalader Remains On Top of CMBS Rankings
Aug 01, 2013

•Leading Executive Compensation and Employment Attorney Joins Cadwalader
Jul 17, 2013

•Cadwalader to Shed Light on World War II Draft Resister Case
Jul 11, 2013

•Super Lawyers Names Metropolitan New York Cadwalader Lawyers in More Than 20 Areas of Practice as Outstanding in Their Fields
Oct 15, 2012

•2013 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in Multiple Areas of Practice
Oct 06, 2012

•Cadwalader Named 'Law Firm of the Year' at 2012 Global Derivatives Awards
Sep 19, 2012

•IFLR 1000 Again Names Cadwalader a Leader in Core Transactional Areas of Practice
Oct 19, 2011

•Super Lawyers Taps More Than 40 Metropolitan New York Cadwalader Attorneys as Outstanding in Their Fields
Sep 26, 2011

•2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in 30 Areas of Practice
Sep 06, 2011

•Cadwalader Restructuring Practice Wins M&A Advisor Turnaround Award of the Year; Takes First Tier U.S. News/Best Lawyer Ranking
Sep 27, 2010

•Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized Among Legal Elite by Avenue Magazine
Aug 12, 2010

•The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 37 Cadwalader Attorneys in 21 Areas of Practice
Aug 04, 2010

•Cadwalader Honored with Two Communitas Awards for Excellence in Community Service
Apr 13, 2010

•Cadwalader Named Law Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor
Mar 23, 2010

•Cadwalader Wins Deal of the Year Award From M&A Advisor
Dec 15, 2009

•Cadwalader London commended by Chambers UK 2010
Nov 20, 2009

•Cadwalader Lawyers Recognized by The Legal Aid Society
Oct 27, 2009

•Cadwalader Recognized by Volunteers of Legal Service
Oct 23, 2009

•Cadwalader Commended in 2010 IFLR 1000
Oct 07, 2009

•2010 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes Numerous Cadwalader Attorneys
Aug 07, 2009

•Cadwalader Moves to 700 Sixth in D.C.'s Penn Quarter
Jul 06, 2009

•Cadwalader Lauded in Multiple Practices in Chambers USA
Jun 12, 2009

•Cadwalader Receives High Marks from The Legal 500
Jun 03, 2009


•Chambers and Partners USA 2014
May 23, 2014

•Cadwalader Recognized with Multiple Legal Aid Society Awards
Oct 25, 2013

•Cadwalader Remains On Top of CMBS Rankings
Aug 01, 2013

•Chambers and Partners USA 2013
May 24, 2013

•Super Lawyers 2012
Oct 15, 2012

•The Best Lawyers In America 2013
Oct 06, 2012

•Chambers and Partners USA 2012
Jun 07, 2012

•Cadwalader Attorneys Named to Avenue Magazine's Legal Elite
Aug 12, 2010


Clients Friends Memos

•Treasury Department Guidance Issued on Modification of Securitized Commercial Mortgage Loans
Sep 16, 2009

•GGP Bankruptcy Court Denies Motions to Dismiss Twenty Property Level Bankruptcy Cases as Bad Faith Filings
Aug 13, 2009

•Lenders File Motions to Dismiss Twenty-One General Growth Properties Bankruptcy Cases as Bad Faith Filings
Jun 04, 2009



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W. Christopher White

New YorkNY 10281-0006


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