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.


News Releases

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 18, 2014

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

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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


Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 18, 2014

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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