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Dechert LLP, Krystyna M. Blakeslee, New York, USA

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Krystyna M. Blakeslee

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Dechert LLP

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Finance & Real Estate


Krystyna M. Blakeslee is a partner in Dechert’s finance and real estate group. Ms. Blakeslee focuses her practice in commercial real estate finance and investment with concentrations in the origination, acquisition and disposition (including securitization and syndication) of mortgage loans, mezzanine financings and subordinate debt, post-closing modifications and loan sales and purchases. She has experience with data centers, retail, office, hospitality, assisted living/nursing care and condominium properties, as well as construction financing, TIC structures and ground lease transactions. Finally, Ms. Blakeslee has experience in joint venture investments and acquisitions of real estate assets, including hotels, and advises funds in connection with their investment and financing activities in real estate.


American Bar Association; Connecticut Bar Association; New York Bar Association


University of Connecticut, B.A., 2006; University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2009, High Honors; Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review; recipient of CALI excellence awards for class performance in Moot Court, the Tax Clinic and Advanced Tax Clinic, Sales, and the Mediation Clinic; recipient of the Women’s Law Student Association’s Pro Bono Service Award, the John M. Noonan Award for outstanding scholarship and the University of Connecticut School of Law pro bono award

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Dechert LLP's practice covers commercial real estate finance, as well as the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate debt products. , while the firm also advises on loan origination, acquisitions and dispositions, securitizations, restructuring, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and bankruptcy matters. The firm's client base includes issuers, underwriters, loan sellers, servicers, operating advisors and investors. New York-based Laura Swihart and Devin Swaney continue to act for key client Freddie Mac, and this year advised on around 50 deals with an aggregate value of $50bn. Swaney also advised First Foundation Bank as a mortgage loan seller in the securitization of loans secured by multifamily properties. Philadelphia-based Richard Jones and Charlotte-based Stewart McQueen advised The Bancorp on a $304m CMBS deal sponsored by The Bancorp Bank, a Delaware state chartered commercial bank. Another highlight included advising Blackstone Mortgage Trust on a $1bn collateralized loan obligation, while the firm also also acted for Citibank and Goldman Sachs on the $1.9bn refinancing of loans secured by luxury Bahamas resort Atlantis Paradise Island. Philadelphia-based Jason S Rozes, David Forti and New York-based Krystyna Blakeslee are also recommended. Newly promoted partners include Boston-based Christopher Desmond, Samuel Gilbert; Philadelphia-based Gennady Gorel, Kenneth Hackman and New York-based Matthew Fischer. Matthew Hays joined as partner in the Chicago office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Kahlil T Yearwood left the firm for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Other clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BlackRock, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.

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