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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, Manuel A. Fernandez, Miami, USA

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Manuel A. Fernandez

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

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Real Estate - Transactional


Manuel A. Fernandez is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate – Transactional group, where he represents financial institutions, as well as institutional and non-institutional investors, in a variety of real estate matters, including real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing matters, distressed real estate transactions, real estate financings and the formation of real estate joint ventures.

Over the course of the past two decades, Mr. Fernandez has handled some of the largest real estate transactions in Florida. In 2015, he represented the purchaser in the acquisition of a block of commercial retail property on Lincoln Road for $370,000,000. More recently, he handled the purchase of the Southeast Financial Center in a deal in excess of $500,000,000 which was hailed by the Miami Herald as the largest single-building transaction ever completed in Miami. He has extensive experience representing both borrowers and lenders in commercial mortgage loan financings, including construction loans and mezzanine loans, and is recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the closing of mortgage loans originated for sale in connection with the issuance of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).

Mr. Fernandez is regularly recognized by prominent legal publications as a leader in his field, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Mr. Fernandez is fluent in Spanish.


English; Spanish




University of Miami School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1987); University of Miami (B.A., cum laude, 1984)

United States

Real estate

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP advises on financing, leasing, joint ventures and the development of residential, office, hotel, retail and mixed-use projects across the US. In early 2019 the firm saw a large New York team including real estate transactions head Wallace Schwartz and fellow partners Julia Sanabria and  Adam Endick depart for Vinson & Elkins LLP. Recent highlights for the team included advising Joy Construction on the $250m leasing of a build-to-suit office building in New York City as well as an $86m construction loan for the building. In another matter, the team acted for Rockpoint Group on its $465m acquisition of an office building at 1700 Broadway in Manhattan. Miami-based Manuel Fernandez advised GreenOak Real Estate on the negotiation and preparation of its joint venture with East End Capital alongside the joint venture’s $38m purchase of 555 Washington Avenue in Miami. Albert Delgado in Miami is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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