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Robert Fernandez

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Dentons' Real Estate Practice Group Vice-Chair; Represents large institutional lending clients; finance experience includes drafting and negotiating credit agreements and related security documents for complex and sophisticated senior debt, mezzanine and equity financings involving investment funds, biomedical research facilities, industrial real estate properties, hotels, office buildings and shopping center developments; substantial experience in acquisition and disposition, as well as joint ventures; represents both landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations; tenant representation of various hedge funds, private equity funds, insurance companies and higher education providers; member of Dentons' Policy and Planning Committee and the firm's Chicago Diversity Committee.


Spanish (fluent)


Member, Illinois Bar and US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Northwestern University School of Law, 1999, JD, H. Washington Scholar, Note and comment editor, Northwestern University Journal of International Law and Business; DePaul University, 1996, BA, with high honors

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

The ‘quick and responsive’ team at Dentons has ‘a good sense of what is customary in the industry’ and ‘is able to use its extensive geographic and subject matter knowledge to the client’s advantage whilst remaining conscious of costs’. The firm primarily handles a mix of corporate matters and real estate finance, including investment transactions, property development and structured, securitized and mezzanine loans. Regulatory matters are also a key area of expertise and the firm regularly advises on planning and zoning policy, debt restructuring and the application of environmental initiatives to new developments and existing buildings. Notable highlights for the last year included the firm’s representation of Blackstone in its $550m-plus renovation of Willis Tower, which included major upgrades to tenant amenities and the Skydeck Chicago viewing platform, and its representation of Riverside Investment & Development in a redevelopment agreement with Amtrak for the redevelopment of four blocks around Chicago’s Union Station. Robert Fernandez chairs the firm’s real estate practice and recently acted for Shire Pharmaceuticals in the negotiation of its lease of a 343,000 sq ft building in Cambridge. Other key practitioners include Linda White, who has notable experience in the telecoms sector, and finance expert Scott Kapp.

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