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Dechert LLP
Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas
NEW YORK, NY 10036-6797
United States
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Work Department

Commercial Real Estate Finance




Craig L. Brown is a partner in Dechert’s global finance practice, focusing on commercial real estate. With over 25 years of experience advising on all aspects of real estate law, Mr. Brown’s clients include prominent investment funds, family offices, homebuilders, developers, hotel operators, money center banks and insurance companies. His practice involves representing clients in the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of all types of domestic and international real estate assets, as well as structuring complex real estate joint venture transactions.

Mr. Brown is highly skilled at representing clients in acquiring, financing and equity structuring in numerous areas, including: large real estate asset portfolios across multiple jurisdictions, such as nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals; multi-family residential properties; public-private partnership transactions; and all classes of office buildings, mixed-use office parks, hotels and full-service resorts.

Additionally, throughout his career, Mr. Brown has developed significant experience advising family offices investing in real estate on the debt and equity side. He has established an extensive network of family offices both in the U.S. and internationally, focusing on related real estate transactions. Mr. Brown also advises on restructuring distressed real estate loans for borrowers and lenders, as well as acquiring distressed real estate out of bankruptcy or foreclosure.


  • University of Michigan, A.B., 1989
  • Hofstra University Frank G. Zarb School of Business, M.B.A., 1993, with distinction
  • Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, J.D., 1993, with distinction; Articles Editor and Consulting Editor, Hofstra Law Review

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate finance

Dechert LLP routinely represents major lenders in the market on their CMBS issuances, mortgage and mezzanine loans, and the acquisition and disposition of interests in such loans including through syndication, purchase and sale of participations and B-pieces. The practice also has a solid offering in distressed debt and restructuring. Co-chair David Forti, based in Philadelphia, is a leading figure, having held positions in the CRE Finance Council; he represents lenders, issuers and funds in mezzanine financing, loan sales and purchases, work-outs and foreclosures. Fellow co-chair Richard Jones is based in New York and specializes in capital markets and mortgage finance. In the same office, Laura Swihart acts for issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers and subordinate bond buyers in connection with commercial mortgage backed securitization transactions. Other key attorneys include Stewart McQueen, managing partner in Charlotte, Ken Hackman, Matthew B Ginsburg, and Nitya Kumar Goyal in Philadelphia, who is experienced in loan participations, co-lender arrangements and credit tenant lease financing. Craig Brown joined the practice from Duval & Stachenfeld LLP in early 2021.