Ms Laura Swihart > Dechert LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Finance and Real Estate


Laura Swihart focuses her practice on commercial real estate finance and securitization matters. Ms. Swihart regularly represents issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers and subordinate bond buyers in connection with commercial mortgage backed securitization transactions. She has represented joint ventures and entities in connection with the creation of commercial mortgage loan origination platforms.


Member, New York State Bar Association


University of Connecticut, B.A., 1994, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; New York University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate finance

The real estate practice at Dechert LLP is exclusively focused on the finance space where it is frequently engaged in a broad range of multibillion-dollar transactions. Among its core fields of expertise are mortgage and mezzanine loan originations, sales and acquisitions of loan interests, distressed debt and restructuring, preferred equity transactions and CMBS issuances. David Forti is active across New York and Philadelphia, and caters to a client roster of leading issuers, master and special servicers, funds and b-piece buyers; he co-chairs the department and is supported by New York-based mortgage-backed securitization specialist, Laura Swihart, as well as Pennsylvania lawyer Jason Rozes, who is well versed in permanent and bridge loan originations, construction loans, syndications and workouts. Over in North Carolina, Stewart McQueen is particularly focused on CMBS and CRE CLO securitization transactions while in Philadelphia, Ken Hackman is an up-and-coming partner who is engaged by both lenders and borrowers on repurchase facilities, warehouse facilities and single-family rental financings.