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Dechert LLP
United States
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Work Department

Finance and Real Estate




David W. Forti, co-chair of Dechert’s global finance and real estate practice groups, focuses his practice in the areas of real estate finance and securitization. Mr. Forti represents various lenders, issuers, funds, b-piece buyers, master servicers and special servicers in transactions involving loan origination, mezzanine financing, loan sales and purchases, fund formation, preferred equity transactions, CMBS securitization, post-closing modifications, work-outs and foreclosures.


Member, CRE Finance Council (CREFC); Member, Mortgage Bankers Association


University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1992, cum laude; University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A., 1995; University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1995, magna cum laude, Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and the Journal of Law and Commerce, Order of the Coif

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate finance

(Leading lawyers)

David FortiDechert LLP

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.

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

Dechert LLP‘s securitization team is known for advising asset managers, investment banks and alternative lenders on a wide variety of securitization transactions, with a strong platform for CLOs and commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities. For ABS, the team advises issuers and underwriters on structuring traditional debt obligations and novel securities transactions, notably in relation to auto and vehicle financing. The team is co-headed from Philadelphia by Richard Jones, a seasoned real estate lawyer, and David Forti, both of whom are veterans of the MBS space. Malcolm Dorris in New York has experience in transactions involving number of asset types, including auto loans and leases, credit cards and trade receivables. John Timperio in Charlotte is the key figure for CLO work.