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Commercial Real Estate Financing 2021

Speaker(s): Christopher J. Carolan, Daniel B. Rubock, Diana M. Brummer, Ellen M. Goodwin, Janice Mac Avoy, Joseph Philip Forte, Joshua Stein, Kahlil T. Yearwood, Kimberly Brown Blacklow, Lennie Morgan, Michelle V. Kelban, Mindy H. Stern, Nancy Ann Connery, Paul M. Fried, Richard S. Fries, Shelby D. Green, Tarik J. Haskins
Recorded on: Mar. 30, 2021
PLI Program #: 304977

Diana Brummer, a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department, co-chairs the firm’s Real Estate Industry group. Ms. Brummer’s experience spans the spectrum of commercial real estate transactions with a particular emphasis on complex joint ventures, senior, construction and mezzanine financings (for both lenders and borrowers), acquisitions and dispositions, loan workouts, real estate recapitalizations and development.

Ms. Brummer represents a wide variety of client types, including institutional investors, pension funds, private real estate funds and public and private REITs, as well as their investment advisers. She also regularly counsels her clients on all aspects of managing distressed real estate assets.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2018, Ms. Brummer was a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. She previously practiced at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, spending more than two years in their Tokyo office. Ms. Brummer lived in Japan for a total of five years and is proficient in Japanese.

Professional Activities

Ms. Brummer is a member of the Leadership Advisory Committee of the National Women’s Law Institute and is also active in pro bono matters. She is a member of CREW New York and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ms. Brummer is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a global organization that focuses on a variety of verticals within the real estate industry.


Ms. Brummer has been recognized in the Real Estate: New York category of Chambers USA and has also been nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States. Ms. Brummer was named to Best Lawyers 2022. 

Ms. Brummer was recognized in several years of New York Real Estate Journal’s Women in Real Estate Spotlight for exceptional work in the New York City metro area. Real Estate New York Magazine named Ms. Brummer as one of its “Rising Stars” in the commercial real estate industry. 


  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1998 (magna cum laude) Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Cornell Law Review; Kerr Prize for Academic Excellence
  • B.A., University of Illinois, 1994 (with distinction) Tyler Award for Excellence in East Asian Studies


  • Ms. Brummer is admitted to practice in New York.


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Honorable Richard J. Cardamone

Joshua Stein is the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC, a commercial real estate law firm that he formed in Midtown Manhattan after 20+ years as a partner at a leading global law firm. He focuses on acquisitions, development, financing, hotels, leasing (particularly ground leases), and loans. He acts regularly as an expert witness and occasionally as an arbitrator or mediator. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Association for Real Property and Infrastructure, and American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Since 1997, he has chaired the Practising Law Institute’s annual two-day seminar on commercial real estate finance. He is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section. His name regularly appears in lists of leading lawyers, such as Chambers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from Columbia, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a managing editor of Columbia Law Review. The author of 300+ articles and five books on real estate law and practice, Mr. Stein is one of the most prolific writers in the United States on these topics. Details about his books and other publications can be found at Mr. Stein will soon publish a three-volume guide to ground lease transactions under the Advanced Commercial Real Estate Press imprint, which he created in 2020.

Kimberly Blacklow is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in the New York office. Kim’s practice focuses on commercial real estate finance transactions in both the U.S. and abroad.

Kim regularly represents commercial banks, REITs and U.S. and foreign debt funds in commercial mortgage and mezzanine loan financings, including construction loans, Sharia-compliant financings and related intercreditor arrangements, and is a leading practitioner advising on the financing of mortgage and mezzanine whole loans and portfolios through, among other things, repo, secured loan, loan-on-loan and participation structures. Kim also has significant experience counselling clients in connection with loan workouts and restructurings, foreclosure planning and real estate bankruptcies.  

In addition to her regular practice, Kim has significant pro bono experience, including guiding the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in the establishment of The Arts Center at Governors Island in New York City. For this and other efforts, she was acknowledged as the “Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s annual Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2013 and 2019.

Kim joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2003. From 1999 to 2000 she was resident in the firm’s Tokyo office. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her A.B. from Harvard College.

Lennie Morgan, a Licensed Insurance Counselor and Partner at Corporate Protection Group, LLC in Plymouth, MI.

Mr. Morgan has been a guest instructor for the risk management programs at both Olivet College and Ferris State University. He’s certified to teach Insurance C.E. accredited classes for the State of Michigan and sits on the state’s Licensed Insurance Counselor licensing & testing committee. He has published articles on insuring contract risk as well as given programs for clients, law firms, BOMA, and contractor groups on the subject. 

Paul Fried is an Executive Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Greystone. Greystone is a national finance company, originating $19 billion last year, annually a top 10 agency lender by volume, and the country’s top FHA-HUD lender. Paul leads an investment banking team, and oversees equity raises and investments for real estate owners and developers. His team originated $900 million last year of Fannie, Freddie, HUD and bridge loans, and arranged $700 million of equity and debt assignments.

Paul’s experience, prior to Greystone, includes overseeing debt and equity capital markets for L&L Holding, and he was a Director with Deutsche Banc and a member of the investment committee, and cofounder of finance company Allegiance Capital. He started as an attorney. He was in the corporate reorganization group at Milbank, Tweed.

Paul has a JD from Rutgers (Newark), where he was an Editor of the Law Review, and a BA from Rutgers College (New Brunswick; History) where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He is a Council Member of the Urban Land Institute and co-council of the NY ULI chapter.

Richard Fries practices law in New York City and is a co-leader of the real estate group at Sidley Austin. He is well-known throughout the New York and national legal, real estate and finance communities. Richard focuses his practice on a wide array of complex real estate financing transactions, in which he represents leading national and global institutional lenders, investment banks and private equity firms. Mr. Fries is particularly well-known for his work in high-profile distressed commercial loan workouts spanning all real estate asset classes, including office, hospitality, shopping centers, ground-up construction and apartment complexes. He has developed a noteworthy practice at the crossroads of real estate finance, workouts and remedies, using litigation tools to restructure real estate loans and projects.  

In 2018, Mr. Fries was awarded the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section’s Professionalism Award, its most significant honor, which recognizes lawyers who evidence the highest attributes of legal ability, achievement, civility and professionalism in the practice of law.

Mr. Fries has been recognized by Chambers USA in Band 1 each year from 2009 through 2021 in New York and in Band 1 nationally in 2013 (the year such rankings began) through 2017 (and in Band 2 in 2018 through 2021) and named by Best Lawyers as its Real Estate Litigation Lawyer of the Year in New York City for 2019. He is recommended in The Legal 500 United States for Real Estate, The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers, The Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America which also named Richard as its Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” in New York City in 2013. In September 2020, he was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of its Top Ten Lawyers in New York. In 2016, Mr. Fries was named to the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017 as one of their top 10 best performing real estate lawyers worldwide. In 2015, for the second consecutive year, Who’s Who Legal acknowledged Richard as one of the ten “Most Highly Regarded” real estate lawyers in North America. He has been recognized by SuperLawyers as one of the “Top Ten” Attorneys in New York City in 2020 and 2021. He is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Attorneys and a past fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Richard is a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is co-chair of the Section’s Real Estate Finance Sub-Committee; he has co-chaired the Workouts and Bankruptcy Committee, the Legislation Committee and the Membership Committee. Richard has lectured on a variety of important and timely topics for Practising Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association and industry group programs on real estate finance, real estate workouts and remedies.

Richard has written extensively. His articles on the latest distressed loan workout strategies and enforcement of remedies have been published regularly in the New York Law Journal and the Real Property Law Section’s Journal. Over the past several years, he co-authored several articles on changes and trends in real estate finance. 

Christopher Carolan is an experienced debt finance and corporate attorney. He has led engagements on behalf of arrangers, agents, lenders, borrowers and issuers involved in commodities, retail, technology, telecommunications, media, real estate, healthcare, oil and gas, waste, renewable energy and manufacturing. Chris’ lending clients provide first lien, second lien or mezzanine financing, and are comprised of global financial institutions, regional banks, funds, venture capital investors, private individuals or family offices. His borrower clients include publicly traded entities, REITs, funds, closely held companies and private equity owned portfolio companies of all sizes.

Chris has extensive experience with syndicated credit facilities, letters of credit, receivables purchase transactions, mortgage repurchase transactions and mortgage warehouse lines of credit. He often handles transactions that raise international or cross-border collateral and guaranty issues and complex intercreditor arrangements. He works closely with his borrower clients to understand their strategies and businesses, and to help position them for future growth. Additionally, offering “360-degree” service to his clients, Chris has handled workouts and restructurings of problem loans and distressed borrowers, working seamlessly with bankruptcy counsel when needed.

He also represents venture capital and private equity investors in connection with their creation, fund formation, capital raising, investments, acquisitions and divestitures. In this capacity, he serves as outside general counsel to a leading venture capital management firm that invests in, manages and provides growth support to the highest quality companies in the information security, management and analytics sectors.

Chris earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was Notes Development Editor of the NYU Law Review.  He hold a B.A. (magna cum laude) and M.A. from Fordham University. 

Ellen Goodwin is a partner in the New York office of Alston & Bird’s Real Estate Finance & Investment Group and the former co-chair of the group. Ellen concentrates her practice on commercial real estate finance and has represented investment banks, commercial banks, funds, and insurance companies on a variety of loan transactions for both securitizations and portfolios, including construction loan financings, loan syndications and participations, co-lending and senior/subordinate arrangements, and mezzanine finance. She acts as form and program counsel for a number of active CMBS, balance sheet, and bridge lenders. Ellen’s experience extends to the workout, restructuring, and foreclosure of both securitized and portfolio mortgage loans, and she has extensive experience working with special servicers. She represents both sellers and purchasers of whole loans, subordinate debt, and mezzanine loans.

Ellen is a frequent lecturer on topics concerning real estate finance and workouts and restructurings of mortgage and mezzanine loans. She speaks regularly for the Practising Law Institute, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, ACREL, and International Council of Shopping Centers.

Ellen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Real Estate New York category since 2012 and in The Best Lawyers® Business Edition 2017 – Women in the Law. In 2020, she was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” in commercial real estate by GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum.

Janice Mac Avoy is a member of the Real Estate Department and the Litigation Department, co-head of the Real Estate Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee.
Ms. Mac Avoy concentrates her practice in complex real estate-related transactions and disputes, commercial litigation and arbitration, complex commercial landlord tenant disputes and commercial fair market rent arbitrations. She also has extensive experience in creditor’s rights, including complex commercial real estate mortgage foreclosures and UCC foreclosures, workouts and restructuring of real estate secured debt. Ms. Mac Avoy works with the Firm’s Real Estate Department on transactions in order to resolve issues without resorting to litigation.

Ms. Mac Avoy’s clients include commercial landlords and tenants, lenders and investors, broker-dealers and multinational corporations as well as individuals involved in commercial disputes. A significant amount of Ms. Mac Avoy’s practice includes advising clients on complex securitized debt in which the underlying assets are real estate, including the enforcement of lender’s rights, acquisition and divestitures of real estate secured debt and the restructuring of real estate secured debt. She also advises clients in complex partnership and joint venture disputes.

Ms. Mac Avoy has created seminars and CLE presentations on, among other things, the basics of real estate restructuring and workouts, mezzanine loan foreclosures under the UCC and the parameters of the attorney-client privilege in the corporate context. Ms. Mac Avoy has also published articles on lender liability claims, developments in the law of attorney-client privilege, electronic discovery and the appropriate use of email.

Ms. Mac Avoy is ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Real Estate Litigation, which describes her as “the best real estate litigator in New York.”

Ms. Mac Avoy received the “Courage Award” from The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles for her exceptional dedication and commitment in the fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom. She received the "Commitment to Justice Award" for her extensive work on and long-term commitment to family law cases referred to her by Her Justice (formerly inMotion). In addition, she was honored with the 2018 Zero Tolerance Award by Sanctuary for Families at the annual Zero Tolerance gala for her lifelong commitment to the protection and empowerment of women. In 2019, Ms. Mac Avoy was admitted as a member to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a premier organization of US real estate lawyers.

Ms. Mac Avoy is regularly named among Crain's New York Business' list of Notable Women in Law, a feature honoring achievements of the brightest and boldest legal minds with both distinguished careers and exceptional civic and philanthropic activities. In 2019, Globe St. Real Estate Forum named Ms. Mac Avoy to its Women of Influence feature, which recognizes remarkable commercial real estate professionals. Ms. Mac Avoy also was inducted into Real Estate Forum’s “Women of Influence” Hall of Fame, and has been named by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Women in New York.
Ms. Mac Avoy serves on the boards for Sanctuary for Families and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the American Law Institute and the CREW Network (The Association of Commercial Real Estate Women), as well as a member and voting representative of the CRE Finance Council.

Ms. Mac Avoy received her JD from Columbia Law School in 1988, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and associate editor of the Law Review. She received her BA, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis in 1985, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society and has since been recognized as a distinguished alumna. Ms. Mac Avoy is admitted to practice in New York; the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third and Ninth Circuits.


Joseph Philip Forte was recently named General Counsel for AmTrust Title Insurance Company.  Prior to taking on this role, Mr. Forte was in private practice as a partner in several major New York law firms and has substantial experience in commercial real estate capital markets and finance, with a particular emphasis on the origination, structuring, workout and enforcement of commercial mortgage loans, having closed tens of billions of dollars during his 47 years in private practice, including permanent, bridge and construction mortgage lending; mezzanine finance; pari passu and subordinate debt; co-lending and participation agreements; loan sales and purchases; loan workouts, foreclosures and restructurings; and environmental risk management for lenders. Through six cycles of downturns and recoveries of real estate markets, Joe has been at the forefront of many major innovations and reform in the real estate finance industry, including the development of the secondary and securitization mortgage markets; reform of Dodd Frank Act’s Basel III High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) Rule; and working with industry on the transition away from LIBOR.

Widely recognized as a leader in the real estate finance industry, Joe has received the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council’s (CREFC) Founder’s Award (2001), the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s Distinguished Service Award (1998) and the CREFC’s Leadership Award for his service as President (1998-1999) and since 2000, he has regularly been highlighted by Chambers for his real estate practice. Joe has been recognized annually by The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers (WWL) as one of the top 10 most highly regarded lawyers, and from 2010 to 2013 and 2017 and 2018 as "Global Real Estate Lawyer of the Year". Joe was featured in the Real Estate chapter of the inaugural Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017, and thereafter. In 2019, he received the WWL’s highest accolade its Lifetime Achievement Award as “a pioneering figure in real estate financing” working “at the forefront of commercial real estate reform.”

Joe has also been recognized in the Euromoney Guides to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, Construction and Real Estate Lawyers, Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers and Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers, The Legal 500, as well as Best of the Best-United States, Best of the Best-Globally, and Best of the Best, and as "Highly Recommended" by PLC Corporate Real Estate Leading Lawyers Guide. Joe is regularly chosen as a Super Lawyer in New York and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Joe frequently publishes and speaks on mortgage finance and workouts, capital markets, regulatory and related issues and is the recipient of several “Best Article” awards from legal and industry publications on commercial real estate finance topics; is the founder and publisher of CREFC’s CRE Finance World magazine since 1999; and is the Contributing Editor of Lexology’s annual Getting the Deal Through - Real Estate and author of that publication’s annual Global Overview and USA Chapter since 2013. He is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and the Anglo American Real Property Institute, which he served as Chair in 2015 as well as the New York City and New York State Bar Associations.  Joe is active in MBA, CREFC and The Real Estate Roundtable and their working groups.

Kahlil T. Yearwood is Co-Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he serves as a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department, with a practice focused on commercial real estate finance and capital markets.

Mr. Yearwood represents various portfolio lenders (including specialty finance companies, life insurance companies, hedge funds, and banks), debt fund managers, private equity firms, CMBS lenders, and loan servicers in transactions involving loan origination, loan purchases and sales, subordinate debt financing and acquisition, post-closing modifications, and work-outs.

Mr. Yearwood is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer for Real Estate in California by legal directory Chambers USA, where he is recognized as having a “celebrated lender-side practice, advising on high-value transactions involving properties across the US,” and noted by clients as being “great at coming up with flexible and creative solutions in situations that require something outside the box.”

In addition, he has been listed as a recommended lawyer for Real Estate and Structured Finance by The Legal 500 (U.S.).

Mr. Yearwood is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and a frequent speaker on commercial real estate lending and subordinate debt structures.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Yearwood practiced with Dechert LLP since 2005.  He received his Juris Doctor in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley.  He received his undergraduate degree in 2001 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Michelle Kelban, Global Co-Chair of the Real Estate Practice at Latham, focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate law, with a particular concentration on highly structured capital raising and financing, acquisitions, joint venture recapitalizations and workouts and restructurings for both borrowers and lenders. She represents capital providers in a range of real estate transactional structures and is a “skilled and extremely competent” lawyer who is “very knowledgeable and service oriented” according to The Legal 500 US.

  • Asset and entity level acquisitions and dispositions in respect of real estate based operating businesses
  • Single asset and multiple property portfolio financings for a range of property types and performing and non-performing loan assets
  • Mezzanine financings, preferred equity structures, equity investments, joint ventures, and equity recapitalizations
  • Workouts, restructurings, distressed and performing loan sales
  • Foreign investors with respect to all types of in-bound U.S. acquisitions, joint ventures, and financings

In 2020, Ms. Kelban was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, an invitation-only organization comprised of leading real estate lawyers across the US.


Ms. Kelban has significant experience with a range of property types such as:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Casinos
  • Mixed use projects
  • Assisted living facilities and senior housing facilities
  • Office buildings

Ms. Kelban’s experience includes advising:

  • A private equity fund in the exercise of remedies in connection with a subordinated mezzanine loan secured by a 148 asset hotel portfolio located in 32 states and the transfer of such portfolio to the client, as lender, in lieu of a foreclosure
  • Real estate aspects of a preferred equity co-investment in Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the US
  • An institutional lender in multiple, highly structured loans secured by non-performing loans, performing loans, and portfolios of fee assets
  • A Middle Eastern investor in acquiring the Montage Beverly Hills
  • A Middle Eastern investor in acquiring the Intercontinental Barclay New York Hotel through a joint venture structure together with acquisition financing and construction financing and structuring for a major hotel renovation
  • An institutional lender in connection with a mortgage loan with a future advance component secured by 36 commercial real estate assets and a mezzanine loan secured by the equity interest in mortgage borrowers
  • A Middle Eastern investor in the purchase of the retail and hotel condominium components of a to be constructed trophy property in downtown Manhattan
  • A foreign investor in connection with the complex development joint venture, acquisition, pre-development and construction financing of One Wall Street, a landmarked office building located in downtown New York City
  • A private equity fund as borrower pledging large non-performing loan portfolios as collateral under multiple loan transactions

Ms. Connery is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and has been designated a “Super Lawyer”©.  She’s the former chair of the Committee on Real Property Law and of the Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law at the New York City Bar Association, is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Real Property Law Section, and a former chair of the ABA Leasing Group’s Assignment and Subletting Committee.  She’s also a chapter author for “Negotiating and Drafting Commercial Leases” and for Commercial Real Estate Transactions Handbook.

Mindy H. Stern, a partner of the firm, concentrates in real estate, estate planning and estate administration. Her real estate practice includes sales, acquisitions, leasing and financing on behalf of for profit and non-profit entities, public companies, and individuals. Her trusts and estate practice includes counseling clients on all aspects of estate planning to achieve their family wealth transfer, asset protection, philanthropic and other goals and integrating that planning with their changes in marital status and life partner relationships, as well as representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the administration of trusts and estates. Ms. Stern is a former Chair of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of that Section's Executive Committee. Ms. Stern is a former Chair of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Committee on Real Property Law. Ms. Stern was an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law from 2007 through 2014, where she taught a Real Estate Contract Drafting course. She has lectured for the New York State Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, the Real Estate Institute of New York University, Rossdale Seminars, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and authored numerous articles on a variety of real estate related topics. Ms. Stern is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, has been voted by her peers to be a New York Metro Super Lawyer since 2008 (and in 2015 was named by Super Lawyers to be one of the top 100 attorneys in the New York City Metro area, and between 2015 and 2017 was named one of the top 50 women attorneys in the New York City Metro area), Ms. Stern chairs the Board of Trustees of The Playwrights Realm, a nonprofit Off- Broadway theater company founded in 2007 devoted to supporting early-career playwrights.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.   She teaches and writes in the areas of property, real estate transactions, housing and historic preservation.  She is co-author, with Professor Nicholas A. Robinson, of Historic Preservation, Law and Culture (2018) and author of Historic Preservation:  Stories and Laws (2020).  She is the Assistant Secretary of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section and the chair of the Legal Education Group of the Real Property Trust and Estate Section of the American Bar Association (“ABA”).  She is the editor of the Keeping Current-Property column in Probate & Property magazine and an organizer, occasional presenter and regular moderator for the monthly webinar, Professors’ Corner, both offered by the same ABA section. She is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Music School and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jay Heritage Center, which manages the John Jay Estate, a National Historic Landmark in Rye, N.Y. 

Tarik’s practice covers a range of commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, secured financings, joint ventures, securitization and business counseling. 

Tarik also provides alternative-entity related advice in the context of transaction and alternative entity litigation.

Tarik also focuses on organizational and operational issues related to limited liability companies, limited partnerships and statutory trusts. In addition, he regularly represents sponsors and conflicts committees of master limited partnerships (MLPs).

He is involved in the preparation of third-party legal opinions in connection with a range of transactional matters, and he regularly counsels other attorneys domestically and internationally on matters relating to Delaware partnerships, limited liability companies and statutory trusts.

Tarik is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) Statutory Trust Committee, responsible for updating the Delaware Statutory Trust Act.

Tarik is a frequent presenter and writer on issues relating to Delaware alternative entity law and secured transactions. In 2021, he contributed the Delaware law chapter in an ABA guidebook on Global Financial Collateral. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Business Law Today, the ABA Business Law Section’s monthly business law publication.

Tarik also serves on the Morris Nichols Executive Committee and Lawyer Development Committee and he chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee.


Law Clerk to the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court, 2003-2004


University of Cincinnati College of Law, JD, 2003

University of Cincinnati Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

Clark-Atlanta University, BA, 1998


Delaware, 2003


Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers, ranked in Delaware M&A and alternative entities, 2019-present

The Legal 500 US, mentioned in M&A commercial, 2019

FLR1000 United States, listed as a leading Delaware attorney, 2020-2021

Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, included for corporate, M&A and finance, 2021


American Bar Association (Business Law Section, Secured Lending Subcommittee of the Commercial Finance Committee (Former Chair), Business Law Today (Managing Editor), Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions, Revised Model Asset Purchase Agreement Task Force, Joint Task Force on Security Interest in LLC and Other Unincorporated Entity Interest)

American Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Delaware Council of Development Finance

Delaware State Bar Association (Statutory Trust Committee and Uniform Commercial Code Subcommittee)

Named the 2021 recipient of the Delaware State Bar Association award for Distinguished Mentoring.

Dan Rubock is Senior Vice President and senior counsel with the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group at Moody’s Investors Service, helping Moody’s develop its policy for structural and legal issues in CMBS.

Prior to joining Moody’s in 1999, Dan practiced law with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Dechert Price & Rhoads and White & Case, concentrating in commercial real estate law and real estate litigation.

Dan is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 2007, is a Certified Mortgage Banker, and is a member of the editorial board of CRE Finance World.