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  • Education
    • J.D., University at Buffalo Law School, 1987
    • B.A., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science and Government Administration; Druids Honor Society

Bernadette Herward Davida’s rigorous work ethic and enthusiasm for the commercial real estate industry are a combination for success. Bernadette enjoys collaborating with clients on issues such as corporate headquarters leasing on behalf of tenants and landlords; commercial and residential development and management of hotel, retail and golf course properties; private equity funds; loan, guaranty, and lease workouts and restructurings; acquisitions; partnerships and joint ventures; and financings.

Bernadette has a broad range of experience representing foreign and domestic commercial banks, insurance companies, real estate investment trusts, and other foreign and domestic real estate investors in their capacities as lenders, borrowers, owners, sellers, and agents in bank syndicate loans for office buildings, energy plants, hotels and resorts, mixed-use properties, and health care property portfolios. Her background also includes representation of clients in loan originations, syndications, securitizations, participations, construction and mezzanine loans, debtor-in-possession financings, and loan workouts. In addition, she represents equity investors in the acquisition of apartment, hotel, mixed- use, and health care property portfolios and office buildings on behalf of REITs, partnerships, and individual investors.

In the area of leasing, Bernadette has represented tenants and landlords in the leasing of corporate headquarters in the New York, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, and London markets, as well as mall, shopping center, and mixed-use condominium, retail, and restaurant leases on behalf of national restaurant chains and retail clothing store chains. She has represented major foreign airlines in connection with the disposition and management of their airport terminal and cargo facilities. As lead real estate counsel for a large New York-based hedge fund, she negotiates office leases, asset purchase agreements and construction, architect, engineering, and brokerage agreements, in all of their major financial markets.

  • Represented joint venture partner, lender, and owner in connection with all aspects of the acquisition, joint venture, construction, and leasing and construction financing in connection with the $700 million Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.
  • Represented a Japan-based joint venture partner in the acquisitions, development, and re-development of the $1.3 billion Paternoster Square, London, United Kingdom. 
  • Represented large national bank with respect to construction financing of shopping centers, hotels, and mixed-use developments in New York City and New York/New Jersey area.
  • Represented owner in all aspects of the acquisition and development of a public golf course (including catering and restaurant facilities) in Dutchess County, New York.
  • Represented owner’s legal issues in the negotiation of construction, architecture, and engineering agreements, and New York City building matters for high-end residential construction project on E. 11th Ave., New York, N.Y.
  • Represented International Swiss Bank as lender in connection with construction of a $325 million ethanol plant project in Iowa.
  • Represented international Swiss bank in $125 million financing of a power plant project in Astoria, Queens, including, the creation of easements and title-related issues.
  • Represented German bank lender for $43 million loan to luxury hotel owner for renovation at N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Represented national metal subcontractor in connection with the delay and payment dispute claims on construction project and settlement agreement in New York.
  • Represented national banking company in connection with debtor-in-possession financing and the disposition of owned and leased properties across United States including sale-leaseback transactions.
  • Represented guarantor in connection with settlement of 500-plus assigned retail store leases guaranteed by assignor in connection with bankruptcy of the assignee tenant.
  • Represented major national furniture retailer in bankruptcy in connection with disposition of real estate owned and leased properties.
  • Represented national bank as lender in connection with a $275 million term loan credit facility and mortgaging of 498 restaurants in 42 states.