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  • Education
    • J.D., with high honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 2002, Law Review Staff Member and Symposium Editor
    • B.S., with high distinction, Indiana University, 1993, Journalism, Political Science
Having practiced for more than 17 years, Frank Eichenlaub brings deep and broad experience and a level of creativity to commercial real estate transactions.  Frank has represented clients ranging from start-up ventures to institutional investors to Fortune 100 corporations in his nationwide practice.  He has substantial experience structuring, leading, negotiating and closing complex transactions involving a variety of asset types, including industrial, commercial, hospitality, senior housing, assisted living, multi-family, medical office, student, office, education, and mixed use. 

Frank’s practice focuses on advising clients on the following types of transactions:
  • Purchases and sales
  • Sale/Leasebacks
  • Financing, including secured and unsecured financing, securitized lending, bridge financing, mezzanine financing and construction financing
  • Leasing
  • Joint ventures 
  • Construction
  • Development
  • Bankruptcy 
  • Real estate securities offerings, including the syndication of beneficial interests in Delaware statutory trusts (DSTs)

Frank has also dedicated part of his practice to pro bono projects.  On a pro bono basis, he has represented non-profit corporations and other public-interest entities in buying, selling, leasing, and financing properties.

  • Represented publicly traded corporation in its first-ever sale-leaseback of a portfolio of properties in numerous states, including negotiating the purchase agreement and the leases and coordinating the closing of the transaction. 
  • Represented largest sponsor of Delaware statutory trust offerings in numerous offerings, including largest ever offering at the time of approximately $150 million. 
  • Represented Fortune 500 fertilizer company in establishing a regional distribution center in Hammond, Indiana, including structuring and negotiating two 45-year ground leases and non-disturbance, construction, tax-incentive financing and rail services agreements. 
  • Structured and negotiated construction project for largest tenant at major East Coast airport, a transaction involving the purchase and leasing of land, tax-incentive financing from the state and airport authority, a land swap, and numerous easement agreements with multiple parties. 
  • Structured sale-leaseback transaction for a Canadian company in connection with a $10 billion services agreement involving the negotiation of purchase agreements and long-term leases for these properties valued at approximately $60 million in three separate states and of leases and subleases for other properties.
  • Coordinated the closing and transfer of $4 billon in real estate assets in a Fortune 100 company bankruptcy sale to the newly created government-sponsored entity in 41 days, including manufacturing, warehouse, office, and research, development and technology center properties.
  • Represented numerous sponsors of Delaware statutory trust offerings in obtaining CMBS and non-CMBS financing from lenders.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in obtaining $5 billion secured revolver, leading real estate team in mortgaging approximately 45 manufacturing and warehouse properties in 11 states.