Mr. Robins is a partner in the firm's Real Estate and Finance Department. His practice includes a full range of finance, equity investment and real estate activities for private equity funds, capital markets and institutional lenders, REITs, developers, owner/operators, corporations and investors. Mr. Robins has extensive experience representing private equity funds, operating partners and other investors in the structuring and formation of senior/subordinate and pari passu joint ventures, and in the acquisition, financing and disposition by the resulting joint ventures of real estate investments, including multi-family, hospitality, office, retail and industrial real estate.
Jon has been representing lenders and financing providers for over twenty years, including conduit lenders, banks, insurance companies, and private equity funds, in the origination, purchase, sale, restructuring and enforcement of mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, construction loans, subordinate ("B") Notes, participation interests, preferred equity investments, receivables financing, factoring and asset based lending, and in structuring and negotiating intercreditor, co-lender and participation and servicing agreements.
Mr. Robins regularly advises mortgage, mezzanine and commercial lenders and preferred equity investors as to the strategies and tactics for resolving default situations. He is currently representing lenders and preferred equity investors in enforcing their remedies, taking control of the subject properties and where applicable, conducting the requisite UCC sale. In addition, his practice includes the representation of investors, including private equity funds, in purchasing distressed debt. In such situations, Mr. Robins advises the investor in developing a strategy to obtain a satisfactory payoff of such debt or to acquire the property and other assets securing the debt, and in executing that strategy.
Mr. Robins regularly represents CMBS lenders and borrowers in the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans often involving unique or complicated structures, and is one of the leading attorneys in the country with respect to tenancy-in-common financing. Mr. Robins has a particular depth of experience with the financing of hospitality properties.
Mr. Robins has extensive experience representing various developers and institutions in the acquisition, development, leasing, repositioning and disposition of real estate, including hotels, restaurants, retail centers, multi-family properties and office buildings. Mr. Robins advises companies on strategic real estate decisions, and has extensive experience representing both acquirers and targets with respect to the real estate aspects of corporate M & A transactions.
Mr. Robins frequently writes and speaks on related topics.
University of Cincinnati, College of Law, J.D. (1993)
Colgate University, B.A. (1986)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Order of the Coif
Urban Land Institute
"Structuring Preferred Equity Investments and Mezzanine Loans in Real Estate Ventures," accredited CLE seminar, July 16, 2014
"Structuring Preferred Equity Investments In Real Estate Ventures: Impact of True Equity vs. Debt-Like Equity," course designer and lead panelist of Strafford Webinar, June 19, 2014
"The Structure and Use of Mezzanine Loans and Preferred Equity," course designer and panelist at accredited CLE seminar, March 20, 2013
“Title Law,” an accredited CLE seminar presented at the PA Real Estate Advanced Issues and Answers National Business Institute, November 1, 2012
"Mezzanine Finance and Preferred Equity Investment in Commercial Real Estate: Security, Collateral & Control," co-authored with David E. Wallace and Mark Franke for the Michigan Journal of Private Equity and Venture Capital Law, Spring 2012
“Mezzanine Loans and Preferred Equity,” presentation at “Building the Capital Stack for Commercial Real Estate in 2012 and Beyond: The New Normal,” PBI accredited CLE seminar, April 23, 2012
“Financing and Purchase and Sale Agreement,” presentations at “Handling Real Estate Transactions with Confidence, a National Business Institute accredited CLE seminar, August 2, 2011
“Introduction to REMICS for Real Estate Attorneys, accredited CLE seminars, May 13, 2008
“Forbearance, Restructuring & Recovery for Commercial Real Estate Distressed Debt,” PBI 12th Annual Real Estate Institute Presentation, December 4, 2008
“High-Yield Real Estate Debt Structure,” PBI sponsored program, Philadelphia, PA, May 26, 2005
Panelist on lender and rating agency issues, TIC Real Estate Symposium, March 2004