Laura G. Ciabarra

Laura Ciabarra Dechert finance lawyer New York and Hartford

Laura G. Ciabarra

Partner

New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 649 8769 | +1 212 698 3599

Hartford | 90 State House Square, Hartford, CT, United States of America 06103-3702
+1 860 524 3926 | +1 860 524 3930

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Laura G. Ciabarra is the managing partner of the Hartford office and also practices out of the New York office. Ms. Ciabarra advises on subordinate lending with an emphasis on mezzanine finance, B-notes and participation interests, and complex intercreditor and co-lender agreements. She regularly represents major real estate funds, banks and other financial institutions on large-scale transactions involving complicated mezzanine and subordinate debt structures. For example, she led the team representing all of the mezzanine investors in the record breaking US$38 billion Blackstone acquisition of EOP and then reprised that role on behalf of the junior mezzanine lenders in Blackstone’s US$26 billion acquisition of Hilton.

Ms. Ciabarra began her career as a bankruptcy attorney and has extensive experience in the creditors rights and debt restructuring areas. She has handled numerous workouts of defaulted loans in which her expertise in the structured finance and subordinate debt markets has been critical to successfully resolving troubled investments.

Ms. Ciabarra represents both lenders and borrowers in various financing activities, and represents large private real estate funds with respect to the development and acquisition joint ventures in the United States and Latin America acting variously as joint venture, acquisition and borrower’s counsel.

Since 2006, Ms. Ciabarra has been recognized as a leading New York real estate finance lawyer by Chambers USA. The Legal 500 (U.S.) has recognized Ms. Ciabarra as a leading New York mezzanine finance practitioner and capital markets practitioner every year since 2007. She is also recognized for her work in finance in both the 2009 and 2010 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, and for real estate law in the 2014 edition.

Education
  • Yale University, B.A., 1989
  • Yale Law School, 1992
  • University of Cambridge, Graduate studies
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, Graduate studies
Admissions
  • New York
  • Connecticut
Speaking Engagements
  • Arrested Development: How Not to Get Held Up by Your Lender over Leases — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), San Diego, CA (October 17, 2013)

This seminar focuses on certain lender hot-buttons relating to retail leases, including rights of first refusal, purchase options, the obligation to deliver SNDAs, tenant allowances and improvements and rent credits and their impact on reserves, tenant obligations to obtain certificates of occupancy, base rent and lender underwriting criteria, co-tenancy issues, operating covenants, master leases, prepayments of rent more than one month in advance, tenant alterations, tenant’s rights to casualty/condemnation proceeds, tenant insurance, use restrictions, radius clauses and terminations rights.

  • 8th Annual Borrowers' & Investors' Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans & Preferred Equity Financing — Presented by IMN with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (December 1, 2008)

In response to industry demand and in consideration of extensive feedback, IMN presents an updated program for the Mezzanine Industry that focuses on the realities of today’s Mezzanine investment opportunities.