David W. Forti

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David W. Forti

Partner

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2647 | +1 215 994 2222

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David W. Forti, co-chair of Dechert’s global finance and real estate practice groups, focuses his practice in the areas of real estate finance and securitization. Mr. Forti represents various lenders, issuers, funds, b-piece buyers, master servicers and special servicers in transactions involving loan origination, mezzanine financing, loan sales and purchases, preferred equity transactions, CMBS securitization, post-closing modifications, work-outs and foreclosures.

Mr. Forti is consistently recognized as a leading real estate lawyer by legal referral guide Chambers USA, which, in its most recent edition, cited him as being a “terrific lawyer who is smart, cooperative and someone who works really hard for his clients.” He is also included in The Legal 500 (U.S.), the Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. In 2017, Mr. Forti was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal in its inaugural Best of the Bar Awards.

Education
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1992, cum laude
  • University of Pittsburgh, MBA, 1995
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1995, magna cum laude, editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and the Journal of Law and Commerce, and a member of the Order of the Coif
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
Memberships
  • Active in the CRE Finance Council (CREFC) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and has served on numerous CREFC and MBA committees
  • Regular author and speaker on a wide range of issues relating to commercial real estate finance and securitization
Speaking Engagements
  • Dechert Distressed Investing Forum — New York Athletic Club, New York, NY (October 18, 2018)
  • CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2018: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (February 5, 2018) 
  • CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2017: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market —Practising Law Institute, New York (February 6, 2017)

Presenter, "Creating the Securitized Asset" panel on representing lenders, borrowers, and guarantors in conduit and large loan transactions; Presenter, "Componentizing the Securitized Asset" panel on representing senior and subordinate lenders in the financing capital stack as well as borrowers and guarantors. 

  • CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2016 - Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Market — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY and by webinar (February 11, 2016) 

Speaker, "Componentizing the Securitized Asset" session on representing senior and subordinate lenders in the financing capital stack. 

  • The Servicer -A Rating Agency Perspective — MBA Panels -Servicing & Technology Conference, Chicago, IL (May 17, 2011)
  • Refinancing Commercial Loans in 2011: Problems, Pitfalls and Opportunities — 14th Annual Real Estate Institute Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (December 3, 2010)
  • 8th Annual Borrowers' & Investors' Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans & Preferred Equity Financing — Presented by IMN with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (November 30, 2008)
  • Large Underwriters' New Origination Panel: What Opportunities Has The Senior Market Collapse Produced? Under What Circumstances Are You Comfortable Putting Out Money? —Information Management Network/ 8th Annual Borrowers' & Investors' Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans & Preferred Equity Financing, New York, NY (December 1, 2008) 
  • General Structural, Corporate, SEC, and Tax Issues —Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008) 
  • Representing Lenders and Borrowers —Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008) 
  • Special Securitization Opinion Letters —Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008) 
  • The Role of the Rating Agency —Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Washington, DC (March 27, 2008) 
  • Borrowers' and Lenders' Forum on Mezzanine Lending —Presented by the Information Management Network with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (November 26, 2007) 
  • Comparing Assets & Uses: When Should You Use the CMBS market vs. the CDO market? —The Second Annual Real Estate CDO Symposium, New York, NY (February 21, 2007)
  • The Second Annual Real Estate Symposium —Presented by Information Management Network with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (February 19, 2007)
  • Real Estate Finance in the Capital Markets: Risks and Rewards —Seventh Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study: Commercial Securitization for Real Estate Lawyers, Chicago, IL (May 19, 2005)
  • Working Out Securitized Commercial Mortgages —Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (May 26, 2004)
  • Financing Mezzanine: Credit Lines and Exit Strategies —3rd Annual Borrowers' Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans, New York, NY (December 4, 2003)
  • Legal Compliance —CREF Asset & Technology Conference: Pilot Through Changing Times, Sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, New Orleans, LA (June 19, 2003)
  • Securitized Lending: Entering the Twilight Zone —Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute, Washington, DC (April 2, 2003)
  • Second Generation Mezz: New Structures Panel —The 2nd Annual Borrowers' Forum on Real Estate Mezzanine Loans, New York, NY (December 4, 2002)
  • Bridging the Gap: Servicing and Surveillance —Standard & Poor's Global Real Estate Group, New York, NY (November 19, 2002)
  • Underwriter and Rating Agency Issues in Securitized Loan Transactions —International Council of Shopping Centers 2002 Law Conference, Boca Raton, FL (October 24, 2002)
  • CMBS: Structured Finance Too --A Discussion of the Latest Structuring Trends and Legal Issues Surrounding CMBS —Standard and Poor's Structured Finance Seminar, Orlando, FL (April 8, 2002)
  • B Note Investments —The Commercial Mortgage Securities Association's CBMS Investors Conference, Miami, FL (January 7, 2002)