Focused on representing lenders in all aspects of real estate secured and unsecured lending, Mike Riess is known for his ability to anticipate client needs and efficiently structure, negotiate, document, and close complex lending transactions. His experience includes construction lending, mezzanine lending, REIT finance, note finance, multicurrency facilities, syndications and participations, ground leasehold financing, and synthetic leasing arrangements. That experience spans a wide array of asset classes, including undeveloped land, office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, resorts, shopping centers, multifamily and mixed-use projects, and other commercial properties.
Mike has successfully negotiated, documented, and closed billions of dollars of transactions on behalf of multiple major financial institutions acting as administrative agent, including a $346 million syndicated senior secured credit facility secured by a six-property portfolio spread across multiple states; a $450 million syndicated secured facility for the construction of a portion of a tech campus in Sunnyvale, California; and a $2.5 billion syndicated senior credit facility to a real estate investment trust focused on acquiring, renovating, leasing, and operating single-family homes as rental properties.
Mike also has significant experience in the area of distressed real estate, including restructuring of debt obligations, commercial foreclosures, loan workouts, and entity restructuring. Through his representation of both developers and syndicated loan agents, Mike has acquired unique know-how with regard to failed financial institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) actions in connection with such matters.
- Duke University (J.D. with honors 2007; Co-Chair and Member, Duke Moot Court Board); University of Notre Dame (B.A. in Philosophy and Biological Sciences summa cum laude 2004; Phi Beta Kappa; Recipient, 2004 Notre Dame Leadership Award)
- District of Columbia, California, and Georgia
- Super Lawyers "rising star" in the area of banking (2015-2017)