Edward J. (Ted) Hunter Chair, Real Estate Practice

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Ted excels at bringing complex real estate deals to successful conclusions. He gets deals done by maintaining a keen focus on both his clients’ and the other transacting parties’ objectives, helping find common ground while carefully managing the myriad details of even the most sophisticated transactions. Ted’s collaborative, solution-driven approach is grounded in his conviction that a successful deal leaves both parties not only satisfied, but also open to doing more business together. Ted’s loyal client base benefits from his outstanding record of success.

Ted’s experience in commercial real estate is broad and deep, ranging from acquisitions and dispositions to leasing, from financing and workouts to development. As Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, he regularly provides strategic guidance to clients on business as well as legal issues.

Chambers USA (2009-2016) has consistently recognized Ted as an “exceptionally competent” and “incredibly smart” lawyer who is especially experienced in public-private partnership (P3) transactions and multistate portfolio deals. Clients report that he “takes ownership of a project, constantly keeps his eye on the ball, and translates legal complexities into terms we can understand.”

Representative Engagements

Represented a multi-national social infrastructure privatization firm that is the nation’s leader in public/private community development in connection with the first, second and third-ever privatization of hotels on United States military installations. This three-phase representation that spanned over eight (8) years, included the acquisition, long-term ground lease, development, construction, renovation, demolition and financing of a portfolio of approximately 14,000 hotel rooms on forty-one (41) United States military installations across the United States. The military installations included: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Belvoir, Fort Benning, Fort Bliss, Fort Bragg, BT Collins Army Reserve Center, Fort Buchanan, Fort Campbell, Carlisle Barracks, Fort Carson, Fort Drum, Dugway Proving Ground, Fort Gordon, Fort Hamilton, Fort Hood, Fort Huachuca, Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Hunter Liggett, Fort Jackson, Fort Knox, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Lee, Fort Leonard Wood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort McCoy, Fort Meade, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (Camp Parks), Fort Polk, Presidio of Monterey, Redstone Arsenal, Fort Riley, Fort Rucker, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Shafter/Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort Sill, Fort Stewart, Fort Wainwright, U.S. Army Garrison West Point, White Sands Missile Range, and Yuma Proving Ground. The initial development budget for this approximately 14,000 hotel room project exceeded $1B. The project featured a complex financing arrangement, which included a $715M senior loan from Bank of America, a $25M junior loan from Behringer Harvard, and a $21.5M subordinate loan from Lend Lease (US) Capital Inc. The first phase of this project was awarded the 2009 “North American Real Estate Deal of the Year” by Project Finance Magazine. Begun in 2009, the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) continues to be an example of social infrastructure privatization that works.
Represented a national developer in connection with its $220M construction financing of its joint venture development with a major investment bank and The New York Times Company of a 52-story office tower in Manhattan that serves as the new international headquarters of The New York Times.
Represented one of the nation's largest commercial banking institutions in connection with its branch expansion, including the acquisition, leasing and development of new branch locations across the northeastern U.S.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009 – 2016) – Consistently praised by clients as being “well versed in all aspects of commercial real estate matters, offering notable transactional expertise,” (2014); providing “great advocacy and advice” and doing “a great job at prioritizing the issues,” (2013); “an exceptionally competent attorney who has an overall business sense" and "gives advice and guidance on the business matters as well as the legal matters” (2012) and as the "driving force behind [the real estate practice's] increasing success" (2011). Chambers USA also noted that clients report he "takes ownership of a project, constantly keeps his eye on the ball, and translates legal complexities into terms we can understand."

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2016 – 2017) – Recognized for Real Estate Law

Publications

Real Estate Leasing
Real Estate Newsletter, July 2012
Edward Hunter, John Stolz, Maureen Montague
Real Estate Lending
Real Estate Newsletter, July 2012
Edward Hunter, John Stolz, Maureen Montague
Q&A With Lowenstein Sandler’s Ted Hunter
Law 360, December 1, 2011
Edward Hunter
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Press Mentions

In a Crain's New York Business article about turning the Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village property into affordable condos, Ted Hunter comments on the current challenges in raising significant amounts of debt for large transactions. , Crain's New York Business , December 4, 2011
Ted Hunter comments on the current real estate trend of properties being successfully foreclosed on by their mezzanine lenders. , Crain's New York Business.com , August 15, 2010
Ted Hunter comments on the privatization and finance of hotels on U.S. military installations. In 2009, Lowenstein represented developers in the first-ever privatization of hotels on U.S. Army bases. The project was named Project Finance's 2009 "North American Real Estate Deal of the Year." , Real Estate Finance & Investment , June 4, 2010
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Related Areas

Corporate
Real Estate

Education


Fordham University School of Law ( J.D. , 1995 ) , Law Review
Washington University ( B.A. , 1991 )

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


U.S. Supreme Court