Deborah Ryan serves as Americas chair of the global Real Estate Practice. She has devoted her practice to all aspects of commercial real estate investments, development and financing. She has represented both landlords and tenants in leases ranging from long-term ground leases to office leases. She has represented both sellers and purchasers in the acquisition of real estate and partnership interests.
Deborah has represented one of Wall Street’s largest banks in connection with real estate construction lending and some of the nation’s most active commercial real estate developers in connection with development and redevelopment of complex, high-profile properties, including historic properties, many of which involve economic incentives from cities and counties in the form of tax increment financing, tax abatements or other economic development tools.
Deborah is a recognized expert in mixed-use, high-rise condominium developments and residential condominiums governed by the Texas Uniform Condominium Act and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.
Deborah began her practice in 1984 not long before the S&L crisis. For many years, her practice focused almost exclusively on real estate workouts and foreclosures. She also assisted in numerous real estate single asset bankruptcies and structured workouts. Deborah has advised lenders, developers and investors on distressed debt and assets, default strategy, real estate workouts, pre-foreclosure strategy, foreclosure and acquisition and disposition of distressed real estate and debt.
Deborah also uses her deal management and real property skills to serve renewable energy clients. She has acted as lead Texas counsel for large loans for wind and farm and solar projects and has provided a wide range of legal advice, including real estate, FAA, FERC, NERC, PUC, ERCOT and environmental. She has also worked on site development agreements for wind farm development projects.
She has a strong working relationship with the city of Dallas, including the mayor’s office, members of city council, the city manager and assistance city managers, the city attorney’s office and numerous departments throughout the city, from the Department of Economic Development to the Department of Development Services.
Throughout the course of her career practicing in the Dallas region, Deborah has developed a strong network of relationships at all levels of city and county government and regularly engages with the city on matters of all size and scope.
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