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Lending Forward: CREFC's High Yield, Distressed Assets & Servicing Conference

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Partner Sponsor

Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight is a law firm with nine offices worldwide and a nationally-ranked Real Estate and Banking Practice and dedicated Real Estate Capital Markets Group with attorneys from multiple legal disciplines within the Firm who have represented clients in real estate capital markets transactions and litigation for more than thirty years. Particular expertise includes representing, among others, traditional and nonconventional financial institutions; private-equity groups; senior secured conduit originators; mezzanine lenders; master servicers and special servicers of securitized REMIC Trusts; and servicers of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs).

Keynote Sponsors

Dechert LLP

A global specialist law firm focused on sectors with the greatest complexities and highest regulatory demands, Dechert delivers practical commercial insight and deep legal expertise for our clients’ most important matters. Our finance lawyers represent major industry players in structuring, securitizing, managing and servicing complex and highly structured and securitized commercial real estate debt assets. We advise issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers, collateral managers, servicers, operating advisors, IG and B-piece investors in CMBS, CDOs/CLOs, Re-REMICs, NPLs and other alternate securitized structures involving commercial real estate and residential mortgages.


Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation.

Session Sponsor

Akerman LLP

Akerman LLP is a top 100 U.S. law firm ranked in the AM Law 100, recognized as a leading real estate firm by the Commercial Property Executive, and distinguished among the most forward thinking firms in the industry by Financial Times. Akerman’s more than 700 lawyers and business professionals collaborate with the world’s most successful enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate change, seize opportunities, and help drive innovation and growth.

Participating Sponsors

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP is a national firm of more than 640 lawyers in 15 offices across the country. Our attorneys provide counseling and advocacy in more than 50 areas within business and transactions, finance, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate. We represent a diverse cross-section of clients, ranging from large public companies and privately held entities to government bodies and nonprofit organizations. Our practices span the financial, industrial, real estate, private equity, retail, and other sectors that are critical to growth in today’s marketplace.

Carlton Fields

Doing business today requires a critical evaluation of potential risks, responsibilities, and rewards. As a trusted advisor to our clients, we provide solutions to the increasingly complex problems that arise in real estate transactions and investments. Our experienced team of real estate finance transactional and litigation lawyers is one of the nation’s few practices that spans the full spectrum of real estate finance. Carlton Fields lawyers work across multiple offices and disciplines to ensure that our clients receive comprehensive legal analysis and solutions-based counseling, regardless of financing type or asset class.

Backshop is one of the first web based CRE software applications capable of modeling your most complicated deals, from properties to debt to equity. Built by CRE lending professionals over the last 20 years, Backshop enables smarter, faster and more profitable decisions by providing your entire team with a single, secure, easy-to-use interface. A Backshop license also comes with an IRP data feed, state of the art workflows, and unlimited users. When you join the Backshop user community, you improve organizational productivity and deliver greater transparency to all your deal partners. Please sign up for a free demo at and see for yourself.

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, provides innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges to a broad array of clients. Throughout its more than 100-year history, Duane Morris has fostered a collegial culture, where lawyers collaborate to leverage our collective knowledge and experience. Our lawyers are leaders in a wide range of legal disciplines and are as diverse as the clients they serve.

Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC

KBRA is a global full-service rating agency dedicated to the restoration of trust in credit ratings. Our core values of Innovation, Collaboration, and Integrity guide everything that we do, from the creation of new standards for assessing risk to offering timely and transparent ratings that the markets have come to rely on. Our mission has been well received and since our founding in 2010, KBRA has established itself as the fastest growing post-crisis rating agency. In that time, KBRA has published over 41,519 ratings and expanded into Europe to better support our long-term strategy of educating the markets globally. Headquartered in New York City, KBRA has over 400 employees with additional offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Dublin, and London.

With more than 900 lawyers across 17 offices, Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides transactional, advisory, and litigation legal services to clients worldwide. Drawing on a foundation of experience and knowledge of evolving lending and capital markets, shifting industry trends, and complex lending principles, our Real Estate Finance attorneys deliver business-driven legal counsel and create tailored solutions for all aspects of lender and borrower representations, including for both high volume loan programs and one-off transactions. We achieve timely, practical, and comprehensive results—carrying deals across the finish line, no matter the size, speed, or complexity.


SitusAMC is the leading independent provider of technology, strategic outsourcing, talent and advisory solutions to the commercial and residential real estate finance industry. Our more than 5,700 real estate professionals and 600+ technologist are focused on helping the leading lenders and investors in the industry realize opportunities in their real estate businesses through innovative technologies and industry-leading services that drive operational efficiency, increase business effectiveness, and improve market agility across the entire lifecycle of their global real estate activity. The firm’s commercial real estate offering includes debt and equity underwriting, securitization support, primary servicing and asset management, special servicing, and debt and collateral real estate valuations. commercial real estate technologies include: CLOSER - Loan lifecycle management system, VMS - Valuation management system, rDCF - Asset underwriting tool, rbudget – budgeting tool.

White and Williams LLP

Our Real Estate Finance group handles sophisticated commercial real estate finance and capital market transactions at all layers of the capital stack. We have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in all facets of real estate finance, including mortgage, mezzanine, “B” note and preferred equity investments for leading investment funds, banks, insurance companies and non-traditional lenders. Our lending experience also includes CMBS originations, construction loans, structured finance and the restructuring, workout and foreclosure of troubled loans.

Media Sponsors

Commercial Mortgage Alert

Identify new financing opportunities and stay ahead of your competition in CRE finance with Commercial Mortgage Alert. This weekly publication conveys the earliest look at key dealings in today's commercial MBS and traditional real estate debt markets.

Commercial Real Estate Direct

CRE Direct provides CRE News, Watchlist, and Recent Transactions. In-depth information on CMBS Executive Changes, Pricing, and Sales/Property Data.

Catch-up with other industry professionals after the CREFC Lending Forward Conference in a casual, small group setting hosted by Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Networking will take place 5:00-6:00PM ET.

April 15, 2021
Thu 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 7H 30M

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