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Overview

Mike focuses his practice on the structuring, documentation and negotiation of complex financing, real estate, leasing, and business transactions.

He uses his unique background and practical experience in corporate, commercial finance and real estate matters

Utilizing his past experience and education, Mike represents public and private financial institutions, municipalities, investors, owners/operators, tenants and other stakeholders in navigating intricate transactions that affect their business. He has significant experience guiding clients through structuring and documenting the deal, including the use of unique financial tools like Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), New Markets Tax Credits, Historical Tax Credits, Tax Incremental Financing and other specialized financing programs throughout the capital stack. His experience also includes  representing investment property owners in simultaneous, deferred and reverse Section 1031 like-kind exchanges and the documentation and restructuring of credit facilities including construction loans, min-perm loans, permanent loans refinancing, take-outs, forbearance agreements, dispositions of REO, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and other workout arrangements.

Mike previously worked in-house for a commercial real estate development, investment and property management firm. He managed their extensive loan portfolio, investor and financial institution relationships and he drafted, negotiated and oversaw the disposition of their real estate assets.

Mike is very active throughout the finance and commercial real estate community and understands the unique challenges his clients face. He is a member NAIOP and active in the Wisconsin chapter where he serves as the Chair of the Programs and Events Committee. In 2016 Mike received the National NAIOP Developing Leader Award. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Marquette University Center for Real Estate and a founding Board Member of the Real Estate Alumni of Marquette (REALM) Network. Finally, he serves on the Lending Advisory Board for ACTS Lending, the lending unit of ACTS Housing, a non-profit dedicated to enabling low-income home ownership.

Outside of the commercial real estate industry, Mike is a member of the Major Gifts Committee and the Conservation Committee of Tall Pines Conservancy, a nonprofit working to preserve Northwestern Waukesha County’s farmland, water resources and natural areas and open spaces.

Experience
  • Represented a real estate developer with the structuring, negotiating and closing of New Markets Tax Credit, Historical Tax Credit, PACE Equity, Tax Incremental Financing, and other specialized financing programs in aggregate value of over $100MM.
  • Negotiated and counseled real estate investor in multiple complex acquisitions and sale transactions from inception to closing in aggregate value of over $150MM.
  • Drafted and negotiated purchase agreement for the acquisition of real estate and the drafting of the necessary easements over neighboring state-owned land for the benefit of the client’s $30MM assisted living/senior housing development project.
  • Counseled on and restructured over $150MM of credit facilities, including preparing forbearance agreements, dispositions of REO, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and other workout arrangements.
  • Represented local and national financial institutions in the structuring, documenting and closing of commercial real estate loans in aggregate value in excess of $200MM.
  • Counsel to national wireless company on new store leases, renewals and other leasing matters.