Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of Christine M. Murphy, who has joined as a partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Department. She is based in Willkie’s New York office. Christine was previously a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
“We are thrilled to welcome Christine to our growing real estate finance team,” said Thomas Henry, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Department. “Christine’s broad range of experience will help bolster our full service real estate platform, which provides top-notch legal services to both domestic and international clients.”
Krystyna Blakeslee, partner and chair of Willkie’s Real Estate Finance group commented: “Christine is a talented practitioner with a reputation for excellence. Her substantial expertise on complex real estate financing matters will further enhance our leading real estate practice.”
Christine’s practice is focused on commercial real estate finance and investments. She represents commercial banks, investment banks, institutional lenders, insurance companies, private equity investors, funds and other investors on transactions such as balance sheet financings, permanent and bridge loan originations, construction loans, mezzanine and other subordinate financings, loan participations and syndications and workouts and restructurings. Christine advises on transactions involving all types of commercial real property, including office, retail, hotels, resorts, multi-family projects, assisted living/nursing facilities, data centers, ground leased property and other commercial properties. She also has additional experience in real estate development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and joint venture transactions.
Christine commented: “Willkie’s reputation and market-leading transactional capabilities offer an ideal platform for my practice. I am excited to join the talented real estate team at Willkie and look forward to contributing to the group’s capabilities to further continued success for our clients.”
Willkie represents a diverse group of U.S. and non-U.S. clients in real estate transactions throughout the United States and internationally. We are actively involved in numerous complex real estate transactions involving high-profile projects for a broad range of clients, including developers, public and private real estate companies, institutional investors, money-center banks, private equity sponsors and hedge funds. The team regularly advises large institutional clients on multibillion-dollar transactions, organizes public and private REITs, and advises on operating company/property company transactions, REIT mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and securitized financings, as well as other transactions involving public and private capital markets.