Anthony D. "Tony" Ratner has more than 20 years of real estate industry experience. Mr. Ratner’s broad range of real estate law experience includes acquisitions, dispositions, development, joint ventures, financing and leasing. In addition, his practice includes related transactions, such as management agreements, 1031 tax-deferred structuring and reverse exchanges. He practices in an extensive range of real estate industries including office, industrial, mixed-use, multi-family, retail and hospitality.
Mr. Ratner’s acquisition and disposition work has included properties with special challenges, such as ground-leased properties, environmentally impacted properties and distressed properties. In his leasing practice, he represents both landlords and tenants with respect to office, industrial and retail properties. For developers, he has negotiated and drafted operating agreements with investors, ground leases, secured-financing agreements, construction agreements and development and property management agreements. His work in secured financing has involved various complex transactions, including sale-leasebacks, the use of conduit financing in reverse exchange transactions and the structuring of financing provided by affiliates of the borrower.
Notable transactions include the representation of Build Inc. in connection with the acquisition and development of its One Oak project at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Market Street in San Francisco, the representation of The Swig Company in the recapitalization of Kaiser Center in Oakland, the representation of Lane Partners in connection with the redevelopment of the former Sears building in Oakland, the representation of FelCor Lodging Trust in connection with its ground lease of property under the control of the California State Lands Commission, the representation of various landlords in connection with leases to Apple Inc., and the representation of San Francisco Waterfront Partners in the acquisition, financing, development and leasing of the historic Piers 1½ , 3 and 5 on the San Francisco waterfront.