Biography

Anthony "Tony" Ratner has more than 25 years of real estate industry experience, with a focus on assisting clients in negotiating, obtaining, and documenting the equity and debt financing required for their projects. Tony’s experience includes acquisitions, dispositions, development, joint ventures, financing, and leasing.

He practices in an extensive range of real estate industries including office, industrial, mixed-use, multi-family, retail, and hospitality. Tony’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.

In the development process, Tony’s work spans the full range of financial arrangements required over the several years required to envision, finance, construct, and lease a project. This includes counseling development clients on the negotiation and documentation of acquisition financing, equity financing, construction financing, mezzanine financing, and permanent financing.

For developers, he has also negotiated and drafted joint venture agreements, ground leases, 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.

Tony’s role in the complex, long-term, and high-stakes process of real property development is that of a pragmatic, highly experienced counselor whose objective is to help his clients successfully complete transactions. By understanding his clients’ objectives, both from a legal and business perspective, he helps them achieve their goals, avoid unnecessary complications and delays, and ultimately, take their concepts vertical.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers of America (2018-2019) for Real Estate Law.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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News

Judge Finds Grounds to Sue California Insurance Commissioner for Refusing to Investigate Industry Fraud in Recent Wildfire Claims

Lawsuit Alleges Insurance Industry Has Illegally Used Unlicensed Out-of-State Adjusters to Cheat Victims of 2017 and 2018 Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2019: A judge is permitting a survivor of the 2017 Tubbs Fire...

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Last Major SF Transbay Tower, Affordable Housing at Risk of Delays

Real Estate/Land Use and Development Partner Charles (C.J.) Higley shares his thoughts on why the 546 Howard St. tower project deserves priority for approval. Read the full article here .

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Event

North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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