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 in the area of Real Estate Law (2018-2020)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2015-2019)

Firm Highlights

Publication

New California Housing Laws: AB 68 Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

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News

Hemp Legal Limbo Challenges Sonoma County's Delta Separations, Other Equipment Makers

Ryan Lowther provided commentary in a North Bay Business Journal article discussing banking and regulatory challenges facing the hemp industry. Read the full article, here .

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Are Losses Resulting from Phishing Incidents Covered by Crime Policies Insuring Against Computer Fraud?

It is an all-too-common dilemma. As phishing schemes have become more prevalent and more sophisticated, businesses of all sizes have fallen victim to these attacks where a fraudster will use a spoofed email or other...

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Event

WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

Tyler Gerking will be speaking at the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium session, "The Role of Cyber-Insurance." Details: How much should you buy, what does it cover and how does it fit with an overall...

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News

Dan Cohn Named to Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors

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Publication

Is your company covered by California's new privacy law?

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Ashley Breakfield Appointed to CREW Network Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

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Publication

End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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News

California Targets Pot Smoke Anew Under State Chemical Safety Law

Sarah Bell was quoted in the article "California Targets Pot Smoke Anew Under State Chemical Safety Law," looking at whether both pot smoke and the active ingredient in cannabis should be classified as reproductive toxics...

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Event

Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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