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

Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category...

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LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Don Sobelman will be speaking at LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages live webinar, "Common Law Claims for Natural Resource Damages." Details: Marching into the void resulting from lack...

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Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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PDC 2020 PD Virtual Summer Camp

Sarah Good will be speaking at the Professional Development Consortium's live webinar, "Diversity Sponsorship Law Firm Programs." Details: Sponsorship is critical to the retention and advancement to partnership of associates at law firms. We will...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Publication

Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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