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Ron I. Erlichman
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Ron Erlichman focuses his practice on domestic and international transactions involving real estate, energy, hospitality, sports and entertainment assets. Mr. Erlichman counsels his clients in connection with all aspects of the construction, finance, restructuring, leasing, acquisition and divestiture of such assets. He has experience working with energy generation and transmission facilities (including renewable), infrastructure assets, pipelines, terminals, chemical and industrial plants, storage facilities, hotels, office buildings/complexes, mixed-use developments, multi-family complexes, professional sports stadiums and arenas, entertainment and hospitality venues, urban convention and exhibition centers and urban parks.

Among other recent matters, Mr. Erlichman has represented noteholders, lenders and borrowers in connection with the restructuring of debt, in particular debt related to REITs, infrastructure projects and other real estate assets. He has experience in managing the challenges associated with restructurings involving collateral packages located in numerous jurisdictions and involving multiple secured parties.

Mr. Erlichman also has experience in representing clients in connection with transactions throughout the Middle East, with particular focus on the United Arab Emirates. In addition to his work in New York and Houston, Mr. Erlichman spends a portion of his time in the firm's Dubai office and has advised both foreign and local residents and businesses in connection with all aspects of their operations in the region. Ron serves as hiring partner for the firm’s New York office.

Finance and Restructuring

Represented bondholders in connection with restructuring US$169MM of notes issued by a U.S. REIT owned by a publically traded Australian trust.

Represented bondholders in connection with the real estate aspects of restructuring US$1.8B of notes issued by a publically traded newsprint manufacturing company.

Represented borrower in connection with the real estate aspects of a US$300MM term and revolver corporate credit facility secured by a chemical plant.

Represented lender in connection with all collateral aspects of a US$275MM credit facility to a re-capitalized energy services company.

Represented borrower in connection with the real estate aspects of a US$280MM term acquisition loan and US$115MM working capital revolving loan for the acquisition of a petrochemical facility.

Represented lender in connection with the real estate aspects of a US$75MM working capital facility to a midstream energy company.

Acquisition, Divestiture and Investment

Represented private equity fund in connection with the US$155MM acquisition of the assets of foam manufacturing company out of bankruptcy pursuant to a 363 sale, including 8 owned and 19 leased sites in multiple jurisdictions.

Represented private equity fund in connection with the real estate aspects of investing US$550MM in a publicly traded residential home builder.

Represented Kinder Morgan Energy Partners in connection with the acquisition of an equity interest in a New York based supply chain logistics and transportation brokerage company.

Represented Kinder Morgan Energy Partners in connection with the acquisition of an ammonia and feed terminal facility in Tampa, Florida.

Represented PPG Industries in connection with division and sale of a fine chemicals plant in LaPorte, Texas.

Represented Houston Independent School District in connection with the sale of its approximately 24-acre administration complex in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas.

Represented national non-profit organization in connection with the sale of its headquarters complex.

Leasing

Represented landlord in connection with the leasing of a mid-town Houston, Texas Class A office building, including a 128,000 RSF lease.

Represented tenant in connection with leasing 301,000 RSF as the anchor tenant of a new Class A office tower in downtown Houston, Texas.

Represented a petrochemical company in connection with the ground lease of land in Louisiana for the development of a petrochemical terminal facility with berthing capabilities.

Hospitality, Sports and Entertainment

Represented the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in connection with the redevelopment of the Astrodomain Complex, including the development, construction, lease, operation and sponsorship of Reliant Stadium and Reliant Center.

Represented the City of San Antonio in connection with the development, construction, lease and operation of the Grand Hyatt Convention Center Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, including the addition of residential condominiums.

Represented Discovery Green Conservancy in connection with the development, design, construction, finance, operation and sponsorship of the Discovery Green urban park in downtown Houston, Texas.

Represented the City of San Antonio in connection with the redevelopment, lease and operation of the Tower of the Americas structure in Hemisfair Park in San Antonio, Texas.

Represented the San Antonio Spurs in connection with a facility wide retail concession agreement for the SBC Center.

Represented the San Antonio Spurs in connection with the negotiation of certain facility agreements related to the formation of the San Antonio Rampage in San Antonio, Texas.

Middle East

Assisted a diversified financial services company in connection with establishing a branch office in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Represented a U.S. publicly-traded automobile manufacturer in connection with the development of a driving academy in Bahrain promoting the manufacturer's off-road vehicles.

Represented a franchisee in connection with the exclusive franchise rights in the United Arab Emirates for a publically traded U.S. restaurant chain.

Represented the Middle East franchisor in connection with the expansion into India of an ethnic fast food chain.

Represented an aircraft chartering company in connection with a Cooperation Agreement regarding the expansion of aircraft chartering services into Africa.

Publications and Speeches

"Funding the Gap: Five Important Considerations in Mezzanine Lending," New York Law Journal, August 12, 2013 

Education

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1998
B.B.A., high honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1995

Bar Admissions

New York
Texas

Affiliations

General Counsel, Discovery Green Conservancy
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
State Bar of Texas, Real Estate

Noteworthy

Texas Rising Star, 2006 and 2007