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Beau A. Baker

Partner

50 N. Laura Street
41st Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32202
beau.baker@nelsonmullins.com

Beau Baker practices in the areas of real estate capital markets, securitizations, financial services, structured and commercial finance, creditors' rights, loan portfolio management/servicing, and financial restructuring. He regularly counsels national and regional financial institutions including banks and funds making debt and equity investments in assets including commercial real estate, corporate and asset-based lending, loans guaranteed...

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Beau Baker practices in the areas of real estate capital markets, securitizations, financial services, structured and commercial finance, creditors' rights, loan portfolio management/servicing, and financial restructuring. He regularly counsels national and regional financial institutions including banks and funds making debt and equity investments in assets including commercial real estate, corporate and asset-based lending, loans guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other government subsidized lending platforms, debt investments intended for sale on the secondary market as CMBS, CDO/CLOs or other securitizations, loan portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, and related transactions. He has also represented funds and banks in the startup and growth of high-volume debt and equity investment platforms across various asset classes. He has assisted numerous financial institutions and other companies in servicing, workouts, foreclosures, portfolio management, short sales, and complex commercial dispute resolution.

by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other government subsidized lending platforms, debt investments intended for sale on the secondary market as CMBS, CDO/CLOs or other securitizations, loan portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, and related transactions. He has also represented funds and banks in the startup and growth of high-volume debt and equity investment platforms across various asset classes. He has assisted numerous financial institutions and other companies in servicing, workouts, foreclosures, portfolio management, short sales, and complex commercial dispute resolution.

Beau Baker practices in the areas of real estate capital markets, securitizations, financial services, structured and commercial finance, creditors' rights, loan portfolio management/servicing, and financial restructuring. He regularly counsels national and regional financial institutions including banks and funds making debt and equity investments in assets including commercial real estate, corporate and asset-based lending, loans guaranteed... by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other government subsidized lending platforms, debt investments intended for sale on the secondary market as CMBS, CDO/CLOs or other securitizations, loan portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, and related transactions. He has also represented funds and banks in the startup and growth of high-volume debt and equity investment platforms across various asset classes. He has assisted numerous financial institutions and other companies in servicing, workouts, foreclosures, portfolio management, short sales, and complex commercial dispute resolution.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented an Atlanta based real estate fund in the acquisition and financing of 100 triple net lease properties located in 20 states with a total transaction value of approx. $1.3B (closed November 2017). Introduced to the deal and represented a New York based CRE focused private debt fund (“PDF”) in the acquisition of a fully subordinate $180MM mezzanine C note acquired from the bank that originated the $1.1B financing package containing a senior loan and three mezzanine positions (closed December 2017)
  • Represented FRP Holdings in its sale of 41 industrial warehouse properties to an affiliate of the Blackstone Group for $358.9MM (closed March 2018)
  • Represented a New York based PDF in the acquisition of a portfolio of 57 subordinate financing positions including 51 mezzanine loans, 3 preferred equity positions and 3 rake bonds secured by 73 properties in varying assets classes located in 26 states with a total transaction value of approx. $241MM (closed January 2017)
  • Built two lending platforms (one bridge CLO and one CMBS) for one of the nation’s leading PDFs based in California, working with a large team to close and securitize approx. 450 loans secured by all commercial asset classes and commercial-residential rental properties with a total transaction value of approx. $5B and ongoing portfolio maintenance work related to the lending platforms from (2012-present)
  • Built from the ground-up a joint venture investment platform for a prominent national PDF/REIT based in New York deploying approx. $225MM in approx. 25 transactions with 15 different sponsors/developers of office and retail properties and ongoing portfolio maintenance work related to the equity investment platform (December 2016-present)
  • Assisted with the building of a preferred equity investment platform and a mezzanine loan origination platform for a CRE focused private equity fund (“PEF”) based in California deploying approx. $150MM of preferred equity and sub-debt in approx. 50 transactions secured by numerous asset classes (October 2015-present)
  • Represented national bank in CRE warehouse/repo facilities with numerous different PDFs regularly selling senior mortgage loans and participation interests in 36 transactions involving all asset classes for a total transaction value of approx. $210MM worth of repurchase obligations (December 2016-present)
  • Represented a national healthcare IT company in its sale to an Indian based strategic buyer with a total transaction value of $225MM (closed May 2017)
  • Represented national developer and manager of assisted living facilities in the acquisition, finance and re-finance (using debt/equity from PDFs, PEFs, banks and loans guaranteed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development) of 38 new and existing projects in 7 states with a total transaction value of approx. $125MM from (November 2016-present)
  • Represented PEF based in New York in the acquisition and finance of middle market brand-named flagged hospitality properties in 7 transactions (950 keys) to date totaling approx. $750MM (February 2017-present)
  • Represented PDF based in California in the startup of a bridge lending platform to finance all asset classes (current status: October 2018 closed $100MM of warehouse facilities composed of a senior, up to $70MM, repo facility and a mezzanine, up to $25MM, subordinate corporate warehouse financing facility permitting table funded loan leverage up to 95% UPB)
  • Represented New York based PDF in the acquisition of a portfolio of 27 senior mortgage loans, secured by office, retail and multifamily properties, from a California based fund where the total transaction value is approx. $515MM
  • Represented national bank in a nine figure upsize of an existing letter of credit facility securing a higher education institution’s Title IV financial obligations to the US Department of Education pursuant to 34 C.F.R. § 688 (initial transaction closed December 2016 with yearly upsizing required by the US DOE)
  • Represented New York based PDF in the acquisition of a portfolio containing 58 senior mortgage loans, secured by golf courses, single family residential, office, hospitality and retail properties, and 18 REO assets from a California based fund where the total transaction value is approx. $250MM
  • Represented a New York based PDF in the acquisition and securitization of a portfolio containing 18 senior mortgage loans secured by various asset classes, 14 of which were securitized in the PDF’s CMBS offering which closed Q1 2019
  • Represented an Atlanta based PEF in the acquisition and financing of a retail property in California with a total transaction value of $116MM (closed August 2018)
  • Represented a New York based PDF in the origination of a senior mortgage and subordinate mezzanine loan secured by 33 convenience and gas/retail petroleum properties with a total transaction value of approx. $40MM (closed June 2018)
  • Represented Boston and New York based PEF in the acquisition and financing of a two hotel portfolio located in Jacksonville, Florida with a total transaction value of approx. $34MM (closed March 2018)
  • Represented national bank in the acquisition financing of a Maritime Port and Intermodal facility with a total transaction value of approx. $19MM (closed February 2018)
  • Represented a Boston based CFO outsourcing and technical consulting firm in its $165MM senior corporate borrowing facility from a national bank (closed February 2018)
  • Represented a national bank and PDF in the acquisition of a $75MM UPB 135 asset small balance loan portfolio secured by various asset classes (closed the acquisition in December 2017)

Experience

  • Counseled national and regional financial institutions including banks and funds making debt and equity investments in assets including commercial real estate, corporate and asset based lending, loans guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, debt investments intended for sale on the secondary market as CMBS, CDOs or other securitizations, loan portfolio dispositions and acquisitions and related transactions
  • Represented funds and banks in the startup and growth of high-volume lending platforms across various asset classes
  • Assisted numerous financial institutions and other companies in servicing, workouts, foreclosures, portfolio management, short sales, and complex commercial dispute resolution

Previous Professional Experience

  • Judicial Intern, Middle District of Florida Federal Judge Marcia Morales Howard

Educational Activities

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
    • Student Representative on Faculty and Curriculum Advisement Committee

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD, cum laude (2006)
    • Book Awards in Civil Procedure and International Securities Regulation
    • Vigorous Moot Court competitor and executive board member
  • University of Florida, BS, Business Management, Minor in English (2003)

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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  • Florida Venture Forum, former Board Member
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • Gator Bowl Committee Board Member
  • Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Jacksonville, former Board Member
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Junior Achievement of North Florida, Volunteer and Sponsor
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