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Mark Stillman joined Ballon Stoll’s Real Estate, Corporate and Securities and Commercial Finance Department in 2013 and currently is the chair of the department.  Prior to Ballon Stoll, Mr. Stillman was associated with several large, national (and international) law firms, including Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Phillips Lytle LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Mr. Stillman’s practice involves representing buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, tenants, institutional and private lenders, borrowers, investors and other interested parties in connection with complex and sophisticated commercial real estate, corporate and securities and commercial finance transactions throughout the country, including:​

(1)  commercial finance matters both within and without the real estate context and whether CMBS/ securitized/ participation loans or balance sheet/ origination loans, including acquisition and senior mortgage lending, refinancing of existing debt, construction loans, mezzanine and bridge lending and forbearance/ workouts;

(2) ​conveyancing of vacant and improved real property, for example, apartment, mixed use and other types of buildings, hotel properties, industrial and manufacturing sites and undeveloped parcels; development and new construction deals; distressed properties and specialty transactions, such as IDA projects, sale-leasebacks, TIC arrangements and FAR (development rights) deals;

(3)  office, retail, shopping center, warehouse/ industrial and ground/ net leasing;

(4)  corporate and securities matters both incidental to the foregoing and standalone, including joint venture setups and registration-exempt private placement investment vehicles as well as asset and stock purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital transactions; and

(5)  various other matters having a contractual basis, including employment agreements, licensing and distribution agreements (wholesale and resale), architects’, general contractors’, property managers’ and other construction-related contracts and franchise agreements and disclosure documents.

  • Real Estate

  • Corporate and Securities

  • Commercial Finance

  • General and Specialty Business Transactions

  • State of New Jersey (1999)

  • State of New York (2000)

  • United States District Court for the

       District of New Jersey (1999)

  • Supreme Court of the United States

       of America (2005)

  • The Johns Hopkins University (B.A. in political science, 1996)

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

       (J.D., 1999); Editor-in-Chief for Moot                 Court Honor Society

Mr. Stillman enjoys the outdoors and recreational sports, including golf (he is a junior member of Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York), is a passionate fan of the New York Yankees and loves spending time with his beautiful nieces.

  • Represented a Long Island based hospitality investment and operating company in connection with its $52,250,000 acquisition of the Hilton Huntington hotel in Melville, New York, as well as with a $35,000,000 mortgage loan to finance the acquisition and matters incidental thereto, including franchisor and liquor authority approval.

  • Represented a major U.S. institutional lender, as trustee of a $1 billion-capitalized pension fund, in connection with a series of acquisition and construction loan origination and modification transactions (average aggregate loan amount: $75,000,000) to real estate developers in New York and elsewhere throughout the United States, including California, Oregon and Washington.

  • Represented a luxury leather goods retailer in connection with all of its mall, shopping center and office leases throughout North America and its negotiations with mall developers and other landlords attendant thereto.

  • Represented a Paris based specialty tea retailer and wholesaler in connection with several store leases at premier New York City properties, including the Plaza Hotel Grand Concourse, Time Warner Center and Westfield World Trade Center (Oculus).

  • Represented an Indiana and New York based hotel development and management joint venture in connection with both the creation of the joint venture, including equity purchase and corporate governance documents, as well as in the mortgage and mezzanine debt refinancing of the eleven hotels included in the venture, located in New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and California, among other places, in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $175,000,000.

  • Represented a division of a large international publishing company in its $80 million acquisition of a Web site developer and e-commerce marketing concern.

  • Represented a publicly held New York based insurance company in its $163.5 million stock sale of a subsidiary.

  • Represented a Connecticut based direct mail company with respect to its sale of common stock and several rounds of bridge financing prior to closing on the sale of the company.

  • Represented parties in other various related contracts, franchise agreements and disclosure documents.

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