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Richard S Fries

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Richard Fries is one of the leaders of Sidley’s Real Estate practice group. In January 2018, Richard was awarded the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section’s Professionalism Award, its most significant honor, which recognizes lawyers who evidence the highest attributes of legal ability, achievement, civility and professionalism in the practice of law.

Richard focuses his practice on a wide array of complex real estate financing and workouts transactions, in which he represents national and global institutional lenders, investment banks and private equity firms.

Richard has been involved in the financing, foreclosure and restructuring of permanent, construction, acquisition, bridge and mezzanine loans of all types, including agented and syndicated facilities, secured by office buildings, land development projects, healthcare complexes, hotels, mixed-use projects, condominium and rental apartment buildings, shopping centers, franchise operations and automobile dealerships, among other real estate and business assets.

Richard is particularly distinguished for his work in high-profile distressed commercial loan workouts and restructurings, mortgage foreclosure, distressed portfolio and asset sales, creditors’ rights and insolvency. With a keen understanding of the “last day” of a defaulted loan workout, Richard has developed a unique market-leading practice using litigation tools to restructure real estate loans, projects and businesses.