DLA Piper LLP (US)

Stephen A Cowan

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Practice Areas

Real Estate


Stephen Cowan, Co-Location Head of DLA Piper's California Real Estate Practice, focuses his practice on real estate, finance, real estate fund formations and bankruptcy/workouts. He has significant experience representing non-US investors in the purchase, sale and development of US real estate. Stephen has been a frequent lecturer and author in the fields of real estate, finance and bankruptcy matters.

Stephen has worked on the real estate and corporate aspects of the creation of real estate funds through private placements. He has represented various developers, investors, banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions in numerous acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and partnerships, workouts, restructurings, bankruptcies, multifamily and IDB and IRB letter of credit bond transactions, construction and permanent loans, rent arbitrations, sale leasebacks, synthetic leases, agricultural finance and workouts, leveraged buyouts, non-real estate single and multi-lender revolving credit and term loan agreements and restructuring of US real estate portfolios with complex inter-creditor issues and configuration of bankruptcy remote vehicles.

Professional Memberships

American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Founding Member, 1979, Board of Governors, 1983 – 1985, 1989 – 1992)


J.D., Harvard Law School 1969; M.B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1966; B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1965; University of Michigan 1962