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Charles J. Spiess


Practice Areas

  • Commercial and Retail Leasing

  • Corporate Finance and Securities

  • Debt Finance

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Mezzanine Finance

  • Real Estate Private Equity

  • Start-Ups and Emerging Companies

  • Commercial and Retail Leasing

  • Commercial Purchases and Sales

  • Non-Competes, Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secret Protection

  • Employment Contracts

  • Employment Law


  • New York, 1997

  • Connecticut, 1998

  • Massachusetts, Admission Pending

Charles J. Spiess is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Charles is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, securities transactions, licensing arrangements and general corporate matters. Charles advises a broad range of clients, including early stage companies, publicly held middle-market companies and private equity investors. Charles regularly serves as outside general counsel for privately held companies at various stages of development. Charles also has extensive expertise in substantially all aspects of commercial real estate and real estate finance and over time has represented parties in a wide array of transactions. Among his clients are

  • Joint Ventures. Developers and investors in joint venture transactions to develop, redevelop, operate and/or finance office, hotel and other commercial properties.

  • Commercial Mortgage and Real-Estate Company Financings and Workouts. Borrowers, lenders and investors in the origination, modification, enforcement and workout of securitized and conventional commercial mortgage loans, revolving credit facilities, mezzanine loans and preferred equity.

  • Distressed Situations. Purchasers and sellers of distressed properties and debt instruments.

Representative Matters

  • Acquisition and financing of Blue Back Square in West Hartford, Connecticut consisting of 472,000 rsf of mixed use space on behalf of Starwood Retail Partners for $104.9MM

  • Acquisition and financing of 100 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut consisting of 155,455 rsf commercial space on behalf of Antares Investment Partners for $160MM

  • Acquisition and financing of Marriott Courtyard in Stamford, Connecticut including entering into franchise agreement with Marriott International Inc.

  • Acquisition and financing of Streets of Chester Shopping Center in Chester, New Jersey consisting of 104,682 rsf of retail space on behalf of Core Plus Partners

  • Acquisition of mixed use properties in California and Washington for St. John’s College (University of Oxford)

  • Acquisition, financing and leasing of mixed use space on behalf of Forstone Capital and ATCO Investment Management

  • Recapitalization of office, hotel and residential properties, together with the discounted purchase or workout of non- or sub-performing debt

  • Numerous commercial leasing matters throughout the U.S. for Diageo North America, Inc.

  • Construction financing for numerous New York metro area office and retail projects

  • Merger and sale of Amkai LLC with and into an affiliate of Surgical Information Systems

  • Sale of Houlihan Lawrence to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1997

  • University of Rochester, B.A., 1991


  • Cardozo Law Review; Director of Greenwich Youth Lacrosse