About Daniel S. Huffenus

Dan Huffenus, managing partner of Katten’s Charlotte office, has a national real estate practice. For more than 25 years, he has represented sophisticated real estate capital markets lenders in the origination of commercial mortgage loans. Active since the early days of CMBS lending, he is particularly knowledgeable in issues related to securitized lending, including the origination, servicing and defeasance of CMBS loans.

Experienced in a variety of loan structures

CMBS clients often rely on Dan to handle esoteric structures, including loans to Delaware Statutory Trusts. He also has significant experience in balance sheet loans, bridge loans secured by transitional properties, mezzanine loans and construction loans. Dan’s lender clients often turn to him for assistance with routine servicing matters, as well with modifying and restructuring distressed loans.

In addition to his finance practice, Dan represents owners and developers of real estate in acquisitions, financing and property dispositions. In Chambers USA 2019, in response to a survey on North Carolina real estate, one of Dan’s clients described him as a “very good negotiator” and “responsive and driven.”

Before practicing law, Dan worked in New York as a consultant at a national real estate consulting practice where he helped clients analyze real estate debt and equity investments. He is a Registered Foreign Lawyer and a non-practicing partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP.

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"Daniel Huffenus is widely acknowledged as a leading practitioner in the Charlotte real estate finance market."

Chambers USA 2018
(North Carolina, Real Estate: Finance) survey response

Practice Focus

  • Real estate finance
  • CMBS lending, securitization and servicing
  • Structured finance and securitizations
  • Real estate acquisition and development

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