Overview

Pamela Brown is a partner and commercial transactions attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. She focuses her practice in complex commercial real estate transactions and contract law for regional and national clients. Ms. Brown is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice.

Ms. Brown’s practice emphasis includes negotiation, documentation and closing of property acquisition and sale transactions; mortgage and asset based financing; property development; leasing transactions; real estate property due diligence, title insurance and survey; loan workouts and restructures; legal opinions; corporate, partnership and limited liability company entity formation and documentation.

Representative Experience

Ms. Brown has negotiated and facilitated a wide range of transactions, including the following recent representative transactions:

  • Borrower counsel for $130 million regional shopping center refinance and construction financing, including special purpose entity compliance and securitized loan defeasance.
  • Borrower/purchaser counsel for $34 million acquisition and financing of multi-family project in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Purchaser/developer counsel for $35 million acquisition and financing of proposed luxury apartment development in Miami, Florida.
  • Purchaser counsel in connection with acquisition of equity interests in project owner entity for Fortune 500 transportation company headquarters office building in Tempe, Arizona.
  • Counsel for multi-family apartment investor in connection with multiple real property purchases and financings in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  

Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Brown worked in mortgage banking and specialized in the secondary mortgage market.

Recognition

In 2016, Ms. Brown was recognized by The Legal 500 for her work in real estate.

Professional Memberships and Community Engagement

Ms. Brown is an active member of various professional and community organizations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers. She provides legal services to several not for profit organizations on a pro bono basis. 

Education

Ms. Brown graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D., 2005) and from the University of North Florida (B.B.A., 2001).

Publications

Ms. Brown co-authored an article in 2016 that was published in the Journal of Physician-Owned Real Estate regarding asset planning protection for physician-owned medical practices.

Admissions

Ms. Brown is admitted to practice in Florida and Michigan.

Representative Matters

Showing of
Represented client with all aspects of refinance of construction loan including plane, boat, condominium, and residence as collateral.
Assist client with acquisition and structuring of a mixed use condominium that will contain student housing and retail.
Represented Hall Equities Group (HEG) in connection with the acquisition of 29 hotels and the corporate assets of ZMC Hotels, which employs more than 1,000 people. The aggregate purchase price was approximately $225,226,000. ZMC Hotels owns and operates both private label boutique hotels, as well as those licensed by many prominent brands, including Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Wyndham, and others. Hotels are disbursed across the country from Duluth, Minnesota, to Phoenix, Arizona, to Sebring, Florida, and many locations in between. Five hotels are clustered in Scottsdale, Arizona. All of the hotels, along with other select quality properties, were master leased to and are being managed by Zenith Asset Company, an affiliate of HEG. Equity financing for the transaction was derived from a variety of sources, including the sale of three quality properties by the Hall Equities Group sponsored investment groups, cash on hand, and the refinancing of two multi-family apartment buildings. As part of the equity raise, one of HEG's investment groups sold a shopping center to Excel Trust, Inc. This shopping center was originally developed by HEG and owned since 2000. The aggregate purchase price was approximately $131,000,000. This super-regional center is known as Monte Vista Crossings and is located in Turlock, California. Monte Vista Crossings is one of the largest open-air regional shopping centers in the western United States, and is home to national retailers such as Home Depot, Target, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Safeway, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ross Dress for Less, Bed Bath & Beyond, T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Office Max, Petco, In-Shape Fitness, Gap, Pier One Imports, and more than fifty additional well known shops and restaurants. The seller retained HEG to handle the ongoing leasing and construction of the next phase of Monte Vista Crossings. Another HEG sponsored investment group sold a luxury apartment project in downtown Walnut Creek, California. This six-story, 100-unit Class “A” building of concrete construction is known as The Arroyo. The project was sold to a major US-based Life Insurance Company, which has retained HEG as both the General Contractor to complete construction of the project, and as the Property Manager for the project going forward. An additional HEG sponsored investment group sold the 41,000 square foot 2890 North Main Street office building in Walnut Creek. Proceeds from all three sales were used by the investor groups to generate equity capital for the hotel portfolio acquisition. The balance of the proceeds were derived from an acquisition loan from Bank of America.

Capabilities