Michael L. Messer Partner

Michael L. Messer represents financial institutions, including regional, national, and international banks and underwriters, in commercial matters and loan transactions.  Throughout his career, Mr. Messer has been involved in transactions in excess of several hundred million dollars. He has also served as an expert witness in many litigations related to real estate financing. Mr. Messer also serves as group chair of the firm's Commercial Restructuring and Workouts Practice.    

Mr. Messer’s real estate practice includes a wide spectrum of transactions and he has been retained by local and international entities (owners for their own accounts as well as developers and investors) in matters including the acquisition and development of properties and financing of real estate.  As a result of his experience, he has frequently represented out-of-state entities that wish to either relocate their operations to New Jersey or invest in New Jersey. 

In addition, he has extensive experience with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, including bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, and borrower’s counsel for more than 25 years. Further, Mr. Messer is often called upon to structure an acquisition and to utilize variouis governmental incentive programs in such transactions.

Mr. Messer’s professional affiliations include his membership on Peapack-Gladstone Bank and Oritani Bank Advisory Boards.  He is also the former president and current member of the Senior Counsel of the Board of Governors,  Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association (New York metropolitan area; encompasses commercial real estate firms in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). 

Areas of Concentration

Negotiating and structuring real estate and corporate transactions, commercial banking, commercial leasing, restructuring and workouts, commercial loans and credit-enhanced transactions, privately placed debt and various types of publicly issued bonds, tax-exempt bond financings, Local Development Financing Fund (LDFF) transactions, SBA 504 loans, and pool loan transactions.

Representative Matters

  • Borrowers’ counsel for $65M bond issue for 501(c)(3) organization
  • Developer’s counsel for $110M multi-use redevelopment project
  • Bank counsel for $32M real estate loan to REIT
  • Counsel for acquisition of real estate and financing of $20M warehouse/distribution center for privately held New Jersey company
  • Bank counsel in $10M workout/restructuring with manufacturing company
  • Co-counsel in $105M global refinancing of a real estate portfolio of a significant New Jersey investor/developer