People: Cynthia J. Mitchell, Partner

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Cynthia J. Mitchell

Partner

New York
Direct: (212) 218-3357
Fax: (917) 344-1336
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Cynthia J. Mitchell is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and co-leads the firm’s national Health Care Real Estate & Finance practice. Ms. Mitchell focuses on representing clients across the country in the acquisition and disposition of various types of commercial real property, including healthcare facilities, office buildings, industrial properties, and mixed-use apartment buildings, and on the real estate-related aspects of transactions pertaining to corporate sales, acquisitions, and mergers. Ms. Mitchell also represents landlords and tenants in commercial use and commercial lease transactions, and lenders and borrowers in real estate finance matters. She has also done a substantial amount of work in the area of public housing development privatizations, including the withdrawal of several Mitchell-Lama projects from the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program and the conversion of Mitchell-Lama projects into condominiums or cooperative corporations.

Ms. Mitchell has significant experience representing healthcare clients in real estate transactions, with a focus on skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals. She advises her clients in the acquisition and disposition of the assets, as well as, obtaining mortgage financing through a variety of different channels, including, permanent financing sources, Bridge-to-HUD loans and financing insured through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These transactions often involve assisting the client with other loan structures, including accounts receivables financing and alternate forms of subordinate debt.

In 2018, Ms. Mitchell was named by Legal500 as a Next Generation Lawyer in Real Estate, recognized by Legal500 in both the “Real Estate” and the “Healthcare: Service Providers” categories and selected as one of Real Estate Weekly’s “Leading Ladies 2018”. In 2017, Ms. Mitchell was named by Legal500 as a Next Generation Lawyer in Real Estate, recognized by Legal500 in the Real Estate category  and jointly nominated by the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and Best Lawyers to the 2017 “Women of Influence” Awards. Super Lawyers named her as a Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in New York in 2018 and as a Rising Star in Real Estate in 2012.

She is the immediate past-president of the New York Chapter of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in the Law and continues to serve on the National Board of Directors and co-chair the NY Membership Committee. She is also a member of the Tri-State Local Advisory Board of Jumpstart, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on early childhood education.

Cynthia J. Mitchell is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and co-leads the firm’s national Health Care Real Estate & Finance practice. Ms. Mitchell focuses on representing clients across the country in the acquisition and disposition of various types of commercial real property, including healthcare facilities, office buildings, industrial properties, and mixed-use apartment buildings, and on the real estate-related aspects of transactions pertaining to corporate sales, acquisitions, and mergers. Ms. Mitchell also represents landlords and tenants in commercial use and commercial lease transactions, and lenders and borrowers in real estate finance matters. She has also done a substantial amount of work in the area of public housing development privatizations, including the withdrawal of several Mitchell-Lama projects from the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program and the conversion of Mitchell-Lama projects into condominiums or cooperative corporations.

Ms. Mitchell has significant experience representing healthcare clients in real estate transactions, with a focus on skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals. She advises her clients in the acquisition and disposition of the assets, as well as, obtaining mortgage financing through a variety of different channels, including, permanent financing sources, Bridge-to-HUD loans and financing insured through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These transactions often involve assisting the client with other loan structures, including accounts receivables financing and alternate forms of subordinate debt.

In 2018, Ms. Mitchell was named by Legal500 as a Next Generation Lawyer in Real Estate, recognized by Legal500 in both the “Real Estate” and the “Healthcare: Service Providers” categories and selected as one of Real Estate Weekly’s “Leading Ladies 2018”. In 2017, Ms. Mitchell was named by Legal500 as a Next Generation Lawyer in Real Estate, recognized by Legal500 in the Real Estate category  and jointly nominated by the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and Best Lawyers to the 2017 “Women of Influence” Awards. Super Lawyers named her as a Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in New York in 2018 and as a Rising Star in Real Estate in 2012.

She is the immediate past-president of the New York Chapter of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in the Law and continues to serve on the National Board of Directors and co-chair the NY Membership Committee. She is also a member of the Tri-State Local Advisory Board of Jumpstart, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on early childhood education.

Education

  • J.D., New York Law School (2002)
    magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1998)

Admissions

  • New York

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law - New York Chapter, President’s Council, National Board of Directors and co-chair of the NY Membership Committee
  • Jumpstart, Tri-State Local Advisory Board

Representative Engagements

  • Represented the purchaser in the $226 million acquisition of 12 skilled nursing homes (and one leasehold) located in Maryland and Pennsylvania, which also included negotiation of multiple layers of debt including a syndicated loan, seller financing, accounts receivable financing and individual one-off institutional mortgage loans.
  • Represented lead lender in the $70,000,000.00 syndicated bridge-to-HUD loan in connection with the borrower’s acquisition of seven (7) healthcare facilities across six (6) states, which portfolio included skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and independent living facilities.
  • Represented lender in connection with a $22,935,000.00 bridge loan for the acquisition for a skilled nursing home facility in Washington DC. Transaction included multiple layers of financing including mezzanine and intercompany financing obtained by the borrower.
  • Co-leads the team that handles leasing and related real estate matters for a Fortune 500 company that operates over 2,000 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States and over 200 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States.
  • Represented the purchaser in the purchase of a portfolio of approximately 170 health care facilities in 19 states, which also included negotiation of multiple layers of debt totaling over $1.1 billion in mortgage and mezzanine financing.
  • Represented the purchaser in the acquisition of approximately 260 health care facilities in over 20 states, which also included the negotiation of multiple layers of debt including a $1.2 billion dollar mortgage loan and $200 million dollar mezzanine loan.
  • Represented the borrower in a $1,047 billion refinance loan secured by 197 health care facilities located in 23 states.
  • Served as real estate counsel to the seller in an asset purchase sale that included 13 owned or leased long-term acute care hospitals located in multiple states for approximately $161 million.
  • Represented the master tenant in the negotiation of a HUD Master Lease, covering four nursing facilities and the simultaneous subleasing of the four properties from the master tenant to the individual nursing home operators.
  • Represented the owner and operator of nursing facilities in the $26 million sale-leaseback of two skilled nursing facilities.
  • Represented the owner/operator in its purchase of vacant land, including due diligence, construction financing, development of a skilled nursing facility; and the sale-leaseback of the developed facility to a publically traded REIT.
  • Represented the purchaser in the acquisition, financing, and withdrawal from the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program of five apartment complexes in New York, with a loan value totaling over $300 million.
  • Represented a sponsor in the conversion of a 1,257-unit Mitchell-Lama project into a condominium and the simultaneous sale of 825 units to tenants.
  • Represented the landlord in negotiation of a restaurant lease for 50,000 square foot premises and negotiation of a sign lease agreement for two blade signs with a world renowned restaurant located in Times Square.

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Natural Born Rainmakers: Personality Traits that Close the Deal,” The New York Chapter of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law,” New York, NY (October 24, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Senior Living and Long-Care Asset Financing: A Look at Today and a View on Tomorrow,” CRE Financial Council, Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2016)

Accolades

  • Named as one of the “Leading Ladies 2018” by Real Estate Weekly (2018)
  • Next Generation Attorney, Real Estate (Nationwide), Legal 500 USA (2018, 2017)
  • Recognized Attorney, Healthcare: Service Providers (Nationwide), Legal 500 USA (2018)
  • Recognized Attorney, Real Estate (Nationwide), Legal 500 USA (2018, 2017, 2014)
  • Recognized Attorney, Healthcare (Nationwide), Legal 500 USA (2014)
  • Nominated for “Women of Influence” Award by the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and Best Lawyers (2017)
  • Top Rated Real Estate Attorney, Super Lawyers (2018)
  • Rising Star in Real Estate, Super Lawyers (2012)