Gavin Williams

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Gavin Williams

Gavin Williams

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Biography

Gavin Williams is a Miami real estate attorney who serves as the head of Public and Charitable Services for Holland & Knight's Real Estate Section and is the co-chair of associate mentoring for the Miami office. He also is actively involved in the firm's Artificial Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Williams concentrates his practice in commercial real estate and finance law, including all aspects of real estate acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing and development.

Mr. Williams has represented lenders of all sizes and scale in their real estate finance needs for more than 15 years. He has extensive experience working with national banks, regional and community banks, private lenders, life insurance companies, as well as bridge and mezzanine lenders. He also advises lenders on disposition of loans, including participation and assignments and loan sales. While his primary focus is on Florida-based transactions, Mr. Williams routinely advises lenders in multistate portfolios. He also is well-versed in assisting lenders with their financing of inventory, accounts receivable and other balance sheet assets, including specialized assets such as works of fine art.

In addition to his lending work, Mr. Williams spends a great deal of his practice advising real estate developers. His practice includes assisting clients in their acquisition and disposition of vacant and developed property, negotiating financing arrangements with both lenders and equity providers, reviewing and obtaining land-use entitlements, as well as advising on all the legal needs for these construction projects. He also represents the equity interests of developers by negotiating joint venture and operating agreements.

Mr. Williams also assists private equity funds in their credit finance needs. He handles the credit finance work for many of the Miami office's private equity clients. This representation includes work with traditional banks and private lenders in loans and advising funds in their acquisition of interests in already closed loan facilities.

In addition to his real estate work, Mr. Williams is outside counsel to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.

Representative Lender Engagements

* Represented the same national bank for more than 15 years in all aspects of real estate finance, including a $100 million portfolio of properties, hotel loans, construction and renovation loans, as well as owner-occupied facilities
* Represented a local bank in a $25 million loan to finance construction of a multifamily project
* Represented a bank in a $20 million loan to a retail center
* Represented a community bank in a $22 million loan secured by accounts receivable

Representative Developer Engagements

* Represented a multifamily developer in the acquisition of a vacant parcel, reviewing entitlements and obtaining construction financing from a global bank
* Represented a developer in a $660 million commercial mortgage-backed securities loan secured by 41 properties located throughout the United States
* Represented a hotel chain in its acquisition of a leasehold interest in a parcel of property, the further subleasing of a portion of the property to a food and beverage operator and negotiating a joint venture agreement with its partner

Representative Private Equity Engagements

* Represented a Miami-based fund in a loan secured by the balance sheet of various operating companies providing primary care physician services to Medicare-eligible patients
* Represented a fund in a $35 million loan secured by the various loans made by the operating company
* Represented various operating companies in a loan facility providing both working capital and a revolving feature to permit the companies to acquire additional providers of dental care services

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Education
J.D., magna cum laude

The University of Miami School of Law, founded in 1926, is the law school of the University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, Florida, in the United States. The school graduated its first class of 13 students in 1929. The University of Miami School of Law also offers extensive "Public Interest Programs" and opportunities, including the "Center for Ethics and Public Service" that offers in-house clinics and educational programs including the "Children and Youth Law Clinic", "Health and Elder Law Clinic", and "Corporate & Professional Responsibility Program". The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center at the University of Miami School of Law gives students the opportunity to get involved in over 25 different projects each year, reaching various underserved and at-risk populations locally, nationally, and abroad.The University of Miami School of Law is located on the main campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, just six miles southeast of Miami, the 7th largest metropolitan area in the nation. The School of Law is centered around a central courtyard called the "Bricks." The Law Library has a collection of over 600,000 volumes in print and microform, and subscribes to a large and ever-expanding list of electronic resources.

B.A. in Communications & Political Science

From its founding in 1897, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training institution to now becoming Utah’s designated liberal arts and sciences university. SUU has always placed students first by fostering small, personalized classes led by supportive professors who are some of the nation's top scholars in their fields of study. True to the University's academic core vision of becoming a nationally recognized institution of learning, SUU faculty, staff and administrators enable students to honor thought in all its finest forms, achieve excellence in their chosen field, and create positive change in the world. People throughout the state look to the University for major academic specialties, economic and business development opportunities and training, distinguished cultural programs, athletic activities, and regional archives. Some of the nation's most acclaimed national parks and outdoor recreation opportunities surround Cedar City and provide the basis for a distinct educational partnership between the University and the National Park Service. A wider range of metropolitan activities is close at hand however, with Las Vegas, Nevada, just two-and-a-half hours south and Salt Lake City, Utah, just three hours north.

Memberships
Pillar Member

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1921 to promote the economic well-being of Miami Beach's citizens, to improve the quality of life for the entire community, and to communicate the view of the business community on major issues of public policy.

Senior Articles Editor
Prior

Founded in 1947 as the Miami Law Quarterly, the University of Miami Law Review is a quarterly legal journal committed to publishing articles of interest to legal scholars and practitioners. Composed of four separate issues published in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, the Law Review publishes one volume per year. One issue consists of pieces analyzing the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (fittingly named the Eleventh Circuit Issue). The Law Review also hosts an annual live symposium at the University of Miami School of Law. Click here to read our bylaws.

Career History
Partner
Current

Holland & Knight LLP provides legal services. The company offers four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. It has locations in Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Tallahassee. The company was founded in 1968 and is located in Miami, FL.

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Member, Board of Trustees
Current
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Gavin Williams is affiliated with Holland & Knight LLP, Arts & Business Council of Miami

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