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University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984Hastings Law Journal
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Political Science and Chinese language, with honors, 1980
Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1978
Clay Gantz' practice emphasizes real estate and financial transactions of all types. In particular, Mr. Gantz has over 30 years of experience addressing issues which arise in connection with real estate ownership, development and investment across all product types, including construction and permanent financing; land use and entitlements; acquisitions, sales and exchanges; and leasing and ground leasing.
Building on his experience as a counsel to public agencies such as the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (in connection with the Moscone Center/Yerba Buena Gardens project) and the City of Tustin (in connection with the conversion of the Marine Corps Air Station Tustin from military to civilian use), Mr. Gantz also regularly advises private developers in public-private partnerships. He was recently invited to join Lambda Alpha International, the international honorary society for the advancement of land economics, based on his "creativity in structuring public and private development transactions of depth and complexity."
Mr. Gantz represents buyers and sellers of distressed mortgage loans, loan portfolios, and REO as well as borrowers and lenders in mortgage loan restructurings and workouts. He has also formed and served as general counsel to commercial mortgage loan conduits and private equity funds.
Mr. Gantz also has considerable expertise in the acquisition, disposition and financings of wineries and vineyards. He is an award-winning amateur winemaker and has completed the certificate program in winemaking offered by the world-renowned Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, Extension for individuals employed in the wine industry. Mr. Gantz has also developed his own vineyard, which is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is located in the Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area, Sonoma County, California. He is the President of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers, the organization of wine grape growers and wineries responsible for promoting the Russian River Valley as one of the worlds' premier locations for cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Mr. Gantz's clients have included Bank of America, Bohannon Development Company, Boston Private Bank, Central Pacific Bank, Citicorp and its affiliates, Hunter Properties, Jay Paul Company, KeyBank, National Association, Landbank Investments LLC, the San Jose Earthquakes, Seagate Properties, Storm Land Company, Wells Fargo Bank and Wolff Urban Development, among others.
Mr. Gantz is a member of the firm's Real Estate and Land Use and Corporate and Finance Practice Groups. He was the managing partner of a San Francisco-based law firm that combined with Manatt in 2008.
Interviewed, What's Cookin' Today on CRN, October 5, 2015.
Quoted, "Neighborhood Watch," Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2015.
Quoted, "Invest in wine without drinking the profits," Wall Street Journal MarketWatch, August 13, 2013.
Quoted, "Something New for DC's (Low-Demand) Gap Finance Market," GlobeSt.com, June 29, 2013.
Coauthor, "10 Reasons Why Sustainable/Energy Retrofits of Commercial Buildings Will Be the Next Big Thing," Environmental Leader, July 23, 2012.
Coauthor, "CMBS Concerns – Are securitized loans worth the trouble?" Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine, Editor's Pick, July/August 2012.
Coauthor, "CMBS 2.0: Still in Need of Work," Urban Land Magazine, January/February 2012.
Quoted, "Distressed Investors Still Waiting for CMBS 2.0 Financing," The Distressed Debt Report, Vol. VII, No. 15, August 23, 2011.
Quoted, "Bulk-Loan Sales, They're Back!" Distressed Assets Investor, January 2011.
Quoted, "Buy a Loan-to-Own, and Price it Right," GlobeSt.com, July 26, 2010.
Coauthor, "Selling Distressed Assets," Mortgage Banking Magazine, June 2010.
Quoted, "Platform Set for CMBS Borrowers," National Mortgage News, September 21, 2009.
Quoted, "Crunch Looms for Commercial Real Estate Debt," Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 7, 2009.
Quoted, "CMBS Loans in Trouble, Law Firm Sees Way to Speed Workouts," FinCriAdvisor, July 19, 2009.
Quoted, "Financial Crisis Leads to New Ventures Between Law Firms," FinCriAdvisor, July 19, 2009.
Quoted, "GSP, Manatt Launch CMBS Advisory Services," GlobeSt.com, July 9, 2009.
Quoted, "FDIC Backs Away from Toxic Debt Sales," GlobeSt.com, June 5, 2009.
Quoted, "Vultures Continue Circling But Close Few Deals: Opportunity funds find themselves negotiating with banks rather than builders," Real Estate Journal, October 9, 2008.
Admitted to practice in California.
Member, Lambda Alpha International.
President, Russian River Valley Winegrowers.
Member, California Bankers Association.
Member, Urban Land Institute.
"The Transbay Project—Harnessing Land Value to a 40 Acre Mixed Use Community," Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 7, 2015.
"Strategies for Investors in Distressed Assets—Finishing Half Built Projects," 2010 Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, CA, December 15–17, 2010.
"Evaluating Loan Sale Options," Information Management Networks' Bankers Forum on Distressed Properties & Real Estate Loan Workouts, New York, NY, April 19–20, 2010.
"Trouble in the Commercial Real Estate Debt Markets - Opportunity or Threat?" Urban Land Institute, Redwood Shores, CA, February 18, 2010.
Moderator, "Banks in Distress - Opportunities for Real Estate Finance & Investment," Information Forecast Inc., July 23, 2009.
"Workouts and Breakouts: What Can Be Built in Today's Market," Urban Land Institute, San Francisco, CA, September 2008.
Moderator, "California Local Market Roundtable," Distressed Real Estate Symposium, Miami, FL, March 2008.
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