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Rob M. Davies

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography

Rob Davies serves as borrower and lender counsel in commercial finance transactions, including serving as local counsel for borrowers and serving as bank and borrower counsel for asset-based lending and mortgage loan financing transactions. He has acted as bank counsel, borrower counsel and bond counsel in tax-exempt and taxable financing transactions. He also enjoys assisting clients with the leasing, development, financing, acquisition and sale of real property, including business and residential condominiums. He is chair of the firm's Commercial Finance Practice Group. Rob also has a focus on the mining industry, with experience in mineral acquisition and leasing throughout Michigan, and mineral title opinions.

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 2001 cum laude
  • Michigan State University B.A. 1998 with honors

Admitted

  • 2001, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 2001

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

  • Prepare and negotiate loan documents on behalf of lender and borrower clients
  • Acts as borrower's counsel in HUD-insured loans to health care providers and low income housing project developers
  • Served as bank counsel in its direct purchase of tax-exempt bonds and taxable notes
  • Served as bond counsel in the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by the Michigan Finance Authority, Michigan Strategic Fund and by local Michigan hospital finance authorities
  • Serves as local counsel to borrowers for the purpose of providing local counsel opinion letters for loan transactions
  • Prepares store leases for major retail entities and many types of franchises
  • Assisted with development of numerous residential and business site and traditional condominiums
  • Negotiated purchases, sales and leases for hospitals and other health-care providers
  • Represented seller in a multi-state sale of hotels
  • Represented sellers in real estate portfolio sales to REITs
  • Acquistion of mineral rights and preparation of related title options for client through Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016-Present
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2020 Grand Rapids Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
  • Named a “Recognised Practitioner” for Banking and Finance Law in Michigan by Chambers USA, 2018-Present
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2011-2015
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of Omega Honor Society Member
  • Bronze Key Certificate Recipient
  • Senior and Assistant Editor, Wayne Law Review

Publications

  • "Negotiating Loan Commitment Letters," Grand Rapids Business Journal, July 2016
  • "Telemedicine Leases: So the Doctor Can Always See You," Grand Rapids Business Journal, November 29, 2013
  • "Franchises Need to Understand Lease Options," Grand Rapids Business Journal, December 8, 2012
  • "New Program Streamlines Development and Funding of Affordable Housing," Grand Rapids Business Journal, December 27, 2011
  • Caught in a Trap--Lenders Become Obligated to Finish Condo Project When Developers Go Belly-Up," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, November 16, 2009
  • "What Banks Need to Know When Taking Control of Unfinished Condo Projects," Michigan Banker, September, 2009
  • "Condo Foreclosures Draw Bank's Eye," Grand Rapids Business Journal, May 26, 2009

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers Member
  • Commercial Alliance of Realtors
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Member

Community Affiliations

  • EmbodyGR
    Board Member (2014-18)
  • Van Andel Research Institute
    J-Board® Member (2009-14)
  • Michigan State University Alumni Association
    Lifetime Member (1998-Present)
  • Michigan State University Club of West Michigan
    Member (2004-Present), Board Member (2007-12)
  • Habitat for Humanity
    Finance Committee Member (2010-14)
  • Horizon Bank Grand Rapids Market Advisory Board (2017-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Negotiating Loan Commitment Letters," State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section Summer Conference, July 15, 2016
  • "Top 10 Lease Issues for Tenants Lacking Negotiating Leverage," ICSC 2013 Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, Ohio
  • "Maximizing Tax Credits and Other Financial Incentives for Real Estate Development," Lorman presentation, January 10, 2012
  • "Successor Developer Issues," Real Estate Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, October 13, 2009
  • "Lender Issues With Troubled Condominium Projects," July 30, 2009
  • "Synergy, 2008, Deal or No Deal - Purchase Agreement Negotiations"
  • "Condominiums as a Creative Land Development Technique," Plat and Subdivision Law, May 22, 2007

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