Andrew D. Small, P.C. - Partner

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Andrew D. Small, P.C.

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Phone: +1 312-862-5489
Fax: +1 312-862-2200
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Professional Profile

Andrew Small is a partner in the Real Estate Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has extensive experience in commercial real estate advising real estate investors, funds, finance companies, sponsors and operating companies on private equity capital raising, finance (including preferred equity and mezzanine), investment and development of commercial real estate. He also advises on the formation of joint ventures to own, operate, develop, and finance global real estate. He regularly represents lenders with participations, modifications, originations and workouts of commercial real estate financings. The 2011 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business notes that clients describe him as "an unusually talented guy, who combines tremendous technical skills with sound business judgment." In the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, clients praised him for his "absolutely terrific" technical skills.

Representative Matters

  • Represented self-managed integrated commercial real estate investment and asset management company organized as a public real estate investment trust in the restructuring of in excess of $2 billion of senior and mezzanine financing

  • Represented KKR Financial Holdings LLC in its $196 million acquisition with YTC Pacific of Yorktown Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot mall with more than 150 stores in the Chicago area including the assumption of a $81.8 million first mortgage loan and securing a $38 million first mortgage loan

  • Represented U.S. real estate hedge fund manager in various debt acquisitions, restructurings and sales

  • Represented MSR Resort Golf Course LLC in the $1.7 billion sale of various iconic hotel properties

  • Represented diversified real estate investment firm in connection with in excess of $1 billion of debt acquisitions and restructurings

  • Represented KKR & Co. LLP, as part of a consortium, in the acquisition of the Albany, New York area's second largest mall, Colonie Center

Prior to joining Kirkland in 2011, Andrew:

  • Represented borrower in corporate-level mezzanine financing for national hotel portfolio

  • Represented borrower in acquisition and financing of a public real estate holding company

  • Represented lender in mezzanine loan secured by interests in 20 development projects

  • Represented developer in large, ground-up luxury mixed-use project in the Southwest

  • Represented loan participant in connection with luxury hotel mortgage financing

  • Represented investor with respect to private equity investment in an international real estate development company

  • Represented investor with respect to private equity investment in a private national hotel owner/operator

  • Represented investor in formation of real estate fund to make investments throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Latin America

  • Represented investor in joint venture to develop a high-end mixed-use project in Central America

  • Represented client in debtor-in-possession financing and Section 363 sale of assets out of bankruptcy

  • Represented sponsor in formation of real estate fund to acquire multi-family assets

  • Represented operator in formation of fund to develop and operate upscale restaurants in New York City

  • Represented owners of five-star hotel properties in negotiations of hotel management agreements

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centers

Other Distinctions

Recognized in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004–2018)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (2006–2019)

Recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine (2006–2014)

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Real Estate (2013–2015; 2017)

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