In Person: Improving Neighborhoods & Improving Lives w. John Usdan, Midwood ID

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John Usdan
CEO at Midwood Investment & Development

John Usdan, Chief Executive Officer Midwood Investment & Development: John has dedicated the last 35 years to growing Midwood, a company founded by his grandfather in 1925. Over that time, Midwood has expanded its portfolio to 135 properties in 11 states. Further, he built a management, investment and development platform to acquire, operate, reposition and develop new and existing assets. John’s philanthropic interests are primarily focused in education and the arts. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University and past chair of Wesleyan’s Capital Campaign, a Trustee of The Brooklyn Academy of the Arts, Board President of the Usdan Center, Board President at Bronx House and a member of The Hastings Center Board of Directors. Previously, John served as Chair of the Brandeis International Business School. John also serves the corporate board of Merchants National Properties.

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Ted Hunter
Manatt Phelps & Phillips at Real Estate Partner

A respected dealmaker, Ted Hunter is a Manatt Real Estate partner in the New
York office, working with clients throughout the East Coast—particularly in New
York and New Jersey—and across the country. Ted’s experience in commercial
real estate is broad and deep, ranging from acquisitions and dispositions to
leases, and from financing, joint ventures and workouts to development
transactions. He regularly brings complex real estate deals to successful
conclusions on behalf of clients, including investors, developers, lenders,
owners and tenants.

In addition to providing legal advice, Ted serves as a strategic business advisor
for clients. He is experienced in negotiating every aspect of sophisticated
commercial real estate matters and is focused on both his clients’ and the other
transacting parties’ objectives. His collaborative, solution-driven approach to
client service allows him to help both parties find common ground in high-stakes
negotiations while achieving significant outcomes for his clients.

Additionally, Ted is known as an “exceptionally competent” and “incredibly
smart” lawyer who possesses significant experience in public-private partnership
(P3) transactions and complex, multijurisdictional portfolio deals.
Prior to joining Manatt, Ted was the leader of another leading firm’s national real estate practice and was instrumental in expanding its real estate capabilities from strategy to deal management.

 Fordham Law School, J.D.; Fordham Law Review, Associate Editor, 1995
 Washington University, History and Political Science, B.A., 1991

Memberships and Activities
 Member, Bar of the United States Supreme Court
 Former Member of Board of Trustees, Executive Board Member, First Vice President, Master
Planning Chair, Development Chair, The Elisabeth Morrow School (2006–2016)
 Member, NAIOP-NJ
 Member, Real Estate Board of New York
 Member, Young Real Estate Professionals of New York

A selection of Ted’s most significant transactions includes representation of:
Acquisitions and Dispositions
 A private equity firm in its $450 million bid to buy a 44-building office portfolio in California, Delaware, Virginia and New Jersey
 A hedge fund-backed, quantitative-driven real estate investment firm with the $250 million acquisition and financing of a portfolio of 30 manufactured housing parks in Texas, Alabama and Georgia
 A national developer with its build-to-suit development, construction financing, net lease and ultimate sale of three warehouse/office/retail buildings for Crate and Barrel totaling approximately 950,000 square feet (development undertaken in three phases)
 The owner of more than 200 acres of commercial property near Princeton with the phased sale and redevelopment of the property for commercial and multifamily uses, including the build-to-suit construction and leaseback of an office building and R&D facility
 A real estate investor with a $42 million acquisition, as controlling investor, of a commercial design center in San Francisco’s Inner Potrero neighborhood of SoMa; the transaction included negotiation of a “Tenancy-in-Common” agreement, a 1031 exchange, $35 million in CMBS acquisition financing, and property and asset management agreements

 The operator of the largest marine container terminal in the Port of NY/NJ with a 40-year extension to its lease with the Port Authority calling for upwards of $1.3 billion in investments to wharf replacement and over $400 million in other infrastructure investments over the first 10 years of the extended lease term
 A hotel operator in preparing a lease calling for one of its hotels in North Carolina to be converted into an emergency COVID-19 quarantine facility for U.S. Army soldiers infected with the virus, who were airlifted out of bases in Northern Italy at the outset of the pandemic
 A leading global, multiplatform media and entertainment company that is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content with its headquarters lease in Manhattan and its production facility in Los Angeles
 Filene’s Basement and Syms with the leasing of their retail space at 530 Fifth Avenue; the deal was recognized as one of NYC’s most creative and significant retail deals by REBNY and was awarded the 2010 “Retail Deal of the Year”
 A national developer with its ground lease of government-owned land, development and construction financing of a mixed-use office and retail complex on 125th Street in Manhattan (Harlem Center) that was made possible by Empire State Development Authority and NYC Economic Development Corporation incentives
Joint Ventures, Financings and Public-Private Partnerships
 A multinational social infrastructure privatization firm that is the nation’s leader in public/private community development with the privatization of both housing and lodging on over 30 U.S. military bases, including the privatization, leasing, acquisition, development and financing of multiple 50-year Ted Hunter Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP projects—one of which, the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL), was recognized as the “North American Real Estate Deal of the Year” by Project Finance Magazine
 A family office in the purchase of an 85% equity interest in an Embassy Suites hotel and a DoubleTree hotel located near Wilmington, Delaware, including amendments to the respective hotel franchise agreements, the negotiation of new management agreements for the hotels, and new mortgage and mezzanine loans totaling $42 million for funding PIP improvements and the operation of the hotels
 The special servicer of a single asset securitization in the enforcement of its rights against a defaulting borrower of an $846 million mortgage loan portfolio secured by liens on 34 Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor stores across the U.S.
 A hedge fund with more than $7 billion in discretionary assets, as lead lender, with an up to $800 million syndicated secured credit facility made to a leading operator of casinos, as borrower, and funding the borrower’s acquisition of casinos, hotels and card rooms in Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Washington
 A national developer with its $220 million construction financing of its joint venture development with a major investment bank and The New York Times Company of a 52-story office tower in Manhattan that serves as the new international headquarters of The New York Times
 A national developer in the formation of a joint venture to acquire and develop a 40-story residential condominium on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Honors and Awards
 “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in the area of Real Estate Law by Chambers USA (2009–2016)
 Recognized among “Top Lawyers in America” in Best Lawyers for Real Estate Law (2016–2021)


Join us for an intimate IN PERSON real estate roundtable with John Usdan, Midwood Investment & Development

This session will be an opportunity to connect with a select, intimate group of young rising stars in the industry, as we convene on August 3rd.

Bring your questions to connect with John, grow your network, and make new connections.

This event will be held at Midwood's office. As per office policy, all attendees for this event must be vaccinated in order to attend.

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**This event will take place in person, and spaces are limited


July 20th
6:00 - 7:00 PM | Cocktail Reception & Gourmet Bites
7:00 - 8:00 PM | Panel
8:00 - 9:00 PM | Post-Session Networking & Cocktails



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