Working at Taylor English provides the ideal place for me to utilize my 13 years as in-house real estate counsel for The Prudential and more than 16 years in private practice to effectively and efficiently represent my clients in commercial real estate transactions.
Mark Moeller’s relatively unique in-house and private practice experience has given him a greater understanding of the critical issues for purchasers and sellers, borrowers and lenders, landlords and tenants, and developers and contractors. He excels at finding creative solutions for complex problems and difficult negotiations because he understands what is important for the parties on both sides of the transaction. His attention to detail enables him to discover and solve future problems during his review of title, survey, leases, zoning, environmental and other due diligence items. He has been selected by his peers in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Real Estate.
In addition to doing extensive work with traditional retail, office, apartment, industrial and warehouse properties, he also has extensive experience in student housing, senior living, golf course, hotel and timber transactions. As a member of the Real Estate Department and the Lending and Corporate Finance Department at Taylor English, his practice includes acquisition, sale, financing, leasing and development work. He represents lenders and borrowers in connection with acquisition, construction and permanent loan financings. He also represents landlords and tenants in leasing transactions.
Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Moeller served as real estate regional counsel for The Prudential Insurance Company of America for 13 years and was in private practice with an international full-service law firm and an international and public policy firm. In addition to acquisition, sale, development, and leasing work at Prudential, he was responsible for closing more than 200 loans totaling more than $2.95 billion during a 10-year period. At Prudential, Mr. Moeller also handled all timber acquisitions (more than $257 million), sales, leasing and property management issues for PruTimber, a subsidiary of Prudential that invested money for pension funds. At his first private firm, he focused on acquisition, financing, and development work and completed 18 acquisitions totaling more than $133 million, including golf courses, hotels and student housing projects. Representative transactions include:
- $273,000,000 construction loan on the Thomson Reuters Building in Times Square
- $182,500,000 construction loan on Westin Hotel in Times Square
- $100,000,000 revolving credit facility secured by four properties
- $76,000,000 loan with a $23,000,000 mezzanine loan
- $133,000,000 acquisition of timberlands
- $42,000,000 acquisition assemblage (including a former dump site) for a mixed-use project
- $32,000,000, $27,000,000, and $15,000,000 acquisitions and construction loans on student housing
- $19,800,000 acquisition of a Hyatt hotel
- $9,500,000 acquisition of a Sheraton hotel
- $14,000,000 sale of a Hyatt hotel
- $8,000,000 acquisition of the Patriots Point Links golf course with ground lease
- $10,000,000 sale of the Bella Collina Golf Club
- 60,000-square-foot office lease
- 75,000-square-foot industrial lease
- $46,000,000 workout of seven loans with cross-collateralization
- $27,000,000 workout of an apartment loan
- $16,000,000 workout of an office loan
At Taylor English, Mr. Moeller has represented purchasers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, landlords, tenants, and property owners in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Representative transactions include:
- $34,000,000, $29,750,000, $27,000,000 and $17,800,000 apartment acquisitions and loans
- Sale of more than 125 properties
- 435,000-square-foot office and warehouse lease as tenant’s counsel
- 113,000-square-foot industrial and office lease as tenant’s counsel
- All office leases for a 284,000-square-foot project as landlord’s counsel
- All industrial and office/warehouse leases for a 247,000-square-foot project as landlord’s counsel
- $35,000,000 cross-collateralized loan on two student housing projects
- $16,000,000 acquisition and construction loan for a student housing project
- $13,000,000 acquisition and construction loan for a senior living project
- $12,500,000 loan secured by multiple Taco Bell locations
- $8,000,000 acquisition and refinancing of a golf course
- Modification of more than 75 loans for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) as receiver for various banks
- $35,000,000 and $25,000,000 foreclosures on retail and office properties
- $20,000,000 loan (with a $3,000,000 revolving line of credit) on 11 properties
- $16,000,000 revolving loan secured by accounts receivable and six properties
Mr. Moeller is a frequent lecturer and his seminar topics have included:
- "Cornerstones of Commercial Purchase Contracts"
- "Assembling Land for Real Estate Projects"
- "Acquisition Due Diligence: Protecting the Client and Satisfying the Lender"
- "Title Insurance and Surveys: Making Sure You Get All the Property Rights"
- "Cross-Collateralization and Enhanced Loan Security Provisions"
- "Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure from A to Z"
- "Fraudulent Conveyances and Traps for the Unwary"
American Bar Association Committee on Life Insurance Company Investments, Former Chairman
American Bar Association Committee on Technology and Commercial Mortgage Lending, Former Vice Chairman
State Bar of Georgia Committee on Legal Opinions for Real Estate Transactions
State Bar of Georgia
American Bar Association
Founder and Head Instructor of Atlanta’s Traditional Okinawan Karate-do Dojo since 1987
Guitar Player for the Praise Team at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection since 1999
Represented Georgia Tech in the successful acquisition of 52+ acres of research, warehouse and office buildings. The property will be utilized by Tech as a large expansion to its existing Cobb research campus.
Represented a national real estate developer in the acquisition and disposition of more than $500 million in multi-family properties throughout the United States, including the negotiation and closing of loans to finance each acquisition.
Acquisition of a former dump site for $42.2 million for a mixed-use project with a $20 million loan.
Acquisition of 46 acres in a mixed-use project for $25 million with a $12.6 million loan
Acquisition of Patriots Point Links Golf Course in South Carolina pursuant to ground lease for $8 million.
Acquisition of the Smoke Rise Golf Club and loan refinance.
Acquisition of 900 acres for $8 million from multiple sellers with a $4.4 million loan.
Acquisition of 120 acres of an island containing a former Civil War battle site for $7.5 million.
Acquisition of 520-acre horse farm for $3.1 million with a $2.3 million loan and a $1.4 unsecured loan.
Acquisition of an apartment complex for $40.7 million with a $37 million acquisition and renovation loan in Atlanta, Georgia.
Acquisition of a Hyatt hotel for $19.8 million in Kansas, and a Sheraton hotel for $9.5 million in California.
Acquisition of a ground lease interest in a hotel for $4.4 million with a $3.3 million loan.
Acquisition of an office and warehouse building for $4.5 million with a $3 million loan.
Acquisition of a steelyard for $8 million with a $5.2 million loan.
Acquisition of three boat slips in a marina for $1 million.
Sale of membership interests for $15 million to convey 30 acres.
Sale of Bella Collina Golf Course in Florida for $10 million.
More that 125 sales of foreclosed properties for First Citizens Bank.
$46.2 million workout of seven loans with cross-collateralization.
Foreclosure of a $35 million and $25 million retail-condominium project.
$8.15 million loan with five junior mortgages on Smoke Rise Golf & Country Club in Georgia.
More than 75 loan modifications for the FDIC as receiver for Silverton Bank.
$30 million contract and due diligence for the Pete Dye Golf Club in WV, eight lodges, and 1,200 acres.
$35 million contract, $20 million option, and a $14 contract and due diligence for 850 acres.
$75 million contract and due diligence for 90 acres on the Pacific Ocean.
$76 million loan, $65 million construction loan, and a $23 million mezzanine loan for condominiums.
$35 million permanent loans for student housing in Kentucky and Georgia.
$20 million loan (with a $3 million revolving line of credit) on 11 properties.
$16 million revolving line of credit secured by accounts receivable and six properties.
Representative leases: 113,000 sq. foot industrial and office, 61,000 sq. foot industrial, 55,000 sq. foot office, 44,000 sq. foot retail, and 17,000 sq. foot retail.
Multiple leases for tenants in office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial parks.
Landlord's counsel for all office leases for a 284,000 sq. foot project in Atlanta, Georgia.
Landlord's counsel for all industrial and warehouse leases for 247,000 sq. foot project in Atlanta, Georgia.
Negotiation of a 115,000 sq. foot industrial and office lease.
Represented tenant in 52,000 sq. foot lease for an industrial property in Tennessee.
Negotiation of a 435,500 sq. foot office and warehouse lease.
Represented tenant in 41,000 sq. foot lease for medical space and surgery center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Represented tenant in 27,500 sq. foot lease for a Haverty's furniture store in Tennessee.
Represented tenant in 17,000 sq. foot lease for retail place in Atlanta, Georgia.
Represented landlord in 57,500 sq. foot lease for office in Indianapolis.
Represented landlord in 36,000 sq. foot lease for industrial warehouse/office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Represented landlord in 35,700 sq. foot lease for office in Atlanta, Georgia.
$273 million construction loan on Reuters Building in Times Square
$182.5 million construction loan on Westin Hotel in Times Square, New York City, New York.
$162.5 million loan on office building in New Jersey (co-lender with Northwestern Mutual).
$100 million revolving credit facility secured by four properties.
$44 million construction loan on apartments in Florida.
$43.4 million loan on 12 apartments in four states with cross-collateralization and financial covenants.
$27 million loan on shopping center in Florida.
More than 200 loans totaling $2.95 billion on retail, office buildings, industrial buildings, and apartments. The entire eastern third of the United States.
Acquisition of timberlands in Georgia and Florida for $133 million for commingled pension fund account.
Acquisition by timber deed for $61.6 million and $33 million for commingled pension fund account in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.
Acquisition of three industrial buildings for $13.3 million in Atlanta, Georgia.
Acquisition of raw land for $12 million for industrial development in Florida.
Sale of an office building for $27.5 million.
Sale of timberlands for $16 million for commingled pension fund account.
Sale of Hyatt Hotel for $14 million.
Negotiation of a 60,000 sq. foot office lease.
75,000 sq. foot tenant in an industrial complex.
Multiple leases for offices, retail, and industrial properties.
$27 million workout of an apartment loan.
$16 million workout of an office loan.
Raw land development for industrial distribution center in Florida.
Represented tenant in 434,998 sq. foot lease for office and warehouse in Toronto.
$16 million revolving loan secured by accounts receivable and six properties.
$12.5 million loan secured by multiple Taco Bell locations.
Modification of more than 75 loans for the FDIC as receiver for various banks.
Served as counsel for a student-housing developer in the acquisition and development of three projects. Negotiated construction loans in the amount of $32 million, $27 million, and $15 million. One of the projects was partially funded by development bonds from the City of Louisville. In 2014, refinance two of the properties with a $35 million permanent loan.
- Author of Karate-do Foundations, Masters Press (1995) – Second Edition (2013)
- Corporate and Business
- Financial Institutions
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Lending and Corporate Finance
- Real Estate
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing
Duke University Law School, JD, with honors, 1986
University of Michigan, BA, English Honors Program, with honors, 1982
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