Cozen O’Connor: Davis, William F.

William F. Davis

Vice Chair, Real Estate

New York

(212) 883-4947

(866) 537-7524

William handles matters involving commercial real estate, complex finance, and commercial leasing with a particular emphasis on highly structured transactions.

William has represented institutional investors, nationally recognized banks, real estate investment trusts, real estate funds, high net worth individuals, and real estate developers. He has extensive experience with construction lending, securitized conduit lending programs, sale leaseback portfolio transactions, development deals, and office and retail leasing.

William earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from The George Washington University, and his law degree, cum laude, from Tulane Law School, where he served as associate executive editor of the Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Lead Counsel in Acquisition and Financing of Ozone Park Manufacturing Facility

November 27, 2017

The national real estate practice at Cozen O’Connor represented Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center Local Development Corporation (GMDC) in the acquisition, development, and financing of an Ozone Park manufacturing facility in Queens, New York. The cost of the acquisition and development of the project is an estimated $40 million.

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Lead Counsel in Independence Realty Trust’s $300 Million Unsecured Credit Facility Financing

May 04, 2017

The national real estate practice of Cozen O'Connor represented Independence Realty Operating Partnership, LP and Independence Realty Trust, Inc. in the consummation of a new $300 million unsecured credit facility.

Cozen O’Connor Names Six New Shareholders

July 20, 2015

– Cozen O’Connor promoted six members to shareholder of the firm: Philip Carroll (Chicago), William Davis (New York), John B. Galligan (New York), Kendall Hayden (Dallas), Andrew Kay (D.C.) and Vincent Pozzuto (New York).

Cozen O’Connor Launches Capital Markets Group Multidisciplinary Team Serves Expanding, Global Capital Markets’ Client Base

July 07, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Launches Capital Markets Group Multidisciplinary Team Serves Expanding, Global Capital Markets’ Client Base

Publications

Navigating Improved Rules for HVCRE Loans – What You Need to Know [Alert]

October 19, 2018

Zach Samton and William Davis discuss the enactment of the Economic Growth Act and how it impacts both borrowers and lenders.

New Accounting Rules to Require Tenants to Reflect Operating Leases on Balance Sheet [Real Estate Alert!]

July 05, 2011

New Accounting Rules to Require Tenants to Reflect Operating Leases on Balance Sheet - Real Estate Alert! - consider the possible impact of new accounting rules to be issued shortly by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board. These rules likely will eliminate the accounting distinctions between an operating lease and a capital lease, thus eliminating a tenant's ability to keep "liabilities" under an operating lease off its balance sheet.

The General Growth Court Refuses to Grant Motions to Dismiss 21 "Bankruptcy Remote" Subsidiaries from Bankruptcy [Real Estate Alert]

August 13, 2009

The General Growth Court Refuses to Grant Motions to Dismiss 21 "Bankruptcy Remote" Subsidiaries from Bankruptcy - Real Estate Alert - On August 11, 2009, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York denied five motions to dismiss a total of 21 property-level subsidiaries of General Growth Properties, Inc. (“GGP”) from what has become the largest real estate
bankruptcy in U.S. history. The much-anticipated ruling reinforces the concern of many that single purpose, “bankruptcy remote” borrowers are far from “bankruptcy proof”.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference

October 24, 2018 - Orlando, FL

The 2nd Annual RELA-Baruch Joint Conference

May 09, 2018 - New York, NY

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2002
  • The George Washington University, B.A.

Awards & Honors

New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2013 

  • New York