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Brian C. Courtney

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Brian C. Courtney represents lenders and borrowers in all forms of real estate development and financing, including commercial lending, asset based lending, real estate and construction finance, equipment finance, bond transactions, and mezzanine finance, with a particular emphasis on affordable and multifamily housing. He counsels clients on structuring joint ventures for affordable housing projects, HUD-insured lending, and financing through government agencies such as the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.

In the litigation area of his practice, he has extensive bankruptcy experience representing debtors, bankruptcy trustees, creditors committees, and secured and unsecured creditors. He has litigated a number of state court receiverships for nursing homes on behalf of creditors and owners. He has litigated fraud, contracts, and predatory lending cases in federal district court. Mr. Courtney is chairman of the Community Development Citizens Advisory Commission for the Town of Hamden responsible for the disbursement of funds received by the Town from HUD, and is a director for Lifelong Learning Corporation, a non-profit company that owns and operates learning centers and youth programs located in various affordable housing projects throughout the country. He is also the President of Bozrah International Inc., a non-profit provider of quality of life assistance to tenants in affordable housing projects. He is a frequent lecturer on commercial topics. He was an adjunct professor for the University of Hartford where he taught a course entitled "Workouts, Foreclosures and Bankruptcy" for a dozen years. He is the author of numerous articles in his practice area.

Representative Transactional Matters

  • Lead counsel to Sovereign Bank in connection with its acquisition of over 100,000 commercial and consumer loans totaling over $100 billion from Fleet pursuant to an asset divestiture required by the Justice Department as a precondition to Fleet's merger with BankBoston, N.A.

  • Represented Sovereign Bank in the $29,000,000 financing of the historic Colt Firearms factory in Hartford, Connecticut for the construction of commercial and retail space and market rate apartments. The project included additional funding from historic tax credits, and a grant from the CT DECD.

  • Represented the purchaser of Everett Gardens, a 184-unit in affordable housing project in Camden, New Jersey tax exempt revenue bonds issued by the Camden County Improvement Authority and low income housing tax credits.

  • Represented Hill Development Corporation in the acquisition of a 65-unit scattered site development including financing provided by Federal Home Loan Bank, the City of New Haven, Yale University and low income housing tax credits.

  • Represented the construction lender in the conversion of a vacant hotel property into 173 apartments. The project was also financed through federal and state historic tax credits and loans from the two state agencies.

  • Represented Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) in the development of the Capewell Horsenails factory in Hartford. This project, which comprises an entire City block, involves the development of a non-profit incubator facility in conjunction with the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, the construction of 24 townhouses for sale to income eligible homebuyers, and the redevelopment of the former factory building into 72 apartments, 20% of which are affordable. The factory redevelopment involved a Brownfields grant from DECD, mortgage financing from the Capital Region Development Authority, construction financing, and federal and state historic tax credits.

Representative Litigation Matters

  • Represented the owners of two Nursing Homes in Receivership and successful sale to new buyers. He developed a novel approach to resolving the over $10,000,000 in secured and unsecured claims against the companies to allow for the sale. The Receivership was the first successful case under the new Connecticut statute which limited the time for the sale or closing of a nursing home in receivership.

  • Represented a factoring company in the prosecution of 65 separate suits in state and federal court to collect amounts owed by a defunct construction company.

  • Represented a major insurance company in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceeding for Pacific USA, Inc. in Dallas, Texas and a related lawsuit against the debtor's parent corporation in Taipei, obtaining attachments on all of the parent company's assets. Mr. Courtney structured a settlement of both cases under which the assets under attachment were used to fund the bankruptcy plan, resulting in payment in full to his client on its $17,000,000 settled claim.
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, 1989
    -UCC - Reporter Digest, Member, 1986-1987

  • B.A., cum laude, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1984
    -Honors: Phi Alpha Theta

  • Connecticut Bar Association
    Member, Executive Committee of the Commercial
    Law and Bankruptcy Section
    Past Chairman, Young Lawyers Division, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

  • Director, Lifelong Learning Corporation

  • President and Board Chair, Bozrah International, Inc.

  • Chairman, Community Development Advisory Commission, Town of Hamden, CT

  • Advisor to Numerous Nonprofit Organizations
  • State of Connecticut

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • Speaker, Financing Your Business - Connecticut Bar Association, 2010

  • Speaker, Teamwork in Public and Private Partnerships, at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored by the EPA.

  • Speaker, Foreclosures and Repossessions, Lorman Education Services, May, 2008

  • Speaker, Real Estate Development from Beginning to End, Lorman Education Services, July, 2007

  • Speaker, Enforcing Commercial Loans in Connecticut, Lorman Education Services, January, 2004

  • Speaker, Enforcing Commercial Loans in Connecticut, Lorman Education Services, June, 2004

  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Commercial Bankruptcy Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2006

  • Author, The Connecticut Transfer Act, New England Real Estate Journal, March, 1992