$150MM+ Condo Development Bankruptcy Advisory | New York, NY

Retained by defendant Gamma Real Estate’s counsel, Kramer Levin, to render expert witness opinions on the conscionability of the interest rate charged and indicia of a loan-to-own scheme in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.


Client was involved in a high-stake litigation with a borrower who defaulted on an acquisition/predevelopment loan secured by 428-432 East 58th Street, NYC. The borrower originally intended to develop a 314,000-gross-buildable-square-foot, 80-unit, ultra-luxury condominium property. However, multiple capitalization strategies and deteriorating market conditions impeded the borrower from moving forward, leading to a maturity default and subsequent bankruptcy filing.


Leveraged a unique blend of academic and work experience to prepare a Declaration and Expert Report. Presented to the Bankruptcy Judge, challenging and disqualifying the plaintiff’s claims. The case ruled in favor of the defendant as a result of its total arguments.

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Seth Schumer


Seth Schumer joined Eyzenberg & Company as a Managing Director. His primary focus is transaction management and structuring advisory for commercial real estate finance transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Schumer served as Head of US Investments for Quadrum Global (formerly Cube Capital) where he grew platform from one US hotel investment to an 18-asset mixed use portfolio through new acquisitions, ground-up developments, team building and creation of three internal operating platforms (Tesseract Investment Advisors, Arlo Hotel Management and Quadrum Senior Living Management). While at Quadrum, Schumer acquired, capitalized and asset managed a hotel portfolio that includes Arlo SoHo, Arlo NoMad, Nautilus South Beach, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, Essex Inn Chicago, and B Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World, and led the efforts to create an in-house hotel management platform and the new Arlo Hotel brand. He additionally led the efforts to develop a senior housing property and the Amavida brand.

His expertise in debt financing including loan underwriting, servicing and borrower relations was learned while working in London for ABN AMRO, and in New York for Chase Manhattan Bank and Chemical Bank. Whilst at AIG Global Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Partners (now CP Capital), he additionally gained asset management, development insight and JV equity structuring experience. Also, during his time at AIG, Seth was part of team that acquired four RTC loan portfolios.

Schumer holds a master’s degree in real estate investment and development from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland.



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