Amelia (Amy) H. Huskins
- Duane Morris LLP
1075 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA 30309-3929
Phone: +1 404 253 6930
Fax: +1 404 393 9384
Amy Huskins practices in the areas of finance, commercial real estate, creditors' rights and many facets of financial institution representation, including, without limitation, capital markets and bankruptcy/restructuring. Ms. Huskins represents financial institutions in connection with public and project finance transactions, matters involving CMBS transactions, lenders in connection with litigation, condemnation, foreclosure, restructuring, reorganization, loan sale, receivership and commercial real estate matters, owners/developers in the acquisition, holding and disposition of commercial real estate; secured creditors in loan workouts, foreclosures and the enforcement of creditors' rights, economic development, leasing, land use and other business matters.
Ms. Huskins serves as the firm's co-head relationship partner with one of the nation's largest financial institutions, in which she monitors legal representation of the firm in connection with all facets of representation of and for the bank client, including, without limitation, business reorganization and restructuring, capital markets, public finance, structured finance, project finance, lending, litigation, taxation, intellectual property, employment, insurance services and brokerage projects and products, wealth management, trustee and estate services, bank operations, consumer lending and regulatory matters, information technology, corporate and securities, bankcard, e-business and merchant services.
Ms. Huskins also serves as the firm's liaison with and is an active member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREF-C) (formerly known as CMSA), including serving on the Portfolio Lenders and Special Servicer Forums, with emphasis on all aspects of CMBS transactions.
Ms. Huskins is a member of the firm's finance group and represents underwriters, issuers and banks in connection with public and private activity, taxable and tax-exempt bond transactions. Ms. Huskins also has experience in project finance and credit enhancement transactions. She has experience in loan pool sales, sale/leasebacks, securitization/structured finance of government credit-lease projects, and the financing of alternative energy projects, including waste-to-energy and solar projects. In her career, to date, Ms. Huskins has conducted more than 1,000 non-judicial Georgia foreclosures on behalf of various clients, together with associated restructurings, bankruptcies, and receiverships.
Ms. Huskins represents an Atlanta-based international Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain in various real estate and other matters, including sales, leases, condemnations, media agreements and intellectual property matters. She previously served as outside real estate counsel for a developer of mixed-use, high-end developments with an emphasis on wellness, linked with a major national medical institution, the developments including medical office buildings, retail, sporting and other amenities, as well as senior housing, work force housing and luxury homes with developments in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. She also has acted as Georgia transactional counsel for national life insurance companies for sale/acquisition/loans/creditors' rights transactions. She has served as Georgia counsel to a money center bank in conduit/securitized loan transactions. Ms. Huskins has considerable experience representing financial institutions in transactions with nonprofit organizations, in her position as lead counsel for a lender regarding commercial loans to non-profit organizations in more than 40 States. Ms. Huskins has been an approved title attorney for and title agent for substantially all major national title insurance companies.
Ms. Huskins is a past president of Commercial Real Estate Women of Atlanta-CREW, the first attorney to be elected as president, and served as Atlanta co-chair of the 1997 National Network CREW convention, working with her staff of 123 volunteers over a three-year span. She was the inaugural co-recipient of the 1998 CREW-Atlanta Member of the Year Award. She has been featured by and authored articles for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, was author of "RTC Title Standards" for the State Bar of Georgia Title Standards, and was previously appointed to the Advisory Board of Dorey's real estate publications.
Ms. Huskins is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta and American bar associations and was inducted into the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. She has extensive experience in public speaking engagements for legal and commercial real estate groups.
Ms. Huskins is a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was elected to the editorial board of the Tennessee Law Review and is a 1981 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she served as Panhellenic President and Neyland Scholar and was inducted into Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa. She is a past delegate to the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association, past president of the University of Tennessee Atlanta Alumni Association and past representative to the University of Tennessee College of Law Dean's Circle Advisory Council.
- Represented Voxx International Corporation and a majority of its U.S. and foreign subsidiaries in a $155 million syndicated, secured, asset-based loan facility extended by Wells Fargo, Citibank, Key Bank and HSBC.
- Represented VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE: VER) (formerly American Realty Capital Properties, Inc.), a NYSE-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), in a merger transaction valued at $3.1 billion to acquire American Realty Capital Trust IV, Inc., a "non-traded" REIT. The combined company as a result of the merger will have pro forma enterprise value of over $10 billion and is the largest REIT in the triple net lease sector.
- Represented a national provider of post-secondary degrees regarding the handling of national lease-related documentation, including negotiating and drafting numerous commercial leases, amendments, subleases, subordination agreements, estoppels and termination agreements.
- Represented Koch Foods Incorporated in closing a $450 million loan transaction that involved 28 parcels of real estate in Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
- Represented JCG Foods, an affiliate of Koch Foods, in winning an auction in connection with an $80 million sale under section 363 of the bankruptcy code, obtaining bankruptcy court approval of the sale and entering into an Asset Purchase Agreement.
- Acted as bank counsel (real estate) for a $49,750,000 bond transaction involving a Georgia hospital system.
- Represented major European banking institution as underwriter's and/or bank counsel in connection with several public and/or private activity bond transactions having Certificates of Participation/Public Purposes Project Revenue Bonds regarding facilities leased to the State of Georgia and other county instrumentalities.
- Represented a national bank as underwriter's counsel in connection with due diligence on a series of three waste-to-energy projects in Georgia, each in the amount of $250,000,000, having an international issuer.
- Represented a national bank as underwriter's counsel in connection with due diligence on a series of waste-to-energy landfill projects located in Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina totaling $30,000,000.
- Represented a nationally-recognized autism center in the defeasance of $17,500,000 in bonds through the sale of its Georgia headquarters to a large Atlanta-based children's hospital.
- Represent a national lender/placement agent in connection with credit-lease loan transactions secured by federal government leases throughout the country, including, without limitation, $16,200,000 financing of federal courthouse in Canton, Ohio; $4,650,000 financing of U.S. Forest Service headquarters in Northern California; $28,000,000 financing of Veteran's Administration facility in Eastern North Carolina.
- Represent an international Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain in connection with U.S. real estate holdings, including leases, sale/leasebacks, together with franchise, media and intellectual property matters, involving store locations throughout the nation.
- Represented a Canadian manufacturer of vulcanizing equipment in its initial acquisition of its U.S.-based competitor.
- Acted as Georgia real estate counsel for a real estate investment company in connection with due diligence for a proposed $300,000,000 mixed-used development in metropolitan Atlanta.
- Acted as lead counsel for large national bank in $13,150,000 acquisition and development loan in Savannah, Georgia, for master mixed-use, multiphase planned community, including, commercial streetscapes with office and retail, multifamily, senior assisted-living, residential single-family and townhomes, park space and amenity areas located on historic plantation lands.
- Acted as real estate counsel for Canadian seller in connection with the $32,000,000 sale of a shopping center in metropolitan Atlanta to a Canadian buyer.
- Acted as lead real estate counsel to a developer in connection with the acquisition and development of a $40,000,000 mixed-use master planned community in metropolitan Atlanta, to include commercial first-floor retail and second-floor commercial condominiums, single-family residential, office and related amenity areas.
- Acted as Georgia counsel for a television network in the $37,000,000 sale of television stations in Texas and Georgia.
- Acted as Georgia lead real estate counsel for the purchaser in the multistate acquisition of lumber and timber facilities, including multi-tranche financing, totaling $19,000,000.
- Acted as lead real estate counsel for $20,000,000 debt financing on behalf of NASDAQ-traded public company with holdings in 25-plus international locations.
- Acted as real estate counsel to trustee of $34,500,000 in bondholder debt secured by religious facilities and a national television ministry.
- Acted as lead real estate counsel to the developer of mixed-use, high-end wellness developments linked to a major medical institution, with proposed developments in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Texas, having multi-tranche institutional financing as well as mezzanine debt totaling more than $100,000,000.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Real Estate and Litigation Affecting Real Estate
- Creditors' Rights, including Bankruptcy and Reorganization
- Capital Markets
- CMBS Transactions
- Public Finance
- Project Finance
- Structured Finance
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1984
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2004-present
- Wombyle Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC
- Member, 1996-2004
- Parker, Johnson, Cook & Dunlevie (merged into Womble Carlyle)
- Partner, 1991-1996
- Associate, 1985-1991
- Smith, Gambrell & Russell
- Associate, 1984-1985
- Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREF-C) Portfolio Lenders Forum and Special Servicers Forum
- Inducted into Lawyers Club of Atlanta
- Atlanta Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia