Christopher Bender

Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196

Phone: +1 215 979 1854
Fax: +1 215 754 4971

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Christopher Bender


Christopher E. Bender practices in the area of real estate law and municipal finance. Mr. Bender's practice includes acquisitions and dispositions of real property, commercial financing, leasing and tax-exempt public financing. 

Representative Matters

  • Represented Federation Housing, Inc. in connection with the rehabilitation of the Arbor, Shalom, and Saligman apartment complexes through the use of $40,000,000 of tax-exempt bonds and $20,000,000 of 4% Federal low-income housing tax credit equity.
  • Represented client in the acquisition of a twenty-three property portfolio in Lakewood, Colorado for a purchase price of $104 million. The portfolio consisted of twenty-one office buildings and two development parcels. In conjunction with the acquisition, represented client in obtaining a $79.5 million purchase money mortgage loan to finance the acquisition.
  • Represented American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCP), a NASDAQ-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), with respect to real estate aspects of 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 an American petroleum and petrochemical manufacturer in documenting the transfer of an industrial complex to subsidiaries for $60 million.
  • Served as co-underwriter’s counsel for a syndicate of investment banking firms that sold $85,050,000 million in tax-exempt revenue refunding bonds.
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel for a syndicate of investment banking firms that sold two series of tax-exempt bonds aggregating over $210,000,000 across six sub-series of subordinate and convertible capital appreciation bonds.
  • Represented non-profit organization in obtaining variance from local zoning code to operate a shelter and resource center for individuals transitioning from incarceration.
  • Represented non-profit organization in successful appeal before the City of Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes to reclassify real property as tax-exempt.


  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2012
  • Georgetown University, M.A., 2006
  • Cornell University, B.S., 2004


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2012-present

Selected Publications